8 Nutrient-Packed Pizza Toppings for a Healthier Food Delivery Order

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For better or worse, pizza is a part of our office culture! Pizza is the go-to food delivery option for late night work sessions, fun Friday lunches, and pretty much any occasion where you want a hearty meal brought right to the workplace… but, of course, it isn’t always the healthiest option for those who are watching their waistlines or following a diet of any kind.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way! It’s totally possible to order a pizza that’s not only lower than your average pie in terms of calories and fat, but that actually provides vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients that will help fuel your brain and body for the workday ahead. And while choosing the right crust — thin, always, and whole-wheat, if possible, for the added fiber — and ordering a lightly dressed side salad are the keys to starting strong, loading your pie with the most nutritious toppings is the fun part! We’ve put together a list of the healthiest pizza toppings available — and they’re not all gourmet products or pricey add-ons, either.

thin crust pizza with tomatoes and bell peppers

Roasted tomatoes & red bell peppers will add a ton of nutrients to your pizza order.
Image source: Flickr user Dahon

To get the biggest nutritional bang for your buck on pizza day, pick a few toppings from the list below for your next food delivery order!

1) Red bell peppers 

While green may be the ubiquitous offering, go for the riper red peppers to get a bigger boost of vitamins C and A. A half-cup of green bell pepper has about 60 percent of your daily vitamin C and 10 percent of A; the red version contains 235 percent of vitamin C and 85 percent of vitamin A!

2) Mushrooms

Often overlooked when it comes to vegetable consumption, mushrooms contain fairly high concentrations of vitamins and minerals that many of us lack: potassium, selenium, riboflavin, and niacin, just to name a few. They might be the “deep cuts” when it comes to nutrition labels, but they’re all important to maintaining immunity and overall health.

3) Spinach

It may not be as trendy as kale, but a little sauteed spinach tastes better on pizza — and you’ll get a healthy dose of folate, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin K to boot.

4) Arugula

Usually sprinkled fresh on top of a cooked pizza, arugula adds a peppery bite along with potassium, fiber, vitamin C, and calcium to your pie.

5) Grilled chicken

If you can’t fathom a pizza without meat, go for grilled chicken instead of pepperoni or sausage. Packed with protein but without as much saturated fat and salt, it’s the healthiest meat option by a long shot.

6) Roasted garlic

Add a ton of flavor without a lot of calories with roasted garlic — and potentially protect yourself from cancer at the same time, thanks to garlic’s antioxidant effects. Just remember the breath mints, too.

7) Artichokes

Packed with fiber and antioxidants, artichokes are another underrated superfood that deserve a place on your healthy pizza!

8) Roasted tomatoes

Cooked tomatoes are a fantastic source of lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to lower rates of cancer — especially prostate, lung, and stomach. Adding roasted tomatoes to a red-sauce pizza practically guarantees you’ll get a huge dose!

Whether you’re ready to pile fresh greens atop your slice or simply make the switch to chicken and mushrooms instead of pepperoni and sausage, every small, healthy step is one in the right direction. Waiter.com is here to help you along your journey to a better pizza — and our online ordering and reliable food delivery service make it easier than ever to build the perfect pie!

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