Just in case you have been reducing carbs to assure your appealing entrance at the beach, and still would like to visit your favorite pizza restaurant, I will show you how you can do that without any problems.
I will use my favourite pizzeria here in LA, the “California Pizza Kitchen,” (CPK) to show you how to master this challenge.
The easiest trick I pull out of my sleeve whenever I know that my weakness for these hand-tossed crust ‘flatbreads’ might trick me, is quite simple: just have one or two handful of nuts, or an avocado beforehand. It’s much easier to make smarter decisions when one isn’t ravenous. (By the way, this is also true for other areas than eating).
Scan the menu for carbs. Therefore, pizza, pasta and risotto are already out of the game. From my experience the ideal low-carb-goodies are usually found among salads.
Every authentic Italian Pizzeria should have, for example, olives, pickled artichokes and dry tomatoes as an appetizer. Also grilled, sautéed or boiled calamari are ideal. With a lightly Mediterranean inspired eye (think about your last Tuscany or Barcelona trip) you will find something appealing in no time.
Here in America authentic is a bit tricky, however CPK offers a “petite wedge” or “asparagus and rucola” as appetizers.
For the main dish I would recommend a nice big portion of salad. Since fats without carbs are quite accommodating to a lean body, it leaves you with the opportunity to choose from a delicious selection of salads.
At CPK I generally choose between the following variations::
- Classic Caesar, full portion, with garlic butter and grilled chicken, shrip or salmon.
- California Cobb, full portion, with bacon, avocado, egg, tomato and fresh basil.
- Italian Chopped, full portion, with fried turkey breast, salami, garbanzo beans and mozzarella.
- Roasted Veggie, full portion, with warm artichoke hearts, asparagus, pepperoni, sun-dried tomatoes and grilled salmon.
All above mentioned salads will tax your body with less than 30 grams of carbs and are thus perfect for getting and staying lean.
Thank you for reading,