Tell someone you’re vegan and the thought ‘what the hell do they live on’ will usually be what’s crossing their minds. Unless you are the vegan, it’s hard to know what this non animal product diet can entail and most will assume that when it comes to fast food you’re missing out – though let’s face it with some fast food you might prefer that option! But then of course, there’s pizza. Pizza can be enjoyed by everyone, vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, vegaquarians!!!! And though it’s termed ‘fast food’ it can definitely be the healthiest option when it comes to ordering in. So if you are vegan, what can you order from the pizza place?
Well firstly if you’re into healthy eating, always opt for the thin crust whole wheat pizza base where you can. Whole wheat pizza has more fibre than other pizza dough options and that can help with weight control and reduces the risk of heart problems and strokes. Also, a tomato based pizza sauce will eliminate the risk of any dairy, so don’t order cream based sauces or cream and tomato blends.
Remember to stay away from pesto in pizza sauce! Pesto contains parmesan cheese, most people know that, some don’t. Obviously all cheese is a no go. Most pizzas, even vegetarian options, are smothered in cheese, so make sure you are very clear that you want no cheese when you place your pizza order.
Veggies veggies veggies! Look at the vegetarian pizza options and take away the cheese (and eggs if applicable) Look at the add ons too, you’ll be in veggie heaven! A lot of fast food pizza restaurants have a build your own pizza option and for vegans, this can be the key to ensuring an animal product free pizza.
Here are some of our favourite vegan pizza options, all available from fast food restaurants:
*Tomato & basil pizza sauce, olives, spinach, yellow peppers, mushrooms, olive oil
*Tomato and roasted garlic pizza sauce, mushrooms, onions, roasted fennel, red and yellow peppers
*Tomato, basil and garlic pizza sauce, red chillis, red onion, mushrooms, Italian seasoning, minced garlic, black pepper, red, green, yellow and orange pepper, spinach, capers!