So your New Year’s resolutions haven’t been going too well, and it’s already a few months in to 2016. One of the unhealthy foods you love and always crave is pizza. Is it possible to enjoy this delicious dish without any of the guilt? Of course! Check out these Detroit-area restaurants with healthy, good-for-you pizza options.
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Amici Pizza & Living Room
3249 12 Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072
You can find Amici’s on 12 Mile between Coolidge and Greenfield, and it has lots of options to make your pizza healthy. Start out with a whole-wheat crust or Amici’s new gluten-free crust (add $3.50 for gluten-free), and top it with lots of veggies. They also have gourmet pizzas you can choose from, such as its artichoke pizza (artichoke mixture, spinach, plum tomatoes, walnuts, ricotta and fontina cheese); its black bean pizza (black beans, smoked fresh corn, cilantro, scallions, herb tomato sauce and Monterey Jack cheese); or even its low-fat mozzarella or vegan pizza. Gourmet pizzas range from $17.39 for a 12-inch (eight slices) to $19.85 for a 14-inch (12 slices).
17125 Conant St.
Detroit, MI 48212
Yes, deep dish pizza is not the healthiest for you, but there are ways to make it healthier, and Buddy’s has a few “cheat” options. Buddy’s has a few locations, too, ranging from Novi to Warren to Detroit, but its Detroit location is the original, and also has bocce ball courts to play a few rounds during the summer or warmer months. To make your Buddy’s pizza healthier, order it with the multigrain crust, and then opt for one of the healthier gourmet pizzas, like the Florine Mark with a brick/fat free cheese blend, spinach, mushroom, diced tomato, garlic and black olives. You could also go for its Original Veggie or Gourmet Veggie pizza; the Gourmet Veggie includes cheese, cauliflower, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots and diced tomato.
Green Zone Pizza
17008 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
Green Zone Pizza’s motto is “your healthy choice for pizza and more,” and all of its pizzas are made with organic ingredients, down to the cheese, which is a mozzarella and goat cheese blend. Prices range from $6.25 (a small, cheese-only pizza) to $27.75 (its extra large chicken shawarma pizza), and it has a lot of specialty pizzas to choose from. Try the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Sausage pizza (turkey sausage, tomato sauce, pepper rings, crimini mushrooms) if you usually order a sausage pizza, or the Michigan Cherry BBQ Chicken pizza for a unique take on BBQ chicken pizza. If you’re a seafood fan, try the roasted shrimp pizza, which includes roasted shrimp, cilantro pesto, roasted peppers and spinach.
Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria
1937 W. Maple Road
Troy, MI 48084
All of the pizzas at Renee’s Gourmet Pizzeria are gluten-free, which is great for those with a gluten sensitivity or Celiac’s. The restaurant is located inside a strip mall on Maple Road in Troy, between Coolidge and Crooks, and has a few options for those trying to eat healthy but who still want to enjoy pizza. Check out the Veggie Lovers pizza (mozzarella, tomato, baby spinach, broccoli, portobello mushrooms, red onions, green peppers) or the Greek pizza (mozzarella, no sauce, baby spinach, garlic, feta, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, Kalamata olives and green peppers) for a pizza that’s vegetarian-friendly and also has lower calories than its meat pizza counterparts.
112 Pizzeria Bistro
2728 S. Adams Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
112 Pizzeria Bistro offers New York style thin-crust pizzas — which are already less calorie-laden to begin with — as well as some veggie toppings and gourmet pizzas that are sure to be tasty. 112 sources its ingredients from Detroit’s own Eastern Market, and uses only the freshest in its pizzas. Choose from a 12-inch or 18-inch pie, and then either make your own (choose your own toppings) or choose one of the restaurant’s specialty pizzas. For a healthier pizza, try out the 112 Margarita (fresh plus regular mozzarella cheese, roasted garlic, tomato, fresh basil & olive oil) or the Showstopper (garlic, mozzarella, chevre, artichokes, tomato and basil, with extra virgin olive oil and no red sauce).
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This article was written by Liz Parker of Examiner.com for CBS Local.