Gluten Free Pizza and Other Healthy Options with Streets of New York
As dietary restrictions, food allergies, and diseases like Celiac become better understood, it's never been a more important time to offer something for everyone. Here at Streets of New York we strive to do just that by offering gluten-free pizza crusts, and other options so everyone can enjoy a nice slice!
First. What is Gluten?
Gluten is the name for a few different proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, and other breads. It's what gives food the chew, giving them shape. If you think of it like a glue, you're not far off. A simple way to remember is (glu)e + pro(tein) = gluten, sort of. These proteins are found in a lot of foods, including some you might not expect, as those with Celiac understand.
So, gluten-free pizza is made of gluten-free flours and starches, ingredients like almond or rice flour and tapioca or potato starches. These are mixed with wet ingredients and some flavorings. Certain recipes call for yeast to give the gluten-free dough some rise.
There are a few different approaches out there to making gluten-free dough. Some follow the standard dough method, combining flours, liquid, and a rising agent, others are focused on creating a batter instead of a dough. Either way, gluten-free crust comes with some challenges of their own, obviously. Typical dough might be about 60% liquids, but gluten-free flours are way more absorbent than traditional doughs. If you were to make a gluten-free crust with the same amount of liquid ingredients you'd end up with a very flat pizza. Instead, a much higher ratio of moisture is needed to give the crust a better texture, this also makes it more difficult to shape and work with, but it's a solvable problem. The gluten-free pizza crusts are then baked before topping.
The Benefits of Eating Gluten-Free Pizza, or Otherwise
You might not see these benefits for just eating a gluten-free pizza, but the benefits of a gluten-free, or low gluten lifestyle has given plenty of people reason to change up their orders.
Gives you more energy
Following a gluten-free diet can help lower cholesterol levels and improve your digestion. This means you will feel a lot better overall.
Helps with your pizza belly
While gluten alone will not make you lose weight, it can help bring down the bloating most of us experience when eating gluten. So, if you're on a date and want to give a good first impression, definitely order the gluten-free pizza crust.
Keeps insulin controlled
You've probably heard your mom talking about sodas, fried foods, and insulin levels. Now, you can tell her you ordered gluten-free pizza which can actually reduce insulin spikes.
Lowers illness risks
Although gluten-free pizza won't turn you into Superman, it can help lower your risk of heart disease, reduce cancer risks, and help you avoid viruses. This is because gluten-free food options are often packed with antioxidants that act as your body's armor.
Gluten, just like sugar, and all sorts of other things in our foods, can do a number on our bodies, regardless of if we suffer from Celiac. In all things, moderation is key. If you experience any of these challenges, think about lowering the amount of gluten you eat in your day and see how it suits you. With Streets of New York, you'll still be able to enjoy a great slice of pizza!
A crust substitution isn't just for those with gluten intolerance! The Keto diet and other low-carb lifestyles have flourished and with that comes a need for a new kind of crust - something without carbs!
In walks, cauliflower, an often neglected vegetable, his cruciferous cousin broccoli gets most of the attention, but a valuable one for our purposes! Cauliflower is something of a nutritious chameleon, able to mimic the textures and forms of other foods when prepared right. It might not be a perfect 1:1 conversion, but when done right it can make for a compelling substitute. At the worst it lets you still have pizza – and sometimes, pizza is all we want.
Get a cauliflower crust, 10" pizza of your own from Streets of New York!
If you don't have specific dietary restrictions, but want to keep an eye on your calorie intake you can find all the nutritional info you need here. Ready to order up your cauliflower crust pepperoni pizza? Place your order!
NOTE: MAY CONTAIN ALLERGENS
It's important for us to mention, despite our best efforts in creating these options, Streets of New York is not a Gluten-Free facility. Cross contact can occur in very small amounts.
We ask that anyone with Celiac Disease or wheat allergens, please use caution.