Remember how you felt when you were a kid and you walked into your classroom to see a substitute teacher? That I-can-get-away-with-anything-and-I-am-going-to-try feeling? Yeah. Cheat days are like that.
Designating cheat days indicates to our brain that all the other days must be stringent, void of fun. I’ve heard enough people say they limit their favorite foods (like pizza!) to a rare, “cheat day” and it makes me so sad! Are you one of them?
Sure, the Italian place down the street piles their pie with pounds of cheese and stuffs the crust with bacon – ain’t nobody gonna fit that in their macros without some careful planning.
Keeping fat macros in check with traditional pizza is nearly impossible – packing 20, 30 even 50 g in a typical serving between cheese, pepperoni, sausage, bacon and other high fat toppings. You can do better and enjoy a TON more food by making it at home.
Dial down the fat content (and eat the whole damn thing yourself!) with a flatbread or cauliflower crust like this made with a lower fat protein + a ton of vegetables + marinara. Dial up the fat to fit your own needs and preferences by topping cheese, fattier cuts of meat or a drizzle of olive oil.
Pictured: shaved ham + spinach + mushrooms + cheese + marinara + flatbread.