If you haven’t had Blaze Pizza yet, run, don’t walk. You may be slightly surprised to hear a CrossFit owner tell you to go to a pizza spot, but this one is very different. Basically, Blaze is Chipotle for pizza lovers. While they do have a variety of pies available on the menu, the real fun comes in building your own pizza from scratch. I decided to try it out and see if I could make a muscle building meal after a workout last Saturday afternoon, and here’s what I found.
1. It would be nice if they had a whole wheat crust. Look, by now basically everyone knows that whole wheat is the way to go. However, that being said, in this situation white flower wasn’t the worst choice. The biggest point in favor of whole wheat is the fiber, which slows down how quickly you process the carbohydrates in the bread. While fiber is always a healthy choice, in this case I was eating more than just bread so this point is kind of moot. I’d like to point out that the vitamins and other micronutrients in whole wheat are beneficial, but for one meal you’ll be totally fine. The protein and vegetables will still slow down how quickly you process the carbs, and if you go right after a workout, you actually want fast acting carbohydrate sources.
2. There are great protein options. I was completely shocked by how many options there are at Blaze for protein. I don’t remember all of them, but they have the usual pepperoni, sausage, etc. they also have grilled chicken, turkey meatballs, and smoked ham. These are all great options as they are leaner proteins than you can usually find at a pizza shop. You also can get as many of them as you like. So go for some double chicken, or chicken and turkey, and get your protein fix in to build muscles.
3. You basically can get a salad on top, and it will still be delicious. The vegetable options are incredible. I didn’t even have time to read them all, but there are mushrooms, onions, green peppers, jalapenos, banana peppers, basil, tomatoes, and garlic. To top it off, you can have it sprinkled with a handful of arugula after it comes out of the brick oven. It is amazing.
My pie: original crust + spicy red sauce + grilled chicken + turkey meatballs + bell pepper + mushrooms + jalapeno + arugula + as many red pepper flakes as I can shake on top.
This is definitely a restaurant you can go to, make a few healthy choices, and create an awesome muscle building meal. Pizza and healthy. Never thought I would put those two into a sentence.