Eating NAKED Pizza

Okay yum. I did eat pizza. But it was NAKED!

My daughter introduced me to this place. She said, “Ma, this place is the real deal. They use only the finest ingredients- real food!”. They recently opened this new place near her college and because she is gluten intolerant, and they have gluten free crust, she was thrilled. They say that their dough, sauce and cheese contain no additives, preservatives, colorants or weird chemicals of any kind. I friggin’ LOVE THAT! My daughter went on to research the company and did an article for her college paper about the and said:

New Orleans entrepreneurs Randy Crotchet and Jeff Leach have upheld the qualities that we have come to know and love about fast food, but they intend to be the solution to the obesity epidemic rather than become another contributor to it.

They must be doing something right, because their small restaurant, originally located in an area damaged by Hurricane Katrina and called “The World’s Healthiest Pizza,” has grown into the bold, quirky Naked Pizza brand that currently has over 450 locations in 10 different states.

They have kept the quick delivery: Pizza can be delivered hot to your home in roughly 25 minutes. You can still have it your way, but good luck personalizing your pie — it’s not easy deciding from three different types of crust (including gluten-free), three different cheeses, three different sauces, 15 different fresh vegetable toppings and five different meat toppings. Can’t decide? Go with one of their recommended favorites such as the “Pima,” which contains chicken, black beans, jalapeño and cheddar cheese. Prices range anywhere between $10-20 dollars depending on size and topping. I chose the SUPERBIOTIC as you’ll see below.

What sets them apart from the rest of the 30-billion-dollar pizza industry is their commitment to wholesome, healthy ingredients that do not sacrifice taste and do not leave you feeling greasy, sluggish and immediately regretful when you are finished. Calling it “Naked” is simply a sexier way of calling it natural. You know I love NAKED! and so does your body.

“A big donut slathered with tomato sauce,” is how they refer to their competition. More conventional crust is made from white flour that is stripped of all its nutrients — the same flour used in baked goods and donuts that is processed in your body the same way. Naked’s superior crust is made from a ten-grain blend of the healthiest grains, including oats, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, teff, spelt, tapioca and two kinds of wheat. Their crust also contains probiotics, beneficial bacteria that are found in yogurt and aid in healthy digestion. Naked’s sauce, cheese and meat are just as naked because they contain no “freaky chemicals.”

To be honest, the revolution of Naked Pizza has very little to do with pizza. They are starting a movement and pizza is simply their vehicle.  What better way to prove to Americans that healthy alternatives do exist than to prove it with the most loved American food of them all?

“We’ll use this pizza to have a larger conversation with you about the food supply,” Leach told the New York Times.

How are they spreading their message? Through social media, of course. Why else would the trendy, vibrant lime green and white store be equipped with iPads to play around with while you wait?  “Social media is about authentic dialogue between you and us … full frontal, no secrets,” writes Naked Pizza in its advertising brochure.

“You’ll know we’re real people with an opinion and we expect the same of you. Give it to us straight, we’ll do the same — promise, friendo,” they state on their website.

At my first visit to this clean, funky, healthy pizza place, I was confused about what to order (so many choices) so I selected one of their signature suggestions. This is my pie.

This amazingly delicious pizza is their smallest 10 inch pie. No slices here. This one is equivalent to about 2 slices of the “other kind”. This is the SUPERBIOTIC Pie, dripping with fresh mushrooms, cilantro, onions, red pepper, and spinach! I don’t usually eat cheese but when I do, I want the real cheese. Naked Pizza proclaims their freshest ingredients including the mozzarella.

Woo Hoo for this NAKED Pizza!

You know that my mission is to get you to cook and sleep naked, so this naked pizza will be an nice addition. Check out this cutting edge, social media savvy, health obsessed company. If there is not a physical location near you, at least show them some love on Facebook or tweet at them on Twitter and you can expect a response. The more we support companies that promote health, the more of these businesses will show up.

While we’re busy talking health, my daughter is a blogger, food writer, college athlete, an entrepreneur with an amazing message for young woman in her new business venture,  No Skinny Girls. Show her some Facebook Love too and give your a “like” or comment on her page.

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