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Pizza for breakfast? Sure, but be smart

Monday, October 1, 2018

By: Jeff Ash


October is National Pizza Month. Given the right ingredients, it might just be one of the healthiest things you can have for breakfast.

 

“A pizza loaded with veggies, lean protein and light cheese (or no cheese!) on a healthy crust can be a nourishing and energizing way to start your day,” says Cynthia Sass, a registered dietitian who is a Health magazine contributing nutrition editor.

 

That’s healthier than cold cereal, which often is high in sugar and low in protein.

 

Here’s why. The carbohydrates, proteins and fats in pizza do a better job of satisfying early-morning hunger than cold cereal, and there’s no sugar crash, says Chelsey Amer, a New York nutritionist.

 

But again, choose wisely.

 

“I’m not saying that we should go out and eat pizza every day for breakfast,” Amer told USA Today.

 

Sass agrees, saying, “a pie piled with processed red meat and cheese with a thick crust may leave you feeling sluggish, sleepy and bloated all day.”

 

Here’s a quick way to make a pizza that combines lean protein and veggies, making it one of those wise choices for breakfast the next morning.

 

Grilled Chicken and Red Bell Pepper Pizza

Ingredients

1 12-inch thin pizza crust

2 ounces pizza sauce

1 cup grilled chicken

1 cup thinly sliced red bell peppers

1 cup mozzarella cheese

 

Instructions

Heat oven to 350 F.

Brush on pizza sauce to edges of crust.

Evenly spread chicken and peppers to ½ inch from edge of crust.

Cover with mozzarella cheese.

Place on cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.

 

Notes

A whole wheat crust is healthiest. It’s OK to substitute onions or green peppers for red bell peppers if desired.

Source: Adapted from Pizza Today

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