Pizza for breakfast is an American classic there is no doubt, we even have a pizza breakfast omelette recipe for you to enjoy right here on our web site. Whether your pizza is eaten stone cold and taken straight from the box or served after an early morning reheat, it’s basically a yummy dish all on its own. Some people even eat pizza cold the next day or heaven forbid two days later.
That being said, I’ve never thought of eating pizza as in any way, shape, or form as remotely healthy until I started keto a few years ago. In fact, I’m pretty sure I haven’t ever heard ‘pizza’ and ‘healthy’ said in the same sentence…until now.
So it is remarkable then that according to New York-based nutritionist Chelsey Amer, a cheesy, greasy, carb-filled slice of pizza is way better for you than your favorite breakfast cereal. I found this news hard to digest since staring at my keto granola and my roman pizza side by side seemed like no contest at first. So, I guess it’s time for us all to rethink our early morning risers —and to jump for joy that yes it is actually ok to eat pizza for breakfast and that it is actually healthier for you after all!
Amer credits the high sugar content in most cereals for its poor reputation, while The Daily Meal adds the lack of protein and healthy fats are contributing to its “nutritionally bleak” standing. “You may be astonished to learn that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories,” Amer told the site. “However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.”
While it still might be pushing it to call your early morning pizza breakfast a good for you choice, it’s certainly healthier. That counts for something, right!? Amer does credit its protein content and admits, “a slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash.”
That’s not to say all pizzas, or cereals, are created equal, far from it. Since according to Health’s contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass MPH, RD, not all breakfast cereals have to be off-limits, and some may actually be preferable. “A cereal made with whole grains, nuts or seeds, and fruit with organic grass-fed milk or plant-based milk is a better choice over a grease-laden pizza made with processed meat like pepperoni on a white flour crust,” she says.
Is this a win for pizza supporters? Not quite. There are still about million healthier breakfast options, but at least we can feel a little more relaxed about consuming the occasional morning slice of tasty pizza.
Gorge on These ‘Healthy’ Pizza Recipes
Now that we know that pizza is nowhere near as unhealthy as mainstream media would credit, you can tuck in to these ‘healthy keto pizza recipes right away
Of course this is not a green light to gorge on pizza recipes left right and center. Yet the old misconceptions about pizza being a carb laden big bad monster seem to be just that, misconceptions.
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