By Grace Vasquez
How many times didn’t you hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Rick Stacy and I were just talking about it this morning. He eats a salad for breakfast! I kid you not! Some people can’t stand breakfast because of the options offered for the early meal like eggs, yogurt or even cereal. Well, what if you could eat pizza first thing in the morning and still be healthy? Oh yeah!
Now while that may sound totally out there, dietitian and blogger Chelsey Amer recently made the case for pizza for breakfast. While she admits it may not be the absolute healthiest option, she does argue that pizza is actually healthier, and more balanced, than your standard sugary breakfast cereal and milk.
“You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories,” Amer told the Chicago Tribune. “However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.” She is absolutely correct!
Here’s the problem with cereal: it’s almost impossible to find a cereal without sugar. I have a love hate relationship with sugar. I love it because it tastes good; I hate it because it wreaks havoc with my body.
New York-based dietitian Keri Gans tells the “New York Post” that cereal can be a great option to “start your day off right,” as long as you pick one packed with fiber, which not only keeps you fuller longer, but also helps lower cholesterol and control blood sugar. Gans recommends looking for cereals with three grams of sugar or less, and at least six grams of fiber. Or you can eat PIZZA!
Gans also suggests topping cereal with things like berries, which have a lot of vitamins, or apples, bananas, or even nuts, seeds or yogurt. Gans notes this type of cereal option will certainly be healthier than a greasy slice of pizza. All right, Gans has a point. I’m all about fruit and nuts. I nibble on fruit and nuts throughout the day.
Full disclosure, I did Burn Fat Orlando weight-loss program. One of the great things I love about this program is you learn what foods agree with your body, what foods it will burn naturally but we all can’t eat the same foods with same results. In saying that, I can eat a slice of pizza, grant it, not everyday but when I do enjoy my pizza, I really enjoy it because I know the next day my scale number won’t increase. Now, when I eat cereal. Ugh, not the same. Scale goes up.
Moral of the story? Eat Pizza for Breakfast! Well, in moderation of course. ~grace