child eating pizza for breakfast

We’ve been saying this for a long time — okay, Cary’s been saying it, Lillian disagrees — pizza is good for you. Uhh, maybe not exactly good for you, just good in general. And pizza for breakfast is splendid.

We saw an article on Parents.com that refers to an interview on thedailymeal.com (we love having backup) that quotes dietitian  Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, CDN as saying, “an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories, however, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.”

Of course she goes on to say that pizza isn’t exactly health food, but it’s a more nutritionally balanced meal than, say Cap’n Crunch (another Cary favorite): “a slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash,” Amer confirmed.

We like cold pizza for breakfast and always have. Grains, protein, fruits (tomato is a fruit!); the breakfast of champions!

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Just, as The Daily Meal goes on to remind us, do not eat the pizza if you’ve left the pizza in the box out on the counter overnight. Even if it looks good and smells okay, you can get really sick.

Refrigerated pizza: better that cereal. Unrefrigerated pizza: worse than most things.

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