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Monday, February 4, 2013

The Pizza Myth: Healthy Eating

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I love pizza. I grew up eating some of the best pizza that is made in the United States. World renowned Pepe's Pizza of New Haven, Ct was an establishment I frequented often... yes, I waited in line some times for 2 hours in order to enjoy one of Pepe's freshly made to order, crackling crusted pies... but no matter, the truth is pizza is not good for you. 

Try as you might to rationalize it to yourself... pizza is junk food. Yeah, it's healthier than McDonalds, but it is still a white flour pie covered in fatty cheese and usually even fattier toppings... I would say pepperoni is one of America's favorite toppings next to sausage. 

A single slice, not a giant slice of plain cheese pizza has about 272 calories and about 22% of your saturated fat for the day. Let's be honest, no one eat's one slice of pizza. Even if I try to fill up on a large salad I still usually have 2 pieces. And if you have a large regular soda with your 2 to 3 slices of plain cheese pizza you've eaten between 784 - 1056 calories with more than half your intake of fat and very little nutrition other than a little calcium from the cheese. 

If you so dare to venture into the topping zone, your calorie in take can skyrocket. I'm not talking about multiple toppings... just one piece of Costco's pepperoni pizza is about 620 calories and about 55% of your daily saturated fat for the day....ONE SLICE.

Adults are not supposed to be eating more than about 500 calories per meal. A teenage boy only needs at most about 733 calories per meal. (Both are considering that snacks will be eaten between meals.)

I know it's quick.
I know it's cheap.

But please give up your weekly pizza night and change it to a special occasion pizza night out or ... a really tightly scheduled day... once in blue moon.



Weekly Menu Plan:


Sunday: Superbowl Dinner: Buffalo Wings, Blue Cheese Dressing and Loaded Nachos

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Fontina Quiche

Tuesday: Split Pea Soup with Rustic Bread (my husband's homemade)

Wednesday: Fresh Orange Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Asparagus and Fingerling Potatoes

Thursday: Fish Sticks, Tater Tots and Broccoli


Saturday: Leftovers

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18 comments:

  1. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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  2. Sad truth. I finally had to admit it myself. I'm now gluten free, and eat very few grains at all and my health has improved tremendously. I treated myself to gluten free pizza last night - it was my first slice of pizza in 2 months. I'm not going to lie, it was fabulous, but I'll only have it as an occasional treat from now on.

    Dan @ ZenPresence

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    1. It is sad. I am wheat-free and I feel so good not eating it that I don't think I'll have pizza for a while, but I love the taste too.

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  3. I don't think I can give up pizza.....but I do try to make it more healthy with whole wheat crusts, less cheese, sometimes no sauce for a "white pizza" and added topping of chicken, spinach and onions instead of pepperoni, ham, and sausage.

    And now you have me craving some pizza! Thankfully your menu plan is saving me, and Split Pea Soup is sounding awfully nice.

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    1. I am not saying to give it up completely, but a lot of people eat it every week. If you make it at home you can control the fat content and make it whole wheat then you are talking about a healthy dinner.

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  4. Great looking menu. The quiche looks delish! Have a nice week!!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by... the quiche is low on custard and high on egg... it's very firm if you like quiche this way. I switch the ingredients all the time.

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  5. It's painful to see the numbers, isn't it? Pizza is definitely an occasional treat. The quiche sounds yummy!

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    1. Sometimes I hate being a responsible eater. You can eat pizza more often if you take Adelina's advice and make it at home with whole wheat, veggies etc... but I find part of pizza's appeal is it's connivence.

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  6. We had the same menu for the Super Bowl! Although I did add a big plate of raw veggies to dip in that ranch dressing, too!

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    1. I did too: celery, carrots and radishes.

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  7. There's a great book, called The Best Pizza Is Made At Home by Donna Rathmell German. I started my Friday Night Pizza Night journey with that book and my bread machine oh, a dozen years ago or more. I agree that take out pizza should be reserved for an occasional treat, but my pizzas (last week's Friday Night Pizza Night post was beet crust, caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella--and roast beef for the carnivores) are a way I show my love for my family by feeding them from our CSA farm share. Making your own means you can be creative with your seasonal produce, creative with your crust, and make a really fabulous dish.

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    1. Thanks so much for the book recommendation. I will let Adelina who posted earlier about making pizza at home know about it too.

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  8. I agree that most pizza you buy is not healthy. I am not at all afraid of saturated fat though, because I believe it is a myth that it is bad. So because of that, making pizza at home with full-fat cheese, nitrate free meats, and maybe some grilled veggies is healthy--at least in my eyes :)I do try to decrease my wheat intake as well, but when I do eat it, I always go for sourdough.

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    1. I think my biggest concern with pizza is that it is a calorie dense food that most people eat too much of... A serving is a slice, and I find it really hard to stop at one slice. I think most of us do.

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  9. i totally agree that the pizza you buy - at the restaurant or the grocery store - is something to avoid most days. but john and i make our own every friday. homemade crust, tons of veggies (if we're feeling lucky, a little prosciutto) and half a ball of fresh buffalo mozzarella. it's pretty healthy and we feel snazzy eating a ton of vegetables. i think, like many other dishes, it all depends on your ingredients. if it's whole, real food - comprised mainly of veggies - pizza CAN be healthy. the key is to only make as much as what will be consumed in that meal too. we make one medium sized, flat crust pizza with very little cheese. i think it works out okay in the end :)

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    1. Sounds like the way to go with pizza. My husband makes it sometimes. Whole wheat, thin crust and with my favorite white clam topping, no mozzarella. It is a famous Pepe's pizza recipe that I never see in any pizza parlors: http://amazingribs.com/recipes/pizza_and_flatbreads_on_the_grill/pepes_white_clam_pizza.html

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