Pizza Isn’t a Vegetable, but It’s Not as Bad as You Think

Amid all this controversy about pizza being classified as a veggie, I’ve found myself actually thinking about the reasoning behind this switch.

Grilled Vegetable Pizza

In the grander scheme of things, there are going to be times when a pizza is a healthier choice than another menu item. If you have some extra time and a little kitchen ambition, it can be made even healthier at home. Here are a couple reasons why I think people should cut the pizza a little slack and grab a slice:

  1. You can choose the toppings — Sure, a meat lover’s pizza with pepperoni, bacon, ham and any other artery-clogging animal you can find isn’t the best choice. But you can get in a whole day’s worth of veggies on a pizza. Try it with spinach, roasted veggies like zucchini or squash, mushrooms and some onions and you have a delicious meal with some good nutrition.
  2. You control how much cheese is on it — If you’re like me, you probably love those hot globs of cheese on your slice. Thankfully, you can do yourself a favor and opt for a lighter layer and save yourself some major calories.
  3. You can choose a whole wheat crust — I promise it won’t taste like cardboard. Choosing a whole wheat crust can give you some extra fiber and make you feel a little better about what you’re eating. If you’re not up to making the crust yourself, you can buy a pre-made version at most stores. Most restaurants are also starting to get on the whole wheat bandwagon (Uno’s and Bertucci’s, to name a few).
  4. Tomato sauce — I’m not saying I agree with Congress, but not matter what pizza you choose, you’re always getting a small dose of veggies in the tomato sauce. Unless of course you choose a white pizza or something.

So there are a few reasons why I think we need to give pizza a second chance. Again, I’m not saying we need to put it on the pyramid next to broccoli, but pizza can be a sensible option as long as you’re conscious of what you’re putting on it.

Any other pizza defenders out there?

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