FAMILY HEALTH AND WELLNESS ARTICLE FROM SPARKPEOPLE
Dining Out at the Pizzeria
Who doesn't like pizza? Nearly every mouth waters at the thought of sweet tomato sauce, tangy toppers, and that rich golden-brown crust, baked to perfection. This combination food can be a healthy choice, filled with complex carbohydrates, B-vitamins, calcium, protein, vitamin A, and vitamin C. However it often ends up being an indulgent, high fat, calorie-packed nightmare. Next time you're placing an order at your favorite pizzeria, the following pizza pointers will surely come in handy:
Ask about pizza ingredients when you are ordering. Resist the urge to order double-cheese. Go for vegetable toppings such as mushrooms, green peppers, olives, tomatoes, and onion. Try new toppers such as broccoli, spinach, asparagus, or artichokes. Go easy on the meats. Each meat addition adds 10-40 calories and 1.5 to 3.5 grams of fat per slice. Try to hold it to two slices of pizza and order a salad on the side. Order your body's favorite drink--water--instead of soda. Blotting the fat from greasy pizza is worth the effort. You could easily soak up a teaspoon of grease, 5 grams of fat, and 40 calories from two slices of pizza alone!
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