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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pizza: it doesn't have to be the enemy

On any given day, 1 in 8 Americans eats pizza.  In fact, the average American eats 46 slices of pizza per year.  And as a country, we consume 90 acres of pizza each year.  So apparently there's an elephant in the room - and he's eating pizza!
Pizza has become a convenience food goto and is part of our culinary culture.  This doesn't necessarily make it the enemy.  The main problem with excessive pizza consumption is that we end up eating pizzas that are very high in fat, sodium and calories, but very low in vegetables.
The two obvious solutions are:

  1. Portion control & meal balance.  Have one slice and then round out your meal with a nice salad and some fruit.
  2. Make your own.  Again, it's best to add a salad or some other fruit or veggie side as a nutritional compliment to your meal.  
I personally like making your own, since that way I can have one pizza that makes everyone happy.

And if you guessed there were 4 of us in our family - you are absolutely correct!

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