Healthy Pizza - A balanced meal with the five major food groups
Pizza is always referred to as a guilty pleasure rather than a wholesome healthy meal. It might be true that pizza is not the food that comes to mind while thinking of healthy food, this Italian dish has been a healthy food staple for many years in many parts of the world.
Pizza is one of the few wholesome foods that cover all the five food groups that make up a balanced meal plate. Take a good look at healthy pizza and one can see all the ingredients that describe as a balanced meal.
Here is a list of the five food groups that should make up the food plate.
- Vegetables: A soulful topping of vegetables on pizza not only provide a delicious flavor but an array of nutrients. USDA recommends 2.5 cups of vegetables every day in the diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are many subgroups of vegetables based on the nutrients they contain. These are:
- Dark green, leafy vegetables, such as broccoli or spinach.
- Red and orange vegetables, such as peppers and tomatoes.
- Starchy vegetables, such as corn.
- Fruits: As pizza toppings, many fruits including olives, pineapple, and avocados have been popular choices. Fruits are very rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and also omega 3’s. Although we can’t get the recommended serving size of fruits on to the pizza, a dash of fruit toppings can add the zing required to enhance the taste of any pizza.
- Grains: Grains are a good source of vitamins and carbohydrates that gives energy to the body. USDA recommends equivalent to 6-ounce of grains each day which amounts to 6 slices of bread. The pizza crust has a perfect amount of daily carbohydrate requirements. At pizzaday, the dough is made from organic flour and also have whole wheat options for people preferring whole wheat grains. Whole wheat grains are a very good source of B vitamins and folate. Pizzaday’s freshly made organic crust is a very healthy replacement to precooked crusts that are traditionally used in other restaurants. We also make a glutenfree version of the pizza crust for customers allergic to gluten.
- Proteins. Proteins are important musclebuilding blocks for our body and USDA recommends 5-ounce equivalents of protein each day. A variety of meat are good sources of protein and should be included in the diet. For vegetarians, soy chunks, paneer, tofu are good sources of protein. All meat toppings such as chicken, pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon are not only an excellent source of protein but also rich in omega 3’s, niacin, and iron. Meat toppings make the pizza more delicious while also satiating your hunger.
- Dairy: The most important and power food that is also the main ingredient in pizza making is dairy. USDA recommends 3 cups of dairy each day which can be either milk or milk products that contain many nutrients. Cheese is a form of dairy that is used generously in pizza making not just for giving a gooey texture but the most important Calcium source that is needed for strong bones and teeth. Mozzarella cheese from Grande is the best source of cheese that is used in Pizzaday pizzas with high amounts of calcium and protein.
Pizza with all its nutrient-packed food groups does not deserve to be classified as a greasy comfort food category like it is being done so far. It is not only healthy food but is also a convenient choice for anyone who would like to satisfy their hunger and nutrient quotient in a single meal.
It is a simple balanced healthy pizza that can be customized to boost nutritional values as per choice. One can always create a pizza to their liking if one needs a different balance of the ingredients.
For Example, a person who wants to go more on protein and fewer carbs can choose a thin crust pizza with lean meat toppings and a person who needs more fiber can order up more vegetable toppings.
It is all about making smarter choices and ordering healthier pizzas loaded up with ample nutrients that fit our needs. Unlike the older beliefs that all food ordered from a restaurant is unhealthy, there are many healthy and delicious food options served in restaurants today.
Only good research is needed to look up the restaurants that stick to the best health and hygiene standards of your choice.
PIZZADAY is the best stop for anyone looking to order up a healthy, soulful, and comfort food that is both nutritious and delicious at the same time. We carry a reputation for being one of the best health-conscious pizza places in town.
We believe in giving our customers the healthiest options for the tastiest pizzas. Visit our website https://www.pizzadaytx.com/ to explore our range of menu items especially at our signature dishes and call us at (512) 345-7492 for any queries before you order.