Pizza for breakfast? It’s more well-balanced than cereal, nutritionist says
Pizza for breakfast? I’m in.
So is a nutritionist who is encouraging people to find more well-balanced breakfast options than sugary cereal.
Chelsey Amer, a private practice nutritionist based in New York City, told USA TODAY pizza’s carbohydrates, proteins and fats satisfy hunger better than cereal, which is usually high in sugar and low in protein.
“I’m not saying that we should go out and eat pizza every day for breakfast,” Amer said. “We should follow our cravings. If that’s what you are craving, it can prevent you from eating an entire pie later on.”
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If that pizza is on a 100% whole wheat crust with a moderate amount of cheese and topped with veggies, that actually is a recipe for a healthy breakfast.
What else could be more well-balanced than cereal?
Tacos, especially those made with a whole grain tortilla, eggs or another protein, a little cheese and salsa, Amer said.
Cookies. OK — not chocolate chip. Think: A make-ahead healthy mix of grains and vegetables. Amer has a recipe for Gluten Free Zucchini Bread Breakfast Cookies than could be a good grab-and-go option for anyone in a rush.
Soup and sandwich. Amer recommends a soup with vegetables and a sandwich on whole grain bread.
Go ahead, eat something crazy for breakfast. (Just not Tide Pods, please.) Amer said any meal that contains a combination of protein and fiber to boost satisfaction and prevent a blood sugar crash is a good option, even if it’s not considered a traditional breakfast food.
For traditionalists, there is good news. Amer said cereal with at least 5 grams of fiber and less than 5 grams of added sugar can be part of a balanced meal. She recommends pairing it with milk, Greek yogurt or nuts and seeds for protein and berries for added fiber, vitamins and minerals.
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