I've always been a fan of pizza. In high school, I looked forward to the one time each week my parents would order a pie for dinner-and then the cold leftover slice I would inevitably eat for breakfast the following morning. So when I heard about a nutritionist who said pizza can be healthier than a bowl of cereal for breakfast, I was intrigued.
Instead of eating my usual cereal or Greek yogurt for breakfast, I thought it was worth trying pizza for five days straight. The right pizza supposedly can provide more nutrients than a bowl of sugary corn flakes, the nutritionist said, and I wanted to test the theory. To make sure I was doing breakfast pizza the right way, I spoke with Health contributing nutrition editor Cynthia Sass, who provided a few essential pointers on how to healthify my daily pizza.
"A pie piled with processed red meat and cheese with a thick crust may leave you feeling sluggish, sleepy, and bloated all day," says Sass, "but a pizza loaded with veggies, lean protein, and light cheese (or no cheese!) on a healthy crust can be a nourishing and energizing way to start your day, and may even help with weight loss."
She suggests using a crust made of cauliflower or almond flower for a lower carb count and choosing a healthy base like dairy-free pesto or tomato sauce. Then, top she recommended I top the pizza with lots of vegetables to get vitamins.
With Sass's tips in mind, I headed to the grocery store and prepared for my foray into breakfast pizza. I chose a whole wheat crust from Trader Joe's, which I rolled out on my own and topped with tomato sauce, feta cheese (Sass says this cheese is lower in fat than your typical mozzarella), prosciutto slices for a protein boost, peppers, and basil.
After baking the pizza on Sunday night, I couldn't resist and ate part of my breakfast for dinner. Spoiler alert: it was delicious. I went to bed excited to eat more pizza for breakfast.