Is Pizza Bad for You?

whole wheat english muffin pizzaPizza is one of those international foods that has become an American classic. But a lot of people consider pizza to be “junk or fast food”. But how bad is it for you, really?

How does take-out pizza stack up to the whole wheat English muffin pizza you make at home? Pizza stats vary a lot depending on which restaurant you get it from.

If you are ordering pizza from a “fast food” food court style, you could be looking at 230 calories, 9 grams of fat, 520 mg sodium and 10 g protein or up too 460 calories and 13 grams of fat for other restaurants that specialize in deep dish. So how do you get the calorie and fat facts for your take-out pie? All fast food and most chain restaurants published the nutritional facts of their menu items on the internet and those are easy to find with a simple web search.

So what if you want to get your pizza fix while getting more nutrition – beyond just counting calories and fat? As you probably thought, my suggestion is to make it at home. If you have time and want to make your own home made pizza crust, you can go that route – alternatively, try making a fast and mess-free whole wheat English muffin pizza!

Whole Wheat English Muffin Pizza

I get a craving for pizza often – only I don’t always want to order a whole pizza or make a special trip to the pizza shop. This version is a step up from take-out, since it’s made with a whole grain crust and has a vitamin boost from spinach.

Serves 1

1 100% whole wheat English muffin
2 tablespoons pasta sauce
2 tablespoon chopped baby spinach
2 tablespoon grated part skim mozzarella

Preheat oven to 350°F. Split the English muffin in half and top each half with one tablespoon pasta sauce, spinach, and mozzarella. Bake 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is hot and lightly browned. Serve immediately.

Per Serving (two pieces):
256 calories. 11 g protein, 40 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat (2 g saturated), 7 mg cholesterol, 7 g fiber, 900 mg sodium.

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