I recently went to a birthday party of one of my son’s friends. It was held at one of those inflatable bouncy house places with loud music and lots of excitement. Overall, the kids had a great time at the party and I’m sure all of the parents agreed that their little ones took great naps that afternoon. After the bouncing and running around, all of the kids were gathered in a party room where the hostess served lunch and drinks before the presents and cake. The Mom (hostess) decided to order pizza for the kids (about 10 of them) from a local pizza place. The kids loved it, including my Thomas. Since I had a smaller breakfast, I grabbed a smaller piece of the vegetarian variety and enjoyed it tremendously. This Mom must have known I worked as a Registered Dietitian and half way through the party whispered in my ear, “I am so sorry about the pizza, I know it is unhealthy.” I reassured her that it was a great lunch item.

Pizza can be a very healthy option, if it is prepared the right way. Attached is a picture of Thomas enjoying his slice of pizza. Below are some tips and tricks to make your “pie” a little more healthy!

  1. Crust – Order thin crust; try to use whole wheat or whole grain dough when available.
  2. Use a low sodium or homemade tomato sauce.
  3. Use ½ of the cheese you might normally add mixed with shredded vegetables.
  4. Use fresh veggies as toppings.
  5. Use lower saturated fat proteins like turkey bacon and lean ground beef or sausage