Sam & Louie's: Italian Resaurant and New York Pizza

The Most Important Slice of the Day

By Mary Gill March 2, 2019

Why Pizza for Breakfast is Better than Most Cereals

It’s the most important meal of the day, we all know it. Yet, most people do not take the time in the morning to cook or make something that they think is a delicious or nutritious option. Most people grab the box of cereal that they eat most mornings, poor a large portion, and head out the door. However, they don’t realize that there are many healthier options that they could be starting their day off with. We want you to make the most of your most important meal of the day, so we’ll fill you in on a little secret…that cold slice sitting in the fridge is likely a smarter breakfast choice than the bland cereal you have in your cabinet. Looking for a nutritious way to start off your day?

Forget the Lucky Charms. Instead, reach for that left over pizza in your fridge. We know you were thinking about it when you woke up anyways, trying to wait until dinner, but we give you permission to throw it in the toaster oven reheat it in the microwave, or eat it cold for breakfast. Even if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, your morning slice will be sure to boost your energy and mood to start your day off the right way. Especially if it was from your favorite pizza place, Sam & Louie’s.

Pizza vs. Cereal

“You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories. However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.” Chelsey Amer, a private practice nutritionist based in New York City, told USA TODAY. The average cereal will provide a few grams of protein and fiber, but have a large amount of sugar and calories. Once you add in the milk to your cereal and take account the realistic amount you actually dump into your bowl compared to the serving size, you are looking at a lot more calories and a lot more sugar.

On the other side, pizza’s basic ingredients include mozzarella cheese for a good source of protein and calcium, tomato sauce for a good source of vitamins A and C. It has both a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates and lasting energy from the protein and fiber. It’s an added bonus if the pizza has additional toppings on top like vegetables or meats to add in some nutritious value. When compared to most bowls of sugary flakes it is a much more balanced meal.

Now, that’s not to say that pizza is the healthiest option for breakfast, or is better than every cereal, but you can eat happy knowing that you are likely consuming something for breakfast that is healthier than a good chunk of the population. Pizza can become your new household breakfast staple and we guarantee you will get no complaints.