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This All-American Favorite is Not Only Easy to Prepare and Fun to Share, It Can Also Be a Nutritious Foundation of a Balanced Diet, Nutritionist Says
NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- October is National Pizza Month – a perfect time to celebrate one of America's most beloved foods. Now, with the help of the Nestle Pizza Portion Guide, you can feel even better about serving this family favorite. "It's all about how much you eat and what else you eat with it," says registered dietitian Lisa R. Young, Ph.D., R.D., author of The Portion Teller Plan, who helped create the new guide.
"I want to help people 'legalize' as many foods as possible in their mind so they don't assume these foods are off-limits if they're trying to eat healthier or lose weight," said Young, who is an adjunct professor at New York University and is one of the country's leading experts on portion size. "Being mindful of portion size is one of the best ways you can keep enjoying your favorite foods so you won't feel deprived. When you learn ways to eat what you love (in appropriate portions), you can keep your meals enjoyable and your eating plan on track."
Mindful Approach to Pizza
Young describes pizza as a "mixed dish" that combines several food groups all in one slice – grains with the crust, calcium-rich dairy, vegetables and protein. Many favorite pizzas provide every food group in USDA's MyPlate except fruit. "Since pizza offers many elements of a balanced diet, you can round it out with additional vegetables and fruits to balance your plate. For example, you can include a slice of pizza, along with steamed vegetables or leafy greens and a fruit salad."
Similar to other mixed dishes and breads, pizza does contain sodium -- in the sauce, dough and toppings -- so moderating your pizza portion can help keep your daily sodium intake consistent with dietary recommendations, Young advises.
Young offers five ways to take a mindful approach to pizza:
To help celebrate National Pizza Month, Young recommends a family pizza night. The key is to keep it fun -- allowing family members an active role in crafting pizza portions tailored to their tastes and needs. After baking, she suggests carefully slicing pizza into half-serving sizes, based on the serving size shown on the carton. That gives family members more control to eat the amount they prefer.
Getting creative with additional pizza toppings makes for a nutritious, colorful, customized pizza as well as encourages wholesome, quality family time. Mix and match the following possibilities to keep the fun and flavor in pizza night:
"Kids love pizza and getting inventive when enjoying pizza at home is a great teaching tool for parents," said Young. "Putting the tips to use from the Nestle Pizza Portion Guide helps kids learn about how to handle their own portions when parents are around so they can apply those lessons in social settings, where they may not be present. Family fun night is a great time to strengthen family bonds and teach smart habits that can last a lifetime."
The Nestle Pizza Portion Guide is a part of Nestle's commitment to Nutrition, Health and Wellness. The Nestle mission of "Good Food, Good Life" is to provide consumers with the best tasting, most nutritious choices in a wide range of food and beverage categories and eating occasions. For more information on the free Nestle Pizza Portion Guide, visit www.nestleusa.com/enjoypizza.
Named one of "The World's Most Admired Food Companies" in Fortune magazine for sixteen consecutive years, Nestlé provides quality brands and products that bring flavor to life every day. From nutritious meals with LEAN CUISINE® to baking traditions with NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE®, Nestle USA makes delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverage products that make good living possible. That's what "Nestle. Good Food, Good Life" is all about. Nestle USA, with 2012 sales of $10 billion, is part of Nestle S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland - the world's largest food company with a commitment to Nutrition, Health & Wellness - with 2012 sales of $98 billion. For product news and information, visit Nestleusa.com or Facebook.com/NestleUSA.
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