Pizza for dinner – great! However, there’s pizza… and there is pizza. Will dinner consist of a deep-fried pan base, loaded with cheese and pepperoni – and just because it’s on offer,  a freebie 2litre bottle of Coke and a dozen deep-fried mozzarella balls?

Or…the pizza might be homemade — a wholewheat homemade base topped with organic pasta sauce, a sprinkling of cheese and lots of colourful veggies. The drink might be sparkling water with a dash of lime juice, and the accompaniment, a Greek salad.

I won’t go into the specifics of each choice on calories*, unhealthy fats (including trans-fats), sugars, additives, preservatives,  fibre and other nutrients – but needless to say, the differences are not only significant but huge. And you know that.

A diet consistently in line with the first option impacts negatively on your weight, your energy levels, your appearance, your current wellness and long-term health. Providing such meals on a frequent basis puts our kids on the wrong path; both in terms of educating them on health-related matters, and in giving them the brain power and physical energy they deserve. As parents we must take responsibility for our kids’ health – obesity in children is becoming a real concern, so much so that we now refer to the worldwide phenomenon as “Globesity”.

 

However, there is hope. The healthier option here can be put together quickly and costs far less than the alternative. All it takes is some commitment and planning on your part – learn the basics about good nutrition; have access to healthy quick and simple recipes, understand food labels, and stock healthy ingredients at home. There are ways to make meal planning and cooking easy and fun, with just a little effort. You have the choice; please make the right one for health’s sake.

*I know you’ve got to know (although calorie counting isn’t advised, good to be calorie aware)

Based on 2 slices of 12” pizza, 3 mozzarella balls and 250ml coke – total estimated calories is 940. The healthier option, with generous side of Greek Salad comes in at around 520 calories.

 

To our health!

Liza Rowan

Holistic Nutritionist

When not not busy in my favourite role as mother to my two boys,  I dedicate my time to educate, motivate and inspire us all to lead healthier, happier lives. This involves hosting Nutrition courses (in-class and online), corporate wellness talks, workshops and when I have time, private consultations.

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