Add another delicious point to the list of reasons why that leftover pizza you microwaved this morning was a totally reasonable breakfast option: It’s a healthier option than most cereals, says New York nutritionist Chelsey Amer to Delish. This is a big win for breakfast slobs everywhere.
Does this mean pizza is healthy? No. It just means most breakfast cereals are really unhealthy, Amer says. She points to most cereal’s high sugar content and low protein content as reason to opt for pizza, which, in addition to having a similar caloric value as a typical bowl of cereal, packs much more gut-filling protein in every bite, meaning you’re less hungry throughout the morning and can sustain higher energy levels until lunch. Not too shabby!
Does this mean you should automatically pitch whatever box of cereal is in your cupboard right now? Nope. Amer says there are plenty of good cereals. Check your brand for whole grains, seeds and nuts (organic cereals are usually better for you, as they’re made with fewer processed ingredients and tend to use a “real food” approach to their recipes), and if it’s packed with them, keep pouring yourself a bowl.
There are plenty of healthier breakfast options than pizza, of course, but there are even more healthier options compared with cereal, so call this one a win for the leftovers kings and queens across the nation.