Can You Dig Into Pizza When the Craving Strikes?

Find out what Dr. Oz has to say.

Q: Can you dig into pizza night when the craving strikes?

Oz Says: Yes, you can!

Come on — I'm not here to take away your pizza! And actually, if you order it my way, your pie can check off a bunch of nutritional boxes. A plain cheese slice already has bone-building calcium in the cheese and cancer-fighting antioxidants in the tomato sauce (more than you'd get from raw tomatoes, in fact). But that's just for starters. I basically treat pizza like a nice, flat plate to pile with peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, artichoke hearts, spinach, and more. Seriously, go ahead and order the veggie works so you get a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber without adding on too many calories. Two more tips: I resist adding meaty toppings or extra cheese, and I try to stick to one slice. Not easy, I know, but a big side salad helps.

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Sources: Keri Gans, MS, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet; Ashley Koff, RD

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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