Nutritional Benefits of Veggie Pizza

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I went to Bella’s Pizza in Smyrna last night for an open mic night and had their personal sized Ultimate Veggie Pizza with no cheese.  First of all, it was huge!  But more importantly, it was delicious!!  Since I am lactose intolerant, I tend to stay away from dairy products.  I don’t know if you have ever had a cheeseless veggie pizza before, but they are quite tasty.  The pizza had marinara, tomatoes, crushed garlic, spinach, olives, onions, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and red and green bell peppers on top.  Granted it did not have a whole wheat crust, but as long as half of our grains are whole throughout the day, we are meeting the USDA Dietary Guidelines recommendations…

This pizza really was a nutrient powerhouse:

Marinara and tomatoes – heart healthy lycopene and vitamin C

Olives – Healthy fats

Crust – Energy giving carbohydrates

Garlic – Allicin, manganese, vitamin B6, fiber

Spinach – Vitamin K, C, A, iron, folate, calcium 

Onions – Phytonutrients, vitamin C, fiber

Artichoke Hearts – Fiber, vitamin C, folate, magnesium

Mushrooms – Selenium, only veggie source of vitamin D, B vitamins

Red and Green Bell Peppers – vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, folate, fiber

If you have not tried a cheese less, veggie pizza before, I would highly suggest it!  Not only for the taste, but for the nutritional benefits as well.  Enjoy!

Photo from http://www.chelleszone.blogspot.com 

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