One family favorite that you can easily make healthier is pizza. To begin with, pizza is a food that kids and grown ups enjoy. Who would have thought that this crowd pleaser could be considered a healthy meal? You and your family will be glad to hear that pizza is perfect for a quick and nutritious meal. There are many health benefits that can be found in pizza. The tomato sauce is a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, which is found naturally in tomato sauce. Lycopene is one of the strongest antioxidants that can protect you from cancer. Italian scientists claimed that eating pizza once a week can protect against some cancers. In a study of 8,000 people, they found that those who ate pizza as a healthy meal one or more times a week were several times less likely to get mouth and colon cancer than those who chose other meals. The tomato is suspected to be behind the results which were that pizza lowered esophageal cancer by 59%, colon cancer by 26% and mouth cancer by 34%. That's why a vegetable pizza with a light sprinkling of cheese can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

To make this the healthiest and most fun meal, try making your own whole grain pizza. Everyone can decorate their own mini pie with whatever vegetables they like for a custom pizza. After all, half the fun is coming up with new combinations. Top lightly with low fat cheese and enjoy this family favorite.


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Dear Susan,

Could you recommend a dinner that tastes good and is nutritious at the same time. It would be even better is it something that the whole family will enjoy!

Out of ideas.

Who said that a tasty dinner has to be boring? Healthy meal options combine whole grain carbohydrates for energy, that have dietary fiber to fill you up – not out, with protein and "good" fats to last a while. A dinner meal gives you energy, especially if you are active. It will prevent you from getting too hungry a short time after your meal and overeating later.