Is pizza healthy? I think that depends on what the pizza is made of and how much you eat. But for my kids, a slice pizza with a side of fruit is a healthy mini-meal after school snack they need to fuel up before heading out to a sports practice.
My kids typically come home from school ravenous which puts them in a terrible mood. They need to eat immediately and they need something hearty and healthy because they are usually gone for 3 to 4 hours for their practice. There’s also that weird time slot that one of my kids will usually get for their school lunch. An early lunch slot at 10:50 am will consistently result in a tired, hungry and cranky kid after school.
My strategy to keep them fueled up is mini-meals through the day: breakfast, lunch, after school, and dinner. After school becomes a critical time for an entree-like snack.
My son thought Papa John’s pizza tasted great! He’s ready for soccer now!
“Many experts say it’s best to eat mini meals every few hours. The idea behind it is this: eating frequently may help curb your appetite and stabilize your blood sugar—preventing the dips that leave you feeling hungry.” from Eating Well
Pizza is always on my after-school snack rotation. Sometimes it’s frozen mini-pizzas that can be microwaved when we are running short on time. Homemade pizza using purchased dough, sauce and pre-shredded cheese occurs from time to time when I am feeling particularly domestic.
PickyKidPix said it edged out two takeout pizza places we usually order from.
But my kids like take out pizza the best. And pizza from Papa John’s fits the bill. A single slice of a large Papa John’s cheese pizza contains 290 calories, 10 grams of fat and 720 milligrams of sodium which gives my kids the fuel they need for their practice. And while it’s fast, it’s not fast food with processed ingredients. You can tell by reading their ingredients. There’s no trans fats, MSG*, fillers in the meat toppings, BHA**, BHT**, or partially hydrogenated oils***.
Adults like it too! My husband was also impressed by the wings. He’s a wings kind of guy!
How about you? What is your go to healthy and hearty after school snack? Please share!
*Monosodium glutamate (MSG, also known as sodium glutamate) is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally-occurring non-essential amino acids. from Wikipedia
**BHT (Butylated Hydroxytulene) and BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) are both chemically made preservatives, used in products containing fats and oils, to prevent the product from becoming rancid. The acronym BHA or BHT or even both on the same label. They are preservatives commonly found in foods. What kinds of food? You name it: cereals, gum, fast food, processed potatoes, drink mixes, shortening, snack foods, and so on. from The Huffington Post and Healthy Grocery Girl
***Hydrogenation, complete or partial, is a chemical process in which hydrogen is added to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form. Partially hydrogenated fat molecules have trans fats, and they may be the worst type of fat you can consume. from Smart Balance
Papa John’s has NO trans fats, no MSG, no BHA or BHT, no fillers in its meat toppings and no partially hydrogenated oils. To learn more, visit www.papajohns.com/better.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Papa John’s. Papa John’s provided the pizza featured in this conversation to me free-of-charge. The opinions and text are all mine.