Breakfast party! This nutritionist says pizza is healthier than cereal

Thought you were so healthy because you ate a big bowl of Raisin Bran this morning? Turns out, not so much. Time for pizza?

Well, apparently we should all start following the diets of college students. According to New York-based nutritionist Chelsea Amer instead of that big bowl of cereal you should just have a piece of pizza instead. Rejoice.

Thought you were so healthy because you ate a big bowl of Raisin Bran this morning? Not so. According to Amer, that bowl has more sugar and less protein than a slice of pizza.

“You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories,” Amer told The Daily Meal. “However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.” This is great news for anyone who likes pizza so, like, everyone. However pizza and coffee don’t make for the best combo.

It is surprising how pizza stacks up against a famously health-boasted cereal like Raisin Bran but this actually isn’t that astonishing when you compare it to the junky concoctions that are Frosted Flakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Coco-Puffs and of course the “breakfast” food that is nearest and dearest to my heart, Lucky Charms.

How we convinced our parents (especially my mother) to let us eat essentially a bowl of candy before our long school day is truly remarkable.

But at the same time, one of those boring, grain, nut and seed-filled cereals mixed in with milk is going to be a healthier option than a greasy piece of pizza topped with pepperoni or bacon or nachos. But the pizza is definitely a better option than the bowl of Lucky Charms … unless you like marshmallows as a pizza topping.

Meredith Lepore|is the Deputy Editor of Ladders and can be reached at mlepore@theladders.com.