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Yes, You Can Enjoy Pizza on a Healthy Diet

The Sbarro Skinny Slice

When it comes to food cravings, an ooey gooey slice of pizza is at the top of almost 50% of Americans' list, according to a study done by Sbarro and Kelton Research. But you don't have to forgo your favorite food just because you're trying to slim down. Sbarro recently launched a new menu option, the Skinny Slice, for a diet-friendly way to get your fix. We talked to celebrity nutritionists, Tammy and Lyssie Lakatos, aka the Nutrition Twins, about the new item and how to indulge your cravings and enjoy your favorite foods while still sticking to your weight loss goals.

What makes the Skinny Slice a better option?

It's loaded with vegetables, like roasted peppers, mushrooms and onions, to fill you up with fewer calories. There's 270 calories per slice. The pizza is also made with whole milk and real cheese. We use a little less, but the fresh ingredients pack on flavor so you don't miss anything.

What's a recipe for healthy pizza you can make at home?

Use a whole wheat pita or tortilla to make it lower in calories. Spread a layer of tomato sauce and use a little cheese and fill up on vegetables. You’ll be satiated that way. A lot of store-bought crusts are thick, so using an open-faced pita or muffin keeps the portion smaller.

When ordering food, what are easy rules to follow?

Rule #1: Stay away from anything fried. It almost doubles the calories. Look for vegetables. High fiber foods will fill you up for fewer calories. Look for what's grilled, baked or broiled.

How can someone still enjoy their favorite foods while staying healthy? What substitutions can they make?

It’s all about balance and moderation. It’s fine to have a treat. We wouldn’t want to deprive ourselves.  If you have a sweet tooth, satisfy chocolate cravings by rolling a date in cocoa powder. You can also take an overripe banana, slice and freeze. It’ll be like chips but super sweet because it’s ripe. Or blend it and make it into a smoothie instead of having ice cream. For something crunchy and salty, celery sticks with all-natural peanut butter is always a hit.

It's all about portion control. If you have trouble moderating how much you eat, eat something hot or cold so you’re forced to slow down.