Pizza Nutrition - Combination Foods and the Food Groups

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Cheese Comes From the Dairy Group
You need 3 portions from this food group every day to help keep your bones healthy and strong. One portion equals 1 cup of milk or yogurt or 1½ ounces of cheese.
Pineapple Comes From the Fruits Group
You need 1½ cups from this food group every day to get the vitamins and minerals to help keep all of your body parts healthy and strong. One-half cup of dried fruit, 1 cup of 100% juice or 1 cup of fresh or canned fruit count as 1 cup of fruit.
Mushrooms Come From the Vegetables Group
You need 2½ cups from this food group every day to give you the vitamins and minerals your body needs to keep you from getting sick and to help you stay healthy and strong. One cup of chopped raw or cooked vegetables, 1 cup of vegetable juice or 2 cups of raw leafy greens count as 1 cup of vegetables.
Pizza Crust Comes From the Grains Group

You need 6 portions from this food group every day to help give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to grow right and to help your brain think. One portion equals 1 slice of bread, 1/2 cup of cooked rice or pasta or 1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal. Try to make about one-half of your grain portions whole grains--whole wheat bread, brown rice, and whole grain pasta or cereal.
Ham Comes From the Protein Group

You need 5 ounces from this food group every day to help build your muscles and keep them strong. One ounce of meat, poultry or fish, ¼ cup of cooked dried beans, 1 egg or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter counts as one ounce of protein.
Snacking On Pizza
If you were to eat pizza for a snack, what toppings would you choose for it? (Remember, snacks should have at least two of the five food groups.)

Stock Your Pantry for Healthy Eating
Which foods do you have on hand in your house that would help you make a pizza? 

Combination Foods
It's a way of life for most of you and your friends - eating combination foods. These are foods that include more than one food group. Popular combination foods include cheeseburgers, burritos, and yes, even pizza!

The Missing Slice
All foods, even fast foods, can fit into a healthy diet. No one food group is more important than another -- for good health you need them all! Extra foods do not contain any important nutrients and/or are higher in fat and sugar. To learn more about healthy foods and the food groups visit our My Plate Match Game!



United States Department of Agriculture. Choose My Plate. Accessed May 16, 2016.

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