To all Mum’s & Dad’s out there in pizza-land, in case you did not know…

Our 11″ Brown Margherita Pizza made specifically for schools is a better, healthier option for your kids than having them popping off to the chippy or convenience store for lunch…

Pizza’s reputation as a high-fat, unhealthy food is not based on the crust. Pizza dough is relatively low in fat and calories. When the dough is made from whole wheat flour, you gain complex carbohydrates, fibre and essential nutrients.

One slice of whole wheat dough from a 11-inch pizza has 136 calories, 25 grams of total carbohydrates and 2 grams of fat. The carbohydrates are almost entirely complex carbohydrates from whole wheat flour. One slice of whole wheat dough also has 5 grams of protein.

Fibre – Pizza doesn’t have a reputation as a source of fibre, but a slice of whole wheat pizza dough has up to 4 grams. That represents 10% of the recommended daily intake of fibre for men and 15% for women. Whole grain wheat is a good source of insoluble fibre that keeps food moving through your digestive tract and prevents and relieves constipation. It also lowers the risk of developing diverticular disease.

Minerals   The whole wheat flour in pizza dough is a source of iron and magnesium. One slice of plain dough provides 16% of the recommended daily intake of iron for men and 7% for women. In addition to helping carry oxygen through the bloodstream, iron has a role in chemical processes that make amino acids, neurotransmitters and hormones. Magnesium stimulates muscle relaxation throughout the body, including in the heart and blood vessels; it helps maintain a steady heartbeat and regulate blood pressure. One slice of plain whole wheat pizza dough delivers 12% of the recommended daily intake for magnesium.

B Vitamins – Whole wheat pizza dough provides all of the B vitamins except for vitamin B-12. Most of the vitamins come from whole wheat flour. Thiamine, riboflavin and niacin are all essential for the chemical processes that turn food into energy. Niacin also lowers cholesterol levels, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. One slice of whole wheat pizza dough contains 20% of the recommended daily intake of thiamine, 12% of niacin and 6% of riboflavin. You’ll gain 12% of your daily requirement of vitamin B-6 and 7% of folate from a slice of dough. Both of these vitamins lower levels of homocysteine in the blood, which may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Folate is critical for the creation and growth of new cells. Everyone needs adequate folate, but it’s especially important for preventing birth defects in the early months of pregnancy.