Physique-Builders: The right pizza with toppings such as spinach, grilled chicken and smoked salmon can be - here it comes - a pretty good bodybuilding food. Lycopene-rich tomato sauce may increase levels of anabolic insulinlike growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and help stave off cancer.
Physique-Killers: Slather a thick processed crust with cheese and fatty meats like sausage and pepperoni and that muscle-builder turns into a belt-stretcher. A serving of Uno Chicago Grill Classic comes in at a whopping 770 calories and more than 50 grams of heart-stopping fat. Not how the Italian folks meant for it to be.
Smart Play: Request lean protein sources like chicken and ham. Florida-based sports dietitian Tara Gidus recommends going one step further and asking for half the cheese and, if available, whole-grain crust. Many pizza joints offer made-to-order pies, so take advantage. Like salads, scrutinize the nutrition information offered online. Or make your own with whole-wheat dough, low-fat mozzarella and cubed chicken breast.
May We Suggest: Domino's Crunchy Thin Crust Pizza with pizza sauce, thin crust, cheese, ham, grilled chicken and mushrooms (dominos.com), per slice: 160 calories, 8 g protein, 14 g carbs, 9.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated)