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Beauty Relating to Wellness By Handstand Sr. Editor - Mary on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

“Even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.” That’s right folks, we’re talking pizza!  Lucky for all of us, National Pizza Day is approaching (February 9th to be exact)!  There are so many different versions of the stuff; whether you keep it classic with a giant New York style, pepperoni scattered, foldable slice, or maybe you like it Neapolitan style and prefer a Margherita pie, topped with fresh basil, mozzarella & Roma tomatoes, the cravings are real and must be satiated!  Here’s some history on how pizza has made its way to the top of our list when it comes to one of America’s favorite dishes!


We can trace the earliest version of pizza back to around the 10th century in Naples, Italy.  This original “pizza” was made from a cake-like foundation, layered with spices, tomatoes & cheeses.  It wasn’t until the 19th century when Italian immigrants started sharing this dish among neighbors & friends that it started to gain attention, and in 1905, America’s first true pizzeria, Lombardi’s, opened a brick & mortar location in New York.   Although it was slowly growing in popularity, the demand for the pies really surged in the mid-to-late 40’s due to the return of soldiers from World War II who had fallen in love with the dish while in Italy.  Naturally, once word & recipes spread, pizza gained quick popularity, and over the next few years, America experienced a rapid emergence of pizzerias around the country.  


Here we are, a century later and pizza is one of Americans’ all-time favorite foods, ranging from kids to adults, across the country.  There’s pizza shops on every corner, pizza emoji’s, pizza-themed clothing & a multitude of versions ranging from pizzas with cauliflower crusts, to dessert pizzas covered in chocolate syrup & marshmallows!  Between all that pizza goodness & accessibility (combined with our insatiable appetite for the stuff), ever wonder just HOW MUCH of that cheesy, doughy, saucy goodness we’re chowing down on here in the states?


Here are a few cool stats regarding our pizza obsession courtesy of

  •   The top 5 pizza sales days are: Super Bowl Sunday, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, The night before Thanksgiving, & New Year’s Day.
  •   Domino’s delivery drivers will log about 4 million miles on Super Bowl Sunday.
  •   Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza a day or about 350 slices per second.
  •   There are approximately 61,269 pizzerias in the United States.
  •   Each person in America eats about 46 pizza slices a year.
  •   Over 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide each year.
  •   The largest pizza ever made was 122 ft. 8 in. in diameter. The pizza needed 9,920 lb. of flour, 198 lb. of salt, 3968 lb. of cheese, and 1,984 lb. of tomato puree.
  •   Regular thin crust is the most popular in America, it is preferred by 61% of the population, 14% prefer deep-dish, and 11% prefer extra thin crust.
  •   Saturday night is the most popular night to eat pizza.
  •   The longest pizza delivery was from Cape Town, South Africa to Sydney, Australia.
  •   In Italy there is a bill before Parliament to safeguard the traditional Italian pizza, specifying permissible ingredients and methods of processing (e.g., excluding frozen pizzas). Only pizzas which followed these guidelines could be called “traditional Italian pizzas”, at least in Italy.
  •   About 3 billion pizzas are sold annually in the U.S.


That’s a LOT of Pizza!  If you want to try your hand at making your own pie this National Pizza Day, you still have two days to prep & prepare!  Check out this recipe for a healthier pizza crust option: 


What you need to make a cauliflower pizza crust:

  • 1 head cauliflower, stalk removed

  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten


How to make your pizza crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until fine. Steam in a steamer basket and drain well. (you can put it on a towel to get all the moisture out.) Let cool.
  3. In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with the mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano, salt, garlic powder and eggs. Transfer to the center of the baking sheet and spread into a circle, resembling a pizza crust. Bake for 20 minutes.


**Add desired toppings and bake an additional 10 minutes, enjoy!



Photo via Victoria Kure-Wu  @kateboss5000


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Handstand Sr. Editor - Mary
Hi Handstand Family! I'm excited to be here as a fitness, yoga, & writing resource for all of you! I teach yoga here in Los Angeles, & I'm so grateful to serve as Editor of Handstand's incredible blog. Feel free to reach out with any inquiries. Namaste! Mary

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