A nutritionist just called pizza a healthier breakfast than cereal – a win for those of us who love a good slice. It turns out that all kinds of delicious pizza recipes could be a better choice than a bowl of cereal.

“You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories,”┬áregistered dietitian Chelsey Amer told The Daily Meal. “However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.”

cerealThat may seem counter intuitive when you consider that pizza isn’t exactly a health food. But according to Amer, “A slice of pizza contains more fat and much less sugar than most cold cereals, so you will not experience a quick sugar crash.” Basically, it’s a more balanced way to start the day than with a bowl of sugary flakes.

To put things in perspective, a single serving of the very popular morning treat Frosted Flakes contains 110 calories, less than a gram of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and only 1 gram of protein. Of course, there are cereals on the market that are healthier than a slice of pizza, but most any with a cartoon character on the front of the box falls short of a being part of a balanced breakfast.