St Mary’s College,
51 Lennox Street,
St Mary’s College,
51 Lennox Street,
Dearest Mrs Power,
The purpose of this letter is to sway you towards the idea of selling a specific meal at the Nosh Pit, a Seafood Pizza. I believe that students throughout St Mary’s would appreciate the idea of a Seafood Pizza as a pre-event meal for practical activities. Pre-event meals supply athletes with an essential supply of energy, they also fill nutritional needs, which can prepare sportsman for large practical activities or intense workouts.
I would like to propose that the meal I have chosen to be sold on a Friday. The reason I have chosen Friday as the selling date is because it would meet the guidelines of “Pizza Day” at the Nosh Pit, it is also the day that most sporting activities take place because Friday leads into the weekend. If a pre-event meal does not meet the guidelines with required amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, sportsman may fatigue, injure and lose energy easily and at an increased rate. Adding Seafood Pizza to the Nosh Pit’s menu will ensure students who participate in sport can perform at their best.
Mrs Power, below I will briefly cover the nutritional contents of the proposed Seafood pizza that is Carbohydrate, Protein and Fat contents.
Carbohydrates are one of the more important fuels to have in your body. They provide the body with important substances which fuel the body with energy. The Seafood Pizza includes ingredients that supply carbohydrates such as vegetables and the pizza’s base. Carbohydrates are small molecules in meals that produce muscular contractions within the body which is increased during physical activity. The meal I have selected supplies the body with the required carbohydrate necessities for an average thirteen-year-old.
Proteins are made up of chains of smaller chemicals called amino acids. The human body cannot store amino acids, so it must be supplied daily from the foods we eat. The seafood used in my pizza contains all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. When you consume food with amino acids, it turns them into proteins which are a source of energy, this is why you get a burst of energy after eating them, making Seafood Pizza the ideal meal prior to partaking in sporting activities.
Fat is an essential part of everyone’s diet. It provides energy, absorbs certain nutrients and maintains your core body temperature. You need to consume fat every day to support these functions, but some types of fat are better for you than others. Good fats protect your heart and keep your body healthy, while bad fats increase your risk of disease and damage your heart. From a nutritional point of view, the seafood used in the pizza are low in calories and saturated fats and provide us the omega 3 essential fats that our body needs. On the other hand, the cheese is a saturated fat however a low-fat variety will be used. Exercising is a form of good stress on our bodies, this doesn’t come without cost though. Exercise also results in the production of inflammatory substances, these are known as “free radicals” which can damage the body’s cells. This is where Omega 3 comes in, it works against inflammation and reduces joint pain and tenderness which is associated with the effects of arthritis. Omega 3 also helps the body by keeping the lining of arteries clear and smooth, which allows the maximum amount of oxygen-rich blood to reach our muscles.
I believe my proposed Seafood Pizza could be beneficial to the Nosh Pit as feedback from my fellow peers strongly indicates this, not only is the pizza healthy, feedback is it tastes amazing too. It not only can be made quickly and easily, and it can be consumed as a prevent meal. Being a pizza, it could be purchased as a share meal as well as an individual meal and requires no cutlery or fancy packaging. Also including seafood students will find this to be a very exciting variation to the everyday norm as seafood is considered a somewhat luxury.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, I hope you will strongly consider adding my Seafood Pizza to the Nosh Pit’s menu. I look forward to hearing from you soon,
340995024701500One 30 cm round pizza base, or four 15 cm individual bases
1/3 cup pizza sauce
1 red onion, finely sliced
1 small green capsicum, finely sliced
100 g peeled prawns
100 g scallop meat
150 g mussel meat
½ cup grated low-fat mozzarella cheese
ANALYSIS per serve 2 4
Energy kJ (Cal) 3587 (857 1794 (428)
Carbohydrate (g) 110 55
Protein (g) 62 31
Fat (g) 17 9
Preheat oven to moderately hot (200°C or 400°F). Spread pizza sauce over the base, leaving a 2 cm wide gap around the edge. Scatter onion and capsicum over the base. Top with prawns, scallops and mussels. Sprinkle with cheese. Place pizza on an oven tray (you can slide it directly onto the oven shelf, but it can be difficult to remove when cooked). Bake for 30 minutes or until base is crisp and cheese melted. Top with chopped parsley.