Pizza is no health food, but one of these better frozen pizzas or crusts could save you some calories, salt, or white flour:
Thin-crust pizza might help you shave off some calories.
“Farm-grown leafy spinach, 100% real mozzarella, our signature sauce and swirls of hearty garlic sauce,” says Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Signature Spinach Thin + Crispy Crust Pizza. And boy does the good doctor pile on the spinach.
Slice for slice, you get less (typically white) flour and fewer calories in thin-crust pizzas (though the thin crust may lead you to eat more slices). Other thin-crust pizzas we liked: Whole Foods 365 Goat Cheese & Pesto Thin Crust and DiGiorno Pizzeria! Thin Spinach & Mushroom.
Watching the salt? Try Amy’s Light in Sodium Spinach Pizza.
Amy’s Light in Sodium Spinach Pizza proves that it’s possible to get less salt—but no less flavor—in a frozen pie.
The single-serve (7 oz.) pizza keeps the sodium to a modest 390 milligrams (along with 440 calories and 6 grams of saturated fat). Our tasters never noticed the missing salt.
Thanks, Amy. Now how about some Light in Sodium pizzas with whole-grain crust?
Frozen pizzas with whole grain: a welcome—but rare—find.
When it comes to grain, don’t confuse “multi” with “whole.”
The “multi-grain crust” in Newman’s Own Thin & Crispy Margherita All Natural Pizza, for example, has more salt than whole grain. You’re better off with a Freschetta Artisan Crust Pizza (just not the Pepperoni).
The thick crust is 51 percent whole grain. Amy’s Cheese & Pesto Pizza’s crust is also half whole grain, though you’d never know it from the taste.
Don’t like frozen? Try a whole-grain crust with your own toppings.
Ten minutes. That’s about all it takes to bake a ready-made crust. Three of the best:
- Engine 2 Plant-Strong Stone Baked 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crusts. Lower in sodium than most, with a nutty, whole-grain taste. Check the freezer case at Whole Foods.
- Boboli 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust. Slightly softer texture than Engine 2.
- Archer Farms Whole Wheat Thin Pizza Crusts. Ultra-crispy, almost cracker-like crust, with more whole grain than white flour and lower in sodium than most. At Target.
Do you have a go-to better-for-you frozen pizza? Let us know in the comments.
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