Sunday, April 12, 2015

How to Choose Healthier Frozen Pizzas

Who doesn’t love pizza?  Buying a frozen pizza is simple, convenient and easy to pop in the oven for  a quick meal.  Are there ways to make healthier choices when choosing frozen pizza?  We enjoy frozen pizza about once a week.  We add ingredients and make healthier choices when choosing a frozen pizza and you can too.  The Healthiest and Best Tasting Frozen Pizza  lists a number of ideas for making healthier frozen pizza choices.  
  1. Thin Crust – you can save a lot of calories by choosing thin crust pizzas.  If you are ordering a pizza, choose thin crust.  If they offer a whole grain crust, that would be a healthier choice.  Skip the cheese-stuffed crust and skip those added calories.   
  2. Simple is Best – although the loaded toppings are tasty, they are also loaded with calories.  The “meat-lovers” pizzas are especially high in calories and in sodium.  
  3. Add veggies – we cut up and add some fresh green pepper, fresh onion, fresh mushrooms and some sliced black olives.    Add the veggies you like to “add nutrition” to your frozen pizza.   
  4. Portions – read the label for serving sizes.  Look for 2 slices being less than 350 calories and less than 600 mg sodium.   
  5. Add sides – add a fresh salad and some fresh fruit to your “pizza meal” to add more nutrition.
What frozen pizzas does Eating Well recommend?
  • Amy’s Roasted Vegetable Pizza (for vegans)
  • Amy’s Pesto Pizza
  • Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza Mozarella
  • American Flatbread Sliced Tomato and 5 Cheese
  • DiGiorno Thin and Crispy Spinach and Garlic Pizza
Want to make your own pizza?  Check out the pizza recipes at:  Healthy PIzza Recipes and Cooking Tips

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