Frozen Pizza

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

Have you ever tried to find a healthy frozen pizza? Is that an oxymoron or does that really exist? Well, I am here to tell you it is as difficult to find a healthy frozen pizza as it seems. In fact, frozen pizza is just not a healthy food all by itself. But that doesn't mean you can’t eat it within the context of a healthy meal.

The first step is to identify the “healthiest” frozen pizza that you like. Then build the rest of your healthy meal around that. There is a huge variety of frozen pizzas out there, so here are a few guidelines to get you started.

According the Supermarket Savvy® newsletter, a healthier pizza should have no more than 350 calories, 12g fat, and 600mg sodium per serving. I also like to see no more than 5g saturated fat and NO trans fat.

What did I find at one of our local stores? Well let’s just say the variety narrowed considerably once I applied the above nutrition guidelines.

Pizzas meeting the guideline above:

  • Tony’s Original Cheese pizza

  • Private Selection: Margherita style pizza

  • Tombstone Light

  • Freschetta Cheese

  • Freschetta Portabella mushroom and spinach

  • Amy’s Cheese

  • Amy’s Pesto with Vegetables

Single serving pizzas tend to have larger portion sizes, so it is more difficult to find a brand that meets the sodium guideline. Look for pizzas as close to 600mg sodium per serving as possible. Good examples include:

  • Lean Cuisine Cheese

  • Lean Cuisine Pepperoni

  • Healthy Choice

Refrigerator case:

I found one pizza that meets the guidelines in the refrigerator case: Private Selection (Kroger) brand “take and bake” pizza. (Of course, technically this isn't frozen.)

Another alternative is to make your own.

A good crust easily found at the local stores is thin Boboli crust, preferably whole wheat. Top it with a little bit of sauce, roasted vegetables and some light mozzarella for the healthiest version yet.

Bottom Line: Frozen pizza may not be a healthy food, but if you serve up a slice with a side salad and a bowl of fruit you can make it into a healthy meal. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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