There's one thing that holds true about our nations young. Kids love pizza. Heck, I LOVE pizza. But there is certainly something better than the $.99 frozen pizza with processed cheese, cardboard like crust and nitrate filled pseudo meat that they try to pass off as sausage and pepperoni. Kids won't stop eating pizza, so it's up to us as parents to make pizza better but still tasty.
A few things to keep in mind when making better pizza choices:
1. A thinner crust will save you calories
2. Low fat (2%) cheese or less cheese will save you fat
3. Meats high in saturated fats make pizza unhealthy. Choose turkey sausage or pepperoni, or something with more veggies like olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions or something green
4. Limit yourself to two slices
Here are the top 4 health(ier) frozen pizzas that were the winners for taste and nutrition in a FITNESS magazine study. They scavenged the freezer aisles to find the tastiest and healthiest choices.
Stouffer's Lean Cuisine Deep Dish Margherita Pizza
Per pie: 320 calories, 9g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 4g fiber
The fresh-tasting sauce has real diced tomatoes. Plus, the pseudo-metallic cooking surface actually produces a crisp, golden, deep-dish-style crust.
DiGiorno Harvest Wheat Thin Crispy Crust Supreme PizzaPer slice: 250 calories, 8g fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 4g fiber
If you have time to wait for an oven-baked pie, DiGiorno delivers a delicious made-with-whole-grains alternative to the standard white-flour crust.
South Beach Diet Harvest Wheat Crust Pepperoni Pizza
Per pie: 350 calories, 12g fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 9g fiber
So it's a little higher in fat. The full-size slices of pepperoni, the evenly melted cheese, and the impressive nine grams of fiber are worth it.
Per slice: 360 calories, 18g fat, 4g saturated fat, 2g fiber
Pesto is a tasty twist. But beware: Organic means you're probably steering clear of pesticides and growth hormones, but it doesn't mean low-fat.
If you have time and will, here's a homemade pizza recipe that your kids are sure to love...extra points: get them to help you make it and they will eat it up!
Spicy Turkey Sausage Pizza
- 1 link spicy turkey sausage (3-4 ounces)
- Prebaked whole wheat pizza crust
- 3/4 cup marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup baby arugula (you can sub this for spinach if you want)
Remove turkey sausage from its casing, and break into smaller pieces; set aside. Place a prebaked pizza crust on a shallow baking pan. Spread marinara sauce on top of crust. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese and sausage; bake 10 minutes or until sausage is cooked through and cheese is melted. Top with baby arugula. Cut into 8 slices; serve.
*Good to Know: Turkey sausage gives this pizza the same zing as spicy pork, but with less fat. Top with arugula for a serving of vitamins and minerals.*