Frozen pizza is one of the most popular convenience foods in America. Some of the choices are Tombstone pizza, Digiorno pizza, Home Run Inn pizza and more.
The sales of these pizzas contribute to the 4 billion dollar pizza industry.
While a piping hot pizza delivered to your door is always a treat, a pizza from the freezer can satisfy even the toughest pizza critic.
But not all of them are created equal. Some are good, some are not, but the variety has undoubtedly increased as consumer's tastes have changed.
Deep dish, self-rising crust, wheat crust, "light" varieties and even organic pizzas are now an option at your local grocery store.
Brands like Amy's, Kashi and California Pizza Kitchen have entered the market giving consumers healthier, organic and less traditional options for their
That, in turn, has forced brands like DiGiorno, Tombstone, Red Baron and Totino's to add new crust and topping varieties as well as light options to their line of products. This is good for all of us. More selection and better ingredients are making these pizzas more than just a "fast food" with a reputation of being unhealthy and boring.
While the main players in the frozen pie market, such as DiGiorno and Tombstone, are striving to offer healthier options, there are a couple brands that have taken healthy frozen pies to the next level. Brands such as Amy’s and Kashi have hit the frozen pizza scene with untraditional pizza varieties for those looking for a healthier lifestyle and diet…pushing the traditional brands to follow along with healthier options as well.
Amy's has filled a gap for customers who love pizza but are looking to eat healthy. For example, Amy’s offers several rice crust pizzas for those looking for a vegan, gluten free or low carb option and a soy cheese variety for those who avoid dairy. You can also get a cornmeal crust option as well.
Amy’s pizzas are a little higher in price, with some pizzas as high as $7.99, but you do get all natural ingredients.
Amy’s is also great at offering healthier toppings such as roasted vegetables, spinach, pesto and even a “Light in Sodium” Spinach pizza. But keep in mind, all these healthy sounding options, doesn’t always amount to lower fat and calories. Let’s take a look at one example:
While a rice crust spinach pizza sounds extremely healthy to me, if you sit down and eat a whole one of these pizzas (which most of us can do) you’ll be putting away over 1000 calories and 60 grams of fat. Granted, only 6 of those grams are saturated fat, but it’s still a lot of calories for one meal. Remember, a serving size is 1/3 of the pizza!
A healthier option would be the Roasted Vegetable pizza on a regular crust.
Kashi is another brand that is raising the bar on healthy frozen pizza. They use minimal processing and all natural ingredients to create the wood-fired crust, cheese and toppings.
Here is some nutritional information on one Kashi's popular pizzas:
This pizza does include cheese.
Kashi offers 6-8 pizza flavors and prices range around $6 per pizza (depending on your area).
Don’t discount your top pizza brands for lighter, healthier options. You probably won’t get all natural ingredients in a Totino’s or Tony’s pizza, but you will find wheat crusts and lighter options with some of the brands below.
Take a look at the various Frozen Pizza brands and compare nutritional value, tips for cooking, price and taste (we'll let you tell us about taste - see below).
This frozen pie is one of the cheapest on the market. But how does it rate nutrition-wise? Find out.
Tombstone Pizza What do you want on your Tombstone? Luckily, there’s plenty to choose from.
Red Baron Pizza Red Baron may be a smaller brand, but it still delivers decent taste and variety.
DiGiorno Pizza Voted one of the favorites by CP readers, this pizza delivers taste and a good variety of options.
Home Run Inn Pizza
Started by a popular pizza joint in the Chicago area, this pizza has gained quite a following.
This pizza brand has a lot of variety, including some topping combos and crusts not typically found in a frozen pizza.
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