Nutrition Facts: Pizza Calories and Fat Grams
Use the following chart to get idea of how many fat grams and calories are in pizza you're eating.
(Numbers are averages, and are listed as calories/fat grams. Example: 200/6 means 200 calories and 6 grams of fat.)
* "Vegetable" toppings accounted for in nutritional data include onions, green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, roasted bell peppers, spinach and pineapple
** "Lean Meat" toppings accounted for in nutritional data include: ham, Canadian bacon, grilled chicken, and shrimp
Stick with "thin" or "regular" crust pizza.
Avoid pan pizza and thick crust pizza. (Beside all the extra calories from the bread, think of all the oil that's added to the deep dish pans to make sure the crust doesn't stick!)
Avoid "filled" or "stuffed" crusts. Kind of a no brainer. More "stuff" translates to more pizza calories.
Stick with tomato or pizza sauce and avoid the "gourmet" white sauces.
Avoid ordering "extra" cheese. In fact, consider ordering "light" on the cheese or even "no cheese!"
Avoid the olives. A "sprinkling" adds 15 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per slice.
Start with a garden salad and fat free dressing before eating pizza. You won't need to eat as many slices to get full.
Decide in advance how many slices you're going to allow yourself.
Order the smallest size pizza that's possible. The more there's available to eat...
...the more you will eat! It's human nature.
Don't forget to think about your soda calories too!
Eating bread sticks in addition to the bread you get in pizza is just plain silly! Nix the sticks.
Control Pizza Calories: Make Your Own
When you control the ingredients, you control the nutrition. Here's a recipe for Canyon Ranch Health Resort's whole wheat pizza crust.
However, if you don't want to start completely from scratch, consider ordering a "cheeseless" take out pizza and when you get home, add your own sprinkling of lowfat cheese, soy cheese, rice cheese or almond cheese, and top it off with any veggies you may have in your fridge.
If you're cooking for one, make English muffin pizzas the way you did when you were a kid!
How This Dietitian Controls Her Pizza Calories
I have a confession to make. I love pizza.
I often use Amy's brand products (available in natural food stores) to satisfy my cravings. I love the Cheese Pizza in a Pocket Sandwich and the Spinach Pizza in a Pocket Sandwich.
They do the trick when I crave pizza but don't want to cook or be tempted by the calories in a whole pizza.
Amy's Cheese Pizza Toaster Pops totally rock and are even lower in calories...but you definitely need to eat salad with them to feel full.
Want more info on calories in pizza? See this pizza calories comparison of different national pizza restaurants.
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