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The Healthiest Frozen Foods in the Supermarket: Veggie Pizzas

A veggie pizza needs to be a good blend of cheeses, a sturdy crust, and a flavorful mix of fresh veggies - ones that don't water out and make the pizza soggy. We weren't sure we'd find many frozen versions that met our fresh-tasting, yet not too watery criteria. However, we ended up finding several tasty and healthy pizzas that are great options to keep freezer for a busy night.

Taste Test Winners:

Amy's Mushroom and Olive Pizza

The only veggie toppings on this pizza are black olives and mushrooms, which is what made this pizza unique and stand out. The amount of toppings is plentiful, and the mushrooms have great flavor and texture. The crust was thick and chewy, reminding several testers of crust on delivery pizza. $6.99, vegetarian

Serving size: ⅓ of pizza

Calories 260; Fat 10g (sat 3g); Protein 10g; Carb 33g; Fiber 2g; Sugars 3g; Chol 10mg; Iron 3mg; Sodium 560mg; Calc 150mg

Others We Liked:

Newman's Own Roasted Vegetable Thin & Crispy Pizza

Roasting the peppers and onions gives them a rich, smoky flavor which helps accent the cheese blend and fresh herb taste. The crust was thin and crispy, but also hearty - a nice base for veggies and lots of cheese. $7.99, vegetarian

Serving size: ⅓ of pizza

Calories 240; Fat 9g (sat 3.5g); Protein 11g; Carb 33g; Fiber 3g; Sugars 3g; Chol 15mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 550mg; Calc 150mg

The Fresh Market Roasted Veg Thin Crust Pizza

The roasted vegetables tasted fresh and had a good firm, yet tender, texture, and there was plenty of cheese covering the pizza. Some of the veggies watered out slightly after cooking but not enough to make the pizza soggy. We recommend cooking a few extra minutes for a crispier crust. $6.99, vegetarian

Serving size: ⅓ of pizza

Calories 240; Fat 9g (sat 5g); Protein 11g; Carb 28g; Fiber 11g; Sugars 5g; Chol 30mg; Iron 1mg; Sodium 460mg; Calc 250mg

Things to Look for on Labels: 

  • Whole Grains: Unfortunately, it's still rare to find a 100% whole grain crust, but you can find pizzas with some whole grains. Look for the word "whole" in front of the grain or flour and near the top of the ingredients list. Also, check gluten-free options that occasionally use brown rice and other whole grain, gluten-free flour blends in place of refined wheat.
  • Serving Size: The number of slices you get per serving can differ greatly among brands, so check the serving size when checking out the nutrition facts. Make sure the serving size is a realistic amount and worth the calories.
  • Saturated Fat: Plenty of cheese is an absolute must on pizza, but the saturated fat in cheese can add up quickly. Keep sat fat to a minimum by looking for one with ⪯ 7g saturated fat if divided into 3 servings; aim for ⪯ 5g saturated fat if cut into 4 servings.

How We Tested

Only frozen foods that met Cooking Light’s nutrition guidelines were tested. Products were eliminated based on the following: lack of calorie and/or protein adequacy, lack of whole grains, presence of trans fat or hydrogenation, presence of significant added sugars, and presence of artificial coloring or sweeteners. All frozen foods were cooked according to package directions and taste tested by a panel of Cooking Light editors and staff. To ensure consistency, Breville microwaves were used to cook all foods.