Eye on the Pies

Keeping a frozen pizza handy is a nobrainer for nights when you just don’t want to cook. And now there are so many delicious options for every dietary need. Here’s what to look for, plus a few of our favorite Margherita and cheese versions.

- By Joyce Hendley, M.S.

Watch Portions

The size of frozen pizzas and number of servings vary. Crunch the numbers based on what you’ll realistica­lly eat. Our nutrition parameters are based on a serving size of 120 to 150 grams (4 to 5 ounces; usually one-third to one-half of a frozen pizza).

Find More Fiber

While we didn’t find any pizzas with 100% whole-grain crusts, some have a sprinkling of fiber-boosting whole-wheat flour, flaxseed or psyllium husk (a prebiotic fiber). Options with vegetables and/or legumes in the crust are even better, bringing the tally up to 5 grams per serving. Look for ones that contain at least 2 grams of fiber to help you reach that 25- to 38-gram daily goal.

Scan for Salt & Sat Fat

Each pizza layer (dough, sauce and cheese) is an opportunit­y to sneak in salt, sometimes with as much as 1,000 mg of sodium per serving. Look for ones with 700 mg sodium or less per serving. Watch out for saturated fats, too; when a brand piles on the cheese (and even vegan “cheeze”), the grams can quickly go north. Stick to pies with 8 grams or less of saturated fat per serving.

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Good & Gather Four-cheese Pizza Rising Crust

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