Finding the healthiest pizza at Domino's takes some work. You would think that with all the nutrition information online that it would be easy.
Unfortunately, because Domino's pizza has so many options including different crusts and toppings, it can be hard to find a healthy one.
Domino's, unlike your neighborhood pizza joint, has a Domino's calorie calculator for its pizza. You can also find a PDF of all the nutrition facts to wade through.
I took a look at the MeatZZa and Pacific Veggie (specialty Domino’s pizzas) as well as creating my own pizza to see if I could create my own healthy Domino’s pizza
This is the MeatZZa and I picked it to have a basis for comparison. Obviously, no one is going to think anything called MeatZZA is going to be the healthiest option.
The nutrition facts for one slice (1/8th of a large pie) of MeatZZa are:
370 calories, 17 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 37 g carbohydrates, 3 g sugar, 16 g protein, 2 g fiber, 930 mg sodium, 12 SmartPts
Here is what you get for all those calories:
This photo is taken on a 9 inch salad plate (not a bigger dinner plate). I wasn’t surprised about the calorie amount as much as I was surprised by the sodium. When you bite into this slice, all you taste is salt.
It is kinda sad because it would be nice to taste the cheese, meats, and sauce but the amount of salt simply drowns out any other flavor.
BUZZZZZZ! Not healthy (or tasty).
This pizza is called the Pacific Veggie and I chose it because it sounded healthy to me. It has roasted red peppers, onions, tomatoes, black olives and SPINACH. Take that Popeye! When you look at it, do you see all of that? I don’t. I only see a sea of cheese.
I thought this pizza was going to be a big improvement over the MeatZZA but I was not impressed. It seems Domino’s has figured out a way to ruin a pile of vegetables.
The nutrition facts for one slice (1/8 of the pizza) of Pacific Veggie:
310 calories, 11 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 37 g carbohydrates, 4 g sugar, 13 g protein, 3 g fiber, 660 mg sodium, 10 SmartPts
This did taste better to me than the MeatZZa (less salty) but all I could really taste this time was the cheese.
BUZZZZ! Better but still not a healthy choice.
Here is a pizza that I created using Dominos calorie calculator
It has a thin crust, light cheese, and mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and roasted red peppers.
If you ask for thin crust and light cheese you will cut the calories in half on Domino’s pizzas.
This time, my slice was 160 calories!!
160 calories, 7 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 14.0 g carbohydrates, 1 g sugar, 3 g protein, 1.0 g fiber, 300 mg sodium, 5 SmartPts
Now the fat is under control, the sodium is okay, and you have a serving of vegetables. Is it still pizza? Well, it was a little strange to have so little cheese but I thought it tasted the best of the bunch. The crust was more like a cracker than I expected.
Once you decide that you want to try a lighter Domino's version of a pizza – you might find that you like it. Take the risk!
RINNNNGG!! The healthiest pizza at Dominos!
Another factor to consider is that this healthy version was the least expensive choice. On carryout pizzas, they charge you $10 for a pizza with 5 toppings. The specialty pizzas were $16!
I think this is a win-win. You save money and eat healthier.
Have you tried to order healthy options at Dominos? What have you found?
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