Despite the fact that it’s incredibly convenient and often satisfies your inner hungry child, frozen pizza isn’t exactly a health food. Take the healthiest packaged pizza crusts and pile them with veggies before you put them in the oven, however, and now you’re onto something.
While they’re no match for a bed of greens or a nutritious grain like quinoa (we know it’s technically a seed), frozen crusts and packaged doughs can serve as a good base for a balanced meal.
Example: Add antioxidant-packed tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, basil, eggplant, and red peppers from the farmers’ market, and a little bit of organic cheese to a gluten-free crust made with almond and coconut flour, and a dinner everyone loves can be on the table in barely any time at all.
Of course, not all crusts are created equal. Many are very high in sodium or are just made with lots of super processed ingredients and refined carbs. To help, we surveyed what’s out there and picked the healthiest packaged pizza crusts we could find. (Bonus: they ALL happen to be gluten-free!)
Now, you don’t even have to waste time reading nutrition facts at the supermarket.
The 5 Healthiest Packaged Pizza Crusts
When it comes to nutrition facts, it’s hard to beat Capello’s totally grain-free frozen crust that’s made with healthy, whole-food ingredients like arrowroot flour, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar. It’s not certified organic, but the brand does use non-GMO ingredients.
As you might imagine from the name, healthy cauliflower is the main ingredient in this frozen gluten-free crust, which also includes brown rice flour. It’s low in calories, sodium, and sugar.
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Like many things related to the cult-fave retailer, people freaked out when Trader Joe’s launched this crust, so it may be sold out in your store’s freezer aisle. If you can find it, it’s made from all whole-food ingredients (primarily cauliflower!) and is low in sugar and sodium. The only downside is it contains corn flour and cornstarch, and we prefer our corn organic, since it’s a heavily pesticide-sprayed crop.
If you want to “make” the dough yourself so you can feel a little more like a home cook, this dough mix is incredibly healthy. Made with almond flour, coconut flour, and ground flax, it even provides a little protein, vitamin C, and minerals in every slice. Finally, it’s got herbs for flavor and is vegan.
Made primarily with brown rice and tapioca flours, this mix contains added flavor thanks to granulated garlic (yay, antioxidants!) and Italian seasoning that includes oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, and more.