Calorie Bargain: Kashi All-Natural Frozen Pizzas
The Why: Lately, pizza delivery has been lacking. The old faithful solution to my Friday night cooking strike hasn't been very reliable since the average delivery time reached 97 minutes. So I resorted to the freezer aisle -- home of the ominous Tombstone, etc. And for those of you who are with me, I've got a great new alternative for Friday night dinner (or Tuesday lunch, or whenever). Kashi, one of our frozen food faves, now has healthy pizza, in several great flavors.
The Health Bonus: The ingredients in Kashi's all-natural frozen pizzas are minimally processed and they contain whole grains, which means they're high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Each serving provides between 4 and 5 grams of fiber, 8 grams of whole grains, and 15 to 19 grams of protein. Two of the flavors -- the Mediterranean and Five-Cheese -- are vegetarian.
What We Liked Best: All three flavors are great. The smell of these pizzas cooking sort of made us glad that the pizza delivery guy decided to take so long.
What We Liked Least: Be careful about the serving size on these. If you're used to the portion control of most frozen meals, you might be used to the "one box = one portion" rule that usually applies. But in the case of these pizzas, it doesn't. One pizza is three servings.
What It Replaces: Any number of delivered or frozen food pizza choices that are made with white flour and refined and unnatural ingredient choices.
The Price: $5.99 per pizza, which serves 3.
Offerings: Five-Cheese Tomato, Mediterranean, and Roasted Garlic Chicken
Web Site: http://www.kashi.com
Where to Buy: Your local supermarket.
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving: 1/3 pizza
Garlic Chicken Pizza Ingredients: crust (wheat flour, crust mix [wheat gluten, oat flour, isolated oat product, oat syrup solids, barley malt extract, triticale flour, brown rice flour, red wheat flour, rye flour, salt, barley flour, buckwheat flour, sesame seed], water, yeast, ground flax seed, extra virgin olive oil), cheese blend (mozzarella cheese [pasteurized part-skim cow's milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes], white cheddar cheese [pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes, calcium chloride], yellow cheddar cheese [pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes, calcium chloride, annatto color], asiago cheese [pasteurized part-skim cow's milk, cheese cultures, salt, rennet]), sauce ([herb sauce mix (neufchatel cheese [pasteurized milk and cream, cheese culture, salt, stabilizers (carob bean gum and/or guar gum and/or xanthan gum)]), sour cream (cultured milk and cream, nonfat milk, guar gum, locust bean gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan), garlic, salt, sugar, chives, buttermilk powder, onion powder, basil, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, natural flavors, spices], [natural garlic flavor (garlic, evaporated cane juice syrup, yeast extract, salt, garlic oil)]), roasted chicken (chicken breast with rib meat, water, rice starch, sea salt, garlic, onion, black pepper, white pepper, celery powder), roasted pepper blend (red, green, and yellow bell peppers), basil, oregano
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Reprinted with permission from www.dietdetective.com, July 2007.
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