Cauliflower is getting a ton of press these days as a stand-in for potatoes, rice, and even pizza crust – and now companies are making it easier than ever to indulge a bit healthier by offering frozen pizza with the twist of a cauliflower crust. Today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on cauliflower crust pizza week’s Love it, Like it, Hate it segment!
- Ounce-for-ounce, cauliflower has 80% fewer carbs and calories than potatoes, and cauliflower “rice” saves ~180 calories and 40 grams of carbs per cup of rice swapped out.
- Cauliflower crust pizza is usually lower-carb than regular pizza, and many are gluten-free.
- Here’s a rundown of cauliflower pizzas currently in stores:
- Ingredients: Cauliflower, cottage cheese, eggs, parmesan, herbs/spices
- Nutrition facts per full 8”crust: 100 calories, 6 grams fat, 2.5 grams sat fat, 240 mg sodium, 5 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 2 grams sugar, 9 grams protein
- Ingredients include cauliflower, egg whites, mozzarella, tomato sauce, salt, herbs and spices.
- Nutrition facts per mini pizza: 57 calories, 1.5 grams fat, <1 gram saturated fat, 140 mg sodium, 7 grams carbohydrate, 1.3 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar, 4 grams protein.
Trader Joe’s Cheese Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust.
- Ingredients include cauliflower, mozzarella, potato & chickpea flour, brown rice flour, pizza sauce, herbs.
- Nutrition facts per ½ pizza: 380 calories, 17 grams fat, 10.5 grams saturated fat, 740 mg sodium, 35 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, 20 grams protein.
CauliPower Cauliflower Crust Pizza.
- Ingredients include cauliflower, tomato sauce, mozzarella white cheddar cheese blend, brown rice flour, corn starch, parmesan, tapioca, olive oil, sugar, egg, xanthan gum.
- Nutrition facts per ½ pizza (Three Cheese): 380 calories, 18 grams fat, 7 grams saturated fat, 650 mg sodium, 37 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar, 16 grams protein.
So far there are no “hate it” options when it comes to cauliflower pizza crusts in stores…. But remember to always check labels, taking a close look at the ingredients + nutrition facts before buying.
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