And, as a country, we’ve really taken that to heart. On any given day, one in eight Americans will reach for a slice. But like its connoisseurs, pizza can take many forms—one more caloric and grease-ridden than the next. A slice alone can cost you anywhere from 100 to nearly 500 calories—and few people can stop at just one!
When pizza night rolls around, reach for one of these Eat This, Not That!-approved slices from your favorite pizza chains to satisfy your craving without feeling a bit too doughy.
<strong>Veggie Lover’s Thin N’ Crispy Pizza</strong> (1 slice, ⅛ Medium 12” pizza)
180 calories, 6 g fat, 3 g saturated, 0 g trans, 570 mg sodium, 23 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 7 g protein
With the reintroduction of its signature Cheesy Bites pizza, a diet disaster that adds four cheesy bread bites to each slice, Pizza Hut is doing big things to pizza—and waistlines—across America. But it’s not all bad news at the Hut. If you’re trying to watch what you eat this low-cal slice is a clear winner. Its thin crust cuts five grams of carbs per slice compared to the original pan pizza so that veggie lovers can pile on toppings without worrying about piling on the pounds.
California Pizza Kitchen
<strong>Hawaiian Pizza with Crispy Thin Crust</strong> (1 slice, ¼ pizza)
265 calories, 6.625 g fat, 3.25 g saturated, 0 g trans, 655 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 1.5 fiber, 16 g protein
Say aloha to pineapple, applewood smoked ham and scallions — the mouthwatering toppings you’ll find on this top pick. Although the Hawaiian is not a staple of the Crispy Thin Crust menu, you can request that anything from the hand-tossed menu be transformed into a thin-crust or whole-grain pie. Although the whole-grain crust adds an additional 140 nutrient-packed calories per pie, the crispy thin option sheds 10 calories, making this the low-cal champ at CPK.
<strong>HOT-N-READY 14” Round Pizza, Cheese</strong> (1 slice, ⅛ 14” pizza)
250 calories, 9 g fat, 4 g saturated, 0 g trans, 440 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 12 g protein
For a chain with “little” in its name, Little Caesars can do big things to your belly if you don’t choose wisely, especially with only one size pie to choose from: large. The HOT-N-READY style is convenient for those without time to call ahead or wait, but it also limits your ability to customize, so stick with the simplest slice to cut calories and keep sodium at bay.
<strong>Cheese Flatbread Pizza</strong> (One Buffet Pizza Slice)
100 calories, 4 g protein, 12 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 4.5 g fat, 2.5 g saturated, 0 g trans, 190 mg sodium
Studies have repeatedly proven the power buffets have to make us overeat; or, more accurately, how powerless we become when facing an array of tasty and caloric options. Although CiCi’s pies only come in one size, some slices (like the Pepperoni & Beef) are worth more than double the calories of a slice of the cheese flatbread. Head straight to this skinny option to ensure you’re choosing a slice that’s easy on your stomach as well as your eyes.
Uno Pizzeria Grill
<strong>Roasted Eggplant, Spinach & Feta on Five Grain Crust</strong> (1/8 pizza, one size)
108.75 calories, 4.25 g fat, 1.375 g saturated, 0 g trans, 136.25 mg sodium, 13.625 g carbs, 2.125 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 5 g protein
The deep dish was born in a pizza kitchen in 1943, and although Uno keeps the Chicago tradition alive, you should change your order if you want to trim your waist. Pick a thin crust for a healthier choice and flavor that still runs deep. The five-grain option is packed with nine grams of fiber from whole wheat, oat bran and ground flax seeds, which also add heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids to this 108-calorie slice.
<strong>Thin Crust “Lighten Up” Veggie Pizza</strong> (1/4 pizza, 10” Small)
180 calories, 8.5 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 345 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 6 g protein
If the freshman 15 had a sponsor, it would be Domino’s, but as a tribute to the chain shedding “Pizza” off the tail end of its name this year, we found a slice that will help shed a bit off our back ends as well. Though the Veggie Pizza is not an “official menu item,” it’s a suggested combination of ingredients and customizations (baby spinach, fresh mushrooms, diced tomatoes and black olives on top of a smaller portion of cheese) that appears in the chain’s Lighten Up guide. Thanks to all the fiber-rich veggies, you can be sure that just one or two slices of this flavor-packed pie will be all you’ll need to take the edge off. While ordering, ask them to go light on cheese to cut an additional 25 calories and 1.5 grams of fat off each slice.
<strong>Garden Fresh</strong> (1 slice, ⅙ small pizza)
140 calories, 4.5 g fat, 2 g saturated, 0 g trans fat, 350 mg sodium, 19 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 5 g protein
We’re typically apprehensive about using “garden” and “pizza” in the same sentence, but this slice, packed with onions, green peppers, portobello and olives, turns a nutrient desert into the top choice at Papa John’s. If you’re prone to overindulging, invite a friend to go halfsies with you to keep the meal under 500 calories even if you go for that second—or third—slice.