Taste Test: Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza
If you check the frozen pizza aisle, you'll see many newcomers to the gluten-free arena. Although gluten-free packaged foods have a bad reputation for lacking flavor, some food companies have stepped up to develop very tasty products. Here is a look at five frozen gluten-free pies.
Cheese or margherita pizza was tasted, depending on availability. Each pizza was rated on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being highest) on flavor, texture, ingredients and nutrition. For frozen pizza, calories, carbs, fiber, fat and sodium are the nutrients that can make or break the nutrition quality.
Per serving (one 6-ounce pie): Calories 460; Fat 28 g (Saturated 3 g); Sodium 680 mg; Carbohydrate 46 g; Fiber 4 g
Healthy Eats Take: The rice crust is mighty tasty, with a nice crunch, but the pizza itself is a bit bland. The dairy-free cheese had a tough time melting, even at the high oven temperature recommended. The calories and fat are on the higher side of the bunch, but paired with a side green salad and calorie-free beverage (like water or unsweetened iced tea) this can be part of a healthy eating plan. Amy’s also has more fiber per serving than the other brands, though it’s tough to tell from where it comes from.
Per serving (one 6.17-ounce pie): Calories 410; Fat 19 g (Saturated 8 g); Sodium 660 mg; Carbohydrate 48 g; Fiber 3 g
Healthy Eats Take: With a bland flavor and mushy dough, this wasn’t a favorite. The calories, fat and sodium are reasonable for a meal, but the saturated fat is higher than some of the other brands.
Per serving (5 ounces): Calories 330; Fat 16 g (Saturated 7 g); Sodium 330 mg; Carbohydrate 37 g ; Fiber 2 g
Healthy Eats Take: This tasty pizza is very flavorful, with lots of oregano in every bite. The dough is made of a combination of brown rice and potato starch, and is mighty tasty. The sodium is also much lower than the rest.
Per serving (5.43 ounces): Calories 370; Fat 15 g (Saturated 4 g); Sodium 650 mg; Carbohydrate 53 g; Fiber 3 g
Healthy Eats Take: This dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free pizza has a crunchy, flavorful crust, but the non-dairy cheese doesn’t melt well and has a bland flavor. The calories, fat and saturated fat are well-balanced for a meal (paired with a soup or salad), but the sodium and carbs are on the higher side — especially since the serving size is smaller than that of some of the other brands.
Per serving (4.8 ounces): Calories 390; Fat 22 g (Saturated 7 g); Sodium 420 mg; Carbohydrate 30 g; Fiber 1 g
Healthy Eats Take: Although the serving size is the smallest of all the brands, the flavor is tremendous and is reminiscent of gluten-filled pizza. The crust is tapioca starch, milk, eggs and canola oil and has a crunchy mouthfeel. As this pizza is sold as a 24-ounce pie, it’s a cost-friendly way to feed a family — with or without gluten allergies.
One serving of this pizza (one-quarter of the pie) has 330 calories, 13 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat and 680 milligrams of sodium. Although the sodium is on the high side, it’s one of the tastiest gluten-free pizzas around. The crust is made from a combo of rice flour, rice starch and tapioca starch and has a fabulous mouthfeel.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.