Low Calorie Frozen Pizza: The Best and the Worst Tasting

We rate frozen pizzas from Lean Cuisine, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem and Weight Watchers Smart Ones.low-calorie-pizza-best-and-worst

After studying taste reviews of low-calorie frozen pizzas from diet and food bloggers across North America we've rated products from Lean Cuisine, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem and Weight Watchers Smart Ones.

RULES: All pizzas below are available in single-serving sizes, containing no more than 430 calories per pizza.

All pizzas are ranked on a scale of one to ten, with "ten" being the best tasting. They are listed in order of Great! to Yechh!

NOTE: This is a taste test only. This article is not rating nutritional value. That said, here are the results as rated by a million taste buds!

FIRST PLACE:

Lean Cuisine French Bread Pepperoni Pizza

How could this small pizza pack so much flavor? Whatever Lean Cuisine's secret it is, they totally nailed it with this one. Crunchy, flavorful, and never fails to attack that pizza craving head on.

Typical Reviewer Comments:
"I eat this pizza for lunch all the time and I feel like I'm cheating on my diet – but I'm not!"

"I absolutely LOVE pizza… This pizza is all the great taste and portion controlled so it is relatively low in calories. I eat this at least twice a week it's so delicious."

"I think the French Bread pizza is one of the best products Lean Cuisine offers. Easy to make, the perfect size and portable too. Always surprised how crispy the bread after microwaving."

SECOND PLACE:

Lean Cuisine Four Cheese Pizza

Some of the most die-hard East Coast pizza addicts claim this one is a home run. Some even say they enjoy this entrée so much, they buy a few boxes at a time. It has to do with its authentic flavor and satisfying texture, plus it cooks very well in the microwave.

Typical Reviewer Comments:
"This is an amazing substitute for a good old slice of NY pizza."

"I eat at least one of these every week. It is a satisfying lunch meal but yet light enough to not make you feel bloated like traditional pizza can do."

"This pizza was great tasting, fluffy crust, perfect amount of cheese and lots of flavor."

THIRD PLACE:

Smart Ones Brick Oven-Style Pizza Pepperoni

Most taste reviewers were huge fans, but a few noticed the 780 mg of sodium on the nutritional label. I know that we're not talking about nutrition in this article, but… Holy sodium levels, Batman! Okay, moving on. Back to the positives. Not only does it taste good, but many commented that it was filling as well, which is not always the case with a portion-controlled sized pizza, even one that clocks in with the highest calorie count (430) of the ten tested pizzas.

Typical Reviewer Comments:
"Not crazy about the calories, sodium and fat but they sure are good."

"It was surprisingly delicious for a microwavable pizza."

FOURTH PLACE:

Lean Cuisine Deep Dish Spinach and Mushroom Pizza

Vegetarians, rejoice! Here's a low-calorie, meatless pie that doesn't skimp on flavor. It's authentic creamy sauce pairs well with the mushrooms and spinach. Though some veggie fans would prefer the surprisingly delish Amy's Spinach Pizza, Amy's doesn't offer a single-serving pizza at the time of this writing (2017), and so didn't qualify for this taste-test.

Typical Reviewer Comments:
"The alfredo base was flavored with the right combination of spices."

"Hits the spot when I'm craving pizza. The flavors remind me of a gourmet flavor I would get at a restaurant."

FIFTH PLACE:

Nutrisystem Italian Herb Flatbread Pizza

Here's where Nutrisystem scored some major points with their customers. Many have reported that this pizza is one of their faves in the whole program. In fact, many were surprised because it's a very simple recipe, with just crust, herbs, and cheese. Sometimes less is more!

Typical Reviewer Comments:
"I thought the sauce was tasty and the crust was thick and had flavor."

"From my experience diet pizza often tastes like cardboard. This is NOT the case. I found this to be delicious!"

SIXTH PLACE:

Jenny Craig Stuffed Pizza Bites

Being the pizzaholics we are, we're not surprised that Jenny Craig's pizzas are always on the verge of being out of stock. Customers are usually clamoring for these, but mostly because they're super low-calorie and fun-sized. Customers report enjoying these with a side salad since they're not often filling enough on their own.

Typical Reviewer Comments:

"They give a decent pizza taste."

"I love the pizza bites. They're so perfect as a little finger food."

SEVENTH PLACE:

Smart Ones Thin Crust Pepperoni

This diet-friendly entrée reached the level of "good enough, kinda sorta." Comments were mixed, and sometimes passionate on both sides. Some thought the rough texture or the mystery meat toppings were, well… bad, while others claimed it satisfied their pizza-hungry appetites.

Typical Reviewer Comments:
"I wasn't a big fan of the sauce but it had a good amount to cheese and pepperoni to balance out the weird taste."

"The crust tasted like cardboard. The toppings were pretty good."

EIGHTH PLACE:

Nutrisystem Thick Crust Pizza

Not a hit. In fact, many feel this one is a total miss. Some reviewers felt that it could be saved only by jazzing it up yourself with toppings and herbs.

Typical Reviewer Comments:
"It's basically like eating one sad lunchables pizza. Not as filling as the other Nutrisystem meals."

"I think it is better baked in the oven. Loaded up with onions and peppers and any other free veggies."

NINTH PLACE:

Lean Cuisine Thin Crust Margherita Pizza

Let's be honest, the calorie to taste ratio is a mighty one to master with pizza. Most reviewers felt that this is not one of Lean Cuisines best culinary achievements. Some reviewers claim it used to be better, and that a recipe change messed this one up. Others shared almost angry remarks about the suprising lack of flavor.

Typical Reviewer Comments:
"The crust is hard and the toppings are sparse. They are terrible!"

" The toppings had very little flavor …The crust had a funky taste to it."

TENTH PLACE

Lean Cuisine Deep Dish Three Meat Pizza

Tenth place isn't great in a ten pizza race, so don't expect too much for this last place finisher.

With a drool-worthy name like this one has, we thought Lean Cuisine had it in the bag. Alas, we were wrong. It seems the recent recipe update was a flavor strike-out. Reviewers attitudes towards this dish were as unfortunate as the bad smell they claimed it had.

Typical Reviewer Comments:

“It smells funny; the crust is hard like it has been burnt even though it's not and the sauce tastes like it's gone bad in some way.”

"I'm not sure if it was the sauce or the sausage but it just didn't taste or smell right."