Pizza healthier than salad, When Pizza Hut joined the healthy eating wave with the introduction of it's 'Fit 'n Delicious' pizza menu, many carb conscious dieters and low-fat enthusiasts headed over to the Hut for the latest creations. The scaled back versions offer thin crusts and healthier toppings than the average deep dish, and give you some room to add a salad bar to the mix. Here's a quick look at the healthiest options when that craving for pizza has you up late:
The Fit 'n Delicious menu offers three tasty combinations, and a low-calorie alternative that works great as a snack too. The Diced Chicken, Mushrooms, & Jalapenos
is a tasty combination on a thin crust with 160 calories and 5 grams of
fat per slice. You're sure to eat at least two to three for a meal, and
will still be safe calorie-wise. Hawaiian pizza enthusiasts will enjoy
the Ham, Pineapple, and Diced Red Tomatoes combo; at just 150
calories and 4.5 grams of fat per slice, this one is another top pick
for lunch or dinner. The lowest fat of the bunch is, of course, meat
free; the Green Peppers, Red Onions, and Diced Red Tomatoes comes in at 140 calories and 4 grams of fat.
If you prefer a thicker crust, the Hand-Tossed Veggie Lover's
serves up a medley of veggies and comes in at just 190 calorie and 6
grams of fat. Enjoy some chicken on your pizza with the Pizza Chicken
Supreme; each slice is just 210 calories and 7 grams of fat, and you'll
also get 12 grams of protein added to the mix. A thin crust version from
the Thin 'N Crispy menu is just 190 calories and 7 grams of fat.
Sometimes a few slices of pizza aren't enough; when you have a
yearning for a larger serving, a personal pan pizza can be much more
satisfying since you have a 'whole pizza' to yourself. Go ahead and
order the Personal Pan Pizza Chicken Supreme with 610 calories
and 23 grams of fat. While it's pushing the edge on fat content, you
will get a good 31 grams of protein and plenty of carbs to keep you
going through the day. For something on the lighter side, the Personal Veggie Lover's Pan Pizza comes in at 560 calories and 22 grams of fat.
The healthy salad is still an option at the Pizza Hut Salad Bar,
but just watch out for the dressing. Vinaigrette is your safest bet,
since the Thousand Island alone has 110 calories and 9 grams of fat in
just two tablespoons. Substitute the cheese breadsticks for an actual
slice of pizza instead; each breadstick here weighs in at 200 calories
and 10 grams of fat.
Finally, keep in mind that the Carb Tracker Pizzas
on the Fit'N Delicious menu aren't necessarily all that healthy; the
Meat Lover's 6-inch comes in at 740 calories and 46 grams of fat. A much
better choice is the Pizza Pepperoni & Mushrooms with 490 calories
and 25 grams of fat.
And of course, battling your way through
the Pizza Hut buffet line is sure to make dieting a challenge. If you do
find yourself at the smorgasbord, load up at the salad bar (sans
dressing), and go ahead and enjoy the dessert pizza to round out your
meal; each slice of the Cherry dessert pizza here is just 204 calories
and 3.5 grams of fat; it's better than your average cookie and just as
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