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There are few things easier and more satisfying than throwing a frozen pizza in the oven on a Friday night and letting the family go at it. It’s cheaper than ordering in and it’s certainly faster and easier than cooking. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly the most nutritious option and that can be a little annoying.

Sure, pizza in general has earned a reputation for being one of the worst foods for you (hello cheese!) but it doesn’t have to be. We talked to dietitian Shauna Lindzon and she says it’s actually a great back-up meal to keep in your freezer and with a teensy bit more work on your part, it can be part of a nutritious dinner.

We broke down Shauna’s tips for picking a slice, then used them to see how the biggest frozen pizza brands stack up.

Pair it with veg

“It is always a good idea to start your meal with some fresh veggies dipped into hummus,” Shauna suggests. “This will help balance the pizza off and will help against overeating.” A side salad works to the same effect.

Moral of the story: don’t make pizza the entirety of your meal.

Figure out your serving size beforehand

Shauna says there isn’t a “magic serving size” so figure out what you would personally eat in one sitting before looking at nutrition facts. If you’re going to eat more than the recommended serving (because seriously, who sits down to eat one piece of pizza?), make sure you take that into account.

Check protein, saturated fat, sodium and fibre

Those four are the most important elements to look at when checking out nutrition facts. Here’s what you should watch out for:

  • Protein: ~20 grams
  • Saturated fat:  as low as possible (minimize cheese and processed meats)
  • Sodium: as low as possible
  • Fibre: as much as possible (think lots of veggies and a multigrain or cauliflower crust)

Add what you’re missing

“Once you are ready to eat the pizza, it is a smart idea to add your personal touch to it,” Shauna says. “Good choices would be topping it with some arugula and fresh tomatoes with a drizzle of lemon juice.

“If you want to bump up the protein, you can add some shredded chicken, edamame beans, or cooked shrimp to it.  To boost the flavour, add some chopped herbs like basil or oregano.”

How do the most popular frozen pizzas hold up? Take a look: