I almost cringed while typing that title. Healthy eating at pizza hut almost seems like an oxymoron. But hey, anything is possible and with a little planning and self control Pizza Hut doesn’t have to be the place your diet goes to die.
Disclaimer: I recognize that fast food is what it is—lots of sodium, processed food, probably GMOs, animals raised in factory farms—my point is NOT to laud fast food as the healthiest choice, but to help you discover some of the healthiest fast food options out there.
Pizza Hut Pros
- Website that posts all their nutrition information online—so you can take a second and plan ahead before heading out or check it on your smartphone while you wait.
- Some pizza huts have salad bars and salad options—but it varies from place to place.
- Thanks to their Book-it reading incentive program– I am a fan for life.
Pizza Hut Cons
- There are a lot of things to get tripped up on—pan pizza, cheesy breadsticks, chocolate treats, pastas—it’s all good, greasy, and (mostly) not-good-for you. So that’s pretty much the big con.
Healthy Choices at Pizza Hut
The rule of thumb when it comes to pizza is the thinner the crust the lighter in calories it will be. So thin and crispy is your best bet, then hand tossed, then their new garlic parmesan, then pan, stuffed crust would be the bottom of the barrel or the top of the heap, depending on your perspective.
Vegetables are clearly a win—onions, mushrooms, green peppers, load them up!
Lean meats like ham and chicken are better choices than sausage and pepperoni.
Utilize the salad bar or a side salad if the pizza hut offers it. If you are using carryout then make up a big, fresh salad to eat at home or some cut up veggies as a side.
Regular breadsticks are 140 calories so not great, but not terrible if you just have one—ie use moderation. Cinnamon breadsticks are also only 80 calories each, so they aren’t too bad if you’re craving something sweet.
To Be Avoided
These are the bad boys of the bad boys of pizza hut. Tread carefully and occasionally.
- Deep dish or cheese stuffed pizza topped with meat lovers or supreme.
- Calzones and both of the pastas are loaded with fat and calories.
- A stuffed pizza roller will set you back about 230 calories a piece—wowza!
- Apple pie is the worst calorie offender in the dessert arena, but chocolate dippers aren’t too far behind.
So for my healthy eating at pizza hut I would choose two slices of a hand tossed pizza with onions, green pepper, mushrooms, and ham. I’d get a side salad if I could or add in some veggies at home. I might grab one regular or cinnamon breadstick too. I’d probably drink a diet pepsi because in my humble opinion it is the best beverage to go with a slice of pizza. Maybe order it with a glass of water too and sip that until the pizza comes– that would be smart! (I don’t drink pop often but when I do, I tend to DOWN it for some reason.)
If you like this post be sure to check out the other posts in my other Healthy Eating at… series.
What’s your go-to pizza choice? Also, any old book-it kids out there?