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Mealtime Makeover: Whole-Wheat Pizza


By using whole-wheat crust, part-skim cheese, turkey pepperoni, and mixed vegetables, this pizza offers kids more of the nutrients they need, with less fat and fewer calories.

Prep time: 25 minutes


This Recipe:

  • 1 ready-to-bake whole-wheat pizza crust (10 inches in diameter)
  • ½ c. pizza sauce
  • 1 c. shredded part-skim, low-moisture mozzarella cheese
  • ½ c. (17 slices) turkey pepperoni
  • 1 c. sliced mushrooms

Traditional Recipe:

  • 1/3 (2 slices) medium pizza (typical delivery-style pizza with pepperoni and thin crust)


  1. Preheat oven to 400º F (204º C).
  2. Spread pizza sauce on crust.
  3. Spread cheese on top of the sauce.
  4. Sprinkle sliced mushrooms and pepperoni on top of the cheese.
  5. Bake approximately 15 minutes. Cut into 6 wedges.

Serves: 3

Serving size: 2 slices

Nutritional analysis (per serving):

This Recipe Traditional Recipe
395 calories 570 calories
22 g protein 22 g protein
11 g fat 26 g fat
3.6 g sat. fat 10 g sat. fat
52 g carbohydrate 62 g carbohydrate
8 g fiber 3 g fiber
24 mg cholesterol 26 mg cholesterol
980 mg sodium 1507 mg sodium
160 mg calcium 259 mg calcium
1 mg iron 4 mg iron
n/a mcg folic acid n/a mcg folic acid

Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.

Variations and suggestions:

Use some of your favorite veggies for toppings instead of pepperoni and mushrooms. Peppers, broccoli, spinach, or fresh tomatoes are good options.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: May 2011


Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses and treatment, consult your doctor.

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