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Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world. It’s one of my favorite things to eat. I used to think of pizza as indulgence food – not something I should eat very often. But I was wrong. I recently learned that pizza can be part of a balanced diet when we make smart pizza choices.
Getting to eat pizza regularly is a game-changer, right? My kids are going to love mom’s new meal plans! I can bake California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) frozen pizzas in 15 minutes. Dinner is served, fast and easy – even on busy weeknights. The best part is that CPK pizzas are made with flavorful, quality ingredients I can feel good about feeding my family.
TIPS: How to Make Smart Pizza Choices
1. Know your Nutritional Needs
The Nutrition Facts shown on food packages are based on an average adult, who needs about 2,000 calories a day. You may need more if you’re a man, a teenager, physically active or pregnant/nursing. You may need less if you’re a small-framed woman, a child or managing your weight.
2. Pick the Perfect Pizza Portion for You
Once you know your nutritional needs, it’s fairly simple to take a mindful approach to pizza. Select your favorite kind of pizza and check the Nutrition Facts listed on the carton (specifically the “serving size”.)Limit your personal portion based on your calorie requirements for the day.
3. Build a balanced meal around your pizza.
Pizza has many elements of a complete meal, but it’s even better when enjoyed with other foods that add good nutrition, taste and variety.
When you make smart choices, you can enjoy pizza as part of a balanced diet.
My family thinks CPK’s BBQ Chicken is one of the best frozen pizza varieties out there! It has a crispy thin crust and is topped with delicious BBQ-seasoned white meat chicken, red onions, cilantro, smoked gouda and mozzarella cheeses, and a sweet n’ tangy BBQ sauce. That sounds like a lot of fresh flavors, right?
CPK frozen pizzas have no artificial flavors and a preservative-free crust. They even have gluten free frozen pizza varieties.
How My Family Includes CPK Oven-Ready Pizzas in Our Balanced Meals
I paired our BBQ Chicken pizza with a fresh salad inspired by the favorites on the CPK restaurant menu. I found the BBQ Chopped Salad recipe and other CPK-inspired recipes online at www.cpkfrozen.com. The recipe was also on the back of my CPK BBQ Chicken Pizza box.
CPK BBQ Chopped Salad
Makes 3-4 servings
- 6 cups romaine lettuce
- 1/3 cup corn
- 1/3 cup black beans
- 3/4 cup diced tomatoes
- 2 T chopped cilantro
- 3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese
- 4 ounces Ranch dressing
- a drizzle of BBQ sauce on top
Look for California Pizza Kitchen pizza in your grocer’s freezer section. For more information about CPK’s oven-ready pizzas, recipes and pairings, visit CPK Frozen.
What is your favorite California Pizza Kitchen recipe? What would you pair with your pizza with to create a balanced plate? Fruits, veggies? Let me know what you think in the comments.