Food on the Run: Domino's Pizza

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Today in our ongoing Food on the Run series we are going to look at smart strategies in food selection the next time you select Domino's Pizza

Our goal remains to recommend items around 250 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving or less. Some meal plans can easily allow for a higher calorie or fat intake but typically most require a total meal that is less than 500 calories and 20 grams of fat.

Cautions to Consider
  • There are nine core topping options for pizza selection with additional specialty ingredients available as well, which allows you to get what you want and avoid what you don't. Vegetables such as black olives, mushrooms, green peppers and onions are wonderful ways to get a serving of veggies while making your slice of pizza as filling as possible for the least amount of calories. Domino's has provided a wonderful Cal-O-Meter on their website as well to help you know the nutritional information before you order.
  • The type of crust you order does make a difference. Thin crust is your best choice and Deep Dish the worst and can provide you at least an 80 calorie difference per slice.
  • To keep your intake as low as possible, we recommend sharing a medium pizza and limiting your intake to one to two slices depending on what else you are planning to have with your meal.
  • If you are most interested in keeping your total fat intake as low as possible, be sure to limit your intake of toppings such as cheese, pepperoni, bacon, sausage, Philly meat, ham and beef. If you are trying to keep your sodium intake as low as possible, limit toppings such as black olives, sausage, ham, bacon, and anchovies.
  • The Bread bowl pasta is definitely a selection you will want to share with someone else or save half for another meal. According to the nutrition information provided on their website, each bread bowl serves two people and all provide over 600 calories per serving.
  • Pasta in a Dish is another high calorie choice that would be best to split if you select. Most options are over 600 calories per serving. Half a portion could make a good meal with Pasta Primavera being your best choice with a half serving providing 270 calories, 13.5 grams of fat, 385 mg of sodium, 29.5 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of protein. Adding vegetable choices such as onions, green peppers, mushrooms as well as roasted red pepper can provide wonderful flavor enhancements with little caloric impact.
  • Oven Baked Sandwiches are another selection that can be an ok choice if you are only eating half of the sandwich. Your best choice would be the Philly Cheese Steak with extra veggies, which provides 348 calories, 13.5 grams of fat, 1040 mg of sodium, 36.5 grams of carbohydrates, and 20.5 grams of protein for a half sandwich.
  • Plain bread sticks would be the best choice compared to Cheesy Bread or Cinna Stix. Each breadstick provides 110 calories, 6 grams of fat, 100 mg of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of protein.
  • The Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad provides 245 calories, 6.5 grams of fat, 380 mg of sodium, 12 grams of carbohydrates and 11 grams of protein. The Light Italian Dressing is your best dressing choice providing 20 calories, 1 gram of fat, 780 mg of sodium, 2 grams of carbohydrates and 0 grams of protein per serving.

Here are some pizza combination calculations to help you next time you order pizza.

Medium Thin Crust Vegi Feast Pizza with green pepper, onion, mushroom, black olive, extra cheese – one slice serving size
Calories – 160
Fat – 9.5 grams
Sodium – 355 mg
Carbohydrates – 16 grams
Protein – 7 grams

Medium Thin Crust Hawaiian Feast Pizza with ham, pineapple and extra cheese – one slice serving size
Calories – 170
Fat – 9.5 grams
Sodium – 405 mg
Carbohydrates – 17 grams
Protein – 8 gram

Medium Thin Crust Philly Steak Feast Pizza with Philly meat, mushroom, green pepper, onion, provolone cheese and American cheese – one slice serving size
Calories – 180
Fat – 10.5 grams
Sodium – 375 mg
Carbohydrates – 13 grams
Protein – 9 grams

For more the latest nutrition information on your favorite restaurants, check out SparkPeople's Dining Out Guide.

What are your favorite pizza combinations at Domino's? Are there other nationwide pizza places you would like us to review?

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