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How Many Weight Watchers Points in Pizza? (Holy Smart Points!)

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Weight Watchers points in a slice of pizza? Pizza as we know it originated in Naples in the 18th Century, and was a “food of the working class,” looked down upon by the wealthy as a crude meal sold by street vendors.

That all changed after Italy was unified and Naples got a visit from Queen Margherita who tired of fancy cuisine and took a liking to pizza; specifically the kind made with mozzarella cheese, red tomatoes, and green basil.

Perhaps she also appreciated that this variety of pizza featured the colors of the Italian flag, but either way her appreciation for what later became, “Margherita” pizza caused the food to skyrocket in popularity with all social classes in Italy and later in America when the Neapolitans started flocking to cities like Trenton, Chicago, New York, and St. Louis in the late 19th Century for factory jobs, bringing their love of pizza with them.

Ok, so that’s a brief history of pizza, but if you’re on Weight Watchers, a craving for pizza can really wreak havoc on your daily point total. Why? Well, the average American will eat about 6000 slices of pizza in their lifetime! Pizza is basically dough covered in greasy cheese, which isn’t exactly the kind of healthy food Weight Watchers teaches you eat with their point system.

Knowledge is power, so if you are going to eat pizza on Weight Watchers, you have to be smart about it. Here are the WW points in pizza, plus some advice on how to make pizza fit into your daily WW FreeStyle / SmartPoints budget.

*Related: WW Points List: The 99 Most-Tracked Foods | WW points calculator


Weight Watchers Points in a Slice of Pizza?

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Ordering pizza from popular chains like Domino’s, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut is going to cost you a lot of points! Hopefully you can find a healthier alternative to ordering pizza from these restaurants, and when you see the point totals, I think you’ll agree! Here are the Weight Watchers points in a slice of (large) pizza

Domino’s Pizza: (more)

  • Hand-Tossed Pizza: 12 SmartPoints 10 PointsPlus
  • Thin crust pizza: 9 SmartPoints, 7 PointsPlus
  • Deep Dish Pizza 15 SmartPoints, 12 PointsPlus

Papa John’s: (more)

  • Cheese Pizza slice: 9 SmartPoints, 7 PointsPlus
  • Thin crust cheese pizza: 8 Smart Points, 6 PointsPlus

Pizza Hut: (more)

  • Hand-Tossed Cheese Pizza: 10 SmartPoints, 10 PointsPlus
  • Cheese Pan Pizza: 12 SmartPoints, 9 PointsPlus
  • Thin & Crispy Cheese Pizza: 9 Smart Points, 7 PointsPlus
  • Cheese Stuffed-Crust Pizza: 10 Smart Points, 8 PointsPlus

Little Caesar’s Pizza:

  • Cheese Pizza (Hot-n-Ready): 8 SmartPoints, 7 PointsPlus
  • Deep Dish Cheese Pizza: 11 Smart Points, 11 PointsPlus

Frozen Pizza: (Per Slice)

  • DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Pepperoni = 5 SmartPoints
  • Freschetta Margherita Artisan Crust Pizza: 7 Smart Points
  • Newman’s Own Margherita Thin & Crispy Pizza: 4 SmartPoints
  • California Pizza Kitchen (Gluten-Free) BBQ Chicken Pizza: 5 SmartPoints
  • Healthiest frozen pizza? – Shape.com

So, how many Weight Watchers Points in a slice of pizza? You can estimate that a piece of pizza (1/8th of a large pizza) from a local pizzaria or restaurant will have 10 SmartPoints, and 8 PointsPlus. It seems to be a little less for most frozen pizzas, largely because the slices are usually smaller.

Toppings: (Add points per slice)

  • Extra cheese: 3 SmartPoints, 1 PointsPlus
  • Meat toppings: (Pepperoni, sausage, ham) about 1 WW point per slice
  • Veggie toppings: 0 SmartPoints

When ordering any pizza, you should also skip anything “meat-lover’s, stuffed crust, deep dish, alfredo, or cheese-lover’s,” and for God’s sake, you don’t need to add breadsticks (4 SmartPoints each) or cinnamon bread twists! (6-8 SmartPoints per serving)  

If you really want to stick with the Weight Watchers brand, you can find their Smart Ones frozen pizza (13 Smart Points) at some grocery stores.


Some Advice About Pizza and Weight Watchers

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Yikes! So, how can you enjoy pizza without blowing up your diet? Well, you can skip Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, and Domino’s pizza, and order something healthier! But, maybe you find yourself at a restaurant, friend’s house, or birthday party, and don’t have a DIY pizza option? Here are a few suggestions for eating pizza on Weight Watchers FreeStyle, or any other diet.

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Skip White Pizza!

Like a taco salad, white pizza also has an undeserved reputation for being healthy. Maybe this is because it’s a favorite of women who usually are better at making decisions than men? Maybe it’s because we think (wrongly) that white foods are pure and healthier? Or, maybe we believe that putting a little broccoli or tomato on top of anything makes it healthy?

Actually, the opposite is true, as the healthiest part of pizza is the tomato sauce which has antioxidants. To make things worse, most pizzarias brush on garlic oil which is loaded with calories. In fact, a single slice of white pizza can have 600 calories and cost you 12 Smart Points!

*Related: Weight Watchers points in wine


WW & Pizza: Choose Healthy Toppings

Ok, so putting veggies on pizza isn’t going to make it health food, but at least it’s healthier. Skip the sausage and pepperoni and add fresh vegetables like red or yellow peppers, broccoli, and tomato.

The canned Mushrooms most pizza restaurants use as a topping don’t have much nutritional value, but if you have the option of fresh mushrooms, top your pizza with them for extra antioxidants and health benefits. Fresh eggplant is also a great healthy alternative to most meat toppings, if available. Remember, with FreeStyle, most vegetables are 0 Smart Points!


Choose Whole Grain or Thin Crust Pizza

In most restaurants the crust is about as healthy as Wonder Bread, as it’s made with unhealthy white flour and high in carbs. If you have the option of whole-grain or thin crust, you’re getting fewer carbs while still enjoying the same amount of tomato sauce and veggie toppings.

In fact, thin crust pizza has significantly fewer Weight Watchers points than regular or deep dish pizza! Even better, if you’re making your own pizza, try using whole wheat pita rounds or fresh naan for crust.

You’ll also notice that eating a slice of thin-crust pizza won’t make you feel lethargic the way a couple of slices of regular pizza does. That’s because it takes a lot of your body’s energy to burn those carbs from pizza crust; that’s energy that would be better used burning fat!


Make Your Own Pizza! Weight Watchers Pizza Recipes:

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So, if you aren’t at a restaurant, party, or friend’s house, you’ll have a lot more options for making healthy choices when it comes to pizza.

Tip: If you’re making your own pizza know that store-bought pizza sauce is high in fat, sodium, and sugar. That means more Smart Points! Instead, try buying a jar of fat or sugar-free pizza sauce, and then mix in some tomato paste to thicken it, and some fresh diced tomatoes.

While Weight Watchers many of their recipes for members, they still have a number of free pizza recipes available, including their recipe for basic pizza dough. You don’t have to just depend on WW for pizza recipes, as there are lots of great Weight Watchers-friendly pizza recipes online, most of which include Weight Watchers points / SmartPoints. Here are a few Weight Watchers pizza recipes to get you started:


My Conclusion: Weight Watchers Points & Pizza

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So, as you can see, a couple slices of pizza from a chain restaurant like Domino’s, Pizza Hut, or Papa John’s can really blow up your weight loss efforts with a diet like Weight Watchers.

In fact, 2 slices of cheese pizza can equal more than half of your entire day’s budget of Weight Watchers points! Unlike diets such as Nutrisystem (view coupons) that plan all of your meals, no foods are off-limits with Weight Watchers or Noom.

For that reason, if you must eat pizza, be smart! Go for thin-crust, limit yourself to a slice, and top with veggies. Better yet, make your own healthy, Weight Watchers-friendly pizza at home with fresh ingredients. Weight Watchers is about

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Weight Watchers: Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe (Tasty & Healthy!)

Cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe from Oprah & Weight Watchers: Unlike the humble potato, cauliflower is packed with cancer-fighting vitamins and minerals, and consistently ranks as one the healthiest vegtables. For this reason, cauliflower can make a smart substitution or compliment to the potato in popular dishes like mashed potatoes.

Speaking of cauliflower mashed potatoes, here’s a simple delicious recipe for them from Weight Watchers out of Oprah’s cookbook:

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe (30-second Video)


Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium head cauliflower (white or golden)
  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chives
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  • Boil potatoes
  • Boil cauliflower (in water from potatoes)
  • Put both in bowl
  • Add pepper and salt
  • Mash by hand
  • add chives

Joila! It’s such an easy recipe, and so much healthier than your traditional mashed potatoes. Cauliflower is high in Vitamin C, folate, (which is essentil for pregnant women!) vitamin K, and protein, and a number of other vitamins.

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Caulflower mashed potatoes make a great, healthy, and versatile side dish any time of year, including Thanksgiving dinner.

Personally, like this potato / cauliflower hybrid recipe, as you stay closer to the taste of real mashed potatoes.  Mashed cauliflower alond is still good, but your kids might not eat it, and you don’t get as good of a consistency!

Cauliflower mashed potatoes are great served with balsamic roasted vegetables, or try them with grilled balsamic mustard glazed steak or shrimp with spicy tomato sauce.

Plus, Oprah recommends them, so you can’t get a better endorsement!


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Avocado Toast Recipe (w/ Optional Turkey) from Weight Watchers

Oprah’s (Weight Watchers) Avocado toast recipe: Avocado toast is my new obsession. We first had it a year ago at a neat little bistro in downtown Manhattan, and since then it’s been popping up on menus everywhere.

So, if you’re going to make avocado toast, why not go with Oprah‘s favorite recipe from her new cookbook? She puts a couple of slices of turkey on her avocado toast, but it’s optional. Here’s a video demonstration, as well as the recipe:

Avocado Toast recipe (30-second video)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 2 slices smoked turkey
  • 1 egg (to fry)
  • 1 slice whole grain bread
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 fresh basil leaves

Directions:

  1. Scoop out avocado into a bowl
  2. Add fresh lemon juice and mash with a fork
  3. Add salt and pepper (to taste)
  4. Spread on toasted (or grilled) bread
  5. Add tomato slices
  6. Add turkey slices (optional)
  7. Add fried egg on top (a tiny bit runny?)
  8. Garnish with fresh basil

Joila! Tasty avocado toast, good enough for Oprah. You can also add a slice of bacon to make it extra tasty, but it will also add some calories!

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(Not) Fried Chicken: Weight Watchers Recipe from Oprah

weight watchers coupon logoRecipe for Weight Watchers unfried chicken: When it comes to diets, fried chicken is not the first dish that comes to mind. Unless, of course, you are on a diet, then comfort food like fried chicken might haunts your dreams every night!

The good news is that Weight Watchers Online (coupon to join) has a tasty recipe for baked, “un-fried” chicken from Oprah‘s Food Health & Happiness cookbook. It’s tasty, and you’ll be able to live with the points!

Weight Watchers Un-Fried Chicken Recipe:

You can watch this quick, 30-second video to see how easy it is to make (baked) unfried chicken:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (cut in half)
  • 2 chicken thighs
  • 2 chicken legs
  • 1 1/2 cups multigrain or whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

  • Mix buttermilk & hot sauce in a large mixing bowl
  • Coat chicken w/ mixture and refrigerate for 3-24 hours
  • Mix panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and spices in a (gallon-size) freezer bag
  • Add chicken to freezer bag & shake to coat all pieces
  • Bake at 400° F for 20 minutes

Voila, un-fried chicken!

You can also add a drizzle of honey, if you’d like!


*How many Weight Watchers points? 

  • Weight Watchers Points: 6
  • Points Plus: 6
  • Smart Points Value: 11

*The chicken-shaking process is a great time to sing your favorite Taylor Swift or Katy Perry song. In keeping with the “Southern” theme, you may also choose to sing “Sweet Home Alabama.” 

Thanks to Oprah for this great recipe!

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Need Free Recipe Ideas for Medifast Shakes?


If you are on the Medifast diet, you might benefit from some variety with your shakes. The video above gives you some good ideas including a refreshing lemon meringue shake, (using Medifast French vanilla shake) Mayan dark chocolate shake (Medifast dark chocolate shake; a little spicy!) and a strawberry lemonade smoothie. (using a Medifast starwberry lemonade flavor infuser).

In the video they use a Medifast blender, but any old blender will work. Also, you don’t have to be as positive as the guy in the videos, or have an edgy haircut like him, either. Most of the time I’m in my kitchen I’m angry and drinking wine. (watch those calories from alcohol!)

Anyway, all these drinks are on the 5 & 1 plan, and ready in under a minute, so try them out!

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5 Protein Powder Recipes: So Much More Than Boring Protein Shakes

Protein Powder Recipes: If you drink protein shakes, you might be getting bored with your options. (Hmmm… Vanilla or chocolate?) However, you don’t have to be, and that protein powder (with upwards of 30 grams of protein per scoop!) can be an ingredient in an exciting and tasty recipe for breakfast, or after a good workout.

There are dozens of great recipes out there that feature whey protein powder, and here are a few of my favorites:

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Chocolate Chip Protein Powder Pancakes

Recipe ingredients:

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 2 scoops almond meal
  • 4 egg whites or 1/2 cup of egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 tsp Stevia (sugar substitute)
  • 1/4 cup of dark chocolate or cacao chips

Instructions: Mix ingredients together until you have a thick, smooth batter. Pour batter onto hot non-stick griddle making 3-4 pancakes at a time. Flip pancakes after they start bubbling, and remove from pan when each side is cooked to a light brown. Makes 6-8 pancakes


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Chocolate-Coconut Protein Popsicles

Recipe ingredients:

2 scoops of chocolate or fudge protein powder
1 can (full-fat) coconut milk (5.5 oz.)

Instructions: Blend ingredients and pour into popsicle molds; insert popsicle sticks, and freeze for at least a few hours.


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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Recipe ingredients:

  • 1/2 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups canned pureed pumpkin or fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup baking Stevia (sugar substitute)
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of dark chocolate or cacao chips
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Puree the oats in a food processor, then mix oats with all of the other ingredients. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins and bake for 18 to 20 minutes.


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Protein Powder Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla (whey) protein powder
  • 6 oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tsp water

Recipe instructions: Mix protein powder and Greek yogurt. Add water cafrefully as needed to thin out the mixture. Refrigerate pudding for at least 2 hours.


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Protein Powder Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup blueberries (or a mixture of other fruit such as blackberries and cherries)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup almond milk

Recipe instructions: Blend all ingredients in a good blender, such as a Vitamix, until smooth.

*You’ll need at least one of the fruits to be frozen for a good consistency. If all you have are fresh fruits, consider throwing in a couple of ice cubes.


Protein Powder Recipes: Pancakes, Smoothies, and Muffins: Oh, My!

Why make drinking a protein shake a chore? I hope you try out at least one of these recipes that feature protein powder and make your boring protein powder interesting again!

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