Tested: Vitalicious VitaPizza

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Though I generally avoid diet foods, I do like to find healthier versions of stuff I like – frozen pizza, for example. I found this one called VitaPizza that claims to be a nutrient-rich, low-calorie, single-serving frozen pizza.

It comes from Vitalicious, a company known for diet/health food which looks and tastes like cakes, muffins, etc. I never fell for those gimmicks, but this pizza looked darn good and the health aspect isn’t that much of a stretch considering the veggie toppings.

Factor in the small size (these are just slightly bigger than the Lunchables pizzas I’d eat in middle school) and the 190 calorie count makes sense, too.

I got mine at the local Wegman’s for $3.99 each. If you order online, they’re about $5 each, and you have to order an entire box of 12 pizzas. Vitalicious is offering free shipping right now, which is great, but I didn’t want to shell out $60 upfront to try these!

Let’s dive in…

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VitaPizza Health and Nutrition Info

Here’s the info I found for the standard Tomato & Cheese flavor.

INGREDIENTS: Tomato, Water, Pizza Sauce (Water, Tomato Paste, Vinegar, Spices, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Sugar), Cheeses (Cheddar, Parmesan, Romano, Asiago [Cultured/Pasteurized Skim Milk, Salt Enzymes, Anti-Caking Agent {Powdered Cellulose}], Nonfat Dry Milk, Water, Natural Romano Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Salt), Whole Wheat Flour, Oat Fiber, Corn Starch, Wheat Gluten, Natural Chicory Fiber (Inulin), Yeast, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate), Natural Wheat Sour, Xanthan Gum, Soy Flour, Basil, Garnish (Dried Bell Pepper, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Cracked Black Pepper), Salt, Dextrose, Malted Barley Flour, Lecithin, Enzymes, Natural Sweetener (Rebiana, Monk Fruit Extract), Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Iron, Biotin, Zinc. CONTAINS MILK, SOY AND WHEAT.

I’d say those are fairly normal ingredients for a pizza, you just get less cheese than usual and no greasy toppings. What does stand out is the added fiber via oat bran and chicory fiber. I also doubt that many pizza places use rebiana instead of sugar!

And here are the Nutrition Facts:

Seving: 1 Pizza
Calories 190
Total Fat 3g
Sodium 460mg
Total Carbs 38g
Fiber 19g
Sugars 4g
Protein 15g

Only 190 calories! Putting things in perspective, it’s kinda crazy to think a whole pizza has fewer calories than an energy bar!

What we have is a low calorie, low fat, low sugar, high fiber, high protein pizza. Let’s throw it in the oven…

vitapizza in plastic

Cooking and Preparation

When I unboxed these, even though I knew they would be small, I thought, “wow, these are tiny!” They are like those little “personal pan” pizzas that are cut into four mini-slices, except smaller because they’re so thin. If it was a triangle instead, it would be average size for a single slice.

The “Supreme” seemed to have plenty of cheese and toppings, giving it some appeal, but the topping variety seemed to consist of mostly the meatless pepperoni and green peppers, with just a few red peppers and mushrooms. Fortunately the pepperoni looked realistic, and overall, the pizza looked appetizing.

vitapizza ready to cook

Oddly, the “Cheese and Tomato” was very very low on cheese. It was low on sauce too, but at least it had tomato pieces on top. Even worse, there was a big section of crust on the one side with no toppings at all. So this pie was not exciting by any means.

At least the preparation was simple. All you do is open the box, take out the pizza, and peel off the plastic wrap.

As far as cooking goes, you can do it in the oven or in the microwave. The microwave option only requires 4.5 minutes, but I can’t see a microwaved pizza being particularly tasty, so I put them in the oven for the suggested 10-12 minutes. (If you do use the microwave, they include a little microwave-safe tray to cover the pizza.)

How does it look out of the oven??

vitapizza hot and crispy

The best way to put it is that they look nearly identical going in and coming out! It was tough to tell when these were done. The crust didn’t really get dark; it just turned brown like a pita. Even when I touched the crust and it felt crispy, the cheese still hadn’t melted. It must have something to do with the type low-fat cheese, because neither pizza developed that hot melted cheese look.

I ended up leaving the pizzas in the oven for another five minutes, which didn’t help much. The Tomato was crispy and crunchy, while the Supreme was still a little soft in the middle – though I ended up preferring the less crispy crust anyway.

Yes, I could probably use cooking lessons, but I’ve successfully cooked many pizzas in the past (fresh and frozen!)

Anyway, the big question that remains is, “how does it taste?”

vitapizza meatless pepperoni supreme

My VitaPizza Taste Test

As mentioned, I got one of each flavor:

  • Cheese & Tomato
  • Meatless Pepperoni Supreme

To start with, it’s important to note that I was going into this with very low expectations!

The Crust

The crust is like a whole wheat pita. It’s very thin and crisp, with that distinct stone-ground wheat flavor. It’s too thin for my liking, really, but not bad. (I don’t like crispy thin crusts so that’s not a surprise.)

The Sauce

Well, there was not much of it on there. There was not much flavor to it, either. They could probably remove the sauce and you would not even notice!

The Cheese

What little cheese there was did have some flavor, so that was alright. But if you LOVE lots of hot, melty cheese, you’ll be disappointed.

The Toppings

The tomato chunks had flavor – they tasted like tomatoes. So if you like a very simple tomato and cheese pizza, they’re fine.

If you want more flavor, go with the Supreme. There was much more flavor to that one, although I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was. The meatless pepperoni was fine, bordering on pretty good. It wasn’t weird or rubbery or anything you might guess.

Overall Taste Experience

All in all, the VitaPizzas were very bland. You could recreate the product by taking a pita bread, giving it a very thin coating of pizza sauce, and lightly sprinkling with low-sodium mozzarella. Then add little tomato chunks or whatever low-calorie veggies you prefer (I like broccoli.) That would likely taste just as good if not better, and it would be way cheaper. I bet you could keep the calories low, too.

Satiety

I ate both pizzas at once and was not satisfied. With a good salad alongside one, perhaps I would be… for a short while. But the experience was so unfulfilling that I craved more food – something with flavor. So I have to disagree with this statement:

“Only 190 calories with a unique, thin & crispy crust and just the right amount of toppings to satisfy pizza cravings without the guilt.”

They are good for portion control, I’ll give them that much, but these aren’t going to satisfy my pizza cravings.

vitapizza tomato cheese

My final verdict is…

If you can’t be bothered to make your own pita pizza, and you don’t mind spending $4-5 on what is basically one slice of pizza, you might like these VitaPizzas. Just don’t expect it to taste like Pizza Hut or Domino’s.

Their website has 145 reviews of this pizza with an overall 4-star rating, though, so apparently plenty of people are happy with it.

Official website: www.Vitalicious.com

Buy online: www.Vitalicious.com

Product Review Details
Company: Vitalicious.
Product: Vitalicious VitaPizza
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2013-01-23
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: Yes; paid affiliate.

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