Caulipower’s Margherita is one of the combinations of ready-made pizzas Caulipower offers on a cauliflower crust. The pizza is certified gluten-free and made on the most crispy cauliflower crust on the market.
Like its plain cauliflower crust, Caulipower’s main focus has been to make its ready-made Margherita pizza taste as close to traditional pizza as possible – whether they’ve succeeded is up for debate; we’ll tell you all about its taste and texture in our review post.
In this article though, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about this pizza – from the calories to the ingredients, its overall healthiness, and how it fits with popular diets.
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Caulipower Margherita Pizza Nutrition Facts
Half Pizza = 350 Calories 41g Net Carbs 12g Protein
The serving size for Caulipower’s Margherita pizza is set at half of the pie.
At 350 calories for half of the pizza, compared to other Margherita pizzas made on cauliflower crusts, Caulipower’s Margherita calories are within the range of most other similar products.
The same can be said about its carb and protein content, at 41 grams of net carbs and 12 grams of protein per serving size.
Of course, these nutrition values are much less than regular Margherita pizza made on bread or all-purpose flour crusts, which can have upwards of 400 calories per slice.
So, if you’re considering Caulipower’s Margherita pizza as a lighter alternative to regular Margherita pizza, in terms of calories and carbs, it definitely is, but it’s important to remember that it’s still a pizza and should be eaten in moderation if you’re watching your weight.
Here are the complete nutrition label and the breakdown of micronutrients for Caulipower’s Margherita pizza:
Now let’s move on to the ingredients.
Caulipower Margherita Pizza Ingredients
Crust Ingredients: Cauliflower, Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour, Water, Corn Starch, Tapioca Starch, Sunflower Oil Egg, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Baking Powder [Sodium Bicarbonate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate] Xanthan Gum, Sugar, Yeast, Vinegar, Salt.
Toppings’ Ingredients: Water, Tomato Paste, Spice Blend [Granulated Garlic, Spices, Onion], Salt, Granulated Garlic, Basil, Low Moisture Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese [Pasteurized Part Skim Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Tomatoes, Parmesan Cheese [Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes] Basil.
There are 24 ingredients in Caulipower’s Margherita pizza between the crust and the toppings.
14 are in the crust, and the remaining 10 are in the toppings.
It may seem like there are a lot of ingredients in Caulipower’s Margherita pizza, but most of them are common pizza toppings and crust ingredients.
After all, the pizza is a pre-made frozen product, and most of the ingredients are necessary to keep the pizza fresh and give it a longer shelf-life.
In terms of the overall healthiness of the pizza, let’s discuss that in more detail below.
Is Caulipower Margherita Pizza Healthy?
The truth is that Caulipower’s Margherita pizza is neither healthy nor particularly unhealthy.
Yuka.io (a mobile app giving food products health scores) gives Caulipower Margherita Pizza a 39/100. The main factors dragging down the score are the use of two additives in the crust: Monocalcium Phosphate and Disodium Diphosphate.
Neither of the additives poses a significant health risk, but they are not particularly healthy either.
For your reference, here is a rundown of Yuka’s analysis listing the negatives and positives of Caulipower Margherita Pizza:
As you can see from the analysis, the positives outnumber the negatives by quite a lot.
On the whole, Caulipower Margherita Pizza is a relatively healthy food, especially compared to other frozen pizzas or some fast food options.
Is Caulipower’s Margherita Pizza Diet-Friendly?
Although diet guidelines and plans vary for individuals, in general, Caulipower’s Margherita pizza is not the best weight-loss-friendly product you’ll find among frozen pizzas.
However, Caulipower’s Margherita could be a good occasional treat for people following a weight-loss diet, as long as it’s consumed in moderation.
In terms of lifestyle diets, Caulipower’s Margherita pizza is a certified gluten-free product and can be comfortably enjoyed by people with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.
As for some of the other popular lifestyle diets, such as paleo, keto, and Whole30, Caulipower’s Margherita pizza does not fit into any of those plans for the reasons pointed out below:
Paleo: The diet does not allow for any grains, including the rice flour in the crust.
Keto: The diet requires a very low intake of carbs and one serving of Caulipower’s Margherita pizza has 41grams of net carbs.
Whole30: The diet does not allow for any additives or processed foods, and Caulipower’s Margherita pizza has a few additives in the crust and, obviously, is a processed food product.
Caulipower Margherita Pizza’s Cooking Instructions
Like all other premade food products, Caulipower has its cooking instructions listed on the packaging. We’ll give you what’s listed on the box and share our experience of how the cooking instructions actually worked out in our review article.
Caulipower’s Cooking Instructions
1-Preheat oven to 425°F.
2-Remove pizza from box, overwrap, and cardboard.
3-Cook pizza directly on the middle rack (no pan needed!) until cheese is golden brown and crust is crispy, typically 13-16 minutes.
Read our cooking tips based on these instructions here.
Caulipower’s main selling point is that their gluten-free pizzas are a healthier alternative to traditional frozen pizzas, and for the most part, they deliver on that promise.
The Margherita pizza has fewer calories, saturated fat, and sodium than similar products on the market, and its use of cauliflower in the crust makes it a good source of fiber and nutrients.
While the pizza is not necessarily diet-friendly, it is a healthier option for those looking for a frozen pizza and makes a good occasional treat for people following a weight-loss diet.
Give it a try; you’ll like it.