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Motivated Monday – Healthiest Chain and Delivery Pizzas

Finding the Healthiest Delivery Pizzas

UPDATED November 15, 2023

I hope I’m not the only one that occasionally will cheat on a diet to indulge in a little bit of pizza delivered to my doorstep. An impromptu party or dinner craving doesn’t need to give you an achy belly and fill you with guilt.

I’ve looked at the biggest pizza chains across the country to get an idea of what two slices of thin crust pizza will set you back, calorie-wise. Part of my research involves taste, not just calories, so I referenced The Daily Meal’s “America’s Best 25 Pizza Chains” taste ratings.


Thin crust pizzas almost always have less calories than a standard hand-tossed crust. And we all know that a deep dish or Chicago-style pizza will have the most calories of all. So to compare the pizzas, I used thin crust where possible. One serving of pizza, as I describe here, consists of 2 slices of a medium (12″) thin-crust cheese pizza. I included some take-out pizza chains as well.


The strategy for getting through pizza-time without heaps of regret may be to order a salad, eat some of that first, and then consume 1-2 slices. You are also able to order a lighter portion of cheese in order to cut down on fat and calories from the cheese. Hopefully it’s obvious not to fill up on high calorie soda, breadsticks, and dipping sauces.

CPK’s Tricky Menu

One of the most popular pizza chains in the country (and number one on The Daily Meal’s list) is California Pizza Kitchen. I have a problem with their menu because it seems like it would be healthy, given the abundance of thin-crusted pizzas and salad options. But the calories in a “personal-sized” pizzas starts at 1100 calories. So even if you have a half of the lowest calorie pizza, you’re looking at 500+ calories. Most of the half salads are also over 500 calories. So watch out! I did find a cool blog called Eating Rules that has a two-part series specifically on what to order at CPK. I would recommend the half roasted veggie salad or the half Chinese chicken salad. And get your dressing on the side for dipping.

Top Thin-Crust Pizza – Domino’s

Domino's hawaiian thin crust healthier pizza

With two slices of medium thin-crust pizza setting you back only 300 calories, and a rating of #2 in the top 25 pizza chains for flavor, Domino’s may be your best option. Other more waistline-friendly topping combos to order are Hawaiian or Veggie, as they describe on their lighter options page. The nutritional data for two slices of a medium thin-crust cheese pizza are: 300 calories, 23g carbs, 14g fat, 12g protein.

Hungry Howie’s has 20 fewer calories than Domino’s so it’s also a great option for calorie counters at 280 calories, 26g carbs, 14g fat and 12g protein. It doesn’t earn the top spot because Dominos has higher quality and flavor.

Papa John’s doesn’t make a medium sized thin-crust so they lose out a bit, you could two slices of either the regular crust or the thin crust large for 420 calories. They offer you some a lighter choice in the form of Garden Veggie Papa Bowl at 380 calories. Yes, it has more fat but it skips the crust altogether by baking the ingredients in a bowl. 380cals, 24g fat, 21g carbs, g fiber, 22g protein.

Top Take-Home Pizza – Papa Murphy’s

Papa Murphy's Chicken Mediterranean Pizza healthier option

Papa Murphy’s doesn’t offer delivery like most of the competitors do, but they do have a huge variety of pizzas, and rank as #10 out of the top 25 pizza places according to DailyMeal. They also don’t make medium pizzas in the thin-crust size but here I’ve compared to two slices of “Family size” thin crust pizza (1/3 of a 16″ pizza). The breakdown for two slices is: 320 calories, 33g carbs, 14g fat, 16g protein. Other lower-calorie pizza options include Veggie, Hawaiian, and Chicken Mediterranean.

Fun fact, Little Caesar’s thin crust pizza actually has more calories than the regular crust! Strange!

Top Pizza Chains with Healthy Options – MOD Pizza, Mellow Mushroom

My favorite pizza chains that have other tasty options are Mellow Mushroom and MOD Pizza. Both of these offer fresh ingredients and tasty salads, so that you can have some healthy veggies alongside your pizza. Mellow Mushroom also has not only gluten-free crusts available but also a complete Vegan menu. It’s perfectly possible to enjoy a very healthy meal at either of these locations, by perhaps splitting a small pizza and a salad with a friend.

Compare Top Pizza Delivery Chain Nutrition Data

Hungry Howie’sThin CrustMedium 12″1/4228026g14g12g
Hungry Howie’sThin CrustLarge 16″1/4240036g20g18g
cici’s pizzaRegularMedium 12″238024g9g16g
marco’s pizzaLite CrustMedium 12″1/4237038g15g14g
marco’s pizzaThin CrustMedium 12″1/4236032g17g12g
marco’s pizzaPhilly Pizza Bowl1113408g21g24g
Papa Murphy’sThin CrustLarge 16″1/4232033g14g16g
Papa Murphy’sRegular CrustLarge 16″1/4241047g16g12g
Domino’sThin CrustMedium 12″1/4230023g17g12g
Domino’sHand TossedMedium 12″1/4240044g16g16g
MODMod CrustMini 6″132041g11g16g
Papa John’sThin CrustLarge1/4242040g22g20g
Papa John’sRegularMedium 12″1/4242054g14g16g
Papa John’sGarden Bowl1138021g24g22g
Godfather’sThin CrustMedium 12″1/4232030g16g14g
Pizza HutThin CrustMedium 12″1/4237044g13g18g
Round TableRegularMedium 12″1/4250044g22g26g
Little Caesar’sThin CrustLarge1/42495562725
Little Caesar’sRegular CrustLarge1/42488621624
SbarroXL NY PizzaXL 17″1/5155068g19g26g
CPKFive Cheese1/257067g21g27g
Mellow MushroomThin CrustMedium 14″1/4232050g14g12g
Mellow MushroomRegular CrustMedium 14″1/4249086g16g19g
Jet’s PizzaThin CrustSmall1/2245044g20g26g
Jet’s PizzaCauliflower CrustSmall1/2234032g13g20g
Donato’sThin CrustMedium 12″1/7226022g14g22g
Donato’sThin CrustMedium 12″1/435534.51616g
Donato’sCauliflower Crust10″1/239544.51716g
BlazeRegular Crust11″1/2332044g9g15g
BlazeCauliflower Crust11″1/2340047g16g18g

5 thoughts on “Motivated Monday – Healthiest Chain and Delivery Pizzas

  • Hi Justine,
    Thanks for stopping by! You are right, I just looked at Papa John’s large thin crust and they have a lighter cheese portion so they have slices under 200 calories. I will need to update this post with the newest info! The Tropical Luau one looks particularly tasty.

  • Papa Johns is actually free of all MSG and additives. They also offer thin crust, it’s in large only.

  • Your article is well-researched on which chains include which ingredients. I don’t personally feel that all the additives are necessarily that bad, although I would feel more comfortable with a pizza with less ingredients. However, I’ve worked in the food industry and am aware of many different food additives that are added for different reasons, which are not harmful. So it comes down to your individual level of comfort with what gets put in. Hopefully delivery pizza isn’t going to be a frequent choice, especially if you are watching your diet! I certainly agree it’s better to make it yourself, if you have time.

    Have you done the research on zpizza? They seem to be more natural than most!

  • Thanks for putting this together, but it’s also about quality ingredients, not just the ‘nutritionism’ of calories and macros. Most major pizza chains contain MSG or Glutamic Acid snuck inside the crust, the sauce, the cheese, the meats, and most of the toppings. WHY??? Besides be very unhealthy, It also increases cravings for said pizza. Domino’s Papa Johns, Lil Caesars and Pizza Hut just a few who have MSG-laden pizza ingredients. ASK FOR THEIR LIST OF INGREDIENTS.

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