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Veggie Pizza Calories

by
author image Jessica Bruso
Based in Massachusetts, Jessica Bruso has been writing since 2008. She holds a master of science degree in food policy and applied nutrition and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations, both from Tufts University.
Veggie Pizza Calories
Vegetable pizza is lower in calories than meat pizza. Photo Credit gresei/iStock/Getty Images

While vegetable pizzas are more nutritious than meat pizzas, especially if you get a pizza with a whole-wheat crust, they can still contain a lot of calories. Choose a thin-crust pizza to save calories, or make your pizza at home for more control over the ingredients -- and thus the calories of the resulting pizza.

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Veggie Pizza Calories
A vegetable pizza with mushrooms. Photo Credit Lisovskaya/iStock/Getty Images

The typical vegetables used on pizza contain very few calories, so the calories in a slice of veggie pizza are only slightly higher than those in cheese pizza. Half a cup of sliced mushrooms adds 8 calories, a tablespoon of chopped onions has 4 calories and a tablespoon of chopped green peppers has 8 calories. A slice from a 14-inch thin-crust cheese pizza has 230 calories. Choosing a regular crust will increase the calories to 285 per slice, while opting for a thick crust increases the calories to 312. This is still fewer calories than a slice of regular-crust pepperoni pizza, with 313 calories, or sausage pizza, with 325 calories.

Homemade and Frozen Pizzas

Veggie Pizza Calories
Making your own pizza will reduce the calories per slice. Photo Credit area381/iStock/Getty Images

The calories in a serving of frozen vegetable pizza, which is usually about one-third of the pizza, range from about 240 to 340, depending on the brand of pizza. A homemade vegetable pizza with a whole-wheat crust, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms and reduced-fat feta cheese has 185 calories for one-fourth of an 8-inch pie, and a pizza with mushrooms, peppers and part-skim mozzarella that has 345 calories for one-sixth of a pie made with a 16-ounce Italian-bread-style pizza shell.

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