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Kashi Margherita Tomato Garlic Cheese Thin Crust Pizza

Complete Score: 31.5 / 42 = 75%

Since our review of the Kashi Mediterranean Pizza, the company has come out with a new thin crust line of pizzas which look quite appetizing. I picked one of these up today and am glad I did, it was delicious!

Ooooh....thin!
Ooooh....thin!

Value

With Mr. Money’s tip about getting $2 off Kashi pizzas, I was able to grab the Kashi Margherita Tomato Garlic Cheese Thin Crust Pizza for only $4 and change. That’s a pretty good deal for an entire meal. Normally these pizzas run for $6 though so that is how we’ll rate them. Similar to the Kashi Mediterranean Pizza, these thin crust pizzas are a good but not great value.

Below are the nutritional facts pulled from the Kashi site. As with the Mediterranean Pizza, these values are per serving and list one pizza as 3 servings. You’ll likely eat the whole pizza in a sitting so just multiply the below by three.

Nutritional Facts

  • 260 Calories
  • 90 Calories from Fat
  • 9 g Total Fat
  • 4 g Saturated Fat
  • 0 g Trans Fat
  • 20 mg Cholesterol
  • 630 mg Sodium
  • 29 g Carbohydrates
  • 4 g Fiber
  • 4 g Sugars
  • 14 g Protein
  • 10% Vitamin A
  • 10% Vitamin C
  • 20% Calcium
  • 8% Iron

Pretty close in value to the Kashi Mediterranean Pizza. For the cost and considering it’s a frozen pizza you get a fair amount of nutrients for one meal.

Score: 4 / 5

Quality

This pizza was delicious! The crust was perfect and the cheese and toppings cooked and melted perfectly. Plus, since it’s thin crust it only takes 6-7 minutes to cook! There’s just the right amount of garlic, that amount that leaves you satisfied an hour or two later with the taste of garlic still hitting your taste buds but not overwhelmingly so.

Score: 4.5 / 5

Innovation

Well, the thin crust is a new addition for Kashi and one that’s rarely seen in the frozen pizza market so I’ll give them an extra .5 points in addition to their previous innovation score.

Score: 4.5 / 5

Hmmm...thin crust deliciousness
Hmmm...thin crust deliciousness

Social Benefit

We discussed the social impact of Kashi frozen pizzas before so let me just quickly state that they’re good for society in that they substitute for delivery pizza, which is often greasy and unhealthy. However frozen pizzas use a lot of salt to preserve themselves and are not exactly healthy, just healthier. If you really want to reduce your impact and increase your health make a pizza from scratch.

Score: 2.5 / 5

Freestyle!

For $4 it’s tough to beat this pizza. For $6, you’re better off making your own but if you’re crunched for time then it’s really tough to beat a pizza that cooks in under ten minutes.

Score: 16 / 22

Kashi pizzas are available at Stop & Shop and many other super markets.

Complete Score: 31.5 / 42 = 75%

Kashi Mediterranean Pizza

Complete Score: 31 / 42 = 74%

Unlike Amy’s Soy Cheese Pizza, more often than not Kashi’s Mediterranean Pizza comes out of the oven looking just like the picture on the box and tasting damn good.

Value

At $5.99 for a one person (3 servings size) pizza, the Kashi Mediterranean Pizza is a pretty good value. It’s slightly cheaper than a delivery pizza and certainly more nutritious than most pizza shops fare. It’s a completely vegetarian pizza, featuring red onions, sweet red peppers, spinach, basil, feta along with three other cheeses.

Below are the nutritional facts pulled from the Kashi site. Remember the below info is based off the box containing three servings, so if you eat the whole pizza, which is quite possible, multiple the below numbers by three.

Nutritional Facts

  • 290 Calories
  • 80 Calories from Fat
  • 9 g Total Fat
  • 4 g Saturated Fat
  • 0 gTrans Fat
  • 1.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat
  • 3 g Monounsaturated Fat
  • 20 mg Cholesterol
  • 640 mg Sodium
  • 37 g Carbohydrates
  • 5 g Fiber
  • 3g Sugars
  • 15 g Protein
  • 30% Vitamin A
  • 10% Vitamin C
  • 20% Calcium
  • 8% Iron

Overall the numbers are similar to Amy’s Soy Cheeze pizza, but the Kashi Mediterranean pizza certainly has much stronger vitamin values, owing to its veggie toppings. Overall, you’re getting a fairly good amount of nutrients for a pizza.

Score: 4 / 5

Kashi Mediterranean Pizza before cooking (CD case for size comparison)
Kashi Mediterranean Pizza before cooking (CD case for size comparison)

Quality

For several years I simply did not eat many frozen pizzas. Living in Boston, we have tons and tons of great pizza shops that for the most part beat frozen pizzas on taste. Well, earlier this year I was strolling down the aisles of the local Stop & Shop and saw a Kashi Mediterranean Pizza, which looked unlike any frozen pizza I’d seen before. After purchasing the pizza and taken it home to get cooked, I quickly learned Kashi pizzas are the exception to the frozen pizzas sucking rule.

It’s crust for one is near perfect, as normal cooking time gets it crispy but still soft enough. The flax seed whole grain crust is very tasty too and filling. The vegetable toppings are hefty and frozen while fresh to help preserve as much flavor as possible. The red onions and peppers, along with the spinach and feta cheese all come together to create a great tasting vegetarian pizza that is also relatively healthy. The amount of salt tossed into the pizza weighs down its health appeal but in terms of taste it’s tough to beat Kashi pizzas. Warning, just like the Bolthouse Farms protein shakes, these Kashi pizzas can be habit forming!

Score: 4.5 / 5

Innovation

We all know pizza is not new, however attempting to make pizza healthy (or at least healthier) is a pretty new trend for the market and Kashi succeeds in making a tasty while relatively healthy frozen pizza. Of course, there are much better foods for us to be eating but there are also much worse too.

Kashi’s crust is unique and their secret blend of grains, sesame and flax seeds creates a crust that competes with many top end pizza shops, and simply destroys most of its frozen competition.

Score: 4 / 5

Social Benefit

As noted above, there are healthier options (for instance, making your own veggie pizza from scratch) but comparatively if everyone ate Kashi pizzas rather than their average frozen pizza or delivery from some greasy spoon shop, our collective health would certainly improve. Considering the fossil fuels burned to seal the pizza in its plastic warp, transport the frozen pizzas to markets all across the country and the energy needed to keep the pizzas frozen during transport, while in market and finally in our homes there’s much better foods we could be eating to have a lower impact on our environment and our wallets. As noted above and in the Amy’s Soy Cheeze Pizza review, these frozen pizzas are loaded with salt in order to preserve them and most Americans simply do not need more salt in their diets.

Overall, these Kashi pizzas are better for society than the average frozen pizza, but in the grand scheme not by much.

Score: 2.5 / 5

Cooked and ready for consumption!
Cooked and ready for consumption!

Freestyle!

For a few months, when I first discovered these pizzas, I was near addicted to them and ate them 1-2 times per week! At $5.99, they were cheap enough that walking down to the super market, picking one up and tossing it in the oven was a healthier and more economical alternative to ordering delivery pizza. I rarely order delivery pizza nowadays and have cut back to getting a Kashi pizza perhaps once a month. Still, if I get the craving for a pizza and don’t have the time nor energy to make one myself, chances are a Kashi pizza is what I’ll end up eating.

Score: 16 / 22

Kashi pizzas are available at Stop & Shop, Shaw’s and most other super markets.

Complete Score: 31 / 42 = 74%