And the results are in!
Below is Jess’s homemade turkey pepperoni pizza… I do believe that there were no leftovers!!
And here is my version of a homemade Margherita pizza… it was so yummy!
So I had to do some adjusting during my nutrition information comparison because the recipe nutrition facts and the store bought nutrition facts were not for the same serving sizes. For this nutrition comparison, one serving of crust is one slice of homemade cut into about 10 slices. Because the store bought pizza crust tends to be smaller but thicker, one serving is about 1/6 of that crust. For the sauce, one serving is about 2 oz or 4 Tbsp.
The results are below:
Nutrition Information Whole Wheat Pizza Crust:
Per Serving Homemade Crust: 1 serving (47 g)
167 calories, 2 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 33 g carbohydrate, 235 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar, 6 g protein
Per Serving Store Bought Crust: 1 serving (47 g)
120 calories, 2.5 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 22 g carbohydrate, 230 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 5 g protein
Nutrition Information Pizza Sauce:
Per Serving Homemade Sauce: (2 oz)
42 calories, 2 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g carbohydrate, 220 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 2 g protein
Per Serving Store Bought Sauce: (2 oz)
45 calories, 1 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 8 g carbohydrate, 220 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 1g protein
Unfortunately I found that the homemade wheat crust has a few more calories and carbohydrates than the store bought crust. Although, it does have less sugar and a little less fat. I will say that with it being such a fine line of difference, the homemade crust tasted a WHOLE lot better than the store bought crust… so I will take the extra calories! I don’t know if I should consider this a win or not, but I’m pretty sure Jess will no longer eat store bought crust after tasting my homemade. He compared it to Soulshine Pizza, which is like the ULTIMATE pizza in our household.
Now for the sauce, homemade was definitely the winner there as well. It had a few less calories, less carbohydrates and sugar and it tasted hands down better than any store bought sauce you could ever dream of! It was so fresh and fabulous!
So as you can see, the nutrition information is not extremely different amongst the two but when you consider taste, both of the homemade items win by a mile. Although the sauce did take a bit of time, it was so worth it. Next time I will make it in even more of a bulk so I can freeze it and have it for several pizza occasions in the future. Not to mention, none of our homemade items had words like “concentrate” or “flavoring” which is always a plus. Homemade is the way to go when trying to eliminate processed ingredients. I mean think about it… The store bought pizza sauce can stay on the shelf for over a year… and the homemade pizza sauce can only stay refrigerated for five days. What’s that tell you??
LESS AMOUNT OF SHELF LIFE= LESS PROCESSED!!