Quest Nutrition sent me their new Quest Thin Crust Pizza free of charge, outside of the 30-minute delivery window. It didn’t affect my review below, but sincerest thank you to them! ?
Fitness buffs, have you ever skipped a workout, ordered a pizza, watched the delivery guy waddle up to your door – shirt covered in pizza – and thought to yourself, “I can do better than this?”
Well that delivery guy is me, and maybe you can.
Quest Thin Crust Pizza
Add pizza crust to the list of things that now have protein for no reason.
Quest’s writes of their creation:
Everyone loves pizza, but not everyone loves what’s in pizza. Unlike other pizzas, Quest Thin Crust Pizza has a special crust, rich in protein. We’ve essentially swapped carbs common in traditional pizza crust for protein.” The result is a pizza everyone can enjoy.
“Everyone” meaning, “a very special kind of psycopath.”
Now, I’m the type of guy who prefers to get his pizza protein from a mountain of meat on top of it. But there are some appealing traits to Quest’s new frozen thin crust pizza outside of the protein:
- It’s gluten free.
- It’s low in net carbs.
- It’s loaded with fiber.
On the other hand…
- I love gluten.
- I don’t know what net carbs are.
- You will definitely shit your brains out.
Here are the full nutrition facts for the Pepperoni Pizza, courtesy of Quest’s website:
I review too many Twinkies and there are too many schools of thought on nutrition for me to break this down, but it’s clear this pizza wasn’t intended to be a nutritional godsent. It’s high in fat and especially sodium, but it’s important to remember that IT’S FROZEN PIZZA. If those two things weren’t true, it would not be pizza.
Also note that the above is for 1/2 of the pizza, but that it’s bigger than a Celeste personal pie.
Quest’s Thin Crust Pizza bakes directly from frozen at 400 degrees for just over 20 minutes.
Honest to goodness, this isn’t the worst frozen pizza I’ve ever had. The sauce isn’t horrible, the pepperoni is pepperoni, there’s a buttload of cheese and it burns my mouth just like real pizza. As a matter of fact I don’t even taste any protein nor do I think it’s too salty.
What I do taste are faint traces of herb and garlic in a mostly mediocre pizza… like if you bought a pizza from a bowling alley run entirely by meatheads.
No, where this pizza falls short is the crust. It simply doesn’t crisp up enough to my preference. It’s a little bit chewy – not like protein bar chewy, which… now that I think about it they could have just flattened some protein bars and covered them in sauce for better macros. But it’s just a little too chewy or doughy for thin crust pizza. I don’t have enough background in gluten free crusts to know if it’s the culprit, but I suspect it plays a role.
Still, I’ve legit had worse tasting frozen pizza than this.
The ultimate downfall of the Quest Thin Crust Pizza is the price. They retail for $7 a pie at Target and almost $11 each off Quest’s website. Surely you pay a premium for nutrition but it’s by no means a value – especially not for the size. Two servings (or the full pie, aka one serving) is the size of a standard dinner plate. It’d be real easy to take down the whole pie 680 cals and 42g of fat later.
Quest’s Thin Crust Pizza is only relevant for a very specific portion of the consumer base – people with a lot of money who want low carb, gluten-free pizza with way more protein than is necessary for pizza.
… Quest is probably gonna make millions off this.
- Are there any other flavors? 4-Cheese and Supreme
- Have you tried the other flavors? No.
- Try the other flavors. No
Place of Purchase: Target
Rating: 5 out of 10
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