Calories for California Pizza Kitchen

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California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is a sit-down restaurant with locations nationwide. CPK was originally contrived to be an upscale pizza joint that specialized in creating unusual (some might say gourmet) individual pizzas. The restaurant has since expanded its menu to include numerous dishes that appeal to a broader palette. While ‘pizza’ remains in the title of the restaurant and on the menu, CPK offers a variety of salads, pastas, Asian-inspired dishes, soups, sandwiches, deluxe desserts and expanded beverage menu featuring drinks such as peach iced tea, cherry lemonade, yogurt smoothies and Italian sodas. Here are seven of the healthiest non-pizza options (not an exhaustive list):

Best (excluded items providing more than 1,000 mg sodium and 6 g saturated fat per serving)

  • Asparagus and Arugula Salad: 190 calories, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 310 mg sodium and 2 g dietary fiber
  • Thai Chicken roll (1 roll) with peanut sauce: 320 calories, 33 g carbohydrate, 4 g saturated fat, 13 g protein, 750 mg sodium and 3 g dietary fiber
  • Thai Crunch Salad (HALF): 540 calories, 37 g carbohydrate, 5 g saturated fat, 24 g protein, 7 g dietary fiber and 540 mg sodium
  • Roasted Vegetable Salad (HALF) with Sautéed Salmon: 530 calories, 24 g carbohydrate, 6 g saturated fat, 26 g protein, 500 mg sodium and 8 g dietary fiber
  • Mediterranean Plate: 370 calories, 36 g carbohydrate, 4 g saturated fat, 8 g protein, 690 mg sodium and 3 g dietary fiber
  • Korean BBQ Steak Tacos: 440 calories, 53 g carbohydrate, 3 g saturated fat, 20 g protein, 370 mg sodium and 9 g dietary fiber
  • Dynamite Shrimp: 550 calories, 40 g carbohydrate, 5 g saturated fat, 30 g protein, 660 mg sodium and 2 g dietary fiber

The individual pizzas come on a thin or regular crust and are roughly the size of a large plate. Regardless of the thickness of your pizza’s crust, most choices hover around 1,100 calories each. The sodium content of all of the pizzas is more than the total amount you should consume daily. The pizzas are listed by calories (fewest to greatest), first for the Honey-Wheat Whole Grain crust and second, for the traditional crust pizzas. Any pizza can be ordered to be prepared on one of the two crusts. The Honey-Wheat crust is a better option and provides (alone) 440 calories, 92 g carbohydrate, 0 g saturated fat, 15 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber and 950 mg sodium. One traditional crust (alone) offers 610 calories, 112 g carbohydrate, 2 g saturated fat, 15 g protein, 1,120 mg sodium and 4 g dietary fiber. Keeping in mind that, on a 2,000 calorie diet, you should limit saturated and Trans fat to 20 g and sodium to 2,300 mg daily, there is only one ‘best bet’ if you eat the whole pizza. Thin crust pizzas appear in italics. This list excludes the ‘kids’ pizzas:

Pizzas on Honey-Wheat with Whole Grain Crust:

  • BEST BET – Tuscan Hummus: 840 calories, 119 g carbohydrate, 4 g saturated fat, 25 g protein, 1,350 mg sodium and 14 g dietary fiber
  • Eggplant with Goat Cheese: 1,100 calories, 135 g carbohydrate, 18 g saturated fat, 52 g protein, 2,230 mg sodium and 17 g dietary fiber
  • Eggplant: 1,040 calories, 134 g carbohydrate, 15 g saturated fat, 48 g protein, 2,140 mg sodium and 17 g dietary fiber
  • BLT: 1,170 calories, 116 g carbohydrate, 19 g saturated fat, 48 g protein, 2,210 mg sodium and 14 g dietary fiber

Pizzas on Traditional Crust (not an exhaustive list):

  • Four Seasons: 990 calories, 106 g carbohydrate, 20 g saturated fat, 47 g protein, 2,560 mg sodium and 8 g dietary fiber
  • Roasted Artichoke and Spinach: 960 calories, 107 g carbohydrate, 19 g saturated fat, 46 g protein, 2,310 mg sodium and 9 g dietary fiber
  • Hawaiian: 1,020 calories, 131 g carbohydrate, 14 g saturated fat, 44 g protein, 2,560 mg sodium and 7 g dietary fiber
  • Margherita: 1,040 calories, 98 g carbohydrate, 22 g saturated fat, 47 g protein, 1,950 mg sodium and 5 g dietary fiber
  • Pesto Chicken: 1,040 calories, 109 g carbohydrate, 15 g saturated fat, 52 g protein, 2,380 mg sodium and 8 g dietary fiber
  • The Original BBQ Chicken: 1,060 calories, 135 g carbohydrate, 16 g saturated fat, 53 g protein, 2,560 mg sodium and 6 g dietary fiber
  • Thai Chicken: 1,220 calories, 138 g carbohydrate, 14 g saturated fat, 55 g protein, 3010 mg sodium and 9 g dietary fiber
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken: 1,240 calories, 150 g carbohydrate, 18 g saturated fat, 61 g protein, 3,590 mg sodium and 9 g dietary fiber
  • Sicilian: 1,290 calories, 100 g carbohydrate, 33 g saturated fat, 66 g protein, 3,240 mg sodium and 5 g dietary fiber
  • Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage: 1,340 calories, 127 g carbohydrate, 26 g saturated fat, 58 g protein, 3,160 mg sodium and 7 g dietary fiber
  • The Meat Cravers (highest calorie pizza): 1,490 calories, 124 g carbohydrate, 31 g saturated fat, 70 g protein, 4,160 mg sodium and 6 g dietary fiber

For calorie, saturated fat and sodium control, choose the Tuscan Hummus pizza (whole) or choose one of the Honey-Wheat whole grain or thin ‘traditional’ crust pizzas and only eat ½ of the pizza. Either share the other half or have it packed up (ahead of time) to take home and enjoy on another day. Consuming ½ of any of the first seven pizzas listed won’t do too much damage. Completely avoid the ‘Meat Cravers’ and ‘Sicilian’ pizzas as well as those that provide over 2,500 mg sodium for a whole pizza. Even eating only ½ of these pizzas is disastrous (saturated fat)!




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