Trying to reconcile my love of pepperoni pizza with my love of whole grains just became a little easier. Papa John's is now making pies with a whole-wheat crust ($11.99/large). I am not sure if most pizza eaters care if they are eating whole grains, but it definitely makes me happy to have the option. I think this might just be the first delivery pizza to come with the 100-percent Whole-Grain Stamp. I tried a couple of these new pizzas with some of the gals here at Sugar Inc. and our opinions varied.
The whole-grain crust is a little thicker than Papa John's regular crust, which I didn't mind but others found disappointing because it wasn't crispy. The crust is sweet, too, making it a nice contrast to the spicy pepperoni for me. My buddy Buzz, on the other hand, found the sweet crust distracting. Nutritionally though, there is no way around the fact that the whole-wheat crust is healthier for you. One slice of a large whole-wheat pizza pie offers you five grams of dietary fiber, to the regular crust's two grams of fiber. Papa John's pizza made with whole-wheat crust is slightly lower in calories, sodium, and sugar, too. You can't beat that. I wish I had a photo to show what the pizzas looked like, but it was gone in a flash.
Next time you have pizza on the brain, but don't feel like completely throwing your healthy-eating habits out the door, try the Papa John's whole-wheat crust (here's the store locator). If you already have, tell me what you think about it in the comments section below.