Last month, Muscle Food got in touch and asked whether I’d be interested in reviewing their gluten-free meat hamper as well as a selection of their new gluten-free, low-calorie, high-protein pizzas. I know, they sound too good to be true. Their email came at the perfect time – just as I’d decided to get back to the gym, look a bit more carefully at my diet, and generally make healthier lifestyle choices. Anyone who reads this blog will know how partial I am to pizza and burgers…
I’ll be reviewing the meat hamper in a separate post as there was so much in it, I’m still working my way through. Due to my love of pizza, however, all four of these were polished off in less than a week. Don’t judge me.
Here’s my verdict…
If there’s one thing I never want to share, it’s pizza. No matter the size, I will happily scoff the entire wheel of cheesy happiness to myself. That’s why this margherita is perfect. At just 493 calories it’s perfect for lunch or dinner, plus I didn’t feel the slightest bit heavy or bloated after eating it. What’s more, it contains 35g of protein (equivalent to a protein shake) making it an ideal post-workout meal.
The base is thin and stayed soft after cooking. Some gluten-free pizzas get really hard and chewy, but not this one. I didn’t add anything to it other than a sprinkling of black pepper. I still can’t believe I found a pizza that’s this healthy. I’m sold.
The other pizzas are slightly different to the margherita pizza. Firstly, they have toppings and secondly, they contain a few more calories. The Mighty Meat contains 658 calories, which is still pretty light for a meal. For comparison, a meat feast pizza from a takeaway could contain up to 2,000 calories. For a woman, that’s your entire recommended daily allowance. While I’m not a calorie counter, I do try and at least keep an eye on what I’m eating – especially when I’m not exercising as much as usual.
The bases on these pizzas are really good too, no chewiness at all. They contain (hidden) pea protein which I didn’t know was even a thing! I really liked the topping on this pizza too: char-grilled chicken, spicy beef, and good quality Serrano ham. All in all, this pizza has 76g of protein which is more than double the single-serve margarita pizza.
In the same product line as the Mighty Meaty, the Spicy Beef pizza is topped with lean ground beef and jalapenos. Again, this pizza contains around 650 calories and is packed with 67g of protein. These bases all contain fibre too, which is especially important to make sure you get enough of on a gluten-free diet.
This one was my favourite of all the pizzas, topped with char-grilled chicken breast, roasted red peppers, and spinach. I love a combination of meat and vegetables on pizza and this is proper sliced chicken breast – not processed rubbish that you often get on cheap pizzas. This pizza, with the absence of red meat, is leaner at under 600 calories for the whole thing. I should also mention that they take just 15 minutes or so to cook from frozen which is great if you’re in a hurry or just really hungry at the end of a long day. It’s not often you find fast food that’s so nutritious. I’m a fan.
Want a FREE pizza?
Well, that got your attention. Usually, each pizza costs £4.95 but the folks at Muscle Food have kindly offered The Gluten-Free Dining Guide readers the opportunity to try one for FREE when you spend £25 on products at Muscle Food. Isn’t that nice? All you need to do is click the link below and enter the exclusive code GLUTEN3PIZZA at checkout.
Words and pictures by Alice Reeves. The Gluten-Free Dining Guide was gifted these products free of charge by Muscle Food for the purposes of review, but all opinions are honest and the author’s own. The Gluten-Free Dining Guide receives a small percentage in commission for every Muscle Food sale made through the site using the offer code above.