What to Eat at Little Caesars: Healthy Menu Choices and Nutrition Facts

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If the words “pizza, pizza!” conjure an image of a pizza-toting man in a toga, you’ve probably been to Little Caesar’s. The popular pizza chain has been fueling America’s pizza habit since first opening in Garden City, Michigan in 1959. 

Known for its low prices and ready-made “Hot-N-Ready” carry-out pies, it’s not surprising that Little Caesar’s was the fastest-growing pizza chain in the U.S. from 2008 to 2015. Many diners enjoy its convenience and speedy service. But those looking for a healthy meal may wonder whether pizza in a flash (and not much else on the menu) is compatible with healthy eating.

While Little Caesar’s pizza may not be an ideal choice in terms of health and nutrition—and has yet to launch a “light” menu, as many other fast-food chains have done—by selecting appropriate portion sizes, you can enjoy a few slices now and then as part of a healthy diet.

What Experts Say

"Little Caesars offers a variety of pizzas and crust options, but almost all menu items are high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. If you're eating this pizza, it’s best to do so in moderation and stick to plain pizza without high-calorie toppings and dipping sauces. Instead, add vegetables for added nutrition and fiber and opt for a side salad."

—Barbie Cervoni, RD, CDE

Navigating the Menu

Little Caesars' menu is primarily a straightforward selection of ready-made pizzas, ranging from thin crust to deep dish, with a variety of toppings. A few extras like wings, salads, and breads round out the menu. To make your order healthier, consider adding veggie toppings, pairing your pizza with a salad, and either opting out of extras or making them your entire meal. 

Most Nutritious Options
  • Cheese pizza (Hot-N-Ready ExtraMostBestest pizza)

  • Hawaiian pizza with ham (ExtraMostBestest specialty pizza)

  • Cheese pizza (Hot-N-Ready classic round pizza)

  • Cheese pizza (Hot-N-Ready Deep! Deep! pizza)

  • Cheese pizza (ExtraMostBestest thin crust pizza)

  • Hot-N-Ready Crazy Bread (Signature Favorites)

  • Oven-roasted wings (Hot-N-Ready Caesar wings)

  • Cheezy jalapeño sauce (Caesar dips)

  • Garden salad (Salads)

  • Fresh mushrooms (Toppings)

Least Nutritious Options
  • Sausage pizza (Hot-N-Ready ExtraMostBestest pizza)

  • Three Meat Treat (ExtraMostBestest specialty pizza)

  • Ultimate Supreme pizza (Hot-N-Ready classic round pizza)

  • Three Meat Treat (Hot-N-Ready Deep! Deep! pizza)

  • Pepperoni pizza (ExtraMostBestest thin crust pizza)

  • Cinnamon Crazy Bites (Signature Favorites)

  • Garlic parmesan wings (Hot-N-Ready Caesar wings)

  • Garlic butter sauce (Caesar dips)

  • Antipasto salad (Salads)

  • Sausage (Toppings)

Hot-N-Ready ExtraMostBestest Pizzas

Little Caesar’s ExtraMostBestest Hot-N-Ready pizzas are touted as the chain’s best value. Topped with either pepperoni, cheese, or sausage, these pies claim to have the most ingredients for the best price. With just three rather heavy options, though, there’s not much here that’s healthy.

Most Nutritious Option

Given the choice between sausage, pepperoni, or cheese, choose cheese for the fewest calories and fat. One serving of the ExtraMostBestest cheese pizza contains 284 calories, 11g fat, 6g saturated fat, 32g carbs, 15g protein, and 560mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option 

Of the three ExtraMostBestest options, the sausage pizza comes in with the poorest nutrition, with 331 calories, 16g fat, 7g saturated fat, 32g carbs, 16g protein, and 732mg sodium per serving.

ExtraMostBestest Specialty Pizzas

Beyond the typical sausage and pepperoni, Little Caesar’s offers a handful of specialty ExtraMostBestest pizzas as well. These include the Three Meat Treat, Veggie, and two versions of Hawaiian (Canadian bacon and ham).  

Most Nutritious Option

Surprisingly, the veggie ExtraMostBestest isn’t the best choice in this category. Instead, the Hawaiian pizza with ham comes in with as the winner with the least calories and fat: 276 calories, 9g fat, 4g saturated fat, 35g carbs, 15g protein, and 632mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option 

For a healthier meal, avoid the ExtraMostBestest Three Meat Treat. Its 378 calories, 20g fat, 8g saturated fat, 32g carbs, 18g protein, and 889mg sodium per serving are higher than the other options in this menu category. 

Hot-N-Ready Classic Round Pizzas

The Hot-N-Ready is Little Caesar’s calling card: a convenient grab-and-go meal that feeds a crowd. The traditional Hot-N-Ready menu category offers four topping choices: pepperoni, cheese, sausage, and Ultimate Supreme. Compared to the ExtraMostBestest pizzas, these more basic pizzas have fewer calories, fat, and sodium.

Most Nutritious Option

Simple cheese pizza wins again as the most nutritious Hot-N-Ready, with 243 calories, 8g fat, 4g saturated fat, 31g carbs, 12g protein, and 460mg sodium. Even without meat, 1/8th of the pizza still provides a sizable 12g protein.

Least Nutritious Option

The Ultimate Supreme lives up to its name, with the highest amount of calories, fat, and sodium in this category. At 335 calories, 16g fat, 7g saturated fat, 34g carbs, 16g protein, and 774mg sodium, you may want to skip this one.

Hot-N-Ready Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza

Though Little Caesar’s may be known for its signature thin crust, there’s something for deep dish fans, too. The Deep! Deep! Hot-N-Ready features a thicker, Chicago-style crust for a heartier base. You’ll want to watch out for added calories and fat here, however. Due to the extra dough and additional toppings, these are among the chain’s least nutritious menu items.

Most Nutritious Option

The Veggie Deep! Deep! may seem like a frontrunner in this section of the menu, but cheese pizza once again comes in with the best nutrient profile. A serving of cheese Deep! Deep! contains 312 calories, 11g fat, 5g saturated fat, 40g carbs, 15g protein, and 521mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option 

The Three Meat Treat Deep! Deep! is one to steer clear of. Its 421 calories, 21g fat, 9g saturated fat, 40g carbs, 19g protein, and 873mg sodium per serving make it the highest calorie, highest carb, and highest sodium pizza on Little Caesar’s entire menu.

ExtraMostBestest Thin Crust Pizzas

There’s one more pizza to add to the mix: the ExtraMostBestest Thin Crust, with just pepperoni and cheese options. The thinner crust makes these a smarter choice than the regular or deep-dish crusts.

Most Nutritious Option 

Given the choice between cheese and pepperoni, go with cheese, at 247 calories, 14g fat, 6g saturated fat, 19g carbs, 12g protein, and 423mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Pepperoni isn’t far behind cheese in the thin crust category, with 272 calories, 17g fat, 7g saturated fat, 19g carbs, 12g protein, and 558mg sodium.

Signature Favorites

Add-ons like cheesy bread and cinnamon bites fall under the Signature Favorites menu heading. While these extras may be tasty, most don’t offer good nutrition. It may be best to consider items like pepperoni cheese bread their own meal–or skip them altogether.

Most Nutritious Option 

For healthy dining, a little Hot-N-Ready Crazy Bread isn’t such a crazy idea! One of these breadsticks has just 100 calories, 3g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 16g carbs, 3g protein, and 161mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option 

As Little Caesar’s only dessert, Cinnamon Crazy Bites are also some of its least nutritious. A family-size order will set you back 1820 calories, 91g fat, 22g saturated fat, 235g carbs, 22g protein, and 1470mg sodium.

Hot-N-Ready Caesar Wings

Like many other pizza joints, Little Caesar’s offers wings alongside its pies. Four flavor varieties of chicken wings are a lower-calorie choice than two or more slices of pizza. Still, a whole serving of any of the wings has high amounts of fat, saturated fat, and sodium.

Most Nutritious Option

Among the chicken wing choices, oven-roasted is the way to go. Eight wings contain 510 calories, 35g fat, 9g saturated fat, 3g carbs, 47g protein, and 1740mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Sat no to Little Caesar’s garlic parmesan wings. They pack 660 calories, 49g fat, 12g saturated fat, 7g carbs, 49g protein, and 2510mg sodium.

Caesar Dips

To go with your wings, cheesy bread, or even pizza, you can choose from any of four dipping sauces. These add flavor, but also significantly increase calories, fat, and sodium. 

Most Nutritious Option

If dipping is your thing, opt for the cheezy jalapeño sauce, at 220 calories, 22g fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 3g carbs, 1g protein, and 510mg sodium per container.

Least Nutritious Option

Take a pass on the butter garlic sauce. Its 370 calories, 42g fat, 30g saturated fat, 0g carbs, 0g protein, and 410mg sodium add up fast.

Salads 

Salads may not be the star of the Little Caesar’s menu, but they do offer some of the chain’s only veggie options. Choose from a selection of four side salads in this category.

Most Nutritious Option

The garden salad makes a good choice to accompany your pizza (or to eat on its own). It has just 190 calories, 9g fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 19g carbs, 8g protein, and 400mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Not all salads are created equal! Little Caesar’s antipasto (220 calories, 14g fat, 6g saturated fat, 10g carbs, 15g protein, and 830mg sodium) doesn’t have a lot of calories but contains high amounts of sodium and saturated fat.

Toppings

When it comes to pizza, toppings are the spice of life. Little Caesar’s offers 15 ingredients for sprinkling atop your pie, including meats, vegetables, and a solo fruit (pineapple).

Most Nutritious Option

Mushrooms may be an acquired taste, but they’re the healthiest extra to add to your pizza at 30 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 5g carbs, 4g protein, and 5mg sodium per pie.

Least Nutritious Option 

To keep calories and fat to a minimum, ditch the sausage topping, which comes with 650 calories, 59g fat, 21g saturated fat, 3g carbs, 27g protein, and 2060mg sodium per pizza.

Diet-Specific Options

Little Caesar’s menu doesn't cater much to special dietary needs. Vegetarians should be able to find meat-free options, and there are a few lower-carb choices on the menu. But those with diet specifications like gluten-free, low-sodium, low-FODMAP, and low-fat will have a harder time finding appropriate options.

Gluten-free

Little Caesar’s doesn’t offer gluten-free pizza crust, but some gluten-free items on the menu include:

  • Oven-roasted wings
  • Buffalo wings
  • Cheezy jalapeno dip 

If you’re looking for a gluten-free meal, consider the oven-roasted wings for a healthier choice.

Low-carb

Despite its pizza-heavy menu, Little Caesar’s has a handful of lower-carb items, such as: 

  • Antipasto salad
  • Oven-roasted wings
  • BBQ wings
  • Thin-crust pepperoni pizza

Oven-roasted wings win again as the healthiest of the low-carb choices. 

Low-FODMAP

Little Caesar’s doesn’t have much to offer for those on a low-FODMAP diet, especially since its pizza crust contains wheat. A few suggestions include:

  • Toppings like mushrooms, olives, and peppers
  • Oven-roasted wings
  • Garden salad

To make a low-FODMAP meal, pair oven-roasted wings with a garden salad. 

Diabetes-friendly

People with diabetes can mix and match some of Little Caesar's menu items to create a healthier meal with the following choices:

  • Thin-crust cheese pizza topped with vegetables
  • Garden salad
  • Greek salad
  • Oven-roasted wings
  • Buffalo wings 

Pile the veggies on top of a thin-crust cheese pizza for the best diabetes-friendly Little Caesar's pizza.

Low-fat

Pizza isn’t exactly synonymous with “low-fat”—people who need to keep fat to a minimum will have to be selective at Little Caesar’s. A few lower-fat choices include: 

  • Hot-N-Ready cheese pizza
  • Hot-N-Ready Crazy Bread
  • Caesar salad
  • Greek salad

A simple slice or two of the original Hot-N-Ready cheese pizza, accompanied by Caesar salad, makes a lower-fat meal.

Low-sodium

Sticking to a low-sodium diet is tricky business at Little Caesar’s. The menu offers very few options that are low in this mineral. Try the following:

  • Garden salad
  • ExtraMostBestest thin-crust cheese pizza
  • Hot-N-Ready Crazy Bread

Choose the garden salad with a side of Crazy Bread to stay as low-sodium as possible.

Vegetarian

Vegetarians shouldn’t have difficulty eating at Little Caesar’s. The chain’s vegetarian selections include:

  • Hot-N-Ready cheese pizza
  • ExtraMostBestest thin-crust cheese pizza
  • Vegetable toppings like mushrooms, olives, peppers, and onions
  • Garden salad

The best choice here? A cheese pizza with added veggies for more nutrition. 

Vegan

Fortunately for vegans, both Little Caesar’s crust and tomato sauce are free of animal products. Vegans can order:

  • Any pizza without cheese
  • Toppings like mushrooms, olives, peppers, and onions

While you won’t be able to get a customized pizza for immediate carry-out, a little patience should yield a vegan pie you can eat.

Food Allergies and Safety

Dining at Little Caesar’s will be difficult for people with allergies to wheat, milk, and soy. Little Caesars provides a listing of which menu items contain these allergens (as well as eggs) on their website, but other “top eight” allergens like peanuts are not listed. All Little Caesar’s ready-made pizzas contain wheat, milk, and soy—if you know you are allergic to these ingredients, it’s best to refrain from ordering pizza.

When in doubt about cross-contamination in other menu items, ask a store manager about cooking processes in their restaurant. 

A Word From Verywell

When you need pizza fast for a party or quick dinner, Little Caesars makes a convenient choice. But the chain doesn’t offer much variety in terms of nutritious meal options. To make a healthier meal, try supplementing your pizza with a salad or adding veggie toppings. Or consider making pepperoni cheese bread a meal in itself, rather than an addition to pizza. Since Hot-N-Readys come as entire pies, rather than individual slices, it’s also smart to watch your portion sizes.

While Little Caesar’s definitely isn’t a health food hub, it's good to remember that almost all foods can be enjoyed in moderation. A few slices of their “pizza, pizza” can make a tasty celebratory treat or occasional dinner on the go.

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