Domino's Moving into Schools with 'Smart Slice'


[Photographs: Domino's]

Speaking of pizza and health, it seems that Domino's is "striving to be a part of the solution when it comes to promoting healthy, active lifestyles for young people — highlighted by the launch of its Domino's Smart Slice school lunch pizza."

Smart Slice is "a white whole-wheat, reduced-fat and reduced-sodium pizza, which is baked fresh and delivered to schools." It's already being served in more than 120 school districts.

20110209-dominos-kids.jpgThis school-lunch pizza was developed specifically with the recently announced changes to the USDA school lunch guidelines in mind, Domino's says. According to nutrition info on Domino's corporate site, a cheese-only Smart Slice has 300 calories, 540 milligrams of sodium 3 grams of sugar, and 8 grams total fat, among other factors.

Daily recommended intake (based on a 2,000-calorie day) for each of those for adults and children of more than 4 years are:

  • Sodium: 2,400 milligrams
  • Sugar: 12 grams
  • Total fat: 65 grams

I might not win many fans here on Slice when I say that this slice doesn't look at all bad for you. When it comes down to it, pizza done right isn't necessarily unhealthy. And this Smart Slice is probably better for you than the crazy grease-laden pizza I remember eating in my junior high cafeteria.

Of course, the best option is to send your kids off to school with a brown bag of awesome homemade pizza.