Healthy Swaps: Hawaiian BBQ Pizza

Good morning!

Growing up, I was a vegetarian on and off. I have never really been a big meat eater and still haven’t eaten a hamburger to this day. Meat just isn’t something that I really enjoy. After reading the book, Skinny Bitch, quite a few years ago, I became a vegetarian again. A while after that I added fish to my diet, simply because I needed more options to eat.

I am a pretty picker eater and I noticed that since I don’t eat meat, I tend to turn to carbs a lot. Lately, I have been making more of an effort to eat better to lose a few pounds that I have recently gained. I will eat chicken once in a great while to have a lean protein source over a carb. I still don’t eat chicken by itself because I can’t stand the texture, but occasionally I will have a little chicken in a recipe like the BBQ pizza that I’m about to share.

I still will always prefer vegetarian options and fish to chicken, but it’s a nice change and a great lean protein source. All that being said, let’s get into the healthy recipe swap ūüôā

Hawaiian BBQ Pizza

Most people enjoy pizza. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it can actually be healthy if made the right way. I only recently discovered BBQ pizza and I love it. And it’s something that can be made easily and healthily at home.

The popular pizza restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, has a Hawaiian BBQ pizza on their menu. These pizza are sized for one person to eat, and the BBQ pizza has 1,110 calories. Even if you only ate half, that’s 555 calories.

I made a pizza at home that still tastes great but has a lot less calories. My version only has approximately 326 calories.



  • FlatOut Italian herb flatbread
  • 3¬†tbsp. BBQ sauce
  • 1 oz. red onion
  • 1.5 oz. fresh pineapple
  • .25 cup green onion
  • 1.5 oz. grilled chicken strips (I used Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh grilled strips – pre cooked and grilled)
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

You can add more of less of these ingredients to your liking, but my calorie count is based on those amount. I only used a small amount of chicken but a lot of onions because I love onions.

I cooked the flatbread directly on the oven rack for about 3-4 minutes until it gets crispy. Then I added 3 tbsp. of Two Fat Guys BBQ sauce.


This sauce has no high fructose corn syrup, it’s gluten-free, and only 60 calories for 3 tablespoons. It’s more expensive that the regular BBQ sauces, but it’s worth it.

After that, I just added all my ingredients onto the pizza – chicken, red onions, green onions, pineapple, and cheese. I baked the pizza at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.


So delicious!!


CPK Hawaiian BBQ Pizza                   My Hawaiian BBQ Pizza

  • 1,110 calories¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†326 calories
  • 28 grams fat¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 7 grams fat
  • 15 grams saturated fat¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 4 grams saturated fat
  • 2,890 mg sodium¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 673 grams sodium
  • 161 grams carbs¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†43 grams carbs

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 1 mile treadmill
  • Boot Camp – 60 minutes

I was up nice and early yesterday and got to the gym about 6:45 am. I ran/walked one mile on the treadmill before heading to the boot camp class. I ran on the Woodway treadmill which is especially made for people with joint issues.

I am trying out the new Reebok ZQuick shoes (more on that later) and so far, they are awesome!


I haven’t been to boot camp in forever and it was a great workout.

Yesterday night, my mom watched the kids while Danny and I went out for an early Valentine’s Day dinner.


Jaden’s birthday party is next weekend so it was just easier for us to go out this weekend. We went to Cooper’s Hawk and it was amazing. Danny had steak and I had the crab cakes.


This was only my second time having crab cakes ever and they were good. We finished the night with a Reese’s chocolate chip cookie with ice cream. Back to healthy eating today!

Danny and I are heading to the gym to take Body Pump – have a great day!!

***Come back tomorrow for a great giveaway!!***

  • What’s your favorite pizza?




Filed under Dinner, Recipes, Running, Working Out

7 Responses to Healthy Swaps: Hawaiian BBQ Pizza

  1. next time you make your bbq pizza try it with smoked gouda instead of is so yummy

  2. Deniz

    That pizza looks so yummy! Definitely need to make it this week. Love the “healthy swap” posts. Keep them coming!

  3. I love the BBQ chicken pizza from CPK but I am drooling over your version. My family likes to eat pizza on Fridays but I don’t always because of the calories and grease. I am for sure joining in this week….with your recipe!!

  4. I love BBQ pizza, but haven’t had it in ages!! I actually have some sauce and a gluten free crust sitting in the cabinet! thanks for the idea!

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