Can I Eat Low Sodium At California Pizza Kitchen
Normally you think pizza, and you drive right on by. There can’t possibly be anything on that menu that I can eat and stay low sodium. Then, at California Pizza Kitchen, you would be missing out. Granted, it isn’t all pizza, but there are actually a few different choices we can order. We’re looking today to see what we can eat and stay low sodium at California Pizza Kitchen.
What Is California Pizza Kitchen?
It was founded in 1985 in Beverly Hills, California, by two owners that wanted to innovate the concept of pizza to see if the West Coast could compete with legendary pizza like New York and Chicago. They combine fresh unique ingredients on hearth fired pizzas to create a totally new pizza flavor concept. California Pizza Kitchen is known for their signature pies like Thai Chicken, Original Chicken BBQ, and Jamaican Jerk Pizza.
They pair global flavors with California Wines as the foundation of their full service restaurants. Rounding off the California fare is salads, pastas, sandwiches, and appetizers. So our menu selections won’t be limited to pizza. That actually works in our favor as pizza is often off the menu for us.
What Counts As Low Sodium?
Let’s define what we are looking for. The USDA recommends a totally healthy person consume no more than 2300 mg of sodium per day. The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Mayo Clinic recommends no more than 1500 mg per day for anyone with: high blood pressure, is a woman, is a person of color, is over the age of 50, or who has a heart issue. So basically most of the US population qualifies for the 1500 mg limit. To that end we need to figure out a meal that runs 500-700 mg or approximately 1/3 of our daily limit. I used the California Pizza Kitchen Menu to figure this out.
What We Can Eat And Stay Low Sodium At California Pizza Kitchen
We will start by going over the non pizza menu items. When I get to the section on pizza, the information is for just 1 slice. California Pizza Kitchen pizzas have six slices. You could make it several meals or snacks if you wanted to take it home with you.
These are dressed with house dressings.
Petite Wedge Salad is 330 mg
Asparagus & Arugula Salad is 320 mg
1/2 Classic Caesar Salad is 400 mg
Sauteed Salmon is 135 mg
Grilled Shrimp is 260 mg
Super Spinach & Quinoa 270 mg
Classic Caesar is 270 mg
Cedar Plank Salmon is 500 mg
1/2 Grilled Veggie Sandwich is 525 mg.
As I stated above, these numbers are for ONE SLICE. A whole pizza is six slices, so you would have plenty of leftovers for snacks, even if you share a pizza.
Original Hand Tossed Pizzas:
Original BBQ Chicken Pizza is 480 mg
Thai Chicken is 470 mg
Wild Mushroom is 380 mg
Hawaiian is 440 mg
Five Cheese & Tomato is 450 mg
Chipotle Chicken is 470 mg
Carne Asada is 370 mg
California Veggie is 410 mg
Crispy Thin Crust:
Roasted Artichoke & Spinach is 390 mg
Tostada is 390 mg
Margherita is 440 mg
Gluten Free Pizza:
BBQ Chicken is 340 mg
Pepperoni is 320 mg
Mushroom, Pepperoni, & Sausage is 360 mg
Margherita is 310 mg
Untraditional Cheese is 250 mg
All desserts come in from 250 mg to 320 mg.