My fellow fit foodies, I know you are like me in that you are always searching for healthier alternatives to your favorite foods, right?! Well, one of my personal favorites is pizza, but the high carb content of the crust itself doesn’t always agree with my dietary goals and macro counts. Enter Califlour Foods – makers of a cauliflower-based pizza crust that weighs in at a mere 180 calories, and 6 g of carbs (3g of which are from fiber!), for the ENTIRE THING! Got your attention yet – because they sure had mine!
As I explore different foods and enjoy both flexibility and variety in my diet during the competitive off-season, I stumble across things that once found, become invaluable culinary staples. Such is the case with these Califlour crusts, which were love at first bite. The crusts themselves are flavorful, and versatile – offered up in Original Italian, Spicy Jalapeno, Sweet Red Pepper, and Plant-Based Original – so you can’t get bored with the base. They offer up the perfect foundation for whatever toppings I’m feeling that day, and leave me feeling completely satisfied. I like throwing mine in the air fryer for extra crisp, but found they cook up wonderfully in my toaster oven, too.
Califlour crusts take pizza from cheat meal indulgence to daily satisfaction, without blowing out my macros for the day. These crusts are also keto-friendly!
I had the opportunity to ask Califlour’s founder a few questions. Read on below for the interview!
1.Can you tell us a bit about how/why Califlour was born?
After being diagnosed with Lupus, I realized I needed to change my habits. However, change is not always easy.
I quickly realized that if I was going to have long term health and success I would need to make food that was both healthy and tasty! With that in mind, I set out to create food that could be enjoyed by all. I measured the success of the product by my inflammatory reactions and finally came up with healthy and delicious alternatives to some of my favorites! It was there that Cali’flour Foods was born.
2. Why pizza crust?
My family and I used to have “family Friday fun nights” that included pizza – I missed having it so badly after my lupus diagnosis! I was also health coaching at the time and a lot of my clients were struggling getting their pizza fix too. I used to host “healthy happy hours” for my clients and ended up looking up DIY healthy pizzas…came across dozens of recipes for cauliflower pizza crusts and after some trial and error…perfected my own recipe!
3. What makes Califlour so great for everyone else? Is it best for a particular nutritional style?
We were the first to come out with a cauliflower pizza crust…we have definitely not been the last ones though! Ours is so unique though! It has only 4 simple ingredients (fresh cauliflower, eggs, cheese, and spices), which makes it PERFECT for anyone on a low-carb diet (only 6 carbs/3 net) AND it’s only 180 calories and has 15 grams of protein. It fits into any low carb diet, including the currency popular ketogenic diet. We also have a vegan option for those who are sensitive to dairy. Other cauliflower crusts on the market have anywhere from 78-102 carbs in the same size crust! It’s sad because people don’t realize this and they think all cauliflower crusts are created equal when it comes to nutrition. We are really trying to educate consumers to pay attention to nutrition labels.
4. What’s your favorite Califlour Crust product and application (re: toppings)?
You know, I don’t know if I can narrow down to one! I love finding new and unique ways of using the crusts, such as using them instead of noodles for a low-carb lasagna!
4. What’s your go-to workout method of choice?
I love my Peloton bike! I try and get up every morning and start my day with a nice spin.
5. And finally, what’s next for Califlour? Anything new and exciting in the pipeline?!
2018 is all about getting into more grocery for us. Our business has been very successful online and we definitely want to continue that…but grow into distribution as well! We also just released a brand new product, the cauliflower collagen wrap. There are also more coming down the pipeline in the near future. We are so grateful for the tremendous growth that we have seen in the last year and hope to continue that momentum.
A HUGE krasey thanks to both the brand and the founder, for offering me the opportunity to feature them. You can get your Califlour crusts online, on the Califlour Foods website! Happy noshing!