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9 Healthy Frozen Meals That Aren’t Your Childhood TV Dinners
Two enchiladas have 280 calories, 6 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber and a
value of 5.
Kashi Frozen Entrees in Black Bean Mango
Entire serving has 340 calories, 8 grams of fat, 7 grams of fiber and a
value of 7.
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Fajita Chicken Supreme
Entire serving has 260 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and a
value of 5.
For those times when only pasta will do…
Amy’s Garden Vegetable Lasagna
Entire serving has 290 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber and a
value of 6.
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli and Chicken
Entire serving has 290 calories, 8 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber and a
value of 6.
Boca Meatless Lasagna with Chunky Tomato and Herb Sauce
Entire serving has 290 calories, 5 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber and a
value of 5.
Kashi Frozen Entrees in Chicken Pasta Pomodoro
Entire serving has 280 calories, 6 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber and a
value of 5.
Whether it’s due to convenience, affordability, or sheer laziness, we’ve all enjoyed a frozen meal at some point in our lives. There’s something so satisfying about a dinner that only requires a microwave (without the meal prep).
The only catch is that most frozen meals are on the same level as junk food: loaded with sodium and fat. But in this day and age, frozen meals are so much more than processed crap. Many varieties now contain plenty of protein, fiber, and veggies, and they won’t fill you up with unnecessary sodium.
While there aren’t any steadfast “rules” for picking healthy frozen meals, here are a few guidelines to follow: First, look for frozen meals that have at least 10 grams of protein. While that may not be enough for one sitting, it’s a good starting point and can easily be doubled or tripled with additions like two eggs, three ounces of chicken, or a half-cup of beans or quinoa.
Try to stay under 750 milligrams of sodium, which is about 33 percent of the daily sodium recommendation in a typical 2,000-calorie diet. Lastly, look for options that are loaded with veggies because, well, veggies are good for you. Get the nukers ready because these nine healthy frozen meal options fit the bill.
This vegan Asian noodle bowl contains all the flavor of Thai food with a creamy cashew sauce. Made with red pepper, lemongrass, ginger, edamame, cashews, and buckwheat and semolina noodles, this bowl is loaded with protein and fiber, and the flavor will give you all the feels of a home-cooked meal.Per serving: 390 calories, 18 g fat, 460 mg sodium, 45 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 13 g protein(Visit Kashi’s store locator for purchase options)
Yes, you read that right. This fancy frozen bowl features red wine-braised beef, polenta, and veggies, including collard greens and butternut squash. Each bowl has a serving of beef with a side of fiber and flavor. Double win for meat lovers and red wine drinkers who don’t have time to marinade.Per serving: 300 calories, 10 g fat, 410 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 19 g protein($6.99; shop.luvofoods.com)
This frozen meal needs to be prepared in the oven or grill, but it’s worth it. Love the Wild uses sustainable fish, and each dish comes with homemade frozen saucy ice cubes (the ingredients list only contains items you have in your kitchen). This version brings the flavors of “bold red coconut curry sauce, with notes of Thai basil and kaffir lime” to your plate. If that’s not worth lighting up the oven, then we’re not sure what is.Per serving: 430 calories, 27 g fat, 360 mg sodium, 5 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 37 g protein.($9.99; lovethewild.com)
Saffron Road offers delicious Indian food without the hassle of ordering takeout. Chicken tikka masala is a fan favorite, and this version has chicken simmered in Tandoori spices and basmati rice straight from your freezer.Per serving: 300 calories, 9 g fat, 690 mg sodium (29%), 39 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 17 g protein($5.49; freshdirect.com)
Finding a vegetarian frozen meal that has protein and veggies can be tough. Luvo made it easier with this So Cal Kale and Beans bowl, made with red rice, kale, white beans, and shiitake mushrooms. The bowl boasts one and a half cups of veggies and tons of fiber.Per serving: 300 calories, 7 g fat, 360 mg sodium, 53 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 10 g protein($5.99; shop.luvofoods.com)
Don’t be fooled by the name—Lean Cuisine has plenty of hearty and tasty meals. This mango chicken with coconut rice is a great bring-to-work lunch option that won’t stink up the entire office like your coworker’s can of tuna fish. As a bonus, the toasted coconut and sweet and spicy mango sauce will make you feel like you’re on an island when really, you’re sitting at your desk.Per serving: 330 calories, 6 g fat, 620 mg sodium, 50 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 19 g protein(View Lean Cuisine’s store locator for purchase options)
When you’ve got a hankering for pasta but don’t feel like going out or cooking that “easy” homemade sauce with too much salt, Amy’s has got you covered with their Light in Sodium line. This veggie lasagna is layered with a tomato sauce made with organic tomatoes, cheese, and organic veggies. It’s also got more protein than many of Amy’s bean dishes, so why not make it a pasta night?Per serving: 320 calories, 9 g fat, 340 mg sodium, 44 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 16 g protein($5.29; freshdirect.com)
Skip Chipotle and nuke this fire-grilled steak bowl by Evol instead. With steak, black beans, rice, peppers, corn, cheese, and a cilantro lime pesto sauce, this bowl gets it done right without wasting a whole day’s worth of calories in one sitting… so you can still have dessert.Per serving: 400 calories, 18 g fat, 520 mg sodium, 40 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 20 g protein($3.99; jet.com)
A healthier version of spaghetti and meatballs? Count us in! Made with turkey meatballs, organic veggies, fettuccini noodles, and shaved Parmesan, this frozen meal maybe isn’t Nonnie’s homemade dish, but it’s a light and satisfying choice when you’re craving pasta. The entire bowl is just 250 calories, so serve it with a side if that’s not cutting it.Per serving: 250 calories, 3.5 g fat, 590 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 17 g protein(Visit Good Food Made Simple’s store locator for purchase options)
Birdseye Voila Meals | SheSpeaks
These are actually really good, especially for the price. And its easy to add things to make them even better.
Now I love these meals, the Garlic Chicken is just amazing, especially with cholula. I decided to buy the Chicken Florentine today and was less than impressed. It was Awful! Usually I am not such a harsh critic of foods, if I don’t like something initially I will try and add something like sour cream, hot sauce, things along those lines, but this could not be helped. I don’t like wasting food so I will power through things even if they are not my favorite, but this one is just so surprisingly not edible.
These are wonderful and quick! My family loves them!
Can be a bit pricey but with the right coupon and sale it’s a freezer must! Very delicious and easy/quick to make!
The meals is tasty and easy to prepare but not enough for a whole meal for 2 need to add a salad or a side dish to make it a meal
No flavor.. Usually just steamed veggies without very little flavoring..
We liked this one…had a good flavor but not over powering.
I love garlic shrimp voila. I have tried others that I was not crazy over. I prefer this one
My husband and I love these meals. They are low in Weight Watchers points (at least the garlic shrimp and garlic chicken are), which is a big plus. All you need is the meal and a tiny bit of water, and dinner is ready in about 15 minutes. We always keep at least two of these on hand for busy nights.
Some frozen dinners are loaded with fat, sodium, and calories. Sticking with the lighter versions (such as Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Smart Ones) is usually a safe bet. But there are no guarantees.
If you’re watching sodium, be especially careful about frozen meals. My advice for everyone is to look for meals with less than 800 milligrams of sodium (that’s about 1/3 of a day’s recommended allotment).
The most surprising foods that the new Weight Watchers considers zero points — and why
There are no more Weight Watchers.
The 55-year-old weight-loss empire just rebranded itself as WW, in what it says is a move to focus more on wellness, and less on weight.
«No matter what your goal is – to lose weight, eat healthier, move more, develop a positive mind-set, or all of the above – we will deliver science-based solutions that fit into people’s lives,» WW CEO and President Mindy Grossman said in a release.
But whether you call it dieting or not, the company now known as WW has long assigned a point system to foods.
The idea is to encourage people to stay away from less healthy items, like a slice of cake, by making those account for more of a person’s daily food-intake total. Foods that are perfectly healthy to eat in abundance, on the other hand, get a low point value.
According to Weight Watcher’s old rubric, some vegetables always counted for zero points. But in 2017, the company expanded its list of guilt-free foods, saying dieters need not count points anymore when it comes to many other fruits, veggies, and nutrient-rich proteins. In December, Weight Watchers released an updated list of more than 200 zero-point foods that followers of the diet plan can eat in unlimited quantities. The list of zero-points items even includes things like eggs and fish.
That idea might seem counterintuitive, since many people assume that dieters are at risk of overeating.
«These foods form the basis of a healthy eating pattern,» Gary Foster, Weight Watchers’ chief scientific officer and an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school, told Business Insider. «Very few people come to Weight Watchers because they’ve had a problem overdoing it on salmon, legumes, beans, and chicken.»
In other words, people just don’t tend to binge on satiating, healthy foods. And WW doesn’t want any feelings of guilt to be associated with eating an extra helping of salad or another bite of fish.
The no-points-list includes apples, mushroom caps, scallions, and tangerines. Here are some of the most surprising entries on it, and the nutrition research that led them to be included.
There is no getting around it. When selecting a frozen meal, you’ll need to read the «nutrition facts» panel on the package to make sure your choice is a healthy one. So allow yourself a little extra time on the frozen-foods aisle (or use my handy list of picks below).
Weight Loss Clinic eating plans prescribe two levels of frozen meals: a light frozen dinner, with less than 300 calories and no more than 8 grams of fat; and a regular frozen dinner, with 360-400 calories and a maximum of 25 grams of fat.
Jot these numbers down and refer to them when checking labels. Of course, whenever possible, it’s best to select a lighter frozen meal, with fewer calories and fat.
Here’s a label-reading tip: Make sure you check the portion size, listed on the very top of the nutrition label. Some crafty manufacturers measure a portion as something less than the entire contents of the box.
As a general rule, look for entrees that include plenty of vegetables. These tend to be lower in calories and higher in vitamins and minerals as well as fiber (which helps fill you up). Opt for brown rice or whole grains whenever possible, and choose lean meat, fish, or chicken.
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