ask the nutritionist: how to shop for frozen meals


As much as we all wish that we could lovingly prepare delicious, healthy meals at home for every meal, it simply isn’t always the case.

I’m a fan of frozen meals as they can easily replace take-out or fast food and can be much healthier and much less expensive.

There are a number of great frozen food companies out there providing quick meals that are relatively healthy. You just have to weed the good from the bad. It’s a big aisle. :)

What to Look For: 

  • Contains vegetables
  • Made with some whole grains
  • Less than or around 500 mg of sodium per meal (though I must admit that I’m not really a stickler when it comes to sodium)
  • Calories – since frozen entrees are usually the main component of my meal – I need there to be about 300-350 – and then I’ll usually add more vegetables as a side dish
  • At least 10-15 grams of protein
  • At least 5-10 grams of fiber

Great Options: 

  • Kashi: Red Curry Chicken, Mayan Harvest Bake, Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Amy’s: Brown Rice & Veggie Bowl, Indian Tofu Spinach Wrap, Indian Palak Paneer
  • Cedarlane’s: Chicken Burrito Grande, Fajita Chicken Burrito
  • French Meadow Cafe: Chicken Curry, Chicken Pomodoro Pasta
Love or hate frozen meals – and – what is your favorite kind?