ask the nutritionist: how to shop for frozen meals

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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?