Choosing A Healthier Frozen Dinner
|July 28, 2013||Filled under Lunch Ideas, Nutritional Information||
Every now and then I have one of those days when I haven’t packed anything to eat at work and just wish I could toss something prepared in my bag. Having a few frozen dinners on hand would make this type of day so much easier. I started checking around and realized that much of what is out there isn’t really suitable to those of us who have had weight loss surgery. Actually, no one should eat them since they are all highly processed. But sometimes you just need to look past that point and make the best choice possible.
So, what type of frozen dinner would be best suitable for someone after WLS?
First you need to realize that the base of all most every frozen dinner is some time of carb. Rice, noodles, potatoes, etc. These are low cost foods that help to provide bulk for the meal and helps to fill people up. If your carb sensitive then you may want to keep an eye out on how much you eat.
Buying “diet” type meals does not mean that they will be better for you. Always read the nutrition label.
Add in healthier sides if a meal isn’t filling enough. This might include a salad, a piece of fruit or even additional frozen veggies that can be microwaved along with your dinner.
Check out the nutrition label on the package and look for meals that have the following in them:
- 300-500 calories per meal
- 10-18 grams of total fat, or less than 30% of total calories
- Less than 4 grams of saturated fat
- Less than 800 milligrams of sodium
- 3-5 grams of fiber
- 10-20 grams of protein
Here’s a list of a few frozen dinners that fall within these guidelines:
* Cajun style chicken and shrimp
* Roast Beef Merlot
* Golden Roasted Turkey Breast
* Café Steamer 5 Spice Beef & Vegetable
* Black Bean Mango
* Chicken Pasta Pomodoro
* Sweet and Sour Chicken
* Chicken Florentine
* Mayan Harvest Bake
* Cranberry Turkey Medallions
* Chicken Marsala
* Glazed Chicken
* Cafe Classics Steak Tips Portabella
Lean Cuisine now has a new line of meals called Honestly Good. And they do look quite good but I haven’t tried them yet.
How about you? Do you use frozen dinners? If so which ones are your favorite and why?