Not too often, but I keep Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers ones on hand for times when I get home late and am starving and tired. It beats the alternative to eating too many calories or something unhealthy.
I used to when I was working it was something easy to carry for lunch I would just add a banana or apple with it and a drink and I was set to go. Now I really don't indulge in those, I try to as do much home cooking as possible.
Well the weight watchers Lean Cuisines or along those lines. Every minute I take to cut up veggies and eat fresh is one minute less I have to exercise and time is already limited. Plus they help you count calories so much easier.
Fitness Minutes: (12,072)
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I eat Healthy Choice Lean Cuisine and Smart One's.
Preceeded with Salad followed with dessert of Yogurt.
Every month or two I get a craving for tv dinners but I throw in extras. I love to eat the lean cuisine sesame chicken and just throw extra grilled chicken. I get my craving out of the way and the protein makes the numbers bearable! The salt is way too much for me but every now and than... can't hurt!
Fitness Minutes: (795)
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Ugh... growing up with home cooked meals, I can't stand TV dinners of any kind. For a while I literally measured my portion sized and got used to how they look on my plate. Now I can (most of the time) eyeball it and know how much I'm eating. I also don't typically do 'low fat' or 'diet' choices simply because I'm trying to eat as naturally healthy as possible.
Oh yes! Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine are my favorites and they run under $2 each in my local Walmart. Even if they are "off" on the calorie count, it can't be that much because since I started using them, I not only feel better but my weight is steadily dropping. My problem with home-cooked meals is that hubby does a lot of the cooking and loves to add butter, cheese, sauces etc to many foods! I try to figure out the calories but it was a chore some days!
I work long shifts (twelve to twenty-four hours at times) and going to the store or cooking meals is often not an option for me at work. Taking a Healthy Choice meal or two depending on the length of my work day, and some healthy snacks like fresh fruit, yogurt or string cheese, has really helped me stick to my calorie program.
Fitness Minutes: (1,670)
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I do after checking the calories, protein, etc. But I make my family a "regular" dinner and then I'll heat up mine so I eat with them.
My family would think that I sent them to prison! They're spoiled. I love to cook, and I must do a pretty good job of it since it's put the weight on all of us. I've learned to slim down ingredients and portion sizes though. For quick meals, I freeze my own casseroles, soup, veggies, etc. They are just as easy and fast to microwave as a frozen dinner. Frozen dinners are not cheap either, and they contain a ton of salt and other chemicals that I can't even pronounce!
No, I find tv dinners never fill me. I would eat one and then look for something else to eat. For the money, they just are not worth it. I go for stuff I make myself.
Fitness Minutes: (65,599)
1,320 10/8/10 10:45 A
I eat Lean Cuisine about 2-3 times a week for lunch. I really like the spa cusine line (Chicken Pecan, Peanut/Thai Chicken, etc.). They are high in sodium, but I track that and it all works out if you're watching it. I don't do them for dinner, but they work well for a quick lunch at work. I usually round them out with a piece of fruit or veggie (have celery/carrot sticks today).
I don't - instead I make "extra" of whatever I am cooking and freeze them
Fitness Minutes: (26,088)
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I have in the past. I am a teacher and they make a great lunch. Unfortunately, I am the left over eater for the family and so I have stopped buying them (saves us money) and either eat our healthy left overs or soup/sandwhiches.
Fitness Minutes: (58,466)
13,007 10/8/10 10:41 A
Healthy Choice dinners are not high in sodium. I like them and I also like The Smart Ones from Weight Watchers.
Its cheaper by far to cook your own food than to get the ready made. I'm thinking of eating oatmeal for dinner for a week to see if that will help me lose a little weight. I run into trouble if I allow myself to much choice at dinner and afterwards.
I've used them before to kind of jumpstart. Just because it was something easy, available, and controlled. But I know I get bored of them, so I would say, ok, I'll do tv dinners for a week or two, and then by then, my body is usually in check for portion control and things like that, so I can just start making my own healthy food.
Eating those meals is not a good idea. I seen a show where they are allowed to be off my 20% of what package says,say something is one hundred calories they can say it has only 80. Plus some were way, way off. There were some that said 480 calories but they really had over 1000. There were a few that had fewer calories then the box said. That is not the way to go my friend. Not when they are allowed to be off by 20 percent and obviously not being checked enough to see if they are even more off. They said this is number one reason why people can't understand why they are not losing weight then they get frustrated and throw in the towel. They had several brands doing this, so I say they all do it. Home cooking is best with portion control and exercise. I lost 13 lbs in one month but I know it will probably slow down after that. I weigh again the 17th and know it will be something, I can feel the loss. I hope your consider changing how you eat so you an know exactly what you are eating plus you can save money. If you are finding it hard to find time to cook then cook several things on a day off or when you have time. Portion the foods into baggies and freeze them so the next time all you have to do is grab, heat and eat. Good luck, I wish you the very best!
I have been doing Healthy Choice tv dinners for a long time to keep calories @1200 daily only losing 1-3 lbs a month . Last month i stayed the same! Was not happy any suggestions? How are you succeeding ?
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