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LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,368)
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2/28/13 1:02 P

I eat one for lunch.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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2/28/13 12:54 P

I think it's wrong to say they have no nutrition. Yes, cooking a meal at home is a MUCH better option. But when that is not an option, some frozen meals are a decent option, especially when compared to fast food.

For example, my favorite Healthy Choice Steamer (Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo with Broccoli and Linguine) has 280 calories, 6g fat (2.5 sat), 40mg cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 590mg potassium, 32g carbs, 5g fiber, 3g sugar, and 23g protein plus all the following vitamins & minerals:

Vitamin A 20.0 %
Vitamin B-12 20.0 %
Vitamin C 50.0 %
Calcium 10.0 %
Iron 10.0 %
Magnesium 10.0 %
Manganese 25.0 %
Niacin 20.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 10.0 %
Phosphorus 30.0 %
Riboflavin 20.0 %
Selenium 80.0 %
Zinc 10.0 %

Let's compare to a Subway 6" turkey sandwich, which is the same amount of calories, and I see many people on these boards give as a "healthy" fast food option:

280 calories, 3.5g fat (1g sat), 20mg cholesterol, 810g sodium, 46g carbs, 5 g fiber, 7g sugar, 18 g protein, 8% Vit A, 20% Vit C, 30% calcium, 15% iron

Seems to me, they're both about equal. Actually I'd rather have the frozen meal since it's lower in sodium, lower in carbs, and higher in protein. Not to mention it costs less. Plus, the Subway sandwiches have just as much weird chemically stuff in them as a frozen meal.

So sure, cooking every meal at home is the best option. But for when that option is not available (like if your SO eats the leftovers you were saving for your next day's lunch, and you don't discover it til the next morning when you go to pack your lunch), a frozen meal is a good alternative, as long as you pick the right ones.


Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 2/28/2013 (12:56)
WATERDIAMONDS Posts: 14,777
2/28/13 12:47 P

I don't eat frozen meals, but it took me years to get to this point.

AMBERT79 Posts: 54
2/28/13 12:43 P

I love SP and the support and knowledge they can provide and don't mean to sound condescending; however, I many times don't agree with EVERYTHING they publish in regards to our health. (They still have advertisers...) Bottom line: frozen/packaged foods are not food-they are merely FOOD LIKE. Yes, maybe in a hurry, they would be a "better" option, but that should happen like twice a year. I am not infallible with my diet, I love chips, wine, and french fries-to only name a few! But for 90% of my meals, I choose to make the best possible choices. If a meal has chicken on the front of the box, but then is listed as one of the last ingredients among 20 some other ingredients, it doesn't have the protein you may need to feel satisfied. I am one who chooses to stay away from chemicals (there have been over 75,000 chemicals added (invented) to our "foods" since the 1940's!!). I recently watched Hungry for Change for free on Netflix. I guess I am still worked up about our "food system". To each their own! Though, I highly recommend checking out Hungry for Change for some great insight into the health of our nation hooked on processed foods or it is also a book. Namaste.

Edited by: AMBERT79 at: 2/28/2013 (12:44)
VEGGIETORI Posts: 16
2/28/13 12:34 P

occasionally but i usually only eat whatever vegetarian form of healthy choice i can find. if i dont feel like cooking they are my go to. and at 250-270 cal (the only ones i eat are in eat range), i dont mind munching on one. Plus if your on a budget and can catch them on sale, they are really affordable.

CHLOEAGH SparkPoints: (29,002)
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2/28/13 12:29 P

I don't. They have way too much salt. Plus, a couple years ago we remodeled our kitchen and had nothing but a microwave. Unless I could find a friend, we were eating frozen meals and sandwiches. That got old real fast! So, regardless of nutrition, I just don't like frozen meals.

AMYLT29 SparkPoints: (2,167)
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2/28/13 12:12 P

Who knew frozen foods would become such a heated discussion?! Everyone is going to have their own way and their own thoughts about EVERYTHING so hopefully no one took anything to heart.

To answer the original question, no, I do not eat frozen meals. This is a personal decision, and it has to do with the general response you have been receiving: sodium. Have I ever eaten them? Absolutely, more times than I care to admit even! I was also a little naive when doing so, I didn't look at anything but calories, occasionally the carbs and fiber. My general response: I don't even know what sodium is so I am not going to concern myself. Well, little did I know, sodium is salt, salt stores fat... what am I trying to lose? Fat! Why would I want to store something I'm trying to lose. Dropped that like a hotcake right there. A little knowledge went far for me. It was a bit of a lifestyle change, the frozen foods were the better alternative for me, until I learned how to pack leftovers, made time to make a separate meal (i.e. salad) for the next day, etc.

Now, I generally don't eat ANY processed foods, point blank. I have a rule when I'm at the grocery store: shop the perimeter, rarely will you find me on the inner aisles of the grocery store - I'm talking salad dressing, frozen veggies, cooking spray only. Occasionally, you'll see me grab the brown rice, hearts of palm, etc from the aisles, but this is not part of my every-day/week routine. If something has an ingredient in it that I cannot pronounce, I see it as my body cannot break it down and digest it properly so it cannot be good for me.

For arguments sake, everyone needs to do a program that works for them, no two programs are going to be identical. If a frozen meal works better into your routine, then go for it, if you can make a salad or take some leftovers in, that is going to be your better choice time and time again. This is your lifestyle change, not anybody else's, make your own decisions that best suit you.

Best of luck on your goals!

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,727
2/28/13 12:08 P

Spark article on frozen meals, written by Becky Hand.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=585


Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 2/28/2013 (12:09)
AMBERT79 Posts: 54
2/28/13 11:56 A

NEVER. Just read DRAGONCHILDE's post to know why! Sure, they may have calorie control, but absolutely NO NUTRITION and isn't that why we are all here-to be HEALTHIER?!! Weight loss is just an added benefit to becoming healthy. Frozen meals have less calories than M&M's and other fast foods or vending machine options, but they have just as much nutrition. So, you might as well fill up on M&M's. The effects are exactly the same on how body will metabolize and use that "energy"! (stored as fat.) Processed foods are laden with salt, fat, and sugar. Period. No matter what the box says. The gov't allows these Big Food to label however they want. emoticon

Edited by: AMBERT79 at: 2/28/2013 (12:03)
MISSRUTH Posts: 3,727
2/28/13 11:52 A

I've found (like some of the previous posters) that my choices have evolved over time, so I don't eat frozen meals any more. Plus the kids are grown & gone; most recipes make enough for 4 so DH and I have leftovers for another meal or lunches. And I'm cheap; I can cook a lot of that stuff for less than it costs, even with a sale and coupons.

HOWEVER. I DO keep some in the house-- DH will occasionally take a frozen meal for his lunch instead of a sandwich or leftovers-- I guess it makes him feel better about skipping all the fast food lunches. Sort of like the difference between homemade and store-bought clothes or something. idk. whatever.

There are *reasonable* choices in frozen meals. A blanket, they're all full of sodium or carbs just isn't true. While in many cases the sodium content may be higher than what you could cook at home, if you don't have the time or inclination (due to injury or illness or something) to cook, I think they can be a viable option. There is nutrition information on all the packages and also lists of ingredients, to help a person make a choice. For a single person who just gets tired of all the leftovers, a shrimp something or other meal could be a welcome change. And in most cases, beats a trip through the drive-thru.

And there IS the portion control factor as well. In the beginning of my journey, it was hard for me to not overdo it on pasta. When I'm standing there with a whole one pound box of pasta.... easy enough to dump too much in the pot and then eat it all at one go. But a frozen meal gives you some automatic portion control.

Bottom line for me-- the elevator stops at a whole bunch of different floors, and we each get to decide where we'll get off. Some people decide frozen meals or protein bars or 100 calorie packs, are what suits their lifestyle. Others stay on the elevator and don't get off til raw vegan or clean eating or something. Whatever. It's a personal choice.

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (24,222)
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2/28/13 11:51 A

sometimes. i am ok with eating some processed foods. i eat them a lot less than when i first started sparks. i occasionally have them in the freezer for a quick meal. i don't really find them that filling-so i usually need something else like a a salad or soup to go with them. i can see how they would be helpful with portion control.

kashi makes some frozen meals i like. not sure how processed they are, or how many calories.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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2/28/13 11:34 A

MUSCAT, I'm sorry, and I agree that the frozen meals are way better alternatives than buying fast food or food from vending machines.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 942
2/28/13 11:25 A

I always have some in my freezer and they are used almost exclusively for work lunches. I try to eat leftovers when I can, but it is not always an option for me. I try to pick ones that have fewer ingredients and less sodium, and I really like the Amy's Light & Lean brand over most others when I can find them

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (76,917)
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2/28/13 11:17 A

No way. They are loaded in sodium, chemicals and perservatives, lacking in fresh meat and fresh veg, fibre and are bland with just a lot of pepper/salt or something added to them. I'd much rather have fresh, whole ingredients and I make all my meals myself. Hated cooking when I was overweight, now it's my favourite hobby. The food tastes 100x better than frozen options. I just batch cook to save time.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 2/28/2013 (11:22)
MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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2/28/13 10:36 A

I try not to eat processed foods. I used to think that by eating a pre-packaged meal, I was doing something good until I realized the sodium, etc.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,734
2/28/13 10:32 A

When you are starting out and trying to eat healthier. And your normal lunch option would be something from a fast food place or the vending machine. I think Lean Cuisine are a better option.

We all had to start somewhere. And I used to eat Lean Cuisine all the time. Not so much anymore.



Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 2/28/2013 (10:32)
RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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2/28/13 10:32 A

I am finding this an interesting thread because people seem to really put thought and time into their responses. I try not to eat processed foods on a regular basis, but I have been known to participate in eating a frozen pizza when someone took time to bake it.

LUCKINLOVE Posts: 216
2/28/13 10:25 A

This has been a truth thread regarding a highly processed food product. I haven't found judgemental or dissing comments in this thread...except the last coment though, well......

Posting your reasons for why you do or do not eat a certain food is not being judgemental. Posting ingredients is being informative. It's possible people are not educated in processed foods, so threads like this are informative and best of all, lack judgement from others.....for the most part........

Edited by: LUCKINLOVE at: 2/28/2013 (10:25)
CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (3,734)
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2/28/13 10:03 A

I, too, cringe at the "superior" and judgmental values I see posted here. It would be the same if a vegan came on and started dissing your intake of meat, etc. If frozen prepared meals are a life style improvement for someone I say good for them! Keep up the good work.....

Edited by: CHESAPEAKE60 at: 2/28/2013 (10:03)
KAYSON25 SparkPoints: (60,647)
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2/28/13 9:49 A

WOW! This certainly got a lot of attention. Each of us must do what we have to do to keep us on track. My own eating has evolved and I no longer eat a lot of things I used to eat (Donuts, etc) but I haven't gotten to the point of food snob yet either.
The whole point to me is to learn good nutrition and fitness to live healthier. You seem to have a good grip on your body agenda. emoticon

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
2/28/13 8:48 A

Nope. They're heavily processed, high in sodium, taste gross, aren't filling, and aren't healthy in my opinion. I'd much rather freeze my own meals.

VEG_GIRL04 Posts: 771
2/28/13 8:43 A

I keep them in the freezer for nights I don't have time to cook and for morning I don't feel like packing a really involved lunch. Most times I add a salad, fruit, and/or some sort of snack. I try to eat around 500 calories for lunch and most that I eat leave me about 150 calories to play with.

I have really enjoyed Lean Cuisines big changes they've done recently.The addition of "veggie cuisine" is nice as I can enjoy something with meat alternatives. Some of my favorites include Indian Style Masala, Tuscan Style Vegetable Lasagna and some sort of roasted red pepper fettucini that is escaping me at the moment.

Also - have always love the Amy's collection with the Spinach Feta Pockets being my absolute favorite go to!

ALISALEA SparkPoints: (22,317)
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2/28/13 8:06 A

I keep some in the freezer at work for lunches. Overall I like Lean Cuisine better than the other brands.

SWEETNHOT Posts: 526
2/28/13 7:17 A

I try to avoid any packaged foods if possible.

TAMMYSUE21 Posts: 326
2/28/13 7:13 A


The one frozen meal I do enjoy on occasion is Amy's frozen spinach and feta sandwhich. YUM! Other than that, I pretty much stay away from them.

STEPHEN_NANNY SparkPoints: (10,496)
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2/28/13 6:55 A

I really only eat them when I'm in a travel pinch. If I'm on a work trip, I like to book a suite so that I have access to a microwave/fridge etc...I find this is easily off-set by what I don't spend in eating out on the road. In these cases, I can grab a couple Lean Cuisines. Yes, they are high in sodium...they aren't ideal...but they are mostly better than restaurant options and restaurant portions (and restaurant costs!).

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
2/28/13 6:47 A

Frozen meals aren't really sold in the country where I live, so no, I never eat them. It's probably been over 10 years since I've had one. The whole idea is bizarre to me!

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,410)
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2/28/13 12:51 A

Well Said MUSCATDBQ!!!!!!!!


I also know that I have a habit of grabbing stuff out of the vending machine (M&M's etc..) Keeping them at work is the alternative. I already pack a lunch (plus water bottles, drinks, and coffee) it's not realistic to pack an extra homemade meal just in case I have stay late at work.

Disclaimer:
I weigh 95 pounds... my labs are great and I also have low blood pressure.






JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 966
2/27/13 10:45 P

I used to eat them so much that I got sick of them. I'll do an Amy's meal/burrito from time to time, and I keep them around during times when I know that time is tight, and the alternative would probably be an less healthy choice.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
2/27/13 10:42 P

I just batch cook and freeze leftovers. Since I've been eating clean for so long, my body doesn't react well to all of the chemicals and additives.

POPSECRET SparkPoints: (49,980)
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2/27/13 10:24 P

Not usually, but I do keep certain convenience meals around for quick dinners...Like veggie burgers and a frozen pizza or two. Also canned soup and a box of mac & cheese :)

MUSCATDBQ SparkPoints: (3,439)
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2/27/13 10:19 P

I didn't say better for me than all alternatives. I said better for me than realistic alternatives for me. I know myself and those alternatives are fast food and vendo land. So yes I feel they're better for me than that. Don't start with the make your own, etc because I do do that with dinner and once I can have more than 350 calories for lunch, I intend to. However, knowing myself, right now, they are the best solution.

I also said that I'm willing to take the sodium (which, in all honesty, Im not overly concerned with--my Bp was 91/68 the last time I was at the doctor and it has dropped from there since I started working out, my dr told me I didn't need to worry about it) in exchange for the simplicity, convenience, and not having to think. My triglicerides are under 100 and my total cholesterol is no where near high (it's under 150 but I don't remember the actual number...under 200 is desired). My fasting blood sugar is around 70. The meals are not harmng me from any of those respects.

Again, Im not saying they're the best choice of all, just that tthere the best choice given the realistic alternatives for me right now. Key word there being realistic and for me.

200POUNDQUEST SparkPoints: (2,468)
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2/27/13 10:17 P

I used to eat them back in my no cooking days, but I didn't find them very tasty or filling. I'm much more satisfied with my food since I started cooking my own meals.

SBURDEN Posts: 3,601
2/27/13 9:56 P

occasionally

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (54,668)
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2/27/13 8:46 P

I always keep a few in the work freezer incase I forget my lunch, and I keep a few at home for when I am just too lazy to cook

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
2/27/13 7:07 P

Not anymore. Most of the time they have a funny taste to me. emoticon

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,734
2/27/13 7:00 P

I have eaten them from time to time. I like the Lean Cuisine Sesame Chicken

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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2/27/13 6:40 P

MUSCAT, I'm not sure if they're "better for you than the realistic alternatives". I have no problem with frozen meals really, because they taught me how to eat correct portion sizes, but in the end, eating real food is better for you. I only eat them if I run out of leftovers of food I actually cooked.

HAWF88 SparkPoints: (149)
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2/27/13 6:33 P

I have eaten a few in the past....they do seem to be filling....however I feel they are non value added calories......because there are too many preservatives in them to really know what you are eating. I feel better when I make my own meals.....and know what is in them.

DANISARANAC1 Posts: 261
2/27/13 6:32 P

no, I don't. I prefer to cook fresh and just take leftovers for lunch at work, but it gets expensive.

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
2/27/13 6:25 P

"Plus, they're better for me than the realistic alternatives."

Please tell me you aren't serious.



SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
2/27/13 6:23 P

NEVER. I avoid them because I have food allergies, but I won't buy them to feed to my husband or children. Not to mention the high sodium, they are processed with additives that I cannot pronounce to make them taste like real food. Sorry, but even on sale, the money that is spent on the processed crap in this country could be so much better spent on wholesome food. I only eat what I cook and freeze myself.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,401)
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2/27/13 6:16 P

Nope. Too much sodium, and too many preservatives and other unpleasant additives.

I prefer to make and freeze my own. That way, I control what goes in, and the ingredient list doesn't look like a science experiment.

As an example, the baja-style chicken quesadilla? Not only does it pack 680 mg of sodium, but LOOK at this laundry list of ingredients (notice that CHICKEN is way down on the list. That bothers me.):

TORTILLA (BLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, SALT, SUGAR, SODIUM BICARBONATE, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE (A PRESERVATIVE), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, CALCIUM PROPIONATE (A PRESERVATIVE), FUMARIC ACID, SODIUM METABISULFITE (DOUGH CONDITIONER)), CORN AND BLACK BEAN BLEND (CORN, BLACK BEANS (BLACK BEANS, WATER), POBLANO CHILIES, RED BELL PEPPERS, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL), REDUCED FAT MOZZARELLA CHEESE (CULTURED MILK AND NON-FAT MILK, MODIFIED CORN STARCH*, SALT, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, ENZYME. (*INGREDIENT NOT IN REGULAR MOZZARELLA CHEESE)), LIGHT PASTEURIZED PROCESS MONTEREY JACK CHEESE (CULTURED MILK, WATER, POTASSIUM CITRATE, SALT, SODIUM CITRATE, WHEY*, SORBIC ACID, CREAM, ENZYMES, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, LACTIC ACID (*INGREDIENT NOT IN REGULAR PASTEURIZED PROCESS MONTEREY JACK CHEESE)), COOKED WHITE MEAT CHICKEN (WHITE MEAT CHICKEN, WATER, SEASONING (SALT, FLAVORINGS, MALTODEXTRIN, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, SUGAR, AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, FLAVOR {MALTODEXTRIN, SMOKE FLAVOR}, SPICES, CARAMEL COLOR, AND CITRIC ACID), ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN, MODIFIED RICE STARCH, CHICKEN FLAVOR (DEHYDRATED CHICKEN BROTH, CHICKEN POWDER, FLAVOR, SALT), SODIUM PHOSPHATES), LIGHT PASTEURIZED PROCESS CHEDDAR CHEESE (CULTURED MILK, WATER, POTASSIUM CITRATE, SALT, SODIUM CITRATE, WHEY*, SORBIC ACID, CREAM, APO CAROTENAL AND BETA CAROTENE COLOR, ENZYMES, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, LACTIC ACID (*INGREDIENT NOT IN REGULAR PASTEURIZED PROCESS CHEDDAR CHEESE)), TOMATO PUREE, WATER, 2% OR LESS OF TOMATO PASTE, SOYBEAN OIL, SEASONING (FLAVOR (AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, CHICKEN POWDER, MALTODEXTRIN, FLAVORING {CONTAINS CANOLA OIL}, GRILL {CONTAINS SUNFLOWER OIL}), SALT, SPICES, ONION AND GARLIC, LIME JUICE POWDER (CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, LIME JUICE SOLIDS, NATURAL FLAVOR), AND JALAPENO POWDER), CORN STARCH -

See more at: http://www.leancuisine.com/Products/Nutrit
ionInformation.aspx?ProductID=10936#st
hash.Pm0nHfR3.dpuf

When I make it at home?

Chicken. Tortilla. Cheese.

Your favorite? Packs a 690 mg sodium whallop, and this ingredient list is pretty heavy duty, though not as bad as the quesadilla:

CHEESE CANNELLONI (RICOTTA CHEESE (PASTEURIZED WHEY, MILK FAT, MILK), ENRICHED DURUM WHEAT FLOUR (DURUM WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), FAT FREE RICOTTA CHEESE (WHEY, SKIM MILK, VINEGAR, XANTHAN GUM, CARRAGEENAN), WATER, MOZZARELLA CHEESE (PASTEURIZED MILK, CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES, NONFAT MILK), WHOLE EGGS, PARMESAN CHEESE (PASTEURIZED PART-SKIM MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES), MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SALT, ROMANO CHEESE (PASTEURIZED COW'S MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES), BLACK PEPPER, PARSLEY, BETA CAROTENE), TOMATO PUREE (WATER, TOMATO PASTE), WATER, TOMATOES (DICED TOMATOES, TOMATO JUICE, CITRIC ACID, CALCIUM CHLORIDE), ONIONS, 2% OR LESS OF MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, SUGAR, GARLIC PUREE, SOYBEAN OIL, BASIL, SALT, SPICES, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, XANTHAN GUM, YEAST EXTRACT, CULTURED WHEY.



Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/27/2013 (18:25)
MUSCATDBQ SparkPoints: (3,439)
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2/27/13 6:15 P

Yes because they are the right number of calories for lunch right now. Once I hit maintenance (quite awhile yet) I aim to just take dinner leftovers, but those are too calorie filled right now. The frozen meals are simple, easy to track, and convenient. I'm willing to trade the sodium (which My dr says I don't need to worry about too much right now) and processed part of them for the convenience mentioned above. Plus, they're better for me than the realistic alternatives.

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2/27/13 6:14 P

I like the lean cuisine French bread pizza sometimes too, I will eat Stouffers too though higher in calories. I like Amy's naturals the Mac and cheese because of portion control. I like to over cook it because of the crust around the sides is yummy. Amy's has a black bean tamale I like too. These are on occasion when for me. I think they can be a good tool for portion control.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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2/27/13 6:05 P

Not often anymore because I don't find them filling enough now that I eat more for maintenance. But when I first started out, I liked the Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers and Baked entrees...they have pretty low sodium for frozen meals (under 600mg), and decent protein and fiber. I didn't like most of the Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones, I thought the Healthy Choice meals were way better in terms of flavor.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 2/27/2013 (18:05)
LUCKINLOVE Posts: 216
2/27/13 5:50 P

Occassionally the Lean Cuisine French Bread Pizza, but hardly ever because all those meals/pizzas are so high in sodium and are so very processed. Those foods are too small to fill me up & keep me full. I'd prefer a real meal of rice, chicken, and peas over a Lean Cuisine Asian 'meal'.

QUEEN3510VA Posts: 439
2/27/13 5:43 P

We sometimes have Amy's Pizza

JRWELL58 Posts: 237
2/27/13 5:31 P

I did eat them when I was younger...easy and tasty....but now that I am diabetic I have to void processed foods....the carb grams are too high and they are bad carbs.

JILLP124 SparkPoints: (1,008)
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2/27/13 5:20 P

Do you eat frozen meals like Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, etc.? If so, which is your favorite meal?

They really help me keep within my WW points plus and they are yummy and easy! Great portion control too! (obviously =))

My favorite one right now is Lean Cuisine Four Cheese Cannelloni


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