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ELISAJANE57
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11/27/12 10:04 A

I eat the Healthy Choice meals if I ever eat anything frozen. Some of the dishes are even below 300 calories. You just have to watch out for the sodium.



LOLEMA
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11/27/12 9:31 A

thanks for making me laugh this morning, that is incredible.



TIMDEB
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11/26/12 9:20 P

Thanks



EOWYN2424
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11/26/12 9:17 P

This just goes to show : Always, always read labels!



SULABLUE
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11/26/12 9:16 P

Thanks for the ideas. Alas, we don't have Safeway (or Randall's or any of the other names it goes by here). I'll have to take a look at some of the healthy choice meals for those lazy days.

Maybe soon I'll be out of the funk enough that I can cook a couple of things in small batches and have one meal and two meals left over instead of a 'big' pot of something like chili that ends up with us eating chili every day for a week.



YOJULEZ
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11/26/12 5:33 P

If you're looking for the pre-made stuff, check out the Healthy Choice steamers. For being processed pre-prepared food, they actually have pretty good stats, like usually around 500-600g of sodium, and have lower fat and calories. Get the ones w/ meat in them so you get a better amount of protein (vs the ones that are just pasta and veggies).



FIRECOM
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11/26/12 4:54 P

Low sodium diet was difficult for me because of the bland taste. I found a few no sodium salt substitutes that over time has satisfied my need for the salt taste. I am going to check out the great sounding solution from Safeway. Thanks , Lorrie.



FAVALL
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11/26/12 4:46 P

Safeway store has a line called Eating Right with frozen healthy meals. They all are around 300-400 calories, and vary on the focus of protien, fiber but all are fairly low sodium.

I've been using the Diabetes Management SparkPeople meal plan. They all focus a limited carb and very low sodium. I've been cooking some of the meals in advance and freezing them myself. Its working pretty well.

I wish you the best!

Lorrie






ARCHIMEDESII
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11/26/12 3:59 P

Have you checked out the spark recipes section ? If not, start there. Chef Meg as well as many members have posted thousands of healthy and great tasting recipes.

recipes.sparkpeople.com/home.asp

This is Chef Meg's version of chicken pot pie.

recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=716237


That's just one example of the different recipes you could cook at home. If you don't have an oven buy a slow cooker (crock pot). Slow cookers are a great way to make healthy meals at home.





SULABLUE
Posts: 60
11/26/12 3:54 P

So I'd been in a big, huge, deep depressive funk for awhile. I used to love baking and cooking but I didn't even want to do that (let alone do the dishes). For awhile, it was take out 3 nights a week, and I thought "Hey. I should save some money and at least buy some quick frozen meals. That'll be better than fast food hamburgers.." YEAH RIGHT!

I just read the nutrition label for Marie Callender's new "Cheesy Chicken & Bacon" pot pies. 520 calories, 31g, of fat, 43g of carbs and 740mg of sodium... for HALF the pot pie? Really, Marie? And who eats half of a pot pie? That makes the whole thing 1040 calories, 62g of fat, 86g f carbs, and 1420mg of sodium.

To put that in perspective? That's more calories and fat (but less sodium, though not by much) than a Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger from Jack in the Box. 907 calories, 55g of fat, 44g of carbs and 2140mg of sodium.

So... anyone have ideas for lower-sodium and lower-carb (no rice or pasta-based) quick/frozen meals for the days I just can't cook? I have a TINY (apartment sized) freezer that's half taken up by an automatic ice maker. Cooking several big dishes when I am in the mood to cook and stocking them away isn't TOO much of a real option. Everything seems to be just loaded in sodium - it's ridiculous!



 
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