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Fantastic Frozen Dinners

Go from Diet Disaster to Diet-Friendly!

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  • the only problem with the Lean Cuisine and other "healthier" tv dinners there is way too much sodium in them versus the originals. i like stouffers fit meals they have a lot of protein compared to the others and they taste pretty good my favorite is the oven roasted chicken.
  • I find that the frozen meals have much more sodium content in them than I would like, so I make my own meals and then freeze them in smaller containers to pull out for a quick meal. Even 600mg. sodium in one meal is more than I would like to have whenever possible. I also make big batches of soup rather than purchase the canned soups.
  • LOULOUWLG403
    Becky,
    Can you eat these 2 times a day 7 days a week? I had been doing that, but I've switched to cooking my foods. Honestly, I like my food better. But if it's not ready when it's
    time to eat, it's late when supper is ready and I'm hungry when it's supper time. I'm the
    only one in my household. I usually eat at 7:00PM. But I've gone from 191lbs. to 195 lbs.
    since last Friday, if anyone has a answer, I appreciate the help! Have a Fabulous and
    Blessed Friday!
  • BUDBUDDHA
    I do buy frozen meals because they are there when I come home and am hungry and they keep me from eating something that's not good for me. I have made many of my own frozen meals, and they are healthy, but not delicious. Maybe I will get better at making them healthy AND delicious.
  • I have stopped purchasing convenience frozen meals, and make my own. No preservatives, and I control the sodium content.
  • I agree with the fruit, salad, and milk suggestion, but 300-400 calorie dinners? I'd lose weight FAST at that rate
  • MDANBY1
    A good option is to purchase frozen meals from a company such as http://www.marks-gk.co.uk
  • Honestly Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice frozen meal have really helped me. Are the they the Most nutritional choice I can make? No. However they are vastly better than my old habit of eating fast food for lunch or ramen, chips and a dessert. They have helped me with portion control and are much more satisfying to my than a sandwich.
  • Very nice article. I stocked up on frozen broccoli's and green beans this week!
  • Since I haven't been able to stand too long I have been using more TV Dinners. Hope when things improve I will do more of my own cooking Do add more frozen veggies and fresh fruits. Found the article hepful as well as other suggestions. Want to check Amy's products. Have used Amy's pizzas.
  • 34PAYTON
    I never eat frozen meals at home, but they do come in handy - in moderation - at lunchtime during the work week. I usually add some fresh veggies or salad as a side. Moderation is key to my successful dieting, and as long as I don't use frozen meals as an everyday part of my diet, I feel good about myself.
  • I'm with the anti-frozen dinner bunch. Nix on the chemicals, especially sodium. I work two jobs. If I can make fresh meals, anyone can. Here's how: Do most of your cooking in one day. I do simple veggies, like steamed carrots and green beans. Then mix and match with a couple of lean proteins, like ginger stir fried chicken or turkey patties or pan grilled fish fillets. I match one protein with a variety of veggies or take it with a salad. Add yogurt with fruit and you have even more combinations. That way I get a variety of meals by using a few basic items every week. Meals for 5 days takes me a couple of hours one day per week. I put them in Tupperware containers in the fridge.
  • RMAISTICKLE
    Honestly, this person is delusional. The TV dinner or frozen dinners are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to nutrition. Most of these ready to eat meals are more processed then something you would get at Wendy's these days. Don't get me started on the sodium levels!

    I really hope people don't read this article and think it is ok to start chowing down on Hungryman TV dinners!
  • Unfortunately, the stark and now proven side effect to many of those frozen dinners is cancer ... processed foods that have been made from foods with pesticides, preservatives and bpa plastic film. So, not only do you have try to find a tasty, lo-cal, balanced one, you have to find out who is paying attention to organics, bpa free plastic film, low preservative, etc. For example, if I HAVE to eat frozen, I now know that Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice use bpa free plastic film, but Weight Watchers does not (at least last time I checked ... when I also said, "well, I won't be buying your dinners until you do"). And, I know that most ingredients I read on Lean Cuisine, I know what they are (following the "if you can't read it, don't eat it rule), where as Weight Watchers has preservatives I cannot pronounce, much less understand what they are. I prefer to make extra of everything I make fresh and freeze dinners myself. Then I know what's in them, I can control the fat, calories and sodium, and I know what I'm cooking them in. Starting to do this takes a little effort and a little organization, but it's worth it in the end.
  • When I started my new eating plan I bought frozen inners. I though they were perfect. Pre measure, know exactly the calories, etc you were getting. But of course there is a but, they had preservatives. I don't want to eat any added chemicals. Not in growing the food or the preparation. So I ditched the meals and prepare my own chemical free foods. I feel more healthy and know I am doing something good for my body. Plus less containers to recycle.
    In an emergency I would still eat a new no preservative frozen meal, but not on a steady basis.
    Tisha

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