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.
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.
4/25/2013 12:27:41 PM
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.
4/24/2013 5:13:31 PM
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
4/24/2013 11:24:32 AM
We all have to do what works best for us at the point we are in gettting healthier--so not trying to say DIET....anyway...if frozen meals do it for you I say go for it. Agree what others said about adding fruits and veggies. How does this differ from what Jared did with Subway years ago? It worked for him. Somedays Subway works for me too. Other days I cook becuase I want to and have time, sometimes I nuke something frozen.
4/24/2013 10:15:58 AM
Years ago I lost 35 pounds by eating only low calorie/low fat frozen meals for lunch and dinner and a breakfast bar for breakfast with milk. I lost the 35 pounds in three months, although I wouldn't advise losing that much weight that quickly now. This article has motivated me to follow the "frozen meal plan" again. You don't need to join an expensive weight loss program; you can do this on your own. My favorite meals were the Weight Watchers brand.
It's shocking! Real people eat frozen meals?! Yes, we do! Without the convenience of an occassional fronzen dinner, I would have a hard time sticking to my diet plan. There are good choices out there. My personal favorites are the Amy's brand dinners and the EVOL frozen burritos. Another favorite is the Tandoor Chef Chicken Pesto Cilantro Pizza. I take the time to cook on the weekends and freeze dinners. However, there are times when I want something different and the dinners mentioned above meet my caloric and nutritional needs. Those purists who are critical need to just keep their opinons to themselves, express them in a more objective way or find another site to visit.
4/24/2013 5:40:17 AM
Most of the frozen dinners have too much sodium for me. Even the so called low calorie. I would rather make my own. I freeze left overs in small containers and they are easy to take out of the freezer for a quick and healthy meal.
4/16/2013 1:18:22 PM
I Feel frozen entrees are ok to incorporate into your meal plan in MODERATION. I know these frozen entrees have been given a bad rep because they are processed foods but its nothing to get excited about if you are puting restrictions on your choices and monitor how frequently they are used. They are advantages like portion control, taking the guesswork out of calorie counting and the abundance of vegetables with certain types of brands to take into consideration as well. I think this is a GREAT article - thanks SP!
I agree, perhaps a frozen meal isn't the best choice but for those of us with extremely tight schedules or other situations, sometimes a frozen meal is the best solution. So all of the people who are posting about how awful it is to eat frozen entrees, please put yourselves in my shoes for a minute. Maybe these aren't for you but in a bind or an emergency, I will turn to frozen meals. I am careful to check sodium content and fat, and I look at the ingredient lists. I do the best that I can given my situation. I do not rely solely on these meals and actually don't eat them that frequently, but for those who do, I respect that choice.
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