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Fantastic Frozen Dinners

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Selection and Serving Strategies
So how do you make the best choice, faced with hundreds of frozen dinners and entrees that are readily available?
  • Frozen meals have gotten tastier over the years, but you still must buy and try before you find your favorites.
  • Beware of potpies with crust, Hungry Man dinners, and stuffed-crust or extra-cheese pizzas.
  • Select dinners that are balanced and contain a lean source of protein, such as Gorton's, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, and Weight Watchers brands.
  • Choose dinners or entrees with no more than 300-400 calories.
  • Choose meals with no more than 30% of the calories coming from fat. This would be about 10-14 grams of total fat if the meal contains 300-400 calories.
  • Select meals with no more than 6 grams of saturated fat.
  • Aim for a sodium content no higher than 600 milligrams.
  • Add on a side salad with low calorie dressing, a serving of fruit, and a glass of low-fat milk to round out the meal. This will help you boost the fiber, calcium and nutrient contents of your meal.
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Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.

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