5 Healthy Frozen Dinner Choices
Frozen dinners tend to be high in sodium and carbs, but these five are healthy alternatives. Plus, you can add frozen veggies to increase bulk and nutrients.
MF Editors Recommend
1) Stouffer's Signature Classics Lasagna with Meat Sauce
350 calories, 24g protein, 11g fat, 38g carbs, 3g fiber, 930mg sodium
This is a man's man meal. To boost the fiber content, add a side salad or sauté some broccoli in a little olive oil and garlic for a heart-healthy boost.
2) Amy's Bowls Brown Rice and Vegetables
260 calories, 9g protein, 9g fat, 36g carbs, 5g fiber, 550mg sodium
This makes a good post-cardio snack since it's high in carbs and still has some protein. For a frozen meal, the sodium level isn't as high as some of the others. To increase the protein content and the calories of this entrée, add a lean protein source like cooked lean chicken strips, lentils or kidney beans, nuts, grilled shrimp, or eggs.
3) Organic Bistro Wild Salmon with Cranberry Pilaf
380 calories, 20g protein, 13g fat, 49g carbs, 6g fiber, 240mg sodium
Out of the 13 grams of fat, only two are saturated fat. For a frozen meal, this one gets a thumbs-up with a whole-grain side dish and a heart-healthy fish as its protein—a rare find.
4) Kashi Chicken Pasta Pomodoro
280 calories, 19g protein, 6g fat, 38g carbs, 6g fiber, 470mg sodium
Whole-grain pasta and white meat chicken—not bad for a frozen meal. To make it heartier, add broccoli florets or more chicken after the pasta is cooked.
5) Saffron Road Lamb Vindaloo
340 calories, 16g protein, 7g fat, 54g carbs, 5g fiber, 650mg sodium
With only 20.5% calories from fat and two grams of saturated fat (5% from total calories), this Indian specialty is a lean frozen option. It gives you a little more flavor than other classic dishes and just as much protein.