22 Best & Worst Frozen Dinners
50 Fat-Burning Detox Waters for Weight Loss Trying to lose belly fat but short on cooking time? No problem. Grab one of our Eat This-approved frozen dinners for a wholesome meal in minutes. Trying to lose belly fat but short on cooking time? No problem. Grab one of our Eat This-approved frozen dinners for a wholesome meal in minutes. Frozen dinners are no longer things reserved for an evening spent in front of the television. After 71 years on the market, theyre now part of many Americans weekly routines. And if were being frank, its because were busier and lazier than ever. (Be honest with yourself: How many times have you bought something pre-made because you just simply didnt feel like cooking?) And while the freezer aisle has come a long way in improving the nutritional quality and taste of its offerings over the past few decades, its still laden with fat traps waiting to assault your weight loss progress and good health. The worst part: Bad-for-you frozen meals can be tricky to spot. Many brands that advertise themselves as healthy choices often dont provide enough calories or nutrients to be considered a wholesome mealand then there are those dishes that are overflowing with salt, fat, calories, and chemicals, despite showing images of seemingly-innocent dishes on the packaging. To make it easier for you to pick a healthy frozen dinner, we scoured the supermarket shelves for the tastiest, most nutritionally-sound options. All of our Eat This picks fall between 280 and 400 calories, have no more than 650 milligrams of sodium (with many carrying half as much salt), and serve up a fair share of protein and fiber. Not to mention, theyre all made with quality ingredients and taste delicious, too. Weve also called out some of the worst picks in the freezer aisle so you Continue reading >>
Frozen Diabetic Dinners?
No, I haven't heard of Earl of Sandwich, nor Quiznos. I don't believe we have those here (Honolulu). But in any case, bread and I have had to have a friendly but tearful divorce. Luckily I have found Flax Bread which allows me to eat sandwiches (home-made) again. Anita, have you tried the multigrain breads??? I have found they work for me...I have never like flaxs, although, they are very good for you....A little trivial---The Earl of Sandwich was a real person, and that is where the term sandwich originated in England....He supposedly invented the sandwich?? I do not trust these Meals to Die For folks. I went to their site and they stated the carb counts are clearly listed on the front of every package but all I saw was the new, misleading 'sugars' garbage. The shrimp jambalaya for example says '5 sugars' on the front. On the back it says '31 carbohydrates'. No surprise because the main ingredient is rice, hardly a 'diabetic' item. A 'turkey meatballs' dinner says '2 sugars' on the front and '44 carbohydrates' on the back. Well no kidding, the main ingredient is pasta. It's spaghetti and meatballs. The 'white chicken burrito' says '8 sugars' on the front and '58 carbohydrates' on the back. The spinach omelet isn't bad at 14 carbs but they've added carby corn starch and rice flour to it. Who adds corn starch and rice flour to an omelet? If your answer is 'no one' you could make a much lower carb omelet yourself in a few minutes. If this company is an example no wonder so-called 'diabetic' meals aren't big sellers for low carbers and/or T2s. Why would anyone trust them? I'll take the Lean Cuisine steak tip and turkey choices at 14 and 16g carbs instead for those times you realize on the way out the door to go to work you forgot to cook something the night before. In my Continue reading >>
Choosing A Better Frozen Dinner
Frozen dinners may not be what comes to mind if you’re trying to eat healthfully. Yet many people (guiltily) admit to eating them, whether for a quick and easy lunch or for those nights when they just don’t have the time or energy to turn on the stove or oven. Some of you might remember the “TV Dinners” from decades ago (among the FIRST frozen dinners). They came in an aluminum tray with compartments for your chicken or meat, mashed potatoes, soggy vegetable, and some type of dessert. While the TV Dinners of yesteryear could hardly be called nutritious, they did help one practice portion control! Today, frozen dinners are a six billion dollar industry. Take a stroll down the frozen food aisle in the grocery store and you’ll be amazed at the number of brands and varieties of frozen meals. And if you’re still turning up your nose at the “un-healthfulness” of these meals, you might be interested to know that some frozen dinner companies now offer choices that are gluten- and allergen-free, organic, and don’t contain any GMOs (genetically-modified organisms). However, there are still plenty of frozen meals that are too high in saturated fat and/or sodium. Perks of frozen dinners There’s really no need to feel guilty about eating frozen dinners as long as you’re making better choices. Frozen meals really do have quite a lot to offer. Here’s the rundown: Convenience. If you’re rushing to get out the door in the morning or rushing home from work after a long day, a frozen dinner may be just the ticket. Needing only minutes to heat up in the microwave, frozen dinners can provide a nutritious, ready-to-go meal with little preparation or clean up. Portion control. The use of “meal replacements,” which include shakes, bars, and frozen meals, has been Continue reading >>
Diabetic Meal Delivery By Fresh N’ Lean
$27.99/Day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Free Shipping. Diabetic Meal Plans Delivered to Your Doorstep Fresh n’ Lean’s never frozen diabetic meal delivery service takes all of the work out of eating fresh, vibrant and delicious diabetic-friendly meals. We ensure you get diabetic meals delivered that are both packed in nutrients and low in sugar. There is no need to spend hours looking for suitable recipes and crafting freshly-prepared dishes: you simply heat up the oven and microwave-safe container and enjoy your fresh, chef-prepared meal. Diabetic meal delivery services like Fresh N’ Lean take care of everything. Our prepackaged diabetic meals are delivered each week, so all you have to do is refrigerate them and choose what you want when mealtime rolls around. It’s like ordering and eating from a menu delivered to your front door. If you suffer from diabetes, you have to scrutinize ingredient labels or nutritional content and you are generally much more careful about the foods that go into your body than most people. However, even the most careful diabetics may find themselves struggling to avoid forbidden foods high in carbs or maintain a healthy, sustainable diabetic diet plan. You know what you need: a low sugar, nutrient-rich, fresh and satisfying set of diabetic meals – and ideally ones bursting with natural, delicious flavor. The problem is that most of us – diabetic or not – do not have the time to source ingredients, prepare and cook fresh meals every single day to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, even if we have the culinary expertise of a chef to put together a varied and delicious menu. Thankfully, there is a way to get healthy pre made diabetic meals without devoting large portions of your time to managing your condition. Fresh n’ Lean Continue reading >>
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A frozen entre makes a quick and easy dinner, but how do you make it work for your meal plan? A frozen entre makes a quick and easy dinner, but how do you make it work for your meal plan? Check out the frozen-food aisle of your supermarket and you might wonder why anyone would ever cook from scratch. Stacks of microwaveable meals offer Indian, Asian, Tex-Mex, Italian dinners, and more, each featuring a mouth-watering photograph of a gourmet feast. Tempting? Certainly, especially on busy days when you have no time to cook. But can you tuck into a single-serve entre without compromising your meal plan? Yes, you canif you do it right. When choosing a frozen entre, your first stop should be the ingredient list, says Michelle Archer, a registered dietitian and diabetes educator who works with First Nations clients in central Saskatchewan. Make sure the ingredient list contains words you can recognize as food, she says. A scientific-sounding term might be something harmless, but if you wouldnt use that ingredient when cooking the dish from scratch, do you really need it? Next, check out the nutrition facts panel. Look for frozen entres that contain 10 grams or less of fat per portion, with no trans fat and less than two grams of saturated fat, and 600 mg or less of sodium, says Joanne Lewis, diabetes education manager for the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). Although frozen entres are marketed as complete meals, Ms. Archer says that the calorie content of many is well below 500. Unless you have a plan to snack healthily, you dont want your meals to contain less than 500 calories or youll get hungry sooner, she says. Ms. Lewis agrees, adding, A 300-calorie frozen entre is better as part of a meal, along with extra vegetables, a little protein, fruit or a yogurt, rather th Continue reading >>
Stock Your Kitchen For Diabetes Health
Eating healthy, balanced meals is the key to managing your diabetes. Good nutrition not only helps you control your blood sugar levels, but it also lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol and keeps cravings at bay. When you have the right foods on hand, it’s much easier to stick to a healthy meal plan. Not sure what to stock? Add these must-haves to your shopping list. Beans “Kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, and garbanzo beans are all great for blood glucose control,” says Jessica Bennett, a dietitian at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “They’re high in fiber and take a long time to digest.” Beans offer a lot of options. They make a tasty side dish, or you can add them to salads, soups, casseroles, and chili. They’re also a great stand-in for meat because they’re high in protein but low in fat. Dried beans are a better choice than canned. They contain less sodium. Soak them overnight and they’ll be ready to cook in the morning. If you go for the ones in a can, rinse them first. That’ll keep the salt down. Salt-Free Seasonings Spices are a great way to jazz up your meals without adding calories or carbs. Just be sure to avoid ones with salt. “Red pepper flakes, oregano, curry, cinnamon, turmeric, and garlic powder [not salt] are all great options,” Bennett says. Whole Grains They’re packed with fiber, but finding them isn’t as easy as it may seem. Some foods only contain a small amount, even though it says “contains whole grain” on the package. Read the ingredients label and look for the following sources to be listed first: Bulgur (cracked wheat) Whole wheat flour Whole oats/oatmeal Whole-grain corn or cornmeal Popcorn Brown rice Whole rye Whole-grain barley Whole farro Wild rice Buckwheat Buckwheat flour Quinoa Bennett sug Continue reading >>
Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Friday, its Dr. Melina Jampolis , a physician nutrition specialist. Question asked by Alicia Perry of Cedar Rapids, Iowa: My husband, who is 50, learned he had type 2 diabetes in March 2008. He also has hypertension. Are there any healthy alternatives to the processed frozen entrees we find in the grocery stores? I am trying to make him healthy foods but it is difficult. Hi Alicia. This is a very good question as many people who are pressed for time often turn to frozen entrees, and while they may not always be the healthiest options, they have improved considerably in recent years. Many of them are now lower in sodium (which is important for your husband, who has high blood pressure) and some even contain extra vegetables and whole grains such as brown rice and whole wheat pasta, which are important components of a diabetes friendly diet. If you opt for frozen meals, I recommend trying to limit sodium to 680 mg or less (optimally less than 480 mg), limiting total fat to 15 grams or less (less than 10 grams is optimal, especially if your husband is overweight), and choosing meals with at least 5 grams of fiber. For better blood sugar control, choose meals that contain lean protein and vegetables and limit meals that contain predominantly starch such as noodle dishes or rice bowls. Other healthy options include frozen vegetables, which are often just as healthy as their fresh counterparts as long as you dont choose products with breading or added sauces, and frozen seafood or skinless poultry (again avoid breaded products or products with added sauces), which can be quickly and economically prepared. Add spices for flavor instead of high fat or high sodium toppings or try to find low-fat, low-sodium Continue reading >>
Can You Lose Weight Eating Lean Cuisine Frozen Dinners?
Can You Lose Weight Eating Lean Cuisine Frozen Dinners? How healthy are Lean Cuisine frozen dinners? Lean Cuisine dinners are certainly convenient. After all, you get correct portion sizes in a reasonably nutritious, low-calorie meal. The question is, can you really lose weight by eating them? You can, but weight loss requires more than simply eating prepackaged meals for optimal success. There are lots of benefits and drawbacks that go with eating Lean Cuisine meals, and it's important that dieters are aware of these factors to avoid potential pitfalls. It is possible to lose weight eating these prepackaged meals, but it takes more than just throwing a few frozen meals in the microwave. It's also necessary to adopt a Lean Cuisine diet plan, which includes making smart choices when it comes to snacks, hydration and exercise. There are several reasons dieters turn to Lean Cuisine to help them lose weight: Convenience - The prepackaged meals require no planning and no measuring. Instant portion control - Portions are an important part of weight loss and weight maintenance. It's all too easy to overeat, especially considering the large portions most people have become accustomed to. Prepackaged diet food can help dieters as a reference to appropriate portions. Saves time - The ultra-convenient approach can work well for people with busy schedules, but it can benefit people who have to cook for an entire family as well. Rather than cooking two meals, one for the dieter and one for non-dieters in the household, the prepackaged option offers a quick alternative that requires no more than a few minutes in the microwave. Preservative-free options - Lean Cuisine offers over 90 meals that are preservative-free. There are two main drawbacks to eating Lean Cuisine frozen dinners. Continue reading >>
Diabetes-friendly Foods From Around The World
Thinkstock Global cuisines offer a new way to prepare diabetes-friendly meals if you know what to eat and what to avoid. For example, some of the spices in ethnic foods, such as turmeric, might help improve the health of people with type 2 diabetes. Turmeric appears to have anti-inflammatory properties via a substance called curcumin that may counter metabolic diseases, including diabetes, according to research in the September 2015 issue of the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. Whether eating a favorite family dish or trying a new cuisine, you can apply the same nutrition strategies you learn from a diabetes educator or dietitian to all your meals — and doing so could lead to a 1 to 2 point drop in HbA1c, according to a review of data published in February 2014 in the Journal of Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, and Obesity. “Make half of your plate vegetables, one-quarter of your plate lean meat, and one-quarter a whole-grain or high-fiber carbohydrate,” says Shannon Weston, MPH, RD, a certified diabetes educator at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston. Here’s how to find diabetes-friendly choices for some popular cuisines: Italian Food Italian options include salads, lean meats, and a variety of vegetables, Weston says. Watch out for heavy cream-based sauces, cheeses, oils, deep-dish or thick-crust pizza, breaded meats, and pasta dishes “stuffed with high-fat meats and cheeses,” she says. If you’re cooking at home or asking for changes to a restaurant meal, try these strategies: Use grated cauliflower as a crust instead of a flour crust to make a pizza and layer on the vegetables and lean meats. Use spaghetti squash or zucchini “noodles” cut with a spiralizer or a peeler in place of pasta. Choose homemade marinara instead of Alf Continue reading >>
33 Most Popular Lean Cuisine Mealsranked!
33 Most Popular Lean Cuisine MealsRanked! Will your favorite Lean Cuisine help you get leaner or larger? 33 Most Popular Lean Cuisine MealsRanked! Will your favorite Lean Cuisine help you get leaner or larger? Just like Tide To-Go, overnight oats , and your keychain bottle opener, frozen meals are always there to save the day when youre in a pinch. Unbox it, pop it in the microwave, and three minutes later you have a warm dish with just enough nutrients to silence your rumbling stomach. Although the restaurant-style options from Lean Cuisine are all the more tantalizing due to their convenience and weight-loss-focused portions, not all of their frozen foods are the hunger saviors youre hoping for. In fact, many of them are healthy-eating enemies in disguise. Although the mouth-watering images plastered on their boxes give the appearance that each package contains a nutrient-dense meal, some containers provide fewer calories and macronutrients than a granola bar . You may be able to temporarily trick your mind into thinking youre eating a meal, but these dinner imposters wont trick your body. To keep Lean Cuisines absurdly low on the calorie front, Nestle forgoes real food and relies on chemical flavoring and additives. These artificial flavors may help lower calorie count, but ultimately, these empty chemicals wont provide your body with any fat-blasting nutrients that can accelerate weight loss. Plus, a 150-calorie steak dinner isnt enough to keep you satisfied for long. It can be a quick fix when youre tight on time and youll be able to get a full meal in a couple hours, but you shouldnt think these boxes can replace your meals. Even Lean Cuisine recognizes this, and they now advertise their meals as being an ally in portioned eating and weight management that still Continue reading >>
Overlooked Cheap And Healthy Foods
A proper diet is one of the major ways to manage diabetes and healthy foods often get a bad reputation for being expensive. With some planning, there are plenty of diabetes-friendly options that can fit into your budget. Consider these cheaper healthy food options that are often overlooked for people with diabetes. Preparing for the Grocery Store The first step to a better eating plan is to prepare for the grocery store before you get there. Determine your budget and make a list of what you need. Check your cabinets and only fill in things you do not already have. Stick to the list to avoid being lured into buying unnecessary extras. Coupons can help you save money on quality foods. Find them in local publications, magazines, and online. Read the circulars for the local grocery stores to find the best deals. Join shoppers clubs at grocery stores and mass merchants to score additional discounts. Never shop when you feel hungry as this may cause you to splurge. Learn the store layout. Often the healthiest options are located on the outside aisles or perimeter of the store. Avoid visiting the aisles filled with packaged cakes, cookies, and other processed temptations. Inquire if the store has discount days you might be able to take advantage of, such as deals for seniors or veterans. Check in the front of the store since they often place “two for one product” at the entrance. If the store has a delivery service, you can shop online and have exactly what you need to be delivered to your door. This minimizes the chances of being tempted by advertisements at the store. It is also convenient for people with limited mobility. Frozen Vegetables Green, leafy vegetables are top healthy choices for people with diabetes. They contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are Continue reading >>
The Diabetic Diet
What is the right diet for people with diabetes? What is the best way for diabetics to control their blood sugars? Over the years there have been a number of different strategies for diabetic diets. For a long time diabetics were taught to use exchange lists, but a lot of people found it complicated and hard to use. More recently the training has focused on counting carbohydrates at each meal or snack. For diabetics who take insulin (Type 1 diabetics), carefully regulating when and what they eat is key and counting carbs in this way works well for them. Most diabetics, however, have Type 2 diabetes and don't take insulin. For these folks I have long felt that simply following a healthy diet is the best choice. A study published recently says that a Mediterranean style diet is the best diet for helping control Type 2 diabetes. [More research here!] Researchers in Naples, Italy randomized 215 Type 2 diabetics to either a low fat diet similar to the one now recommended by the American Diabetic Association, or a Mediterranean style diet providing about 50% of calories from carbohydrates and 30% from fat. These were patients who had just been diagnosed with diabetes. The study looked at the number of diabetics who needed to be put on blood sugar medication after following the assigned diet for a certain amount of time. The results are pretty amazing. You would think that those who followed the American Diabetic Association diet would be able to manage their diabetes using only the diet, but this was not the case. 56% of those who followed the Mediterranean style diet did not have to go on medication to manage their blood sugars, while 70% of those following the low fat American Diabetic Association style diet ended up taking medications to control their blood sugars. Further Continue reading >>
How Healthy Are Lean Cuisine Frozen Dinners?
How Healthy Are Lean Cuisine Frozen Dinners? If you are looking for healthy, convenient diet menu options you may be asking yourself, "How healthy are Lean Cuisine frozen dinner entrees?" If so, you are not the only one. These frozen meals promise to be low in fat, low in carbs, and they easily fit in with a variety of weight loss programs . However, nutritionists agree these dinners fall far short of their claims. Here's a look at just how healthy are Lean Cuisine frozen dinner entrees. Lean Cuisine makes frozen entrees that can help with calorie control and portion control. Certainly, these two elements are essential for a weight loss diet. Without portion and caloric control, there is a good chance you will be unable to lose weight. With Lean Cuisine, there is no need to count calories or weigh your foods in order to get a perfect portion size. Another benefit of Lean Cuisine is convenience. Pull a Lean Cuisine out of the freezer and pop it into the microwave for a few minutes, and you have a hot meal. Another bonus--the company offers a wide variety of meals that cater to a number of different personal tastes. While Lean Cuisine is convenient and easy, there are drawbacks to the food as well. Some of the drawbacks include: Lean Cuisine isn't always the best tasting meal on the planet. But you probably knew that. While frozen meals have come a long way from the TV dinners of old, they still tend to taste like a frozen meal. They tend to be rather high in sodium. One of the ways that frozen meal manufacturers remedy the flavor inadequacies of the food is by pumping up the sodium. They rely heavily on processed grains like white rice and white flour. As a result, they tend to be low in fiber. If you eat strictly Lean Cuisine, you will be missing out on the benefits of Continue reading >>
Top 35 Best And Worst Foods For Diabetes Patients
If you are suffering from diabetes, then your food choices matter so much. Eating the right foods for diabetes patients can help you keep the blood sugar on a balanced level. Including these power foods for diabetes in your daily dirt will assist you in meeting your own nutritional demands and decreasing the risk of diabetes complications like heart disease. This food list should not be the only document you follow, but incorporating it into your references will help you improve your well-being. Check out on the section Foods For Health of the site Nutrition Kit site! I. 20 Best Foods For Diabetes Patients Are you following a healthful meal plan which is filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein? If yes, then congratulate! You are on the way to a healthy, long life and taking a big step in taking control of your blood sugar levels and your weight as well. But, for those who are just taking baby-steps to better eating, this food list will be more helpful. These are not only healthy foods for diabetes but also for the overall health. 1. Apples Apples are healthy for diabetics. According a study in 2012 at Ohio State University, eating even just a single apple each day for about 4 weeks could lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 40%. That is thanks to the antioxidants in apples. Lower LDL also means lower risk of heart disease. Apples, the crunchy fruit is considered one of the most disease-fighting antioxidants. Learn More: 31 Best And Worst Foods For Depression, Stress And Anxiety 2. Avocados When it comes to best foods for diabetes patients, avocado gets its fame thanks to the monounsaturated fat included. This creamy fruit can slow digestion and keep blood sugar level from increasing after having a meal. Also, following a diet high in good Continue reading >>
5 Keys To Selecting A Frozen Meal For People With Diabetes
Share: Do you struggle with no time to cook, or even what to cook for your diabetes? Some people are surprised that I might suggest the diet frozen meals as an option. Dietitians are all about wholesome food, healthy eating, and portion control. Yes, and we are practical, too. If your choice for lunch at the office is the submarine sandwiches that are ordered in, or a quick trip to the closest fast food restaurant, you might find another option is in the freezer. Benefits of Frozen Meals 1. Convenience: A balanced meal that you didn’t have to cook! 2. Portion Controlled: You eat what you get. Can’t go back for seconds. 3. Calorie and Carbohydrate Controlled: If you are watching your weight and carbohydrate intake for diabetes control, you have the nutritional facts to guide you. Concerns of Frozen Meals 1. Sodium Content: Look again! Many of the food companies have reduced the sodium content by revising their recipes and using fewer preservatives. 2. Quality: People have their preferences -- Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, Healthy Choice, and Kashi are the major players with extensive test kitchens. Food technology has advanced since frozen “TV dinners” were first invented. You might also findother brands that suit your dietary prescription. 3. OK for People with Diabetes? If you choose the right ones. Might be the better choice depending on your diet goals. How to Choose a Frozen Meal 1. Carbohydrates: Do you know your carbohydrate goal per meal? A guideline might be 45 grams for females, 60 grams for males. Check the carbohydrate grams on the label and see how it fits into your plan. If the sugars are 6 grams or less (listed under carbohydrate), it is OK. Remember, one carbohydrate choice is 15 grams, so you could divide the total carbs by 15 to get the number of st Continue reading >>