Choosing a Healthy Frozen Dinner

With a fast-paced lifestyle we are having, cooking for a hearty dinner may take up a lot of your time. And as much as you want to provide your family with healthy food choices, sometimes you would be resorted to serving frozen foods for dinner, which you put in the microwave to cook.

Although frozen foods come in considerably small servings, that does not mean you are assured of low calories and healthy eating. Here are some facts you should consider when looking for a healthy frozen dinner.

Calories – If you are trying to lose weight, make sure that you are choosing frozen dinners that have between 230 to 350 calories. Meanwhile, dinners that have between 400 to 600 calories are ideal for weight maintenance as well as for children.

Protein – Check the labels and go for the ones that have at least 14 grams of protein or two ounces.

Saturated fat – Frozen dinners should only have three grams of saturated fat or less, as high levels of this type of fat raises bad cholesterol.

Sodium – People with high blood pressure should be concerned about sodium content. Any frozen dinner that has lower than 600 mg of sodium is acceptable, while healthy people can take up to 800 mg.

Carbohydrates – Frozen dinner labeled as "low-carb" usually has high levels of fat and saturated fat. However, there are some frozen meals that are not only low in carbohydrates but also low in saturated fat and high in protein, such as Laura’s LifestyleTM.

Organically-grown – Organic frozen dinners may be a little more expensive than the regular varieties, but you are ensured of eating a pesticide-free and chemical-free food. However, bear in mind that organically-grown food ingredients have no significant difference in nutritional content compared to its farm-grown counterparts, including calories, protein, sodium, and fat.

You can even add a cup of salad with low-fat dressing, or a vegetable-fruit combination to complete your instant dinner.