If you feel like you’re carrying extra weight from months of quarantining, you might want to consider giving frozen meals a try. They can be a good option when you’re trying to lose weight (like that “quarantine 15”) and are too busy to shop and cook — and despite what you may have heard, they can be nutritious, too. “Frozen meals can absolutely offer a healthy option for any meal throughout the day,” says Atlanta-based Kristen Smith, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and creator of 360 Family Nutrition.
While you may be drawn to comfort food during these tense pandemic times, frozen meals can help you stick to healthier fare and avoid overfilling your plate. “What I love most is that frozen meals contain built-in portion control — that is important for many people,” says Amy Shapiro, RDN, founder of Real Nutrition in New York City.
There are other perks if you make healthy choices. “They’re easier and healthier than ordering in, because takeaway can have more fat and sodium than you might have planned on,” Shapiro says, adding that frozen meals can be loaded with important vegetables that provide valuable vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Getting ample veggies is a good thing: A review published in May 2017 in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology found that plant-based diets may help treat and possibly prevent obesity.
Plus, they don’t require you to have to do any complicated nutrition tabulations. “Frozen meals provide an option that takes the guesswork out of calculating calories and other macronutrients, and lower-calorie frozen meals provide a convenient, calorie-controlled option that may aid with weight loss,” adds Smith.
1- Kashi Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl
2- Performance Kitchen Mediterranean-Style Salmon Pasta
3- Saffron Road Thai Red Curry Chicken
4- Evol Foods Balance Bowl
5- Daily Harvest Sweet Potato and Wild Rice Hash Harvest Bowl
6- Amy’s Mexican-Inspired Veggies and Black Beans
7- Lean Cuisine Korean-Style Rice and Vegetables Bowl
8- Green Giant California-Style Harvest Protein Bowl
9- Gardein Chick’n Fajita Bowl
10- Healthy Choice Barbecue Seasoned Steak With Red Potatoes