The ever expanding frozen meal section of the supermarket would suggest that we have less time to prepare meals than ever before. The issue with such wide variety is that it makes it very difficult to decipher what is a nutritious choice that supports weight control. While most frozen meals promote some kind of health benefit whether it is ‘a healthy choice’, ‘lean’ or ‘high protein’, in many cases the ingredient list can reveal products packed with fillers, preservatives and very little in the way of actual vegetables and lean protein. As a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better when it comes to frozen meals. Most importantly, options that have a relatively high proportion of protein rich foods and vegetables rather than consist mostly of rice and pasta are among the best choices. So to save you some time at the supermarket, here are 5 of the best frozen meals that offer a nutritious, calorie controlled and relatively cheap lunch or dinner option if you are time poor.
Lean Cuisine Pots of Goodness Spanish Chicken
With almost 20g of protein, 12g of fibre, good fats via the addition of seeds and 2 ½ serves of vegetables these handy pots make a nutritious light dinner or lunch option. Another strong indicator of the quality of this meal is the high proportion of vegetables (44%) along with very few ingredients which would deem the product overly processed. All varieties in this range are strong nutritionally but this variety stands out.
Michelle Bridges Beef and Tomato Casserole
Of all the meals in this range, this option stands out thanks to its especially low total carbohydrate (22g) and high protein (26g) content per 375g serve. With a massive 10g of dietary fibre and a relatively low sodium content, this fibre rich meal ticks a number of positive nutritional boxes.
Healthy Choice Protein Plus Italian Baked Chicken
One of the few varieties in this new higher protein range that is not packed full of carbs. With 29g of protein and 29g of carbs per 380g serve this is a well-balance, calorie controlled meal choice. A good volume of vegetables also adds 9g of fibre per serve. The couple of downsides are that the sodium content is relatively high and the ingredient list shows added salts and thickeners. Despite this, the meal itself is well balanced nutritionally.
Lean Cuisine Balanced Serve Beef in Red Wine Sauce with Garlic Mash
Most of the varieties in this range have a rice or pasta base at the expense of veges and protein but this option with just 280 calories, 14g of protein and 30g of carbs is one of the better options. The ingredient list is not as clean as that showcased in the Lean Cuisine Pots of Goodness range and the vegetable content is much lower but this remains a relatively food, calorie controlled lunch or light dinner option.
On the Menu Angus Roast Beef
Available at Coles, this inconspicuous range has a couple of simple meal options that are not specifically marketed as healthy options but which still tick a number of positive nutritional boxes. This roast option is low in fat, high in protein with a couple of serves of vegetables all for just 300 calories and minimum added salt.