Get the Skinny: “Healthy” Frozen Dinners – Top Picks, New Finds, and What to Avoid

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Frozen dinners can be an easy solution for busy mealtimes, but it can be tough to know which are best, since many frozen dinners claim to be “healthy.” Here’s a look a Molly’s top picks, new finds, and which “healthy” meals that are best avoided.

 

OLD STANDBYS: TOP PICKS

Veggies listed as first or second ingredient, no white carbs. Main drawback is still sodium.

 

EatingWell Chicken and Wild Rice Stroganoff (Walmart)

290 calories – 30 grams carbs – 5 grams fiber – 5 grams sugar – 590 mg sodium – 21 grams protein

Brussel sprouts, chicken breast with rib meat, brown rice, carrots, mushrooms, sour cream, wild rice, half and half, beef broth, salt

 

Healthy Choice Simple Steamers Grilled Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

190 calories – 8 grams carbs – 4 grams fiber – 2 grams sugar – 600 mg sodium – 28 grams protein

Broccoli, chicken breast, Romano cheese, cream, butter

 

Atkins Chicken Margherita: 400 calories – 9 grams carbs – 3 grams fiber – 4 grams sugar – 830 mg sodium – 28 grams protein

Chicken breast, spinach, diced tomato, mozzarella cheese, maltodextrin, salt

 

 

NEW FINDS + NEW FAVORITES

Veggies used in place of starch; no white carbs. Main drawback is still sodium.

 

The Good Kitchen Chili Lime Chicken with Fajita Vegetables and Cauliflower Rice (Walmart)

180 calories – 15 grams carbs – 5 grams fiber – 6 grams sugar – 610 mg sodium – 21 grams protein

Riced cauliflower, roasted pepper/onions, chili lime chicken breast with rib meat, salt, spices

 

The Good Kitchen Meatballs and Marinara with Sweet Potato Noodles (Walmart)

320 calories – 33 grams carbs – 6 grams fiber – 9 grams sugar – 1060 mg sodium – 16 grams protein

Sweet potato, tomato sauce, beef

 

Happi Foodi Cheddar Parm Chicken Bowl (Walmart)

150 calories – 11 grams carbs – 3 grams fiber – 3 grams sugar – 710 mg sodium – 19 grams protein

Chicken, riced broccoli, cauliflower, green/red bell peppers, cheddar parmesan cheese sauce

 

 

BEST TO AVOID

High in carbs and/or sugar, as well as sodium. 

 

Healthy Choice Power Bowl Korean-Inspired Beef: 310 calories – 37 grams carbs – 6 grams fiber – 8 grams sugar – 600 mg sodium – 20 grams protein

Braised beef, brown rice, carrots, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, chard, kale, black barely, red quinoa, red rice, spinach, honey, salt, sugar

 

Smart Ones Mini Rigatoni with Vodka Cream Sauce: 320 calories – 51 grams carbs – 4 grams fiber – 6 grams sugar – 520 mg sodium – 12 grams protein

White flour, tomato puree, parmesan cheese, half and half, vodka, sugar, salt, cheese blend

 

Lean Cuisine Sweet and Sour Chicken: 300 calories – 51 grams carbs – 2 grams fiber – 17 grams sugar – 600 mg sodium – 16 grams protein

White rice, white meat chicken, chicken stock, tomato puree, carrots, green peppers, pineapple orange juice concentrate, sugar, pineapple juice concentrate, pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, salt

 

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