Let’s face it. Sometimes your life gets hectic and you don’t meal prep some weeks. You need a quick lunch and you’re trying not to go to a fast food spot, so you turn to the frozen food aisle in your grocery store. Once you’re there you remember that you were told to watch out for the sodium in packaged foods. Now you’re frustrated and tempted to just go back to your favorite burger and fries joint, because all of the options are bad since you didn’t meal prep. Has anyone ever been here before? Have no fear! All hope isn’t gone. In a perfect world you’d have a farm and stick to your meal prep schedule, but we all know that’s just not the way things go for most of us. Instead of giving up and having yet another unplanned cheat meal, consider some of the options below:
The Cleveland Clinic recommends you look for frozen meals that have less than 600 mg of sodium, less than 500 calories, and less than 3 grams of saturated fat. Be careful to avoid “empty calories,” or meals that are low in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Meals packed with vegetables and whole grains will keep you full longer and have a higher nutritional value. Avoid meals with added sugar and high fat content. (Healthline.com)
Weight Watchers- Smart Ones- Creamy Basil Chicken with Broccoli
It has 550 mg of sodium, which is lower than most of the frozen entrees out there. Under 200 calories is great too. If you’re concerned that you’ll be hungry, try adding more broccoli to this. I usually get one of those frozen bags of broccoli that can be steamed in the microwave. It’s a savory and fulfilling meal.
Amy’s Light in Sodium Black Bean Vegetable Enchilada
This one is also gluten free, dairy free and vegan. It has 190 mg of sodium and 160 calories per serving (per enchilada). Satisfy that craving for Latin cuisine without feeling too guilty.
Lean Cuisine Comfort: Thin Crust BBQ Recipe Chicken Pizza
See, you can still have a little pizza. Pair a salad with this, and you have a decent lunch. It’s 390 calories and it has 280 milligrams of sodium.
These are just a few of my top picks. These aren’t things that I would eat every week. They’re good as back up if you miss a meal prep session. Whatever I chose, I like to pair them with more vegetables so that my hunger is satisfied and- hey I’m getting more vegetables in for the day.
I can do this. You can do this. We can do this.
*I am not a licensed health professional. Consult a physician before starting/changing any fitness and/or nutritional program.