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Finding the Healthiest Frozen Foods

By Brandi Goodman 

March Frozen Food Month may seem like an odd celebration, but it's actually quite beneficial. It's an important subject for those who do not have the money or means to buy fresh produce and meat all the time, if at all. Frozen foods tend to be far more affordable and are quick and convenient for people with time constraints. As long as you're choosing the right options, you can still eat healthy foods even when they're frozen. 

Choose a Meal Under 500 Calories

Many frozen TV dinners contain far more calories than needed in one sitting. Do your best to look at the nutrition label and find a meal under the 500 calorie mark. Many options come in around 300 or 400 calories and offer plenty to keep a person full. This is especially true if you find a meal high in fiber and protein as well. 

Find Vegetables Without Sauces 

Lots of frozen vegetable packages boast having a creamy sauce. These sauces may have a great taste, but they often boost the calorie count and fat content considerably. It's better to find frozen vegetables with either a light sauce or no sauce at all. You can enhance the flavor by adding seasonings that do not have calories. Just avoid salt. 

Turn Frozen Fruit into Smoothies

Bags of frozen fruit are available in most supermarkets. These may not taste great consumed plain, but they can make an excellent addition to a smoothie. Sometimes drinking a smoothie on the go is the best option for getting some nutrition into your day. Pair the frozen fruit with almond milk or low-fat yogurt for a creamy drink that packs in the nutrition. 

Skip the Cheapest Meals

Though you may be trying to save money by eating frozen foods instead of fresh, that doesn't mean you should choose the cheapest meals available. The $1 (or thereabouts) TV dinners contain way too much sodium and are unhealthy to consume, especially on a regular basis. Search for meals that have healthier ingredients. Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers Smart Ones, Kashi, Luvo, and Saffron Road tend to be among the healthier brands on the market. 

March is a double whammy. It's Frozen Food Month as well as National Nutrition Month. Now's the time to start thinking about just the type of nutrition you're getting from the frozen foods you're buying and make sure you're choosing healthier options for your family. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

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