Think that the frozen food aisles will derail your health goals? Think again! True, there are a ton of processed items that I would never recommend to another human, and if you have a sweet tooth it’s best not to go near the Ice Cream Novelties section (especially if you’re hungry!), but there are some items in these very aisles that are staples in my home.
Here are the frozen foods I stock up on that help me get a healthy dinner on the table when I have no time!
Birdseye Frozen Brown Rice
This bag may be your new BFF. Rice can be intimidating. You don’t want to overcook it, and it isn’t a quick thing to make, but is often a staple of a meal that’s otherwise quick. Toss this bag in your microwave while your finishing up cooking or getting out the plates, and 4 minutes later you have 2 servings of whole grain brown rice! I like to add it to boxed soup to bulk it up and make a quick meal.
Trying to eat more veggies? Grab their brown rice with broccoli and carrots!
Frozen Diced Peppers
Every grocery store has at least a few brands that make bags of diced green and red peppers. They are an excellent way to add veggies to any casserole, stir-fry, and soup. Just toss a cup or so into your dish as it cooks and enjoy a boost of veggies without extra work.
Kashi Frozen 7-Grain Waffles
Forget the Eggo’s, these waffles have 28% of your daily fiber needs, 3 grams of sugar, and only 140 calories per 2 waffle serving. Enjoy them for breakfast with sliced banana, or make a panini out of them with granny smith apples and brie!
Just like the peppers, most stores offer a variety of brands, including their own (typically cheaper) kind. Fruit and veggies are frozen and canned at their freshest, so the nutrition is similar to their fresh counterparts, making them a great choice year round that you won’t have to throw out. I like berry mixes with cherry, blueberry, and raspberry, but I’ll buy all kinds to heat and top pancakes, oatmeal, and waffles, or toss into my Ninja for a quick smoothie!
These are perfect for a solo quickie dinner or office lunch. There are a ton of flavors, including a gluten free and dairy free version, all ranging from 290-320 calories. My favorites are the black bean, southwestern, and breakfast burrito!
These frozen chicken and cilantro mini wontons can be found at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods for a good price, to boot! No special prep here, you sauté however many you want (only 50 calories per 4) for about 5 minutes, steaming in a little water for 1-2 minutes. Have a few for a snack or make them part of a filling dinner along with soup or salad.
Lots of brands out there to try, but here is a list of some healthy ones I trust. Veggie burgers are more versatile than just eating as a burger, so get creative! I like to crumble mine over baked sweet potatoes, zoodles, or mix into a creamy tomato soup.
Healthy Sweet Treats
There are some great options for when you need something sweet, but don’t want to overindulge. Here are my favorites:
Trader Joe’s Caribbean Fruit Floes Bars
Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches (many other products, too!)
The best thing about frozen foods is that they won’t go bad, so you can stock up when there’s a sale, and not have to worry about when you’ll get around to eating them. All these items can help you get a healthy home cooked meal even when your week is in a frenzy, making fast food an afterthought!
What are your favorite healthy frozen foods?