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09/10/14

Frozen winner: Do any TV dinners rank as healthy ones?

A quick stroll past the frozen food section doesn't really produce the kind of healthy winners you'd expect.
Mostly what you see is ice cream, frozen waffles and a slew of frozen television dinners that masquerade as healthy but secretly are some of the worst meals you can eat.
More recently, however, the frozen television dinner has been attempting to break free from the mold and stereotype that it is nothing more than a fatty, frozen and disgusting piece of steak paired with ice cold potatoes and vegetables to match.
Some companies that dabble in television dinners have opted to start making lighter fare, healthier options and choices that have less saturated fat and sodium as part of the deal.
Even with these changes come plenty of perusing necessary for consumers before they ultimately settle on a purchase. Granted, cooking meals at home with fresh ingredients is the recipe that wins hands down over buying a frozen dinner for the microwave or the oven.

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That said, spending hours in the kitchen or cooking from scratch in general isn't always easy or even possible with hectic work schedules, after school activities or perhaps even a second job on the table.
That's why picking a television dinner is paramount when it comes to lunch or dinner options.
The full course TV dinners are the most sought after and popular option because of the variety involved in what you're buying. You want to be certain to look for packaged dinners of that ilk that have low sodium counts and a smaller fat content. The per serving calorie also should play into your decision making as some dinners are more than just one serving per package. And don't always buy into the word "healthy" on the packaging. Some of these so called healthy saviors are neither savory nor healthy whatsoever and most of that has to do with incredibly high sodium counts. Steering clear of those is a wise decision as they're just as bad as a frozen pizza or dinner that is high in fat content.
If you're interested in that frozen pizza or something else less than an entire dinner, just be certain there is some protein content and the fat isn't off the charts.
Grabbing a quick meal from time to time in the form of fast food or television dinners isn't out of the question. What would be questionable is choosing something that is going to do more harm than good as it relates to your health and subsequent intake of unnecessary fats and calories.

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