This week Eat by Stars is exploring our grocer’s frozen food section. Noticeably absent is ice cream. No need to depress you.
“I said ‘burr, it’s cold in here’…..”
Cascadian Farms Organic Broccoli®
Per bag: calories 60, fat 0g, carbs 4g, protein 2g, (salt 1% DV)
Eat all you want. Frozen veggies are just as good as the fresh version. Provided the bag doesn’t add the phrase “In Sauce”. (This one doesn’t). And double check the sodium content. Some unscrupulous vegetable purveyors add salt. Jerk stores.
Healthy Choice Frozen Turkey Meal®
Per meal: calories 270, fat 4g, carbs 38g, protein 19g, (salt 22%)
I’ve never known anyone to actually enjoy eating a frozen dinner. They usually fall somewhere between, “Eh”, and “I think that was meatloaf. Or pudding.” Nonetheless, if you’re forced to reheat a cafeteria tray, opt for the Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine versions.
Kid Cuisine Corn Dogs®
Per meal: calories 330, fat 10g, carbs 52g, protein 9g (salt 25%)
I’ve heard being a parent can be stressful. You’re tired, the kids are hungry, and you need something fast. Do whatever you can to avoid a corn dog centered frozen meal. Or, frankly, any “kids” frozen meal.
Per slice: calories 150, fat 9g, carbs 15g, protein 3g, (salt 11%)
I admit, frozen Texas Toast is delicious. But, adding 150 empty calories to your meal is not the smartest way to round out your dinner. I’d rather spend the empty calories on a scoop of Chubby Hubby.
Per 2 taquitos: calories 250, fat 12g, carbs 26g, protein 8g, (salt 20%)
My only taquito experience is the gas station version. Which means I’ve had frozen taquitos. Unless you have one of those spinning hot dog/taquito cookers/warmers I’d suggest keeping your taquito intake confined to a I’m-drunk-and-no-other-food-is-available situation. Tu casa es no taquito casa.
Disclaimer: I take all these pics myself at local markets. Unless specifically noted(®), I am not attempting to single out a specific brand or company. One company’s product is not different or better than another’s similar product. I get all my nutritional info from the package. For items without packages I consult fitday.com and the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory website.