It’s no surprise that frozen ready-made meals are popular. They’re fast, convenient, inexpensive, easy, and pre-portioned. The challenge, of course, is to find healthy ready-made meals that taste good, satisfy your hunger, and won’t sabotage your diet plans.
How to choose healthier ready-made meals
So, when a ready-made meal is the most practical solution for dinner, what should you look out for?
- Choose meals that are about 250 g per serving or ensure that your serving size is this amount.
- To balance the ready-made meal, add at least two fistfuls of vegetables or salad – see more practical tips on how to do this in next blog post.
- If vegetables or a salad are not an option, include a piece of fresh fruit as a starter or dessert.
- In general, look for meals that include vegetables and whole grains as well as lean meat, fish, or poultry. These tend to be lower in kilojoules and higher in vitamins and minerals as well as fiber, which helps fill you up.
- Check the nutritional analysis provided, making sure that the values are per serving and that this is the portion you consume as well. Remember to look at the “per serving” values and not the “per 100 g” ones.
- Aim for 1500 – 1800kJ (women) or 1800 – 2200 kJ (men) and less than 15g fat per portion.
So, the next time you dash into the supermarket on your way home from work be sure to grab a pre-made salad or some fruit too!