You don’t spend a lot of time cooking or you don’t have enough time to cook as often as you wish. That’s okay, plenty of people lead such busy lives nowadays that they sometimes have to find time to grab a snack in between lunch breaks at work. And when you finally come back home, late at night, you lack the energy to cook up a spicy and tasty dinner. These are the nights when you rely more on what you can find at the supermarket and the easiest and quickest way to cook a delicious and super-fast dinner is to choose frozen foods. But what you buy from the supermarket isn’t necessarily healthy, this is why you should be more careful when you make your frozen dinner choices. Let’s find out together what are the healthiest frozen foods in the supermarket, that you can have for dinner. Or for breakfast.
First of all, whenever you think of healthy frozen foods from the supermarket, you inevitably think of pizzas. As we know, pizzas come in many versions, each tastier than its competitors, and sometimes they make it difficult for us to choose the one we want to take it home with us. But inevitable, the perfect pizza for us has to have a perfect balance between its ingredients, either if it’s the cheese to sauce, the nice blend of cheese, the fresh and tasty sauce or the solid or crispy crust. But which ones of these pizzas is also healthy? Well, we have a few recommendations for you, such as a pizza with a gluten free crust that is also made from whole grains, with a lot of mozzarella and provolone cheese. It can have a blend of the nicest ingredients, such as oregano, thyme, rosemary and basil. There is also the pizza that as pesto sauce, which is mainly made of a high qualitative olive oil and fresh basil, being a substitute for the classic oregano sauce. The pesto sauce is also topped with tomato slices, two types of cheese blend and broccoli florets. Are you a fan of pizzas that have a lot of cheese in their composition? We recommend you the 4 cheese pizza, which includes four cheese blends such as mozzarella, fontina, provolone and parmesan. If you prefer any other kinds of pizzas, we have some suggestions for you to look after when reading the pizza’s label:
- The whole grains for the crust
- The serving size, which is the number of pizza slices you will eat
- The saturated fats. Look for pizzas that have ⪯ 7g saturated fat if it made of only 3 servings, and for ⪯ 5g saturated fat if you cut the pizza into 4 servings
Frozen pizzas are great for late dinners, especially if they are made of healthy ingredients. But what about breakfast? You don’t have enough time to cook something before you go to work, so a frozen breakfast is also a frequent choice in your situation. Here are our recommendations of healthy frozen foods for breakfasts that you can find in the supermarket:
- Tofu scramble, especially if it is sautéed with onions, mushrooms, spinach and zucchini. You will get a perfectly vegan scramble, along with a great portion of brown potatoes and sliced tomatoes.
- A turkey sausage bowl, with sausage crumbles, shredded cheese, which are sprinkled over the scrambled egg whites and the diced potatoes.
- Frozen oatmeal? Why not?! You can serve it frozen with sprinkled berries on top of it, and you will get a delicious and quick breakfast before you rush at work.
- Muffins with carrot, berries and garden lites. They have a crumbly texture and carrot-cake flavor, and you can serve them with greek yogurt or eggs for a more filling breakfast meal.
If you want to make sure that you will be serving a healthy meal that consists entirely of frozen foods found in the supermarket, you will want to look up after these ingredients on their labels:
- The amount of sodium. It can be found in cheese, sausages, hash browns, bacon and you have to choose only the meals that are less than 750 mg of sodium in their composition.
- The saturated fats. The cheese, the sausage, the eggs and the bacon are all saturated fats laden foods, so if you want to make sure that you won’t be adding any extra pounds, look for keeping the total sat fat under 7g
- The amount of added sugar. From the list above, the muffins and the oatmeal have added sugars, so look after the ones that don’t have brown sugar, honey or any other types of sweeteners in their composition.
Finding healthy frozen foods in the supermarket isn’t that hard if you pay attention to the ingredients that each product has. The label is the first thing to look for when you are searching for something that doesn’t mess up with your pounds. And remember – healthy frozen pizzas and healthy frozen breakfasts are possible if you look for them in the right place!