Has anyone had any luck using frozen meals such as Lean Cuisine or Healthy choice? If so, could you please recommend some healthy ones that taste pretty good? Also, below you will see what I have been eating for the past 2 weeks. I noticed that I am WAY below the recommended calories intake. I am confused because (1)I eat an apple and granola bar for breakfast. (2)An apple inbetween breakfast and lunch. (3) I have the Lemon Garlic shrimp for lunch.(4)and for dinner I have the Chicken Tuscan. My recommended calorie intake is 2100 calories. It is 1000-1500 calories for an aggressive diet. I also read that anything under 1000 is unhealthy and can lead to muscle degeneration. However, after these meals I feel satisfied. Do I eat more food just to meet the recommended calorie intake? Any suggestions?
What I ate today:
2 Apples-Granny Smith--80 calories
Low Fat Oatmeal Raisin Bars-Quaker Chewy--90 calories
Lemon Garlic Chicken-Lean Cuisine--280 calories
Chicken Tuscan-Lean Cuisine--350 calories
Total Calories Consumed880B- nsumed880Total Calories Consumed880
I actually do enjoy a few of the lean cuisine meals. I eat maybe one or two per week. My FAVORITE one is the Santefe beans and rice. I love it! There is also a new one that has noodles and veggies and chicken. Typically I look for the ones with high Fiber and protein to balance out the high sodium---just drink plenty of water.
And to answer your question--yes you should eat more 880 is not enough calories. You need to add something somewhere. Perhaps to your second apple of the day also eat some cashews or almonds maybe a string cheese. You do need to eat more---ESPECIALLY if you are exercising.
Thanks for the feedback. I work long hours at the office, so that is why I was hoping the frozen meals would work for me. Sounds like most people don't think that is a good way to go. Can you recommend a good diet, or some good meals that are easy to prepare? (Maybe a couple good breakfasts, a couple good lunches, a couple good dinners, and maybe a couple good snacks inbetween.) Thanks.
I actually just posted this in another thread, but it certainly applies here. Just some suggestions. I'm right with you on the "it has to be easy" thing :)
Slim Fast Optima Shakes are great! Sometimes I drink 3 a day. They have 180 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protien. AND they are delicious (and filling if you eat little snacks in between like fruit or yogurt)!
Whole Wheat Pasta - my fav of all my meals because it's the most satisfying. One serving is only 180 cals (3/4 cup dry), 6 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protien. I eat it with just a little bit of olive oil and salt or just red sauce. (oh and NO sodium in the pasta itself) AND if I double the serving, I still feel good about it because it means I'm getting 12 grams of fiber and protien. Not too shabby.
pears - the most delicious fruit ever in my opinion. A small pear has only 81 cals with 4.5 grams of fiber!!! (not much protien though)
poached or hard boiled egg whites - in just 16 cals, there are 3 grams of protien. Some mornings I eat 5 poached egg whites!
Fiber One bars - these are the best because I can buy a huge box at Costco, so they are crazy cheap :) One bar is 140 cals and has 9 grams of fiber!!! and 2 grams of protien. They don't taste too healthly because there is a bit of chocolate in them :)
Anyway, this is my list of absolute essentials! I eat most of these every single day while at work. GOOD LUCK!!!
Sauteed shrimp and broccoli...take frozen shrimp and sautee them with some olive oil or sesame seed oil and garlic, maybe a few mushrooms along with broccoli, if you buy the frozen kind it's already cut up for you. Serve over rice or noodles if you need more calories.
Chicken breasts paprika. There's a recipe for a one pot meal on the back of a cream of mushroom can...pretty good, change the rice to brown for a healthier meal, you can make a week's worth of lunches in one sitting...toss your favorite veggies alongside.
Foil wrapped chicken...make a foil packet with chicken and your favorite veggies, toss some minute rice in if you want...bake around 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Also works with fish, you can get the frozen fillets to save some time, many of them are premarinated.
Yum! Those sound like great meals! Thanks for sharing...I cook for myself and normally make some chicken breasts and maybe pork loin on the weekends to eat during the week... but sometimes you just don't want that after you have see it all weekend! Quick and variety! I like it!
I think they can work really well for people who need convenience. Kashi and Amy's Organic make decent frozen meals.
I posted this at work today for the first time and I am blown away at how many people actually responded! Thanks alot everyone! This really helps.
They're OK. I eat them for lunch and/or dinner a few times a week. I have a pretty busy work schedule and live by myself, and frankly, sometimes it's the best I can do. They're certainly better than most fast foods out there.
But really, learn how to cook a few things and use the tools on the site to educate yourself about different foods. Use the frozen stuff to supplement not to be the mainstay of your diet.
I wouldn't eat them regularly but I guess they do in a pinch. To me, they taste icky compared to regular food, which is weird since they are supposedly made from real food ingredients. The few South Beach products I have tried were especially awful.
i also like the lean pockets..
they make this buritto thing that really good.
you could always do sandwiches. those are really an easy thing to make.
get that and a ready made salad. chomp chomp!
trader joe's has good ready made sushi platter (Not raw but tasty)
and they have ready made grilled chicken strips and flavored nuts...
you should check one of those stores out or a whole food near you. a lot of thier stuff is more healthy for you as it just real food.
Like a King for Breakfast! Like a Knight for Lunch! And Like a Peasant for Dinner! It makes sense; in the morning you burn the most energy and at night before bed you burn the least amout of energy. Many people tend to do it the other way around and eat little in the morning and A LOT especially at night. Secondly, Lean Cuisine, like mentioned before, is just low calorie junkfood in a nice looking container. Same with Chewy raisin bars, they're junkfood. They may be low in fat but high in sugar and unhealthy additives. If you want a granola bar find a healthier one! Never buy things like Splenda or foods/drinks with fake calories! Fake calories just make you hungrier! If your going to eat something then eat the real thing.
Recomended Breakfast: 1-2 fruit, Irish oatmeal, 1 glass milk/soymilk/100%juice. OR instead of oatmeal: any Kashi/Nature's Path cereal OR whole grain bagel OR soy yogurt. Calories 410-470
Lunch: 3-4 servings vegetables with hummus, 1 fruit, handfull of nuts, water/seltzer. OR instead of nuts: soy yogurt. Calories 400-460
Dinner: small pasta with loaded veggies and sauce, any drink OR veggie burger on whole wheat bread, legume side any drink OR whatever you can think of! Calories 300-400
Total Calories: A healthy 1100-1600 intake! AND YOU HAVE PLENTY of things to eat that don't have many calories!
my quick advice which saves your portion control and the environment: GO VEGAN!