What You Should Know
Frozen meals have come a long way since the dreaded TV dinner from the seventies and eighties that our mothers used to serve us in a pinch. The choices were pretty limited then but today’s frozen meals offer a much greater variety and the taste has definitely improved. One of the most popular frozen meal lines is Lean Cuisine, made by Stouffers. Lean Cuisine offers several categories of meals including “One Dish Classics”, “Comfort Classics”, “Café Classics”, “Spa Cuisine Classics”, “Skillets”, “Dinnertime Selects” and “Casual Eating”.
The problem with many so called “diet” foods is that they do not cater to everyone’s needs. Many people are on low sodium diets and while many of the Lean Cuisine entrees are low in fat and calories, they are generally high in sodium. The official Lean Cuisine website does offer a menu planner, a fitness planner, recipes and the option to ask a nutritionist questions as well as browse through some of the previously asked questions and answers. There are success stories where dieters can read about other peoples struggles with their weight and get inspiration from their achievements.
Lean Cuisine entrees feature both meat and vegetarian options.
Over 85 of Lean Cuisines entrees have received an endorsement from fitness coach Bob Greene, author of “The Best Life Diets”. Many of the frozen meals now include whole grains, twice the vegetables and omega 3’s to give them greater nutritional value.
- Lean Cuisine offers a variety of meals for everyone’s taste.
- Lean Cuisine meals are low in fat and calories.
- Lean Cuisine frozen entrees may be high in sodium and not healthy for those on a low sodium diet.
- The entrees must be kept frozen and require a microwave to cook them and may not be convenient for those on the go.
- Dieters must add other food items to the diet plan to have a complete meal.
Lean Cuisine may be good for dieters who want a quick alternative to cooking their own meals. All one has to do is pop the meal in the microwave and in minutes you have a hot meal on your table. However it may not be a good option for those on the go, since the entrees must be kept frozen and preparing them requires a microwave oven. Unfortunately if you are on a low sodium diet, you may want to stick with cooking for yourself. Lean Cuisine is not the best choice for those who prefer low sodium options. When dieters prepare their own meals at home, they are in better control of what goes into them especially the salt. Spices like garlic powder, pepper and others can add a lot of flavor without the sodium.