In a perfect world you can do all you want and need to do as well as make yourself a lovely dinner. Unfortunately, the world just doesn't really work like that. When push comes to shove on those tightly scheduled days, a frozen dinner doesn't necessarily have to be an unhealthy option. You just need to know what you are looking for. Here are a few guidelines to following when shopping for a frozen meal.
Fat: Look for a fat to calorie ratio that is three grams to 100 calories. If the meal is 500 calories, you want there to be only 15 grams of fat.
Saturated Fat: Keep the ratio of saturated fat to calories per serving to be one gram saturated fat to 100 calories. So that same 500 calorie meal should have only 5 grams saturated fat.
Trans Fat: Steer clear of trans fat. If you see the words "hydrogenated oil" on the ingredients list, put the package down and move on!
Fiber: You want a frozen entrée to have at least three grams of fiber. Fiber helps keep you feeling full.
Sodium: You want no more than 200 milligrams of sodium for every 100 calories. A 500 calorie dish should have no more than 1000 milligrams sodium. Remember, the recommended upper limit of sodium intake per day is 2,300 milligrams.
All this being said, you still should supplement your frozen meal with some fresh fruits and veggies just to ensure you're getting all the nutrients you need per meal.