25 Healthy Frozen Foods You Need in Your Freezer Right Now
You may not think of frozen foods as being health stars, but they can be — as long as you choose the right ones. In fact, packing your freezer with fruits, veggies, grains, and lean proteins can make good-for-you meals come together in a breeze. No more dialing for takeout (that takes too long, anyway). Mix and match from our 25 picks — some of which you can snag at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods — and you'll realize just how clutch shopping from the frozen aisle can be.
Trader Joe’s Just Coconut Chunks
These coconut chunks are perfect for throwing into a smoothie bowl to give it all the yummy tropical vibes. Best of all, they have no sugar added.
Trader Joe’s Cheese Pizza With a Cauliflower Crust
Yum! This cheese pizza is made with a cauliflower base, helping you pack in extra veggies into every slice. (It’s also a great option if you don’t like traditional pizza crust for whatever reason.) And don’t let people tell you pizza can’t be healthy. The tomato sauce serves as a source of the disease-fighting antioxidant lycopene, while cheese supplies protein and calcium.
Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry
A mix of cauliflower, green peas, red peppers, grilled corn, and spring onions in a light tamari ginger sauce can be on your dinner table in a flash. Round out your plate of veggies with your favorite protein, like chicken, tofu, or shrimp.
Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
TJ's took a classic comfort food and gave it a twist — aka an infusion of veggies by adding butternut squash to the sauce. With Gouda, cheddar, and Parmesan in the mix, you’ll walk away from the meal feeling satisfied — and that’s healthy.
Earthbound Farm Frozen Organic Kale
Kale is the king of greens because it’s so loaded with nutrition. A 1/3-cup serving (you’ll eat more, trust us), provides 110 percent of the vitamin A you need daily and 60 percent of your vitamin C, and it's a good source of calcium, too.
Earthbound Farm Organic Strawberries
Strawbs topped the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list, meaning the fruit has the highest amount of residual pesticides. It’s best to buy them organic. Add a serving of these into your smoothie for all the immune-boosting vitamin C you need in a day.
Trader Joe’s Wild Caught Crab Meat
You’re not likely to buy a bunch of crab claws and pull out the meat on a weekday night, but you can heat up this frozen box of wild-caught crab meat. Best of all: there’s nothing added to it, so you don’t have to worry about extra sodium or sauce.
Whole Foods 365 Organic Quinoa With Vegetables
This is one of those convenience foods that’s packed with all the right stuff: whole grains in the quinoa plus veggie chunks like carrot and zucchini. Best of all, you can toss the entire bag into the microwave and let it steam. Perfect as a base for a warm quinoa salad or with chunks of chicken tossed on top.
Amy’s Light in Sodium Black Bean Vegetable Enchilada
All of Amy’s options taste great and are made with an impressive list of real food ingredients. Look for light-in-sodium versions to save 50 percent of the salt. The container offers 320 calories and is a good source of calcium and energy-revving iron.
Cascadian Farm Organic Beets
If beets aren’t a veggie on your radar, they should be. They’re a good source of the B vitamin folate and manganese. What’s more, they add a nice sweetness to a dish. Buy them frozen and you can pop ‘em in the oven to roast with a little olive oil.
Birds Eye Steamfresh Premium Brussels Sprouts
There’s a reason this green veg has been the It veggie for a while. This bag, which you can stick right in your microwave, contains just Brussels sprouts. One serving has 45 calories, an impressive three grams of protein, and three grams of digestion-friendly fiber.
Daily Harvest Smoothies
Everything you need to make a nutrient-packed smoothie comes in one of these cups (just add your favorite liquid to the mix). The Blueberry + Hemp flavor (pictured) adds spinach, walnuts, and figs for a vitamin-packed sip. Plus, Daily Harvest also has a yummy line of frozen soups made with high-quality ingredients.
Evol Lean & Fit Fire Grilled Chicken Poblano
The light and fit line might be a little low in calories for a meal (270), so pair it with a salad. However, these meals also tend to be lower in sodium and sugar than their original ones. This one mixes grilled chicken, brown rice, black beans, veggies, and cheddar cheese in a chile sauce.
Good Pop Hibiscus Mint
Sometimes you need a little something sweet. These pops are made from water, hibiscus flowers, mint, sugar, and lime juice for just 70 calories per. Better yet, they’re super refreshing.
Hilary’s Adzuki Bean Burger
These veggie burgers are unbelievably tasty. Adzuki beans, quinoa, sweet taters, and spices make for a flavor-packed patty, all for just 180 calories.
Pitaya Plus Cubes
Made from only dragonfruit, these offer a mega dose of fiber and magnesium. These packs are especially great for making a brightly hued smoothie bowl (just pop the cubes in your blender) because they contain no added sugar.
Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower & Sweet Potato
This bag contains only cauliflower and sweet potato — nothing else. Use it as the base of a DIY bowl or use as a sub anywhere you’d usually eat rice. This mix will deliver an excellent source of both vitamins A and C.
Simply Balanced Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Fillets
Salmon is one of the best ways to get in heart-healthy omega-3s. Besides, with 30 grams of protein per fillet — equal to a chicken breast — and 12 grams of healthy fat, you won’t need an evening snack tonight. You’ll find this at Target.
Market Pantry Large Raw Shrimp
Available at Target, these come with all the work done for you: peeled, deveined, and with the tail off. High in protein and low in calories, there’s no excuse not to add a serving of these shrimp to your main meal.
Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Cakes
Two of these cakes, made with spinach, potatoes, and onions, pack four grams of protein, two grams of fiber (nearly 10 percent of your daily quota), and are a good source of eyesight-preserving vitamin A (thanks, spinach!).
Saffron Road Sesame Ginger Salmon Bowl
When you’re trying to get your two fish meals per week (recommended by the American Heart Association), this is one great choice. Offering 17 grams of protein, it’ll keep you full and satisfied.
Whole Foods Brown Rice Risotto With Butternut Squash
This is a more nutritious way to go when you think you need fast food — and the result is way fancier and restaurant-worthy. Plus, thanks to the brown rice, this dish is packed with whole grains.
Whole Foods Chicken Fried Rice
When you have one of those days when you have no idea what’s for dinner, this meal-in-a-bag has got you covered. With chicken, rice, and veggies in a light sauce, you’ll have everything you need to sit down and dig in. Don’t forget the sriracha on top.
Trader Joe’s Organic Kabocha Squash
If you don’t know how absolutely creamy and sweet kabocha can be, now’s your chance to try it. This version from TJ’s is already peeled and cut, so you can easily pop it into a microwave or sauté on the stove for an amazing vitamin-A- and fiber-rich side dish.
Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars
When you need an after-dinner treat, these hit the spot. Because they’re made with Greek yogurt, you’ll get a good source of calcium and five grams of protein in each 100-calorie bar.