Frozen Food Month

March is National Frozen Food Month!

There are times when parents are too busy to create home cooked meals every single night. Sometimes, parents just don’t feel like cooking after a long week.

 It is okay to serve frozen meals once in awhile. However, it is important to look at the nutrition facts label and understand what criteria to look for in each frozen meal.

Here are some tips that can help you make the best choices when walking through the frozen meal aisle at the supermarket:
  • One or more servings of vegetables, whole grains, and/or lean meats. These are lower in calories and higher in vitamins/minerals that can help you stay full longer.
  • Avoid creamy sauces, gravies, fried food options, or extra dessert.
  • Calories: 300-500 for the entire meal
  • Fat: less than 30% of the total calories
  • Sodium: Less than 600 milligrams
  • Dietary Fiber: 5 grams or more
  • Protein: 10-20 grams

Make sure to pay attention to serving sizes. Sometimes, smaller serving sizes can leave you feeling hungry. You can always include a side salad or a glass of low-fat milk to your meal. Also, keep in mind that frozen meals are alternative options for busy nights.

The best choice of meals is home cooked with fresh ingredients to meet your nutritional needs.

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