I've always been a fan of healthy frozen meals. When I worked in an office, I loved that I had a prepared, balanced meal ready to go on almost any day of the week. Now that I stay at home with my kids, I often eat frozen meals simply for the portion control. It's so nice to look at my lunch and know exactly how many calories and grams of fat I'm taking in (not to mention cholesterol, protein and fiber!).
Because I understand the benefits of controlling my diet with frozen meals, it came as little surprise that a newly released study showed that replacing 10 meals a week with a Healthy Choice frozen meal (along with a reduced calorie diet) can lead to improved quality of life.
I was able to try out a few varieties of Healthy Choice meals. With fresh-tasting varieties like Lobster Ravioli and Sweet Asian Potstickers, I can't think of anything I'd rather have for lunch! I truly enjoyed the flavor and quality of the all-natural Creamy Basil Parmesan dish. It tasted like a quality restaurant dish, but in a reasonable, healthy portion, instead of a huge, unmanageable restaurant serving.
With the great selection of over 70 varieties of Healthy Choice meals (all under 400 calories!), I think it wouldn't be too much of a challenge to replace several meals each week with a Healthy Choice entree.
Healthy Choice is inspiring me to make healthy changes for my family! Here are three things I'm doing to better my own well-being, as well as my husband's and kids' well-being:
- Play Outside every day (weather permitting) :: If you know me, you know that being outside is not my favorite thing. Sit me down in front of a computer or a book and I'm a happy girl. Put me outside with bugs, dirt and everything else and I'm not as comfortable. Regardless, my kids need the kind of regular activity they can only get from playing outside at least once a day.
As an added bonus, I'm finding that the more I go outside with my kids, the more I'm beginning to like it. It's hard to not have fun with two giggling toddlers who just want to run, jump and play all the time!
- Take Vitamins every day :: Even though they're not interacting with other kids all the time, my kids seem to constantly have the sniffles. It's not a big deal, but it's definitely something I hope they outgrow. Add in the fact that they're two growing toddlers and it just makes sense to give them a multivitamin each day.
As for myself and my husband, we could both stand to be far more consistent when it comes to taking vitamins. Since we each take a daily medication, I've started taking my vitamin along with my allergy meds, and I'm encouraging my husband to do the same.
- Bake our own Bread :: I've long been uncomfortable with all the chemicals I see in a simple loaf of my favorite white bread. At the beginning of 2011, I vowed to try out the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day method. I'm happy to report that I love, love, LOVE the bread I've been making! It's ridiculously easy, and my family is all just as excited about it as I am. I'm going to start transitioning to whole wheat flour to make our diet even healthier, but I want to master the artisan bread process first.
Did you know that brands with “healthy” in their name are held to a higher standard set by the FDA? Healthy Choice is the only major brand in its category that can call 100% of its products “healthy” as defined by the FDA. This means that each meal must be:
- Low in fat
- Low in saturated fat
- Controlled in sodium and cholesterol
- Supply at least 10% of the daily value for three beneficial nutrients (calcium, protein,fiber, iron, vitamin A or vitamin C)
It's pretty impressive that an actual brand name has to comply with those standards!
Healthy Choice meals are available nationwide in a variety of frozen and shelf stable options. For more information visit www.healthychoice.com or “Like” the brand on Facebook at Facebook.com/healthychoice
I was selected to write about Healthy Choice as a campaign led up by the fabulous group at The Motherhood. In exchange for my post I received a stipend and product coupons. All opinions remain my own.