Healthy eating….Are microwavable meals really all that bad for you??

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@FutureMrsM87:  I eat them for lunch at work everyday because I don’t have the time, ability or desire to make my own lunch.  I assume the preservatives will kill me one day but I’m currently on a counting-calories diet so 300 or less for lunch helps me BIG TIME.  I eat Michelina’s for the record.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I went through a period in college where I was eating Lean Cuisines everyday for lunch. I lost some weight, but not what I hoped (I was counting calories and working out). I cut out the frozen meals and started eating fresh food and suddenly it all fell off pretty quickly. I haven’t eaten any of that stuff since and will never go back.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

They are very high in sodium and to me they’re also not very filling/satisfying.

Try http://www.emilybites.com or http://www.skinnytaste.com for low cal recipes. Maybe you can make a few things on the weekends and freeze some of those to take during the week instead.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Sodium 🙁

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@FutureMrsM87:  I eat the Smiley Fries and Chicken Nuggets (very professional LOL), Pizza Bites and Fettucine Alfredo meals.

 

I used to eat Lean Cuisines but stopped liking the taste of their Italian type meals.

I think they are filling, I’m usually hungry around 4pm, but make it home at 5pm and have a snack before DH and I decide on what to do for dinner.  

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I don’t think they sound that bad. If you are ok with them, I’d stick with them. I’d get bored w. eating the exact same thing ever single day as well.

We make our lunches… usually we cook a big meal on Sunday and get 2-3 lunches each out of it. On the remaining weekdays we’ll either have something bad like Mr. Noodles or have a sandwich or something. I don’t think you’re doing anything horrible w. the Lean Cuisines!! Too much salt… meh. I think way too big of a deal is made about peoples’ salt intake. Studies are coming out now saying that actually it isn’t so bad. The experts always change their minds. If you cook the majority of your meals from scratch, you’ll be good.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

For me its the preservatives and fillers that bother me about microwave dinners.  I just don’t think they pack the same nutritional punch as fresh or homemade meals. 

 

If you really like them though, I wonder instead if you could compromise by having them a couple times a week instead of daily (break up the monotony).  Or make up your own and freeze them.  Like if there’s a certain kind of lean cuisine you like, see if you can make a similar version yourself.  Try a few different types and freeze them so you have options and it doesn’t feel like you’re having the same thing every day

 

EDIT: I just checked out the nutritional facts on a lean cuisine and noticed that the protein was so high because they added extra protein supplement to the meal.  I’m wondering if you could also just do that to your own meals?

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t think you should eat anything that’s ‘cooked’ in a microwave, but that aside.. anything processed/ frozen/ pre-made is not good for you.

Between the unrecognizable ingredients and the sodium, you’re better off making lunch stuff on Sundays for the week (that’s what I do) or freezing your own leftovers to use for lunches..

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@FutureMrsM87:  whatever preservative stuff that’s added to frozen/canned/ long shelf life foods. Plus I didn a project on food factories and you really don’t want to know the in and outs of how our food is prosuced and cooked for quick prep meals.

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