(Closed) lean cuisine frozen meals

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Just had one for lunch (well I had the pasta part but not the chicken, which was gross).  I like them for 300-ish calorie lunches, I just have to make sure I watch my salt intake the rest of the day or I’ll feel bloated.  They’re pretty healthy if they’re all you eat for lunch (I’ve lost 10 lbs in the last few months eating lean cuisine or healthy choice for lunch most weekdays), but I feel like the meat quality is really hit or miss.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@rachelmarie220: I think they are really good for portion control. Especially if you are starting off on a weight loss plan. BUT, I am turned off by the preservatives and processed ingredients, as well as being filled out with things like cornstarch. I also think they are really expensive for what they are!

What I have traded them for are Amy’s organics frozen products They are about the same price (especially for the burritos, etc) and they have all organic, whole ingredients.

Or, maybe try making a big meal on Sunday and pre-portioning it and freezing it for the week…a bit more time involved, but well worth eating “home-cooked” everyday for lunch!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

They are easy and some are tasty (I LOVE the butternut squash ravioli), but i hear they tend to be high sodium. Try to check the nutritional info. I also second the Amy’s frozen meals, and I like some of the morningstar farms ones too.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You will probably drop some pounds if you eat them every weekday, but I think that is just due to the fact that the force portion control.  They have a lot of sodium.  I personally prefer the PB&J on Whole Wheat lunch, with sa banana, ome raw nuts for a snack and lots of water.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i eat them frequently & did while dieting before. some of them are pretty tasty! i like the swedish meatballs, chicken carbanara, and i used to like the chicken alfredo one- but i kinda ODed on it & now i can’t eat that one. i wouldn’t say they are GREAT for you, but i think there are far worse things to be eating.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

For the amount of calories and sodium you consume, there is not an impressive return on protein or fiber in many of the lean cuisine dishes.

Like others have said, you will probably only lose weight because of portion control.

 You could have more to eat for the same number of calories (or less), WAY less sodium, and more protein/fiber if you made your lunch at home. You could still lose weight through portion control/calorie counting, but you could get more out of your calories. Not to mention you could save quite a bit on the grocery bill each week.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yeah, I would advise people not to eat that junk. It’s full of preservatives and salt. Eat some real food, preferably something that recognizably was alive recently, and you’ll feel better and lose weight! If you’re interested in portion control, you could buy a tuperware that is the exact same size as the Lean Cuisine, and pack your lunch in that.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I never lose weight eating those. Yes it’s nice to have the portion control done for you but the preservatives can completely screw up your metabolism. You can find 300 calorie meals at a lot of lunch places but for me, I lost weight when I started eating leftovers for lunch. They heat up just as quickly as a lean cuisine and taste way better. We started making sure we made extra so we could have the leftovers and I’ve lost 30 pounds over the past year. Slow but steady. I’m 5’11 and weighed 180 but am now down to 150. When you’re cooking at night just make sure to have lots of veggies. That’s what made the biggest difference for me. I just use the Green Giant frozen ones if I can’t do fresh. The broccoli with cheese sauce only has 60 calories, the chopped spinach doesn’t have many calories either and they’re usually only $1 or $2.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I personally don’t think anything frozen prepackaged processed is good for you.

Healthy? Definitely not imo.

There are many cheap fast and healthy lunch alternatives imo.

@sit1010:

We do the same thing. We always just make extra portion for our lunches the night before.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wouldn’t exactly call them healthy.. I eat them occasionally, but they have a TON of sodium!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I used to eat these and did actually lose about 5 pounds. But I felt bloated, which I was since my Bridal Party was sometimes right under 140/90! I stopped eating them and most salty foods (seriously salt is in everything!) and now I’m back to 110/80 ish… watch out for that! I would recommend just cooking small meals at home and bringing them in Tupperware…

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

umm mostly yumm!! although can get boring/expensive after a while.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@KitKatNYC: Butternut squash ravioli is my favorite too!  BNSRLC, for short 🙂

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

They aren’t very healthy if you read the ingredients. Lots of preservatives and junk in them.

 

 

If you are looking for work meals, I suggest just making food for lunches once or twice a month and freezing it into serving-sized portions. Make 3-5 different recipes so you can have variety, so you may have the same thing twice in a week but not every day.

 

If you want frozen meals from the store, look into the more natural brands. Amy’s, Ethnic Gourmet, etc. You can buy those at Whole Foods or perhaps in the natural food freezer section of your regular grocery store (at my grocery store, the natural food section has it’s own freezer, it’s not with the rest of the frozen food).

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