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The Skinny on Frozen Foods

For decades now, many people are turning their heads at the Frozen Food aisle, thinking the food is largely unhealthy. And, while a good majority of these frozen food meal items do contain a hefty amount of sodium, preservatives and fat content, there are few frozen entrées that are actually quite nutritious (as well as delicious). Since they are found in the frozen food aisle they are also convenient to make on a busy schedule.  One of the best places to shop for Healthy alternatives in the Frozen food aisle is Trader Joe’s. Now, not everything on the Trader Joe’s frozen food aisle is going to be nutritious, but here are some of them that are health conscious and nutritious.

traderjoesgood10First one are their Scallion Pancakes. One serving of these contain 40% of your daily intake of Vitamin A, not to mention they are low in calories, fat and sugar. For an even healthier alternative to this dish, bake them instead of frying.

Next one is one of my favorites, Wild Salmon traderjoesgood9

One serving of this wild salmon contains 24 grams of protein and 50% of your daily Vitamin C intake. Plus, the fat in the Salmon is comprised of good fats or “Omega 3s” which actually help us break down the bad fats. This one is a win win, I’m sure it tastes delicious as well!!

The next one is Stir Fry Vegetables traderjoesgood7

You really can never go wrong with choosing a vegetable dish from the frozen food aisle. Just make sure there is not any sodium filled sauces with the vegetables. This one is low in calories, sodium, fat and sugar, and contains 30% of your daily Vitamin A intake and 20% of your daily Vitamin C. When in doubt choose the vegetables.

Other healthy frozen food items include, brown rice (for the extra lazy??), chicken tamales, edamame and mushrooms to name a few.

Next time you’re at the grocery store, don’t be afraid to go down that frozen food aisle, it’s better than having a quick service meal! 🙂


Why Trader Joes is Not Always Healthy

Many people including myself adore Trader Joes and their food at store. One helpful reason to their success is their lower prices to their health conscious competitors such as Whole Foods. Some people like to call Trader Joes the “poor man’s Whole Foods”. I do not One-hundred percent agree with this, since most Trader Joe shoppers are well off and professionals, it is relatively cheaper than Whole Foods.

When shopping at Trader Joes, you might get the idea that you are choosing a better item since it is from Trader Joes, and in most cases this would be true, but be careful some stuff in the store can trick you to think otherwise, especially that frozen food section!

Here are a few items that have higher calories, sodium or saturated fat than you might want in Trader Joe’s frozen food section:

Chicken Marsala and Mashed Potatoes TJs10

One serving of this Italian dish contains 480 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat , 110 milligrams of cholesterol and 750 milligrams of sodium. While the calories are not that bad for a full meal, the saturated fat is more than the equivalent of nine large eggs! If you do choose this dish, do not have it more than once a month.

Mac N Cheese Bites TJs9

If you are craving a quick and cheesy snack, you might want to think twice about this one. Trader Joes’ Mac N Cheese Bites contains 210 calories, 35 grams of saturated fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol and 430 milligrams of sodium per serving! That is one heavy snack, especially if you are going to serve it to your kids! Be careful on this one maybe serve 1/4 of the serving???

Last but not least,  Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken TJs4

Mandarin Orange Chicken is never a healthy option, whether its ordered from a take-out restaurant, frozen or even a fine dining restaurant. The Trader Joes version contains 320 calories, 3.5 grams of saturated fat (not that bad), 95  milligrams of cholesterol, 330 milligrams of sodium, not that bad compared to some other “frozen” Chinese food. In this dish the cholesterol is the killer here, still not a good choice to make for your dinner.

Even though these dishes are not good for your health, its okay to have them every ONCE in a while, keyword “once in a while”.

Do you ever shop at Trader Joes? What is your favorite dish from Trader’s?

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