Do you eat frozen meals in the name of saving time? Have you ever tried any Healthy Choice meals? If not, you just might want to. I was recently contacted by Healthy Choice and TheMotherhood.com to review Healthy Choice meals and yes, I was compensated for my time but like usual my opinions and views of the products I’ll review below are 100% my own and let’s just say, I was NOT disappointed.
Healthy Choice suggested I try any two meals for review, I decided on Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers for both options, the first flavor was Chicken Pesto Classico and the second was Chicken Margherita.
Both came in a two part bowl system, on top was a small strainer with pasta, fresh veggies, chicken and herbs. below the strainer was another bowl with the sauce. on top of it all was a self venting semi-sealed plastic cover. Each meal cooked in the microwave for 4 minutes. The top part, steamed the bottom part warmed and once complete you mix the two, let cool and enjoy.
Both meals had chicken, veggies and pasta, and in each of them I could taste each ingredient separately. The chicken tasted like chicken, the squash tasted like squash and the pasta tasted like pasta. The sauce was just that, sauce! Everything had it’s own separate flavors but once tossed it all was quite yummy! Lots of flavor, lots of texture and healthy!!! Healthy is a big deal with frozen foods, it seems most frozen meals like this are not of the healthy food group… However, these really have some merit!
Each counted for 6 point on the Weight Watchers diet scale. The Chicken Pesto Classico had 8g fat, 530g sodium, 38g total carbs and 20g protein. The Chicken Margherita had 8g fat, 500g sodium, 42g total carbs and 21g protein. For frozen meals with pasta in them I felt this was competitive, the sodium is a bit high but again it’s a frozen meal so that is par for the course.
The portions were on the smaller size to what we might be used to but again, these are healthy partially due to portion size. The portion is what our portions SHOULD be verses the HUGE 1/4 lb double burger from your local fast food place. Healthy Choice meals are a much healthier option. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, which puts them at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome.
Each day I ate one of these, I sat down to lunch thinking I’ll need a piece of fruit to go with this or a small salad, but by the time I was finished. I decided against it. Both meals satisfied me and that was impressive. The best part? Wow, they were GOOD! The Chicken Margherita had LOTS of flavor, I tend to love garlic and this did not disappoint! There were at least 4-5 whole peices of roasted garlic in this meal which added quite a bit of flavor to this dish, not overpowering in the least bit though. The tomatoes were sweet and flavorful as was the chicken! I was not disappointed!
In our home we do our best to teach our children by example about healthy living and food is a HUGE part of that. We eat mostly whole foods, we grow as much as we can in the warmer months and we cook from scratch most every night and on those days when we might be pinched for time we always offer fast but healthy options. I would 100% offer one of these meals as part of my small children’s meal along side a salad and additional veggies or a starch. I know they would be happy with the flavors and textures. As Americans look for ways to make simple, positive changes to their diets, incorporating a ready-to-eat, pre-portioned healthy option, such as Healthy Choice, is a simple way to be more health conscious, lose weight and improve quality of life.
Healthy Choice has nearly 70 varieties for fewer than 400 calories that provide positive nutrients such as whole grains, fiber, protein and antioxidants. For more information visit www.healthychoice.com.