Frozen Dinners for Diabetic 2

Summer197244
By Summer197244 Latest Reply 2017-11-21 12:55:10 -0500
Started 2017-10-27 01:32:40 -0500

I have read a lot of the responses from members when the topic is frozen diabetic meal options. And pretty much, it seemed as if I am not willing at age 71 to start cooking, then there is no support from this group. I am sure I must have misunderstood the replies, because I can't imagine people not supporting each other. Agreed, a lot of frozen dinners have way too much sodium. However, the Healthy Choice and the Smart Choice brands seem to have both low sodium and no preservatives. Has anyone out there taken a serious look at these?


23 replies

jamarts
jamarts 2017-11-21 12:55:10 -0500 Report

In our local stores there are prepared fresh meals…they are not frozen and made with fresh produce and protein with many different lunch and dinner selections. You just heat them in the microwave, some proteins I heat in a skillet to crisp them up and then, bam!… they are done!

onafixedincome
onafixedincome 2017-11-02 15:13:53 -0500 Report

Hi Summer—as a no-kitchen person, I hear you!! I haven't really looked at the frozen meals you mention, but the key thing is to make your sugars happier (lower) and not wind up with malnutrition, right? Right. :) So first, figure out how your current diet affects your sugars, then work from there.

As an example…I am limited to a microwave, no dishes to clean, type setup. Right now, I'm eating mostly canned no-bean chili, mixed with things like frozen or canned veggies, cheese, hotdogs or BBQ meat (pulled pork without sauce from a local place is good) or rotisserie chicken stripped off the bone. This routine tends to be higher fat than I like, but one thing at a time. My last a1c was 5.7, which just knocked me flat. (I'm on insulin only, so must be doing something right!)

You don't have to cook to be healthy or to eat healthier. Frozen dinner-wise, I was devastated to learn that I couldn't have my pasta anymore—so I took what was in the freezer and literally hit it with a hammer to make MUCH smaller portions. I can have one once in a while without shooting myself in the foot. You can do this with other meals as well, I suspect. Break them up and put the new portions into quart freezer ziplock baggies.

There's an Applebees in town that serves great broccoli at a buck a 6 oz portion; they know me as 'the broccoli lady' because I'll go in and get 3 orders, with melted butter and a bit of lemon. Four bucks out the door including tip, not bad for a solid meal!

My mom would do minimal, microwave cooking, as well. Toss a couple of chicken breasts into a small casserole dish, douse with lemon juice and dust with pepper, then cover and cook. Super simple, super tasty, and useful for other dishes as well.

Being restricted to a microwave isn't the end of the world, is I guess what I'm trying to say. Go hunt down your best choice frozen meals, alter the serving size as needed, and do what makes your sugars happier. That's really ALL that counts.

Summer197244
Summer197244 2017-11-06 17:42:37 -0500 Report

You are fabulous! What about sodium? My doc talked about the DASH diet, and I laughed, because it requires cooking, but sodium can still be an issue. Has this come up for you?

NewSong53
NewSong53 2017-10-31 14:50:33 -0500 Report

Before I retired, I shopped for groceries on Saturday morning — then cut up and stored veggies as I put things away. Then I made crockpot meals or dishes that I could freeze for the rest of the week. Before leaving for work in the morning, I would put the container in the bottom of the fridge (where it is warmest) and by the time I returned it was thawed enough that I could microwave it or heat it in the oven. This is far better than frozen dinners that you can get in the supermarket. Or on the way home from work, I'd pick up a rotisserie chicken and put my veggies in the steamer or microwave while I changed clothes. I'd have bags of lettuce mixes that I'd keep in lg ziplock baggies with a couple of paper towels inside to absorb the excess moisture — then I couild cut up a tomato, sprinkle on a little cheddar cheese and chopped onion. Or just make a large salad with some of the chicken or ground turkey with taco seasoning mix that I'd cooked ahead. Also, having grapes or apples in the fridge make great dessertis for a little something sweet. There are just so many things you can do — if I were working now, I'd just never eat bread or rice of any kind. Since I gave up grains I've had better success with losing weight and my cravings for sweets and bread are greatly diminished. Just don't give up out of frustration.

Summer197244
Summer197244 2017-11-06 18:29:20 -0500 Report

Thank you for your time. I really appreciate the efforts I to your reply. Your ideas are really inviting and maybe if I was40 years younger, I would be up for a food preparation entire lifestyle change. I hope other members read your response, it has many great ideas for those not looking for frozen food options.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2017-11-06 17:54:38 -0500 Report

I don't think this is what she is meaning.. It's not giving up. It's looking for support from other experienced members regarding options that don't involve cooking or prep.
Let's say you are 71 yrs old, and your doctor said that you now need to create a new website for a new technology product everyday , because your very life depended on it. You're on SS, plus a small pension . You can't afford to pay for someone to do it, so you go to a community of what seems like others of your demographic. Instead of help, suggestions are about how they have been creating websites am of their adult lives, and to not give up.

If you read some of the other replies, it might clarify the original post.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-10-29 15:21:24 -0500 Report

Maybe I missed something. Do you want someone to tell you it is okay to eat frozen dinners? You have to do what works for you. Personally i do not eat frozen dinners, Hamburger Helper or any kind of prepared meals.

There are no guarantees that they are going to be healthy because they may have hidden preservatives. You say they are low in sodium. What about Carbs? You have to also read the labels
I picked one Healthy Choice Meal and looked at the Nutrition Facts:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 meal (312g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 60Calories 280

% Daily Values*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 12%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 600mg 25%
Potassium 720mg
Total Carbohydrate 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 11g
Protein 17g

Vitamin A 100% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 4% Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The sodium and carbs for this meal are very high. I would not eat it at all.

onafixedincome
onafixedincome 2017-11-02 15:11:42 -0500 Report

That's actually one I would eat, Joyce. The potassium is nice and high—I have trouble with lows—and since I don't eat much other sodium, it wouldn't be a problem for me. As for the carbs—sometimes you just eat 'em because there aren't other good options, and deal with the result.

msann
msann 2017-10-28 09:44:08 -0500 Report

wow so sorry you feel that way do whatever works for you i understand you dont cook but sometimes you might want to cook abatch of chicken at one time to take you over few days just and idea i eat turkey burgers baked chicken my hubby dont like either and he diabetic good luck can you exercise

Anonymous
Anonymous 2017-11-06 18:03:04 -0500 Report

wow so sorry you feel that writing "you dont cook but sometimes you might want to…" isn't exactly what the original post was referring to. Unsupportive, and IMO a tad judge mental.

suecsdy
suecsdy 2017-10-27 19:35:28 -0500 Report

As long as it works for you, go ahead. I've looked at some.but the things I would like to eat are too carb heavy (most involve pasta). What can I say, I like carbs. Lol. I do prefer simple stuff myself. An Impossible pie is good, low carb and I freeze the leftovers. easy to prepare and reheat. Stuffed mushrooms is another favorite. If you don't want to mix up the filling, just get frozen or ready made fresh. meatballs and plop them in the mushrooms. If I were still allowed, I would just about live on sandwiches, but I refuse to replace the bread with lettuce so I'll do without. Those ready to cook stuffed chicken breasts are good. Chicken Kiev is my favorite. If you can still control your diabetes eating them, go for it.

Summer197244
Summer197244 2017-11-01 02:12:52 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for offering real ideas! I have not heard of an Impossible pie. Please elaborate. I have never thought of stuffed mushrooms (and I believe those come in frozen), and it is true that a lot of grocery stores do make fresh items to purchase. Thank you! You are an angel for actually helping and not judging.

suecsdy
suecsdy 2017-11-07 18:07:02 -0500 Report

If you just ask online for impossible pie recipes, it will pop up a whole slew of recipes. I believe they originated from Betty Crocker because the original calls for Bisquick. You can really take just about whatever ingrediens are your favorites, put them in a pie pate with some cheese, then take a 1/2 cup of bisquit mix, 2 eggs and a cup of milk, mixed together and pour over your ingredients. Bake it for ahalf hour or so and you have several days dinner. It's one of the few leftovers that I will freeze for later. As for the stuffed mushrooms, I don't know about frozen but several stores in my area sell them ready made, so all you have to do is pop them in the oven and enjoy.

Consueloj
Consueloj 2017-10-27 16:14:33 -0500 Report

Not sure about what you call a lack of support when it comes to approval for frozen foods. I have nothing but great support, tools, ideas and great data from this group and would not be doing as well as Iam (med free) without all these wonderful people!
Cook - don't cook - up to you - certainly don't need anyones approval. People here share what works for them and if frozen foods works for you and you're happy with your blood sugar testing results and other medical test results - then do it.
I have eaten the Atkins frozen meals from time to time - especially at my beginning of exploring what works for me. At that time - the carb count was way more important than sodium or preservatives. Now I could of look at the whole enchilada (yum! but off limits) at whats best for my overall health.
You do you.

Summer197244
Summer197244 2017-11-06 18:12:58 -0500 Report

I came to this group looking for advice on non cooking options. I expressed my opinion on responses from others to a similar request.
I did not ask for approval.
You did not supply any relevant information.
Normally, I would scroll past an irrelevant post; however, yours was so personal, I felt attacked. I am not going to report it, because I believe my response is sufficient.

I hope you are having a better day. I miss enchiladas, too.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2017-10-27 12:40:44 -0500 Report

Personally, I find it easier to make up a fresh dinner salad or just cook some basic chicken, fish or meat along with a fresh or frozen veggie because, it is easier for me to control what goes into the food I ingest. I don't invest a lot of time in "cooking" and have stopped baking, much to husband's chagrin. When I did use/eat some of the frozen dinners, I found most just adequate, flavor-wise…and many of the low-fat options have more carbs than I want to eat. (I do have a weakness for Souffer's "Spinach Souffle" and will use the 3 serving box as a meal for myself, every now and then. The total box has 24 total carb grams.)

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