frozen meals

frb500sel
By frb500sel Latest Reply 2008-09-04 16:32:43 -0500
Started 2008-08-25 05:33:47 -0500

anyone have any experience with frozen meals such as lean cuisine, weight watchers and healthy choice? do they help control sugars?


15 replies

DiabeticizMe
DiabeticizMe 2008-08-31 16:44:51 -0500 Report

I eat the South Beach meals but I think after reading the post here I am not going to be eating them much longer:)

Half Sunflower
Half Sunflower 2008-09-04 16:32:43 -0500 Report

Hi
I think that preparing your meals "fresh" is the best way to go. Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine are basically convenience foods that are to be used when nothing else is available.

Thanks
Half Sunflower

Charish
Charish 2008-08-30 17:37:21 -0500 Report

I try to stay away from the meals mentioned here not so much as for the sugar issues, but solely because of the sodium issues. I usually fix my meals daily and rarely do I fix them and freeze them unless its a soup or something like that. As for my meats I do cut them up into palm size portions and fix them daily as I want them. The things I do that way are chicken, fish, salmon, ground beef, etc. If I cook something like ham, turkey, roast beef, etc, I usually fix them that day and take only the portion size that I'm to eat and then place the rest in the frig for later use in my sandwhiches, salads, etc.

scmunchkin
scmunchkin 2008-08-30 10:42:22 -0500 Report

Most of the frozen meals that are touted as diet are still high in carbs. Kashi has some frozen meals that are pretty low on the carb count. South Beach Living has some, as well as Amy's organic meals. Watch the sodium count though. If you suffer from high blood pressure in conjunction with your diabetes, shoot for the ones with less than 600 mg of sodium.

PAT L
PAT L 2008-08-30 16:09:03 -0500 Report

WHEN YOU BUY FOOD THAT JUST NEEDS TO BE HEATED, THE PROBLEM THEN LIES IN CARBS,SUGAR,SALT, AND THEN YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHAT PERSERVATIVES HAVE THEY PUT IN THE READY MADE FOODS THAT THEY HAVE NOT TOLD US THAT THEY HAVE ADDED TO THE FOOD, TO KEEP THE FOOD FRESH FOR YEARS OR UNTIL THE EXP DATE IS REACHED… THEN YOU WONDER HOW WE STAYED ALIVE AS LONG AS WE HAVE…SO WHEN YOU CAN, EAT AS MUCH FRESH AS YOU CAN..

morris.js
morris.js 2008-08-27 08:12:51 -0500 Report

Like Gabby has mentioned, I am one who spends most of my weekend in the kitchen cooking up things to package in smaller portions and then freeze. Some examples are soups, stews, pot roasts, chicken, and so on. I then slice the roasts, or chicken, and pack in sandwich size bags, or if soup or stew put in small cottage cheese or margerine containers. Then all I have to do is take out what I want and microwave it till hot. For the sliced sandwich stuff, I make my sandwich with it still frozen, then by meal time, it is thawed and ready to eat. I actualy keep quite a variety of things so I'm never bored with my meals. Oh, I should also say I eat 5 or 6 small meals a day, and most of them are usualy fresh salads, so I'm not eating these frozen things all the time.

butterfly_8
butterfly_8 2008-08-27 08:28:08 -0500 Report

I agree with Gabby and Morris. Too much sodium. I do not use these anymore. They are not to healthy. It is much better to use fresh,fresh,fresh. It is healthier and you can make more.

Avera
Avera 2008-08-31 17:32:01 -0500 Report

Well, Morris sounds as if he might have some frozen meals to share with us. YUM!! I have the time to do this, I just always put it off.

morris.js
morris.js 2008-09-01 01:20:26 -0500 Report

Avera, you and anyone else on this site are all welcome to come visit and eat anytime you like…LOL

ShortyD
ShortyD 2008-09-01 03:26:11 -0500 Report

i would like to say that gabby & morris.js has a good ideal about making and freezeing then. i like to grill all meat, then cut into meal size poreson,for the week.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-08-27 07:55:39 -0500 Report

When you look at the nutritional facts, don't forget to read the ingredents. The "facts" can be misleading. I don't eat much processed food anymore because of the hydroginated oils, sodium, carbs refined flours, corn starches and the taste; yuck.
There is nothing like a bunch of fresh ingredents mixed by your hand in a healthy manner. I know the other seems more conveninet, but is your health worth it?
You are better off making a large pot of soup or an extra piece of chicken and freezing your own meals. Then you don't have to worry about what you are eating or if you are going to like it. I find that several people on this site tend to do it, and now I am doing it too and it helps when I want something quick, but also want to trust what is in it.

DonnaAnn
DonnaAnn 2008-08-25 21:36:01 -0500 Report

I use to live onthose things. You need to compare them all for carb content and salt. Smart ones I really liked alot. Little meals with a variety of food.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-08-25 09:04:25 -0500 Report

Don't have a lot of experience with these kinds of meals. They seem to be loaded with sodium to try to make up for otherwise bland flavor. I'm sure they have some low-carb options, but I still wouldn't consider them very healthy.

partvalentine
partvalentine 2008-08-25 05:54:00 -0500 Report

I have tried a few lean cuisine, but the carb count has been way too high for me. I am able to eat the Bertolli frozen skillet dinners. They serve 2, I usually add a can of green beans while it is cooking. The bertolli's have not made my BG spike. The birdseye on the other hand makes me spike. So it is more trial and error to find out what your system will handle.

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