Eating a frozen meal for every meal isn’t ideal due to the high sodium content, but it’s a good way to satisfy your hunger when you’re crunched for time and need something quick. A long time ago, frozen meals were virtually a bottomless pit of empty calories, refined ingredients and more sodium than you need for the entire day.
Luckily, frozen meals have come a long way since they first came out. Sure, there are still a lot of unhealthy options out there, but many food manufacturers are getting better at delivering a healthy frozen meal to meet the demands of busy families. Like any meal, you’ll want to focus on one that contains lots of fruits and vegetables, some lean protein, and healthy fats to help you make it to your next meal. Here is a list of healthy frozen foods to help make healthy eating even easier.
Lots of Americans like to start their day with something sweet, but filling up on a meal with healthy fats and protein can help get you through to lunch without crashing in the middle of the morning. If you choose to carb up in the morning, make sure you satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sources to prevent a blood sugar drop right at the start of your workday. Here are seven healthy frozen breakfasts that can get you through the morning when you forgot to set your alarm the night before.
1. Kashi Blueberry Waffles
If you need something a little sweet first thing in the morning, then try these Kashi Blueberry Waffles. Not only are blueberries deliciously sweet, but they also provide antioxidants and fiber to give your meal a health boost, aid in digestion, and keep you full for longer. Kashi is a well-known brand in the health industry. It has been around for a long time. Two waffles will provide you with almost a half of a day’s recommended intake of whole grains without the preservatives and artificial colors or ingredients that you’d find in other brands of frozen waffles. A two waffle serving (before the toppings) contains 140 calories, 5 grams of fat (no saturated fat), 310 mg of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.
2. Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Breakfast Bowl
To satisfy a big morning appetite, you’ll want to indulge in this savory Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Breakfast Bowl. It features scrambled egg whites for protein, diced potatoes for gluten-free carbohydrates, turkey sausage for more lean protein and cheddar cheese to bring all the ingredients together. We guarantee you won’t be hungry after eating this! The entire bowl contains 230 calories, 10 grams of fat, 640 mg of sodium, 17 grams of carbohydrates, less than one gram of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 18 grams of protein. Complete the meal with a big glass of freshly squeezed orange juice for a bit of vitamin C power.
3. Amy’s Breakfast Burrito
Need something quick and filling in the morning but don’t want to stray from your vegan dietary needs? Amy’s Breakfast Burrito is the perfect meal for you. It features organic potatoes, tofu, black beans, salsa, and vegetables in a hand-wrapped tasty flour tortilla. It’s great for breakfast at home, or you can pop one of these burritos in your bag and heat it up at work if you’re running late. The burrito is vegan, kosher, corn free, lactose and dairy free and tree nut free. The entire burrito contains 270 calories, 8 grams of fat, 540 mg of sodium, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of plant-based protein. Top it with fresh guacamole or more salsa for added flavor.
4. Udi Gluten-Free Chicken Maple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
If you need a gluten-free breakfast sandwich in the morning but can’t find one at your local drive-through, then try one of these Udi Gluten-Free Chicken Maple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich. It features egg whites, a chicken maple sausage patty and cheddar cheese on a gluten-free biscuit. One sandwich contains 250 calories, 13 grams of fat, 540 mg of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein. One package contains two sandwiches, so you can save one for the next time you’re running late in the morning.
5. Garden Lite Gluten-Free Blueberry Oat Muffins
Who doesn’t love a blueberry muffin with a nice hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning? These Gluten-Free Garden Lite Blueberry Oat Muffins are the perfect frozen food to warm up your mornings and help you get your day started. They are gluten-free, and you’ll be shocked to learn that the first ingredient in them is zucchini! One muffin contains 120 calories, 2 grams of fat, no saturated or trans fat, 180 mg of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein. Go ahead and eat two if you’re really hungry. We won’t judge.
6. Good Food Made Simple Organic Vermont Maple Syrup Oatmeal
Just because you’re running behind in the morning doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a hearty bowl of oatmeal. This Organic Vermont Maple Syrup Oatmeal made by Good Food Made Simple contains 100 percent organic steel cut oats, which is probably better than the stuff you usually eat anyways! It also has real organic maple syrup tapped directly from Vermont’s maple trees. The only other ingredients you’ll find in this meal are filtered water, organic brown sugar, and sea salt. An eight-ounce serving contains 200 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 50 mg of sodium, 37 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of protein.
7. Atkins Farmhouse-Style Sausage Scramble
Before there was the keto diet, there was the Atkins diet, and it has stood the test of time for much high protein and fat eaters. This Farmhouse-Style Sausage Scramble delivers a tasty and filling on-the-go breakfast minus all the carbs. It features scrambled eggs, custom-made sausage, American cheese, red and green bell peppers and fire-roasted onions. One bowl contains 340 calories, 27 grams of fat, 940 mg of sodium, 7 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 20 grams of protein. Due to the high sodium content, you may want to save this meal for true morning emergencies.