Tips for the Lazy Dieter Part IV – Making Quick Healthy Meals From Frozen Foods

You don't have to cook everything from scratch to make a healthy meal.  With a little help from your grocer's frozen food section, you can have a healthy, tasty and satisfying meal on the table in minutes – and I'm not talking about frozen dinners.

For example. I recently discovered Gorton's Grilled Tilapia Fillets.  Some of you might roll your eyes and call me Christopher Columbus.  You might ask how could I have discovered something that's always been there and that a lot of other people already knew about.  But I'm not talking about claiming to be the first person to ever eat Gorton's Grilled Tilapia Fillets.  I'm talking about discovering a very tasty and healthy protein source that is very WeightWatchers (read waistline) friendly and not high in sodium.

While fooling around on the WeightWatchers website (instead of working on my movie script or writing my book), I decided to find out how many PointsPlus values were in Gorton's Grilled Tilapia Fillets.  I had clipped a coupon for them because they looked interesting and I was already a fan of Gorton's grilled shrimp.  To my delight, I discovered that the fillets are only two PointsPlus values each.   Pair a couple of those with a cup of veggies and a half cup of rice or a baked potato or a serving of oven-baked fries and you have a healthy, satisfying meal for only seven PointsPlus  values.

Nowadays you could steam vegetables in the microwave right in their bags and make very tasty microwaveable brown rice in ninety seconds.  Two of my personal favorites include Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Medley (Roasted Garlic Flavor) and Seeds of Change Dharamsala and Moroccan Curry flavors.  At 500 milligrams of sodium per serving, these are not particularly low sodium selections, but they're not high either.  Uncle Ben's also has a plain microwaveable brown rice that only has 15 milligrams of sodium per serving.

Another frozen food discovery I recently made was Tyson's Grilled and Ready Chicken Fillets.  At only 110 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 230 milligrams of sodium per serving with no preservatives, they are an excellent option – especially for maniacs like me who grill chicken to death for fear of poisoning myself and others with undercooked chicken.  You can throw the grilled chicken fillets  into the microwave and then into a Nature's Own Whole Grain Sandwich Round with some barbecue sauce or honey mustard.  Pair that with a nice salad or veggie soup and you've got a healthy, tasty, low-calorie, and satisfying lunch or dinner that takes all of five minutes to prepare.

I've only mentioned a few frozen foods in this post; however, a plethora of frozen food options await you.  Just be sure to read the food labels for sodium content, nutritional value, fat and calories and you will be all right.   Also try to get foods with no preservatives.

Let me know how it goes.


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