This whole no dairy/no soy diet, or the jailbird diet as our pediatrician referred to it, is tricky but not totally impossible. And, thankfully, it is forcing me to eat healthy which is really a pretty great side effect.
The only thing is, that it cuts out the majority of “convenience” foods (blue box mac & cheese, for one!) but it doesn’t TOTALLY limit my options. ConAgra Foods, makers of Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s foods, provide GREAT options, as I have come to find out. I didn’t realize that these brands, specifically, use fresh vegetables and meat in their preparations – I was always under the impression that all frozen foods were highly processed. Since most of what I eat right now is “clean” it’s great to know that there are still “convenience” options available!
(yay top chef!)
In fact, my lunch was ready today in 4 minutes. How’s that for convenience?
I have also never been a huge fan of prepared/packaged frozen meals because I just assumed they were going to taste terrible. Not true! The Healthy Choice meal I had for lunch today was seriously SO GOOD. I could really taste the freshness and I can’t tell you how happy I was about this.
Also, it was really easy to prepare – the directions were simple – and the packaging was sturdy that I wasn’t worried that my food was going to fall on the floor the minute I took the thing out of the microwave!
I mentioned that eating healthier is something that has happened by default with my “forced” diet change – but something that is really nice about the Healthy Choice meal is that it is one serving. No worries about portion size or wasting food – and I was truly full when I was finished. We all know portion control is a huge key to weight loss and healthy eating, so it’s nice that not only are the ingredients fresh, the food is tasty but the portion sizes are perfect. Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s have more than 80 meal options under 400 calories!
A little background on the video below from ConAngra:
Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s created a video that follows two women on the adventures of their daily lives, imagining how new technologies will impact their routines, especially in the grocery store. From apps that store your grocery list to recipe research on Pinterest, the landscape of shopping is quickly changing. With various resources available to consumers, they are now, more than ever, interested in learning where their food is coming from.
And just in time for National Frozen Food Month (March), these brands are helping shoppers to predict the future of shopping for frozen food!
I am absolutely going to add Healthy Choice meals in to my work lunch and quick-dinner rotation!
ConAgra Foods frozen meals give families access to real ingredients like crunchy, freshly cut vegetables, homemade pasta and ripe fruit year-round. Just like most people blanch veggies before freezing them – ConAgra Foods does too – to help preserve color, texture and keep them fresh!
Give it a try sometime! Marie Callender’s hearty pot pies are filled with tender meat, freshly cut vegetables and Marie’s authentic golden, flaky crust. And Healthy Choice recipes use chef-inspired ingredients like, apples instead of sugar for tart sweetness and a splash of red wine for a punch of flavor instead of added salt.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ConAgra Foods.