Getting and staying healthy is something very important to me. With so many obese individuals in this country, I vowed to eat right, feed my family healthy foods and snacks and stay away from processed foods as much as possible.
Fact #1: According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, which puts them at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome.
But eating healthy isn’t always cheap, it can be quite expensive. If you shop wisely and shop the sales in your local supermarket circular, you can save tons of money. Lately, I have noticed my local supermarket carries more organic fruits and vegetables on sale. Feeding my family more organic foods means less pesticides they are ingesting, which is extremely important. I’ve also included nuts and dried fruits to our diets and the kids are managing well with the small changes that I’ve made. Although they love their chips, cookies and cake (who doesn’t?), I only buy them for a special occasion such as a birthday celebration.
During those times when I’m crunched for time, I tend to buy frozen foods so we can eat a quick and easy meal in just a few minutes.
I recently had the opportunity to try out a few frozen meals made by Healthy Choice. With over 65 varieties for fewer than 400 calories that provide healthy nutrients such as whole grains, fiber, protein and antioxidants, I don’t have to worry about what I’m feeding my family. Healthy Choice contains veggies that we love and fiber that we all need.
Fact #2: Brands with “healthy” in their name are held to a higher nutrition standard set by the FDA. Healthy Choice is the only major brand in its category that can call 100% of its products “healthy” as defined by the FDA. This means that each meal must be:
1. Low in fat
2. Low in saturated fat
3. Controlled in sodium and cholesterol
4. Supply at least 10% of the daily value for three beneficial nutrients (calcium, protein, fiber, iron, vitamin A or vitamin C)
I tried the Spicy Caribbean Chicken. I like my food spicy so it was my first choice. I hesitated to buy the Spicy Caribbean chicken because I saw that it included pineapple in the dish but I noticed after removing the pineapple (I can’t eat hot pineapple, I tried it. I do enjoy it cold), I really enjoyed it. The chicken was tender and juicy. The beans and corn really complemented the whole dish because I love beans and corn. I also loved the fact that the whole dish provided me with 30 grams of whole grains.
P.S. Sorry I forgot to post a picture of my meal. I was so excited to try it that I forgot.
Healthy Choice meals are available nationwide in a variety of frozen and shelf stable options. For more information visit www.healthychoice.com or “Like” the brand on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthychoice