Are TV Dinners Healthy?

January 27, 2012

Diet and Nutrition

TV dinners are one of the easiest and most convenient meals out there. They can be cooked in the microwave and take just a few minutes to prepare, and come in a wide variety of flavors and food choices. But TV dinners get a bad rep when it comes to dieting, because most people believe that you can’t lose weight eating TV dinners. The truth is, many TV dinners meet the caloric requirements of dieters, and stay under the recommended amounts of sodium, fat and carbohydrates. TV dinners are often healthier than people think.

lean cuisine

Lean Cuisine is one of the healthiest TV dinners out there. They average between 250 and 300 calories for every TV dinner that they make, and are a great choice when it comes to healthy meals. For instance, the Lean Cuisine Sundried Tomato Pesto Chicken has nine grams of total fat and 2 of them from saturated fat. It has 570 milligrams of sodium, and 4 and 18 grans of fiber and protein respectively. Unfortunately, these TV dinners are relatively small in portion sizes so they may not work for every dieter.

 

 

Even the grocery’s store’s inexpensive offering of TV dinners isn’t that bad. The TV dinners that you find for around a dollar in grocery stores have more sodium than the healthy choice ones, and a lot more fat, but the calories are basically the same as the healthier options. Some of the more popular discount grocery store brands appear to be Banquet and Melina’s. Just be sure that you are checking the back of them to keep your fat and your sodium under acceptable levels, but the calories are going to be between 250 and 500 no matter what brand you go with or which TV dinner entree that you choose.

There are some brands of TV dinner that simply don’t work when it comes to weight loss however. These are the TV dinners that purposely include large portions, or foods that are covered with gravies high in fat and sodium. Generally, these TV dinners also include some kind of rich desert. The bottom line when it comes to these type of TV dinners is that they are made for the person that like to eat. A popular brand that fits into this category is the Hungry Man brand, offering barbequed chicken and ribs, large fried fishstick or chicken tenders and a brownie, or cake for dessert.

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