I have a pet peeve- Lean Cuisine. They masquerade as a good for you, weight friendly option. When in reality, they leave plenty to be desired in terms of nutrition, taste, and health benefits. Why?
1. From a caloric standpoint, Lean Cuisines are more like a large snack. All my clients and readers know I’m not a fan of calorie counting, but eating a 280 calorie lunch will leave you primed for overeating when you get home from work FAMISHED! Not to mention it can’t give you the energy you need to get through your busy day.
2. For so little calories, most meals supply more than 30% of the daily recommended amount of sodium. What does that say to me? Heavy processed, not so yummy food.
3. Each meal contains refined grains and a few measly (and might I add overcooked) veggies.
Still looking for a fast food option that’s not only tastier but better for you? Try Kashi meals with a side salad and a piece of fruit. Their portions are more reasonable and most are made with whole grains and a more generous serving of vegetables. Or check out Amy’s frozen veggie burritos and add some frozen veggies and a glass of milk to go along with it. What about a bowl of lentil soup and whole grain bread?
Nutritious eating doesn’t have to take hours, but you can do a heck of a lot better than a measly Lean Cuisine.
Your good food lovin’ dietitian in Cambridge,