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10 Healthy Frozen Foods You Can Feel Good About Buying

A Healthier Side to Frozen Food

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Most frozen food gets a bad rap of being made with a laundry list of additives and preservatives. But when you don't have time to get to the market, having healthy food in the freezer can be a lifesaver. Luckily, frozen food companies have been introducing new products that are made with fewer ingredients—and ingredients you can recognize. Plus, there are some frozen-food veterans that you may have passed by over the years. Celebrate National Frozen Food Month with these 10 expert-picked buys that you can feel good about. (Don't forget to pick up these 10 Packaged Foods That Are Surprisingly Healthy!)

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Evol Cups

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Evol—that spells "love" backwards—recently released a line of food cups which include Scramble Cups (like egg white, veggie, & cheese), Fajita Cups (like sriracha queso grilled chicken), and Veggie Cups (like truffle parmesan roasted cauliflower). The cups cost you only about 170-200 calories, and each have about 10 to 15 percent of the daily recommended amount of sodium (pretty low by frozen-dinner standards). These cups are perfect on busy days or to take to work. To defrost, microwave for a few minutes and enjoy!

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Frozen Fruit

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Keep a bag of frozen strawberries, mango, tart cherries, blueberries, peaches, or pineapple in the freezer so you can whip up a delicious breakfast or post-workout smoothie in a flash. Yes, frozen fruit can be costly—buy in larger bags or try the frozen food aisle at your wholesale warehouse club. Frozen fruit can also be defrosted and used in a variety of dishes like homemade healthy muffins, parfaits, as well as in frostings, or sauces (but make sure to choose a brand with no added sugar—fruit has plenty of natural sweetness!). (Psst... We love these 10 Healthy Recipes for Freezer Meals.)

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Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars

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If you're looking for a healthy snack or dessert, Yasso frozen Greek yogurt barsat only 80-130 calories each—are a smart option to satisfy your sweet tooth. The bars are gluten-free and contain about 5-6 grams of protein, as well as 15 percent of your daily recommended amount of calcium. Indulge guilt-free in flavors like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Sea Salt Caramel. Yum! 

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Frozen Shrimp

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It's always a good idea to have a very lean protein on hand. Look for wild versus farmed when possible, or brands that follow sustainable practices. Toss frozen shrimp in soups, cook in quesadillas, or make a shrimp and rice dish.

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Veggie Fries

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If you're looking for a healthier fry in a flash, these aptly named Veggie Fries, made with beans and vegetables, are super tasty and contain a reasonable amount of sodium. Flavors include carrot, broccoli, chickpea and red pepper, and kale and tuscan herb. The frozen "fries" are sold in a variety of grocery stores around the country like Whole Foods, Wegmans, Harmons, The Fresh Market, and Lowes Foods. (Want to DIY? Try these 10 Healthy Chip Recipes.)

 

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Gretchen's Grains

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Instead of working over a hot stove waiting for those whole grains to cook, you can save time and grab a bag of pre-cooked frozen grains instead. Gretchen's Grains sells organic brown rice, quinoa, and wheat berries. Mix with beans, lentils, or cooked vegetables, or add to soups and stews. 

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Luvo Frozen Dinners

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If you're short on time or sticking to a budget, you shouldn't have to sacrifice flavor or nutritiona. Luvo uses antibiotic-free meat and poultry and non-GMO ingredients whenever possible. Meals include Chicken and Harissa Chickpeas, Kale Ricotta Ravioli, and Roasted Vegetable Lasagna. (Or try these Fantastic Freezer Meals to Make Your Life Easier.)

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Tommy's Superfoods

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With Americans struggling to meet their recommended 2-3 cups of daily veggies, frozen vegetables are an important—efficient—option. Flavored frozen vegetables have always been on the "not healthy" list, but Tommy's Superfoods has developed a line of seasoned vegetables packed with flavor and made with lots of interesting spices. Even better: The sodium level is reasonable, clocking in at about 12-18 percent of your recommended daily amount per serving. Blends include Seasoned Vegetable Medley (with broccoli, peas, and carrots) and Seasoned Super Greens (with kale, spinach, collard greens, and mushrooms).

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Whole Grain Pizza Dough

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Whole grain pizza dough is an easy, wholesome way to get a meal on the table in no time. Top with shredded part-skim mozzarella, whatever veggies are on hand, and leftover grilled chicken for a well-balanced dinner. To add even more nutrition and fiber, serve with a side salad or cup of soup. (Or use it for one of these 10 Healthy Pizza Recipes.)

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Amy's Organic Burritos and Wraps

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Amy's Kitchen sells 15 varieties of burritos and wraps, which are a grumbling stomach's savior when you're on the go or at work and need a quick, filling bite. The products are organic, vegetarian, and some come in gluten-free options; top them with rice and beans, guacamole, or spicy hummus. Flavors include Southwestern Burrito, Breakfast Burrito, and Indian Samosa Wrap.

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