31 Healthy Store-Bought Frozen Foods To Stock In Your Freezer
There's an old cliche that says if you're looking for love, forget about the singles bars. The real action is in the frozen foods aisle of your supermarket, where men and women unencumbered by domestic attachment (and, presumably, cooking skills) gather to hunt down the evening's meals.
While we're not sure the freezer section can quite hold a candle to Tinder, we do know one thing: finding foods you can love—and that will love you back—truly is possible, if you know what to look for. And microwave meals aren't as nutritionally destitute as you might think—in fact, they can lead to quick weight loss: A 2014 study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that when you opt for a frozen meal from the grocery store, you'll consume an average of 253 fewer calories and 2.6 fewer grams of saturated fat per day than if you stopped at a fast food joint.
Whether you're serious about nutrition or just cruising the frozen food scene looking for Mr. Hot Pockets, we've got the lowdown on the best options in your supermarket. The researchers of Eat This, Not That! put on their mittens and reached deep into the freezer section to find the 46 best frozen meals.
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Daily Harvest Mint Cacao Smoothie
There is absolutely nothing as refreshing and satisfying as blending up this frozen smoothie cup from Daily Harvest for breakfast. Tell us we're wrong.
Kashi 7 Grain Waffles
Kashi does waffles right: These are the most fiber-packed waffles in the freezer.
Healthy Choice Pesto & Egg White Scramble
This hearty breakfast power bowl meets both our fiber and protein criteria, deeming this pick one of our best a.m. meals to wake up to.
Amy's Black Beans & Tomatoes Breakfast Burrito
Black beans are one of the healthiest foods on the planet—and this burrito is packed with 'em.
Dr. Praeger's Hearty Breakfast Bowl
Made with cage-free eggs for a healthy protein punch and hidden veggies for added vitamins, this breakfast is both delicious and nutritious.
Amy's Cheese Pizza
Made with organic, unbleached wheat flour, as well as other wholesome ingredients, this pick serves up 2 grams of fiber and 12 grams of muscle-building protein.
Newman's Own White Thin & Crispy Pizza
Newman's Own combines spinach and cheese for a truly delicious slice sans too much sodium (that's if you stick to the serving size).
Teton Waters Ranch 100% Grass-fed Beef Burger Blend, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
No one can argue about how convenient frozen burgers are. But we can probably all agree that their taste isn't always what we expect it to be. You won't have to make any sacrifices with these burgers from Teton Waters Ranch. Made with 100% grass-fed beef, these patties come preseasoned so all you have to do is throw them on the grill or in a skillet and dinner is ready in minutes.
Peas of Mind Cheese Pizza
They snuck broccoli and carrots into the crust. Clever devils! And still curious about how these compare to takeout? Don't miss our special report every menu item at Domino's—ranked!
KidFresh Wagon Wheels Mac 'N Cheese
Diffuse the comfort food's flab-producing potential by opting for this light rendition. It omits artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives you'll find in other frozen mac and cheese meals.
Lean Cuisine Four Cheese Cannelloni
Swap out the white sauce for red sauce and you'll save a few hundred calories per serving every time. For more easy tips and tricks, don't miss these 50 ways to lose 10 pounds—fast!
Cape Gourmet Cooked Shrimp
Unadulterated shrimp are among the leanest sources of protein on the planet.
SeaPak Salmon Burgers
Toss this on the grill, then sandwich it between a toasted bun with arugula, grilled onions, and Greek yogurt spiked with olive oil, garlic, and fresh dill. Pair it with one of these fat-burning soups, and you have a full, healthy meal.
Fish People Meyer Lemon & Herb Panko Wild Alaskan Salmon Kit
Craft a better dinner with Fish People's salmon kit. It comes with wild-caught salmon and a crunchy crust made of Parmesan, Meyer lemon, and a splash of butter. One serving is jam-packed with protein and low in sodium. Be sure to pair it with a side salad for some fiber.
EVOL Vegetable Enchiladas
Evol's vegetable enchiladas are made with black beans, rice, zucchini, bell pepper, and corn wrapped up in gluten-free corn tortillas and smothered in a zesty green enchilada sauce.
TaDah! Sweet and Spicy Harissa Falafel Wrap
If you like food from your local Greek restaurant, you're going to love this wrap from TaDah! The texture of the first bite will make you think this wrap was handed to you fresh by a street vendor. We love how moist the falafel stays and the sweet and spicy harissa sauce is complemented perfectly with the cool, creamy lebni.
Blake's Chicken Pot Pie
There are few comfort foods that remind you of home quite like chicken pot pie. You don't have to toil in the kitchen for hours to get that homemade taste, though. Head to the freezer and pick up a pie from Blake's. With a made-from-scratch crust and farm-fresh ingredients, you'll be glad you did.
Good Food Made Simple Organic Cilantro Lime Chicken Entree
Instead of the standard white rice, this meal rests on a blend of black beans and brown rice.
Beetnik Lemon Chicken With Cauliflower Rice
Beetnik's blend of cauliflower rice, tender chicken, and lemony mushroom sauce makes this pick low-carb and high-protein.
Birds Eye OvenRoasters Sheet Pan Vegetables Sweet Potatoes, Carrots & Red Potatoes
Birds Eye uses only simple ingredients in this ready-to-bake bag of veggies that will help you get dinner on the table in minutes.
Applegate Organics Organic Chicken Strips
The relatively light breading makes Applegate's strips less fatty than the competition's.
Breyers Black Raspberry Chocolate
The secret to a low-calorie ice cream is simple: Lead off with something lighter than cream. This one uses regular milk first and cream last. Use a bit to make one of these smoothies for weight loss!
Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Bars
Low-calorie ice cream with a ribbon of decadent chocolate delicately wrapped around a bar? You won't find a more decadent dessert that lets you indulge and without any guilt.
Edy's Slow Churned Mint Chocolate Chip
Edy's Slow Churned line leans more heavily on milk than cream, which keeps the calories in check.
So Delicious Oatmeal Cookie Oatmilk Frozen Dessert
Creamy, but entirely dairy-free, this frozen dessert is basically like eating a frozen chewy oatmeal cookie.
Enlightened Keto Ice Cream Collection, Peanut Butter Fudge
You would never guess that an ice cream labeled "no sugar added" would make zero concessions when it comes to taste.
Chloe's Strawberry Dipped Pops
Chloe's has earned our allegiance for both its low-calorie concoctions and the simplicity of its ingredient statements.
Halo Top Red Velvet
The secret behind the stellar nutritionals: it's made with milk and cream and sweetened with erythritol, a sugar alcohol that likely won't cause digestive issues. Get spooning!
Clio Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bar
Greek yogurt, chocolate, and strawberries. You don't find a frozen treat with a simpler recipe and as much protein.
So Delicious Fudge Bars
Low in sugar and overall calories, this is a good treat to keep in mind even if you're not lactose intolerant. Unlike dairy desserts, this treat's saturated fat content comes from brain-boosting, plant-based MCTs.
Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Chocolate Fudge Bar
A classy upgrade to the standard Fudgsicle, this frozen treat delivers 6 grams of belly-filling protein. Kinda like our favorite chia puddings.