25 Healthy Frozen Meals for Quick Office Lunches
Frozen meals tend to have a bad rap for being high in sodium and littered with artificial preservatives, but today's healthy frozen meals are far from the processed TV dinners of our childhood. It's hard to deny that frozen meals can definitely come in handy when it's lunchtime at the office, especially since they can deliver a delicious meal to your desk in minutes.
But since it's hard to decipher which ones won't throw a wrecking ball into your healthy lifestyle, we found the healthiest office-friendly frozen meals for you, so you can literally grab it out of the freezer in the morning and go.
We put together a list of the 25 healthiest frozen meals you can buy.
Wildscape Peri Peri Portobellos with Sweet Potatoes, Black Beans and Mango, Turmeric Farro, and Toasted Coconut
You can definitely ditch your midday office snack when you have this high-protein meal on your side. It has filling farro, roasted portobello mushrooms, and sweet potatoes, which will keep you energized all day long. Cashing in at only 350 calories per cup, you get a wholesome, restaurant-style meal that you can enjoy guilt-free.
Daily Harvest Brussel Sprouts + Tahini Harvest Bowl
Enjoy the taste of the Mediterranean with this scrumptious harvest bowl, which delivers fiber-dense lentils and delicious roasted vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, leeks, and butternut squash. You won't have to worry about the sodium content inside this bowl going over your recommended daily limit; it only contains 100 milligrams, making it an energizing and immunity-boosting meal you can make in minutes.
$6.99 – $7.99 on daily-harvest.com
Dr. Praeger's Hearty Breakfast Bowl
This hearty breakfast bowl may look like a high-calorie deathtrap, but it can actually start your morning off on the right foot thanks to its decent protein content. And if you're looking for other good frozen breakfast food options, here are the best frozen breakfast foods to add to your freezer.
$4.99 on ShopRite.
Healthy Choice Pesto & Egg White Scramble
You really have no excuse to skip meals when this power bowl only has 190 calories and six grams of fat. The high-protein egg whites and white kidney beans will keep you alert and energized just before your next office meeting comes knocking.
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Kidfresh Mighty Meaty Chicken Meatballs
These chicken meatballs are actually quite suitable for adults because they're low in carbs, fat, and sodium. Whether you serve them over whole-wheat pasta or alongside a quick store-bought salad, there's no denying these meatballs are a good frozen entree choice for those on a serious time crunch. And speaking of saving time, here are 20 quick recipes made with frozen foods that only take minutes to make.
$3.99 on Fresh Direct
Veestro Mushroom Risotto
Those observing a plant-based diet will love this delivery service as if offers 50+ a la carte frozen meals. And you don't have to worry about any of these meals skimping out on decent nutrition. This cholesterol-free mushroom risotto goes easy on the fat and sodium and provides a decent amount of fiber.
$10.99 on Veestro.com
Tribali Foods Chicken Chipotle Patties
If you're looking for a massive protein boost, these chicken patties will get the job done as they deliver a whopping 22 grams of protein to your plate at only 140 calories. And keto-enthusiasts may also want to add these patties to their shopping list, as three grams of net carbs per patty is definitely worth indulging in.
$55.96 per 4-pack on Amazon
Qrunch Original Quinoa Burgers
These organic quinoa burgers are great for those who are looking for something lighter to eat during the workday. The low calorie, fat, and sodium content won't wreck that big dinner you planned after work.
$4.99-$6.99 on Qrunch
Feel Good Foods Vegetable Fried Rice
Ditch the Chinese takeout with this much healthier alternative, which probably has half the sodium of your traditional fried rice order.
$62.18 per 8-pack on Amazon
Gardein Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Wings
You'll definitely be surprised by these meatless barbecue wings. While they look like a high-sodium and carb-filled nightmare, they actually contain 300 milligrams of sodium and just four grams of carbs. And instead of going high on the calories and low on the protein, these wings pack 14 grams of the muscle-building macronutrient and bring only 110 calories to your plate.
$49.25 per 8-pack on Amazon
Hip Chick Farms Organic Chicken Fingers
Chicken fingers may seem like anything but a healthy lunch, but allow these organic and preservative-free chicken fingers prove you wrong. They skip the added sodium and fat found in most drive-thru tenders. Plus, you're also getting a great dose of protein here as one serving delivers up to 16 grams of protein.
$31.96 per 4-pack on HipChickFarms.com
Sweet Earth Truffle Lovers Pizza
You'll definitely want to stop having pizza delivered to the office when this frozen alternative is in the fridge. It's low in calories and sodium and is way better than the salty and greasy takeout options you rely on a little too much.
$6.99-$7.99 on SweetEarthFoods.com
Hilary's Spicy Veggie Breakfast Sausage
Whether you serve them over a bed of greens or eat them on their own, this spicy breakfast sausage is anything but ordinary. One patty has three grams of protein and just 90 calories.
$4.29 on ShopRite
Lean Cuisine Origins Linguine with Spinach & Ricotta Meatless Meatballs
Be sure to try out this yummy lunch on your next Meatless Monday. It brings organic ricotta cheese-filled meatballs over a bed of delicious spinach linguine to your plate. And it's made without any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. This is one lunch to have in the fridge when you have a busy day ahead!
$3.99 on ShopRite
Tres Latin Black Bean & Sweet Corn Pupusa
These vegan pupusas are way better than the sodium-filled hot pockets you can't stop munching on, as six pupusas have 210 milligrams of sodium and just 170 calories. And boasting a very small ingredient list, you won't have to worry about any unpronounceable ingredients finding their way inside your lunch.
$5.99 on TresLatinFoods.com
Healthier Way Frozen Butternut Squash Veggie Noodles
You really can't go wrong with this frozen pack of butternut squash noodles, especially since they can be dressed up easily with low-sugar pasta sauce or a five-minute pesto sauce the night before.
$3.99 to $4.99 on Healthier-Way.com
Trifecta Turkey Patty, Brown Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Meal
Nothing says balanced like this hearty meal, which combines high-protein organic turkey with nutrient-dense vegetables like zucchini, broccoli, and carrots.
$9.97 per week at trifectanutrition.com
Good Food Made Simple Organic Cilantro Lime Chicken Entree
Yes, even your go-to burrito can be made healthy. This organic cilantro lime chicken entree keeps it low on the sodium and calories, making you rethink those Chipotle runs altogether.
$2.99-$3.49 at GoodFoodMadeSimple.com
Zoni Foods Sweet Potato Cashew Alfredo
Say goodbye to the Italian takeout with some help from this sweet potato noodle dish, which swaps out the carb-filled noodles for spiralized sweet potato noodles topped with a creamy cashew sauce and seasoned green chickpeas.
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Beetnik Lemon Chicken With Cauliflower Rice
This dish is another great takeout alternative, as it utilizes organic ingredients that are not too overwhelming in sodium, fat, and calories. Plus, cauliflower rice is a great alternative to rice, making it a must for those who are looking to load up on fiber.
$5 on Walmart
Good Food Made Simple Southwestern Veggie Breakfast Bowl
Leave the spatula, pan, and cutting board in the drawer and kick off your day with this veggie scramble instead. Made with egg whites, potatoes, veggies, cage-free egg whites, salsa, cheddar cheese, black beans and roasted corn, this heat-and-eat meal is a nutritional powerhouse. One bowl provides more protein than two whole eggs, 45 percent of the day's vitamin C, and 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium. Pair it with a Greek yogurt and a cup of tea for a filling and healthy breakfast.
Daily Harvest Smoothies
Love smoothies but hate the prep work? Daily Harvest's healthy frozen meals (in a cup!) is the solution you've been looking for. The company delivers frozen, ready-to-blend whole ingredient smoothies to customers' doorstep so all you have to do is hit the blend button. With delicious flavors like Mornin' MoJoe (cold brew coffee, green coffee beans, banana, cacao powder, almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla bean and pink Himalayan sea salt), Matcha Colada (kale, coconut, matcha, coconut oil, vanilla bean, and lime juice), and Strawberry Shorty (strawberries, raspberries, coconut milk, cacao nibs, cashew butter, pink Himalayan sea salt, and vanilla bean), there's something for everybody!
PJ's Skinny Breakfast Burrito
If the thought of cooking a healthy yet hearty breakfast while you're still in your PJ's makes you cringe, PJ's Skinny Breakfast Burrito is sure to be your savior. Filled with feta, bicep-building spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and a plethora of delectable spices, this organic portable breakfast is is one we will gladly give our stamp of approval. For the mornings when you have a little more time to spare, consider making one of these quick and healthy breakfast ideas!
Dr. Praeger's Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burger
Most veggie burgers are filled with questionable ingredients and also sort of taste like cardboard—but not these bad boys! Not only do these burgers pack 7 grams of satiating fiber, they also serve up 5 grams of protein, the majority of which comes from black beans and quinoa, a mild-tasting grain that's filled with the amino acid L-arginine, which has been shown to promote muscle over fat gain in animal studies, explains Gina Consalvo, RD, LDN. We'd like more of that, please!
EVOL Shredded Chicken & Caramelized Onion Street Taco
If Chipotle or Taco Bell are typically your go-tos when you're short on time, it's time to change that. Sure, some of their menu items won't harm your waistline, one wrong order and you could set your progress back faster than you can say "Olé!" Evol's gluten-free soft corn tacos, come filled with spicy guajillo chicken, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, and roasted corn. Yum! The best part, though? The side of guac is 100 percent free! And speaking of guacamole, if you're a huge fan of the stuff, be sure to check out these amazingly delicious avocado recipes!