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15 Worst Frozen Food Items of 2020

Shut the door on these quick meals.
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After a long day of work, running errands, and making sure your household doesn't fall apart, many of us just don't have the energy to whip up a dinner for the family. Frozen food comes to our rescue when we need it most, making our lives that much easier. While this convenient cooking option saves us so much time, a ton of meals conceals hidden fat, salt, and carbs ready to take down your diet. This is why we decided to make a list of the worst frozen foods we saw in 2020 that you should definitely avoid.

2020 saw a wide variety of items enter the freezer section that could undo any healthy eating goals you wanted to maintain this year. Tracking down the worst contenders can seem impossible, especially given how busy our schedules have become, but fear not! Whether these items recently popped up on shelves or held over from years past, we tracked down the worst 15 items that you could buy this year. Here they are, and for even more healthy eating tips, be sure to check out our list of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

1

Bob Evans Sausage and Potato Bowl

bob Evans sausage potatoes


Per 1 serving: 440 calories, 25 g fat (12g saturated fat), 1,470 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 36 g protein

Finding healthy breakfast options proves challenging—grocery stores carry a wide variety of morning meals chock full of sugar, fat, and salt, and Bob Evans' Sausage and Potato Bowl does some of the most damage of any contender. According to the FDA, we should eat less than 2,300 milligrams of salt a day, and this breakfast bowl easily packs in more than half this amount. Couple this with a whopping 25 grams of fat and this breakfast bowl ranks as one of the worst ways to start your day.

Instead, why not snag one of these 7 Healthiest Breakfast Foods at the Grocery Store Right Now?

2

Cinnabon Frosting Filled Cinna Pastry

cinnabon cinnapastry

Per 1 serving: 450 calories, 23 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, 430 mg sodium, 55 g carbs, (1 g fiber, 26 g sugar) 7 g protein

No trip to the mall feels complete without treating yourself to something special from Cinnabon, but that doesn't mean we should be indulging in these treats every day. According to The American Heart Association, we shouldn't consume more than 36 grams of sugar a day, and this dessert puts you dangerously close to your maximum limits. Cinnabon's Frosting Filled Cinnapastries latest 2020 offering packs 23 grams of fat and 26 carbs into each serving of this tiny dessert, making this one of the worst sweet treats in the freezer section this year.

So skip this and snag one of these 16 Best Frozen Foods for Losing Weight instead.

3

SeaPak Maryland Style Crab Cakes

Seapak crab cakes


Per 1 serving: 240 calories, 13 g fat , (0.5 g saturated fat) 830 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 11 g protein

If you think all seafood can provide some health benefits, it's time to re-assess this view after digesting SeaPak's Maryland Style Crab Cakes. The high amount of salt in these crab cakes make this frozen dinner a no-go if you need to watch your sodium count and ranks them as one of the worst frozen foods of 2020.

Speaking of sodium, here are 25 Foods High in Sodium You Should Watch Out For.

4

Zapp's Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

zapps jalapeno peppers

Per 1 serving: 220 calories, 12 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 670 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 5 g protein

Jalapeno poppers always present a minefield of danger when you need to watch your nutrition, and Zapp's Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers don't do your body any favors. These sodium and carb-filled snacks burst into frozen food cases in 2020, but they also present one of the worst frozen foods to put in your body.

5

Hungry-Man Double Boneless Fried Chicken Bowls With White Cheddar Mac & Cheese

hungry man double chicken bowls

Per 1 serving: 760 calories, 34 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 2,090 mg sodium, 76 g carbs (4 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 39 g protein

If you really want to pack in every carb, gram of fat, and grain of salt in one day in a succinct meal, the Hungry-Man Boneless Fried Chicken Bowls can keep you weighed down all day. Packing in almost a full day's worth of sodium, this meal proves itself as not only one of the worst things in the freezer section, but also as one of the worst frozen foods of 2020 to buy at the grocery store.

6

SeaPak Budweiser Beer Battered Cod

seapak beer battered cod

Per 1 serving: 320 calories, 15 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 700 mg sodium, 32 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 15 g protein

When something comes beer-battered, get ready to brace for a wave of carbs. SeaPak's Budweiser Beer Battered Cod can do some real damage, packing in a good amount of carbs in one serving of these fried fish fillets. Add in an alarming amount of 700 milligrams of sodium, and you are in for trouble if you want to eat this cod as a meal. For healthy seafood, make sure to stay away from this product next time a craving for fish strikes. And why not make one of these 43 Healthy Seafood Recipes instead?

7

P.F. Chang's Orange Chicken

orange chicken


Per 1 serving: 420 calories, 15 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 920 mg sodium, 53 g carbs (4 g fiber, 34 g sugar), 17 g protein

P.F. Chang's has not only come to dominate the American-Chinese restaurant industry thanks to their accessible meals, but also has us coming back for more due to the high amount of fat, salt, and sugar they pack into their foods. Their grocery store-accessible orange chicken lives up to the restaurant version, packing in a huge amount of carbs and sodium, making this one of the unhealthiest items you could eat in a day. For healthy Chinese, stay away from this nutritional train wreck, and make one of these 20 Healthy Chinese Food Recipes.

8

Totino's Takis Fuego Mini Snack Bites

totinos takis

Per 1 serving: 230 calories, 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 640 mg sodium, 32 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 5 g protein

Totino's rolled out their signature Takis Fuego Mini Snack Bites, earlier this year, but even though these snacks seem tempting, they pack in quite a bit of carbs in one serving, not to mention almost a third of your daily recommended sodium intake.

When you crave a healthy snack, make sure to check out 31 Healthy Store-Bought Frozen Foods To Stock In Your Freezer.

9

Chili's Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl

chilis chicken rice bowl

Per 1 serving: 380 calories, 10 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 960 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (5 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 19 g protein

Chili's has survived the test of time thanks to delivering mouthwatering food packed with fat, salt, and carbs, and their frozen offers the same poor nutrition as the chain's regular meals. Their Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl serves up almost half your day's worth of sodium, and a significant amount of carbs. If you indulge in this frozen food, you guarantee to go over your nutritional limits.

10

Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Pot Pie

chicken bacon pot pie

Per 1 serving: 510 calories, 32 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 720 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (3 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 16 g protein

Nothing sounds as tempting as a pot pie, but any meal that advertises it's pot pie contains cheesy chicken and bacon guarantees a bad time for your eating plan. Marie Callender's pot pie in question raises eyebrows with a whopping 32 grams of fat. Factor in a third of your salt for the day, and this pie easily qualifies as one of the worst frozen foods of 2020.

11

Hungry Man Selects Golden Fried Chicken and Cheese Fries

hungry man chicken fries

Per 1 serving: 690 calories, 32 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 1,620 mg sodium, 73 g carbs (8 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 28 g protein

Hungry Man redefined the frozen dinner with their whopping portions and meals loaded with every aspect of poor nutrition you could possibly imagine. One of the worst meals to hit frozen food shelves this year came in the form of the brand's golden fried chicken and cheese fries, a combo that can strike fear in dieters with its name alone. The meal packs in quite a few carbs, a ton of fat, and closes in on an individual's complete serving of sodium. For anyone looking to maintain a regular eating plan, this meal can wreak some serious havoc.

12

Stouffer's Bowl-Full Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes

stouffers bowl fulls fried chicken mashed potatoes


Per 1 serving: 470 calories, 19 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 1,260 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (3 g fiber, 6 g sugar), <1 g protein

Fried chicken typically never does anyone any nutritional favors, and Stouffer's Bowl-full Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes takes poor nutrition to the next level. The meal packs in over half a day's worth of sodium, making it one of the worst frozen foods of 2020.

If the craving strikes, do yourself a favor and whip up our healthy and easy crispy oven fried chicken.

13

El Monterey XXLarge Bean & Cheese Burrito

el monterey burrito


Per 1 serving: 540 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 690 mg sodium, 83 g carbs (6 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 18 g protein

Salt and carbs go hand-in-hand, and frozen burritos usually make sure to load up on both. El Monterey's XXLarge Bean & Cheese Burrito lives up to its name, packing in a large number of carbs and a third of a day's sodium, making it a truly terrifying Tex-Mex experience.

14

Lean Cuisine Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

lean-cuisine-meatloafpotatoes


Per 1 serving: 240 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 870 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 20 g protein

Lean Cuisine prides itself on creating frozen foods that can meet a dieter's eating goals. Sometimes their meals slip through the cracks and end up as nutritional monstrosities. Case in point—Lean Cuisine's Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes, a meal that crams in over a third of your day's sodium. Even if the meal contains a minuscule amount of calories, don't expect your diet to get away easily if you chow down on this frozen food.

15

Jimmy Dean's Southern Style Chicken Biscuit

jimmy dean chicken


Per 1 serving: 300 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 820 mg sodium, 33 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 10 g protein

Jimmy Dean products range from the nutritional wholesome to black holes of poor nutrition, and their latest Southern Style Chicken Biscuit comes in as one of the worst of the bunch. One serving contains a third of anyone's daily sodium intake. When you need to start your morning right, this frozen sandwich can't do your body any good and guarantees to keep you moving slower.

If you crave more wholesome nutrition but don't have time to cook, we have just what you need—check out our 25 best-frozen meals for healthier weeknights for the best ways to eat pre-made meals with a minimal amount of cooking-induced stress.

Erich Barganier
Erich Barganier is a health and food writer. Read more