Another week is upon us. Back to school for kids and back to work for (some) parents. I, myself am a working mom and find myself frustrated every Sunday night as I think about what I am going to bring in my lunch for the days ahead. A few weeks back I discussed ways to vamp up kids’ lunches and I get excited about implementing those ideas when packing my kids’ lunch, but rarely do I ever think about how to improve my OWN lunch! I am honestly just lucky if I remember to pack one. So this week I am talking about a new product that caught my eye as I walked the grocery store aisles. The products are made by Lean Cuisine and are a part of their line called “Lean Cuisine Marketplace.” These frozen meals are Asian style bowls and currently come in three varieties- Chicken Teriyaki, Vegetable Stir Fry and Chicken Pad Thai. It seems as though Lean Cuisine is stepping up their game with these products to go beyond the usual frozen macaroni and cheese, ravioli or glazed chicken. A snapshot of these products is written below.
Chicken Teriyaki- This bowl has 310 calories, 20 grams of protein and uses broccoli, carrots and onions.
Vegetable Stir Fry- This bowl has 420 calories and is loaded with a variety of vegetables, namely, mushrooms, snap peas, edamame, red/yellow bell peppers and bok choy.
Chicken Pad Thai- This bowl has 430 calories and uses carrots, snap peas and scrambled eggs.
Now I will warn you, the vegetable stir fry version is high in sodium so you may not want to recommend this version to a client (or eat it yourself) if there is a heart condition involved. The other 2 varieties contain an acceptable amount of sodium. But it’s like I always say…”You can’t win ‘em all.”
Part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight is avoiding burnout. I see so many people get stuck in a rut of eating the same 3-5 foods or meals and then get bored with healthy eating and decide to give it up. That’s why I was excited to see this product pop up on the shelves! I hope you are too. Pass this along to your clients, friends and family or just keep this in mind for yourself! Skip the meal prep this week and let Lean Cuisine do the work for you! Or, if you find meal prepping fun, head over to the recipe page and check out the chicken teriyaki recipe and make it yourself. Either way, happy eating!