Because of their poor nutritional characteristics, frozen food options are not typically beneficial if you’re trying to lose weight. Here are six options that you will definitely want to avoid:
What could possibly be that bad about a simple and easy-to-prepare frozen pizza? The answer is quite clear: Everything. In the average sized frozen pepperoni pizza that has 6 slices, there are 1,980 calories, 78 grams of fat, 234 grams of carbohydrates and 5,460 mg of sodium. If you’re trying to lose weight you might want to consider a healthier option for your next lunch meal.
Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches
Knowing that breakfast is an important part of your day, you might be tempted to reach for those easy-to-prepare breakfast sandwiches that pack on unnecessary calories and fat. In just one sandwich, there are about 370 calories, 25 grams of fat, 26 carbohydrates and 940 mg of sodium. Protect your hips and your heart and keep frozen breakfast sandwiches out of your cart at the grocery store.
Frozen Pasta Dishes
Macaroni and cheese is a comfort food that is found in many homes across the country. Though it tastes good and makes you think of Grandmother’s cooking, it’s wise to leave frozen pasta dishes in your grocer’s freezer section. Just 1 cup of a leading brand of macaroni and cheese will set you back 340 calories, 16 grams of fat, 33 grams of carbohydrates and 820 mg of sodium.
Midnight snack you say? It’s wise to steer clear of ice cream. The serving size of ice cream is 1/2 cup. Who do you know that only eats 1/2 cup of this tempting sweet treat? In just 1/2 cup of ice cream, with no toppings or cone, you will consume about 180 calories, 10 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates and 15 grams of sugar! If you are having a craving for ice cream, replace it with frozen yogurt for a healthier alternative.
Breaded Fish and Chicken
Chicken and fish are healthy, nutritious foods–right? Yes, but not when they are breaded, processed and frozen in a box waiting for you to purchase them. In just 6 fish sticks, there are 250 calories, 14 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrates and 380 mg of sodium. Similarly, five chicken nuggets have 280 calories, 18 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbohydrates and 480 mg of sodium. Don’t let the protein levels in these foods throw you off. Protein is good for you, but you’d be better off cooking a lean piece of fresh chicken or fish.
Frozen Juice Concentrates
Fresh juice provides you with plenty of vitamins and minerals, and above all else…it’s delicious! While it is true that 100% juice is made from real fruit, which is healthy, the additives in frozen juice make it an unhealthy choice when trying to lose weight. In just 1 cup of frozen orange juice, you can expect to consume approximately 150 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrates and 21 grams of sugar.