Posted by: 4pack | January 5, 2010

“Ideal Diets”: “Packaged Diet Entrees” Have Been Improved In Recent Years

PACKAGED DIET ENTREES CAN BE VERY USEFUL FOR SOME OGGIES WHO JUST CAN’T PREPARE THEIR OWN MEALS…WHICH IN ITSELF IS EVIDENCE OF A LACK OF DISCIPLINE…A LONG-TERM SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT-LOSS REGIMEN MUST HAVE INDIVIDUAL DISCIPLINE….

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, or you just don’t have the time or inclination to cook, packaged diet entrées are a convenient way to enjoy comfort foods in portion-controlled single servings that help eliminate the risk of overeating. But don’t make the mistake of considering all of them a meal in themselves, even though the package illustrations may suggest that they are. Many have so few calories that you may need to add extra food, even if you’re on a diet, to get adequate nutrition.

Do they taste good? It turns out they often do, according to our tests. One explanation might be the increasing demand among consumers for natural ingredients and fewer additives, according to Phil Lempert, a food-marketing expert and editor of Supermarket Guru. “You look at the ingredients now and there’s real food in there,” he says.

Our trained sensory panelists rated the taste quality of 24 microwaveable meals—22 frozen and two shelf-stable—from leading brands such as Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine, and Weight Watchers. We also evaluated the nutrition information for each meal based on its label.

Among the recommendations:

  • Kashi Chicken Florentine 
  • Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers Roasted Beef Merlot 
  • Lean Cuisine Cafe Classics Steak Tips Portabello 
  • Lean Cuisine One Dish Favorites Santa Fe-Style Rice and Beans 
  • Kashi Black Bean Mango 
  • Kashi Garden Vegetable Pasta 
  • Healthy Choice All Natural Entrees Portabello Spinach Parmesan (the product and packaging have changed since the test)
  • Lean Cuisine Cafe Classics Shrimp Alfredo.

 http://www.consumerreports.org/health/healthy-living/diet-nutrition/diets-dieting/diet-meals/overview/diet-meals-ov.htm

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