Back when I started this journey of losing weight and a better lifestyle I was against frozen meals. Well times have changed. I still don’t think they are good for you but they really do help with portion control and eating out. I don’t eat them daily but some weeks I do eat them a couple times a week – it just depends if I have dinner left overs.
I just don’t feel like spending 10-20 minutes in the mornings anymore preparing breakfast and lunch. Coming home to make dinner after a long day in the office can sometimes be bad enough.
Frozen meals can be expensive. I DO NOT buy them unless then are on sale. I also don’t always buy the “healthy”, lower calorie meals either. I find the Michelina’s meals often go on sale for $1 each at various stores. Most of them are between 300-400 calories – really not too bad for a lunch. Sometimes I add some veggies or a side salad.
I have tried a few different Michelina’s meals and they have always been pretty tasty. The Macaroni and Cheese is by far my favourtie – I LOVE IT. I loved adding diced tomatoes to it. Diced bell peppers work well too – if I am really adventurous even some spinach.
And for breakfast I was delighted to find the Weight Watchers Smart Ones English Muffin Sandwiches. The Weight Watchers meals sometimes go on sale for $2-$2.50. You get two sandwiches in a box, so $1 – $1.25 for one. Not as cheap as toast I am sure, but a little treat – something to hit the spot when you wish you could have a McDonalds for an Egg McMuffin. As a bonus, they are cheaper too!
The Weight Watchers Smart Ones English Muffin Sandwiches are 210 calories. With some fruit or yogurt it makes for a delicious breakfast. I enjoy a lot of the Weight Watchers meal but like the Michelina’s ones better because they are cheaper.
Again, not the healthiest meals but sometimes connivence wins. I also find I usually enjoy them and having a lunch ready I enjoy means I am much less likely to get take out.