HOW TO CHOOSE ready-made

Don’t feel like cook­ing? Di­eti­tian Brooke Long­field brings you the health­i­est con­ve­nience meals.

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There’s noth­ing wrong with keep­ing a few con­ve­nience meals in the freezer or pantry for lazy nights when you don’t feel like cook­ing. They’re cheaper than take­away and can be far health­ier, too, if you know what to look for. Here are our tips. Pre-made meals can be high in salt. Be wary of Asian­style stir­fries loaded with sauce. High­salt foods like cheese and pro­cessed meats (think ham and ba­con) make for an un­healthy combo in frozen piz­zas, pas­tas and lasagnes. In fact, one pop­u­lar brand of frozen lasagne packs in more than half your max­i­mum daily salt in­take! Ve­g­ies not only add all-im­por­tant nu­tri­ents, but they are also full of fi bre, which helps us feel full. Most frozen din­ners tend to be light on veg­eta­bles. Pick one with at least two serves.

Make your quick din­ners health­ier by bulk­ing them out with a cou­ple of hand­fuls of baby spinach stirred through, or mi­crowav­ing frozen veg to add to them. That way, grab­bing a con­ve­nience meal doesn’t have to mean short­chang­ing your health.

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