HOW TO CHOOSE ready-made
Don’t feel like cooking? Dietitian Brooke Longfield brings you the healthiest convenience meals.
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.