1.27.2012

Low Calorie Convenience Food Reviews

Ok I know that was a super boring title. I apologize. But it needed to get the point across. :)

This last week I have started something that slightly resembles a diet. I tried doing a diet last December, but dieting during the holidays takes more willpower than I have. However, I really need to lose a few pounds for summer. I have a few pairs of shorts that were getting too tight last summer and I have gained weight since then. :(

A few weeks ago I ran across this post on Kevin & Amanda and was inspired by how simple her diet was. Frozen meals, low-calorie sides, and fresh fruits and vegetables. know that frozen meals are not the best choice necessarily, but our schedule is so crazy right now they are a very easy option. I have a problem with portion control and these definitely help with that. I've been eating frozen meals for about a week now and I'm loving the ease with which I have been able to keep my daily caloric intake low. I haven't been counting my calories like Amanda, but I do read the nutritional information on almost everything I eat now. I've also been drinking only water, which has been difficult but awesome!

Anyway, for anyone looking for low-calorie and convenient options, here are a few yummy options that I have discovered!

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I love Indian food but Justin does not. So I really only ever have it once and a while. I was a little skeptical when I first bought this, but decided to give it a chance. Amy's Kitchen got really good reviews  online and it lived up to those reviews! This was so delicious that I even bought it a second time tonight! For about $3 I can get a filling, healthy, quick meal that tastes great? Count me in!

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So far this has been my second favorite meal. The rice is decent and the added vegetables are nice. But the potstickers are actually really good! I was a little concerned about how they would heat up in the microwave, but the consistency was good and the flavor in the sauce was good but not overpowering.

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Moving out of frozen foods and into snacks, these are my most recent favorite find! I haven't had the strawberry flavor yet, only the apple. But they are so delicious! With only 80 calories per pack, you get about 10 of these little clusters. I usually take a package of these with me to my 2-hour morning class and eat it during break. It helps me refocus and tide over the hunger until lunch. Definitely check these out!

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I haven't actually tried a Green (Spinach) Smoothie yet, but tomorrow's the day! I'm so excited to try one because I have only heard good things about them and they are really healthy! I've looked at a few different recipes, but this one looks the creamiest and has the most spinach in it, so I'm gonna give this one a try. :) I will let you know how it is!


Here are a few things I have been disappointed in:

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I was really hoping that Weight Watchers meals would be really good. I have made a few of their recipes and always been pleased. But this was just okay. The two I posted about above are much better. This one tastes too much like a microwave meal. If I am going to spend $2-3 per meal, I want it to taste unique, and this was just blah.

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I wanted something sweet to feel like I'm splurging without actually splurging, so I bought sugar-free pudding. Big mistake. At least with this flavor. I usually like vanilla pudding but this tasted way too thick and the flavor was way off. Luckily this was not too expensive so I don't feel too bad that I won't be finishing it. If you really want pudding, then just splurge and buy the real stuff. It doesn't have that many calories. 


So far those are the only things that I have found disappointing. It has been a really great experience so far and I am really looking forward to discovering new healthy products. I'm hoping to be able to do a few more posts like this as my "diet" continues. Keep in mind that I am only reviewing store bought products. I have also been snacking on carrot sticks, celery, bananas, apples, and grapes. So I am making sure I get fresh foods as well. :)

Do you have a favorite low-calorie snack or convenience food you love? I really want to hear about them if so! Leave your thoughts in the comments. :)

40 comments:

  1. Mom bought some light yogurt that is pretty good! Not too much sugar and fat free!

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    1. Yeah I forgot to include that on my list. I've been eating a lot of Yoplait light recently which is really good! 110 calories and they have a red velvet flavor. :)

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  2. I'm doing Nutrisystem, which is a similar idea to what you're doing... portion controlled, ready to eat food. For snacks and splurges, I highly recommend the Special K Cracker Chips if you really get hankerings for chips. I've only tried the sour cream and onion flavor so far, but um, delish! Only 110 calories for 27 chips, which is a LOT. I have been eating half a serving as a snack or with a meal that demands a crunchy accompaniment. Sugar free pudding is usually a good idea, so I say don't give up and try other flavors/brands. To make it more "special" I find that fat free Cool Whip is a great topping. In fact, you could make tasty cream pies with instant sugar free Jello pudding, fat free whipped topping, and of course the ready made crust, which is where most of your calories will come from, but it's not too bad. As for Weight Watchers items, I tried the peanut butter cup sundae frozen dessert and it was really good, so don't be afraid to try their ice cream desserts. For a cheaper ice cream type option, check out Fudgsicles! They have low sugar and fat free options, but even the original isn't too bad! Or popsicles made with real fruit. I have lots more tips... but can't think right now. I've lost 16 pounds since the beginning of the year! I have a lot more to lose than you though. :)

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    1. Yeah the person whose post I referenced basically said she wanted to do her own version of Nutrisystem. So I'm taking that idea and changing it for my lifestyle. I will definitely have to try some of your tips! The Weight Watchers desserts sound really good! :) And congrats on the weight loss!

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  3. P.S. That post was Leslie Brown, from church here in Newport. Figured you may not know LeslieAB. :)

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