When you are trying to lose weight and eat better a well-stocked freezer can be your best friend. When you are busy and hungry convenience is key so anything to help avoid the temptation of takeout or the drive-through is a good thing.
Used wisely, frozen meals, ingredients and treats can help provide you with easy healthy options for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner as well as tasty snacks and treats. They can help make portion control and calorie or points counting easier too.
Instead of trying to figure out how many calories you are going to get in a home-cooked meal or at a restaurant, you just flip the package over and you get everything you need to know on the nutritional label.
I polled my WW Facebook Page fans to get their suggestions. Here's what they offered up:
Tyson Blackened Chicken Breast Strips
Smartpoints value of 2 (Green) or 0 (Blue, Purple)
Tyson® Blackened Chicken Breast Strips are lightly crisp with a pinch of not-too-spicy heat. Simple, zesty, and an all-natural source of 20 grams of protein. "These are so good! They are so easy to prepare and go with everything. Low in calories and points, I've told many of my Weight Watchers friends about them."
Try to add a side salad and a serving of fruit to round out your meal, especially if you're having a lower-calorie frozen dinner. Not only will it boost the vitamin, mineral and fiber content, but the extra fruit and vegetables will help fill you up.
After all, what good is the portion-controlled serving if you still feel hungry after you eat it?
Healthy Choice Simple Steamers Chicken & Veg Stir fry
Smartpoints value of 4 (Green), or 1 (Blue, Purple)
"I discovered the Healthy Choice simply steamers a few weeks ago, and the first was so good that now I have to try them all! This one didn't disappoint. It's loaded with chicken and broccoli, the perfect flavor combination in my opinion."
Lean Cuisine Alfredo Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli
280 Calories and 8 (Green) or 7 (Blue, Purple) SmartPoints
"Another one of my go-to flavors. Nice & creamy sauce & noodles w/ a little texture change w/ the chicken & broccoli. I sometimes wish there were more broccoli in it, but I'm sure I could supplement it myself in times of extreme need... The only way it could be any better for me is if the pasta were whole wheat, but that's just a personal preference."
Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers Chicken Pesto Classico
8 (Green) or 7 (Blue, Purple) SmartPoints
"This is my favorite of all the dishes... not sure how or when I discovered it. ... I always put lemon pepper seasoning on it and it gives the kick it needs to go from ordinary to really really good."
Healthy Choice Power Bowls with Cauliflower Rice in several flavors including basil pesto chicken, spicy black bean and chicken and chicken marinara
WW Santa Fe Rice and Beans over salad, or potato or in tacos or with poached eggs
SmartPoints value of 8 (Green) or 7 (Blue, Purple)
"This is all of the mexican food you want without the calories and guilt. This is one of my favorites and it is seriously filling. The flavor is great and I can even put some sour cream on top without the guilt because the calories are so low. Mexican food can be heavy but this fulfills my cravings and keeps me feeling happy with myself and my choices."
Healthy Choice Simple Steamers Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
3 Smartpoints value (Green, Blue, Purple)
"I never eat frozen dinners but I was drawn by the macros and calories of the frozen meal and decided to try it out and WOW. I cannot believe how much protein is packed in this low calorie meal! I was concerned the chicken would taste like it does on an airplane but frankly its amazing considering it is frozen. I highly recommend this to anyone."
Weight Watchers Favorite Frozen Vegetable Side Dishes
Keep in mind that often frozen produce is more nutritious than fresh varieties stored in the fridge for several days.
Green Giant Rice Veggies Cauliflower Medley
1 SmartPoints value (Green) or 0 (Blue, Purple).
Our delicious Riced Cauliflower Medley is made of 100% vegetables and can be enjoyed on its own or in your favorite recipes! Our Riced Veggies are gluten-free, low calorie and come without sauce or seasoning so you can prepare them just the way you like them.
Plus - our Riced Cauliflower Medley has 85% fewer calories than rice!**
**85% fewer calories than the leading brand of prepared white rice.
Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower
0 Smartpoints value (Green, Blue, Purple)
Our delicious Riced Cauliflower is made of 100% vegetables and can be enjoyed on its own or in your favorite recipes! Plus - our Riced Cauliflower has 85% fewer calories than rice!**
Our Riced Veggies are gluten free and come without sauce or seasoning so you can prepare them just the way you like them.
**85% fewer calories than the leading brand of prepared white rice.
Trader Joe's Riced Cauliflower Stir-Fry
1 SmartPoint value (Green, Blue, Purple).
The newest addition to TJ's user-friendly frozen lineup. A boon to the home cook, it starts with a base of blanched, toothsome cauliflower crumbles seasoned with savory tamari sauce and nutty sesame oil. Green peas, red bell peppers, grilled corn, and spring onions are added for fresh, vegetal flavor and vibrant color.
On top of its careful composition, this veggie-party-in-a-bag offers impressive nutrition to boot, with just 50 calories, two grams of fat and seven grams of carbs in a one-cup serving. It'd be difficult to say the same about fried rice from a takeout container.
Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi
4 SmartPoints per cup (Green, Blue, Purple)
This gnocchi (NYOK-kee) made for TJs in Italy, is made with about 75% cauliflower, which translates to fewer carbs, with significantly less fat & calories than potato-based varieties.
Weight Watchers Favorite Frozen Breakfast Items
Eggo Nutri-Grain Low-Fat Whole Grain Waffles
4 SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)
With 50% less fat compared to original Nutri-Grain® Waffles and all of that classic Eggo® taste, Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Low Fat Whole Wheat Waffles are a great start your day. Top with fresh fruit, syrup, or your favorite nut butter for an extra boost.
Morningstar Farms Sausage Patties
1 SmartPoint (Green, Blue, Purple).
Add savory to the most important meal of the day with these veggie sausage patties. With 81% less fat than cooked pork sausage and 70 calories per serving, you'll be excited to start your day the right way.
Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Egg White and Cheese Whole Grain Muffin Sandwich
7 SmartPoints value (Green, Blue, Purple)
Perfect breakfast for an on the go Mom! Absolutely delicious, low calorie, and full of protein.
Weight Watchers Favorite Frozen Appetizers
Trader Joe's Chicken Cilantro Mini Wontons
Each serving of 4 mini wontons has 1 SmartPoint (Green, Blue, Purple)
Great as an appetizer or snack, these are also great turned into soup. Just add chicken broth and your frozen veg of choice.
Trader Joe's Chicken Gyoza Potstickers
Each serving of 7 potstickers has 6 SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)
A frozen dumpling can't match fresh. But for your money, you can't do much better than the Chicken Gyoza Potstickers or the Pork Gyoza Potstickers from Trader Joe's. This product hits all of the right chewy, succulent, comforting dumpling notes.
Green Giant Veggie Tots Broccoli & Cheese
Each six-piece serving has a SmartPoints value of 4 (Green, Blue, Purple).
Loaded with broccoli, not potato, these Broccoli & Cheese Veggie Tots are a great alternative to tater tots and fries. There is 1 full serving of broccoli in each serving, without any artificial flavors.
Weight Watchers Favorite Frozen Desserts
Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars
3 to 5 SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple) depending on flavor
Yasso Greek yogurt bars use rich and creamy Greek yogurt as the base to deliver a deliciously satisfying and indulgent dessert that’s lower in calories (80-150 per serving) and packed with protein (5-7 grams per serving), made without high intensity sweeteners. Available in over 18 varieties.
WW Giant Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Bars
4 SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)
WW Giant Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Bars are sweet, smooth and refreshing – and don't contain artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. This chocolatey pop has a familiar summer magic. Close your eyes, and you can almost hear the ice cream truck.
Cool Whip Lite Whipped Topping / Fat Free Whipped Topping
Each 2-tablespoon serving of either fat-free or lite Cool Whip has 1 SmartPoint (Green, Blue, Purple)
I like to keep a container in the freezer to make this quick and easy frozen cool whip faux banana split.
Fudgsicle No Sugar Added Original Fudge Pops
Each fudge pop has just 2 SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)
Fudgsicle No Sugar Added Fudge Pops are the original, delicious chocolate-flavored fudge pops, now with no added sugar!
Each sugar-free Fudge Pop contains only 40 calories, less than 1 gram saturated fat, 45 mg of sodium, and 2.5 g of sugar. These Fudge Pops can be enjoyed guilt-free anytime and anywhere.
More Weight Watchers Favorite Foods
- 5 WW Favorite Protein Bars with 4 Smartpoints or fewer
- 35+ Easy WW Desserts with 3 SmartPoints or Less
- WW Zero Points Foods List (Blue)
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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