Feb. 4, 2010 — If you want to cut calories from your diet and cut your preparation time, packaged meals can be a great solution. Frozen diet entrees offer a convenient way for health-conscious people to get portion-controlled servings of food.
Consumer Reports rated the taste quality of 24 packaged meals from top brands including Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers. While the low calorie count makes these meals an attractive option, many have so few calories that you’re not actually getting enough nutrition if you don’t pair them with other sides.
Mandy Walker from Consumer Reports showed “GMA” the magazine’s five favorite microwaveable meals, and the food you can add to them to get a nutritious, satisfying and calorie-conscious meal.
Check out the Consumer Reports Web site for more details and pick up the February issue for the full list and advice on choosing packaged meals and pairing them with the proper add-ons.
Kashi Chicken Florentine
Broccoli with pat of butter and lemon juice
Total calories: 460
Total fat: 14g
Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Rice & Beans
Tossed salad with reduced-fat dressing
Strawberries with 2 tbsp whipped topping
Total calories: 430
Total fat: 11g
Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers Roasted Beef Merlot
230 calories $3.45
Whole wheat bread
Low fat granola bar
Total Calories: 470 Fat: 11g Sodium: 800mg
Lean Cuisine Cafe Classics Shrimp Alfredo
Cucumbers and tomatos with olive oil and lemon juice
Half a cup of light ice cream with sliced pears
Total calories: 490
Lean Cuisine Cafe Classics Steak Tips Portabella
10 baby carrots (approximately 90 grams)
2 tbsp hummus
Light and Fit vanilla yogurt (6 ounces)
Sliced banana (one medium)
Total calories: 430
Total fat: 11g
Sodium: 730 mg
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The 12 Best Frozen Meals for Weight Loss
You crawl into bed with the noblest of intentions. “I’m going to wake up, go for a jog, take a shower, pack a healthy lunch, and go to work.”
Sounds simple enough, but actually pulling it off is a different story.
When lunch time rolls around, you find yourself running your hands through your messy hair, wondering which drive-through to grace with your presence.
It’s hard to set aside time to plan and prepare healthy lunches. And who wants to eat a soggy salad from a joint that specializes in hamburgers?
If you’re looking for easy weight loss lunches you’ll actually enjoy eating, you should consider frozen meals. There are entire aisles at the grocery store dedicated to this sort of nourishment.
We’ve found 12 fiber-friendly choices that will help you feel full, slim down, and save time.
One Dozen Full Plate Approved Frozen Meals
Generally speaking, weight loss-friendly, microwavable meals are fairly small — especially when the main ingredients are pasta, white rice, meat and cheese. The manufacturers have to cut portions to keep the calories low.
The meals we’ve chosen, though lower in calories, are actually filling. Which is why you’ll notice plenty of whole grains, vegetables and beans in our choices. These foods are high in fiber and protein (provided by the beans). The fiber and protein will help you stay full longer throughout the day.
For some, one frozen meal will be enough for a quick lunch. Especially if you’re expecting a big dinner with the family. But if you need a little more food on your plate, try our suggested salad kits and fruit. Just open up the salad kit bag, add included toppings, and toss with the dressing inside the pouch.
➡ Some of these meals are higher in sodium than Full Plate normally recommends. But the sodium content will still be lower than the alternative — a meal from the drive through.
Amy’s meals aren’t just delicious, they’re specifically targeted for people with more pristine diets – the organic, vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian crowds. Don’t let that intimidate you though.”They’re the kind of meals you might find in a premium meal delivery kit like Sun Basket or Green Chef, except they’re less expensive and fully prepared — ready to heat and enjoy.” You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the rich, hearty flavors of each meal. Seriously, Amy’s is delicious.
1. Cheese Enchilada Whole Meal
This entire Enchilada meal with golden corn and black beans packs only 370 calories, and 9g of fiber.
This Heart Healthy Kit by Fresh Express is perfect for this meal. Slice up some mango on the side, and you’re good to go.
2. Brown Rice, Black-Eyed Peas & Veggie Bowl
This entire Brown Rice, Black-Eyed Peas and Veggie Bowl packs only 290 calories, and 8g of fiber.
The blueberry sweetness of the Antioxidant Salad Kit by Fresh Express is a great pairing for this Southern staple meal. If you want more sweetness for dessert, try a cup of raspberries.
3. Mexican Casserole Bowl
This entire Mexican Casserole Bowl packs only 380 calories, and 8g of fiber.
This Digestive Health Kit by Fresh Express is the perfect subtle flavor to go with such a bold meal. A cup of fresh strawberries is a nice way to end the meal.
4. Indian Mattar Paneer
This entire Indian Mattar Paneer meal packs only 370 calories, and 6g of fiber.
Balance out the Indian spices with a sweet zing of Eat Smart’s Sweet Kale Salad. Some sweet grapes are a wonderful choice for dessert.
Healthy Choice Café Steamers
The brown rice in this meal is a healthy alternative to white rice because it’s less processed and contains more fiber.
5. Orange Zest Chicken
This entire Orange Zest Chicken meal packs only 320 calories, and 6g of fiber.
Add more zest to your meal with the Asian Salad Kit by Eat Smart. And finish your plate off with some fresh kiwi slices.
This tasty Mexican lunch uses organic ingredients and contains no preservatives or GMOs.
6. Cheese & Bean Enchilada Verde
This entire Cheese & Bean Enchilada Verde packs only 260 calories, and 6g of fiber.
This Heart Healthy Kit by Fresh Express is the perfect subtle flavor to go with the bold taste of this meal. Juicy watermelon is a great way to end this meal.
Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends
These Birds Eye meals contain healthy whole grain carbs for energy and fiber-rich protein from beans for your muscles. A pound of muscle burns three times as many calories as a pound of fat, so you want to keep those muscles well fed!
7. Asian Style
Half this entire Asian Style bag packs only 230 calories, and 9g fiber.
A salad with a citrus based dressing, like Dole’s Sunflower Chopped Salad would pair up quite well with this meal. End your lunch on a sweet note with an orange or tangerine.
8. California Style
Half this California Style bag packs only 240 calories and 12g of fiber.
You can add more bulk to this meal and up the flavor with this amazing Pear Gorgonzola Salad Kit by Fresh Express. Of course, a nice ripe pear will be perfect for dessert as well.
9. Italian Style
Half this Italian Style bag packs 270 calories, and 13g of fiber.
Caesar salads pair up nicely with Italian meals, however they’re usually loaded with fat. Try this Light Caesar Salad by Dole instead. And finish off the meal with a cup of fresh blueberries.
10. Southwest Style
Half this Southwest Style bag packs only 320 calories, and 17g of fiber.
Fresh Express’ Salsa Ensalada kit is perfect for this meal. Slice up some mango on the side, and you’re all set.
Green Giant Sautes
Love veggies and beans? The Green Giant Sautes might be perfect for a quick side dish, but they’re also a great option for a slimming lunch when you’re in a pinch.
11. Indian Spiced Lentil
This entire Indian Spiced Lentil bag packs only 270 calories, and 6g of fiber.
Balance out the Indian spices with a sweet zing of Taylor Farms’ Sweet Kale Chopped Salad. A fresh pomegranate or peach will be just the thing to end the meal with.
12. Chipotle Harvest
This entire Chipotle Harvest bag packs only 280 calories, and 9g of fiber.
This Heart Healthy Kit by Fresh Express is the perfect subtle flavor to go with such a bold meal. A cup of chopped pineapple is great for dessert.
Why these meals meet our criteria and most frozen meals don’t
For us to label a frozen meal “weight loss friendly” it has to have more than 5g of fiber per box. That’s because high fiber meals tend to be lower calorie meals. And high fiber meals also help you feel full longer.
Most frozen meals are a weight loss bust because they’re loaded with foods that have little or no fiber: stuff like white pasta, white rice, meat and cheese. These foods are higher in calories and fat, and they won’t keep you full as long.
On the other hand, the meals we’ve just shown you are surprisingly loaded with high fiber foods such as whole grains, veggies, and beans, which ups the fiber and lowers the calories.
Here’s the Moral of the Story
We know life gets busy. And on those days, weight loss probably isn’t your top priority. Stashing a few of these frozen meals in your freezer is a great way to keep moving forward towards your goal. So try a few, find your favorites, and enjoy!
These days, dozens and dozens of healthier frozen meals line the freezer shelves. And thank goodness! Because with jam-packed days, at least preparing a nutritious meal can go quickly.
But before you stock up, it’s important to know what you should you look for in a frozen meal. Your best bet is one with less than 500 calories and no more than 600 milligrams of sodium. You also don’t want to go too low in calories — if a meal sits below the 300- to 350-calorie mark, you’ll want to beef it up with a side of lean protein like shrimp or lentils, a healthy fat such as avocado or olives, or a fruit or starchy vegetable. And you’ll want to aim for a meal with at least 10 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. These nutrients help keep you fuller for longer, so you won’t be raiding the pantry a few hours later.
Don’t forget to keep these pointers in mind when reading the ingredients list:
- Look for a whole food. Ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So ideally, the first ingredient will be a whole food — for instance, a protein (such as chicken or beans), a fruit or vegetable or a whole grain.
- Avoid trans fats. Steer clear of ingredient lists that contain partially hydrogenated oil, a flag that a meal contains trans fats.
Here are seven nutritionist picks to consider adding to your grocery list. You’ll see that not every single meal on this list fits the guidelines above. In those cases, follow their expert suggestions for doctoring up a meal in mere minutes (or seconds!) to help it fit this criteria.
Sweet Earth Curry Tiger Bowl
“I’m a vegetarian, so I’m limited with selections and try to find meals with a decent amount of protein,” says Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, team dietitian for Orlando Magic and co-author of “Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies.” “I also look for meals with veggies and whole grains.” Collingwood says this Asian-inspired bowl is one of her go-tos because it features multiple plant-based proteins — including lentils, seitan, brown rice and quinoa. You get a mix of veggies and an excellent amount of protein, 14 grams, for only 330 calories.
Make it even healthier: “Sometimes if I have leftover veggies, I’ll warm them up and mix them into the dish,” says Collingwood. “There’s enough sauce for this addition.”
Luvo Chicken Harissa & Chickpeas
“This meal has a super low sodium content for a frozen meal, with 330 milligrams,” says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, author of “The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club.” She says she also likes that it’s free of gluten, dairy and nuts — perfect for people with specific dietary needs. “I also value that Luvo meals are not packaged in plastic containers and the outer container and pouches are recyclable,” Harris-Pincus says.
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Make it even healthier: With just 270 calories, pair this meal with a banana or cup of berries for extra calories and filling fiber.
EVOL Vegetable Enchiladas
So how about those times you’re craving Mexican but don’t want to blow your daily calorie intake out of the water? These enchiladas taste like the restaurant version and are stuffed with plenty of veggies — including zucchini, bell peppers and onions. With a base of corn, they provide their fill of whole grains and fiber. The protein content is solid, too, at 11 grams.
Make it even healthier: Pair the dish with a side of “rice,” and heat up a serving of Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggie Made Cauliflower.
Amy’s Kitchen Brown Rice & Vegetables Bowl, Light in Sodium
This brand is beloved by dietitians, and the line of light-in-sodium meals makes it even easier to recommend. “I love this meal because it has only 270 milligrams of sodium, practically unheard of for a frozen meal!” says Autumn Ehsaei, MS, RDN, CLT, a private practice dietitian in Cary, North Carolina. “It’s really delicious and simple, which I enjoy because I often find frozen meals to taste salty.”
Make it even healthier: “The only downside to this option is it is pretty small, with only 260 calories,” says Ehsaei, who suggests adding a fried egg or rinsed canned chickpeas for extra protein and avocado slices for healthy fat.
Caulipower Margherita Pizza
Finally! Here’s a gluten-free, dietitian-approved frozen pizza. “I love cauliflower pizza, so this is a great alternative to a traditional pie as it has fewer calories,” says Ryan Whitcomb, MS, RD, CLT, a private practice dietitian in Jersey City, New Jersey. Think 330 calories for half a pie. Just one cheese slice at your neighborhood pizzeria may clock in at that calorie count! You also get a good amount of protein and fiber.
Make it even healthier: “I usually throw broccoli, bell peppers and onions on top of the pie to increase the veggie and antioxidant content,” says Whitcomb. “I also add lean chicken or turkey to increase the protein.”
Trader Joe’s Wild Salmon
Eating at least two 3.5-ounce weekly servings of cooked fatty fish is recommended to get your fill of the omega-3s EPA and DHA. “Salmon is low in heart-unhealthy saturated fat and robust in omega-3s,” says Joan Salge Blake, EdD, RDN, a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University and author of “Nutrition & You.” “In a time-crunched world, this frozen meal is an easy way to get heart-healthy fish on the weekly menu.” The salmon is served over orzo pasta with spinach, zucchini and a yogurt sauce.
Make it even healthier: Add even more vegetables to your meal by pairing the salmon with a side salad. Add a splash of a low-in-added-sugar vinaigrette, such as Grape Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.
Gardein Asian Style Chick’n Fried Rice
Not all freezer meals need to be microwaved! Here’s an option that cooks in the skillet in minutes. “For vegetarians and vegans, this is good option when you’re short on time and looking for a quick, balanced meal,” says Angie Asche, MS, RD, a private practice sports dietitian in Lincoln, Nebraska. “I love that it uses brown rice, includes a variety of veggies, and has a plant-based source of protein.” Each serving provides an excellent amount of both fiber and protein for 340 calories.
Make it even healthier: The sauce adds a significant amount of sodium to the meal. And it comes in its own pouch, so you don’t have to add it to your meal. “I completely omit the sauce packet and add my own flavors!” says Asche. “I sauté a little garlic in avocado oil and add that to the dish, along with a drizzle of Bragg Liquid Aminos.”
Go ahead and eat up! By the way, if a meal’s instructions say to let it stand after microwaving, don’t rush to unwrap it and eat it. Your dish will actually finish cooking in those extra minutes.
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Right after I landed in the hospital in my early 20’s and during my health crisis where I found myself very sick and overweight, I searched everywhere for answers. One of the first places I looked was to my friends who were fit and healthy and asked them for advice. At work I sat next to a woman that was on Weight Watchers and she taught me how to count points. I learned a lot from her. A lot of things I never understood until now. She introduced me to the pre-portioned pre-made calorie controlled processed meals you put in the microwave.
Watching Your Weight? Don’t Eat This For Lunch.
I know that most of you are trying to make the right choices when it comes to your health, and you’re looking for food that’s healthy and quick to make (and maybe even help you shed a few pounds). There are a few “diet” food choices in the frozen food aisle that seem to meet the bill labeled as “Healthy”, “Lean”, and “Smart” – but I’m here to tell ya they aren’t. It’s all too easy to pick these up at the grocery store for a quick low-calorie lunch, but it’s not worth it. As a nation we are consuming these convenience “diet” products every single day, and some of the most popular ones are made by Weight Watchers.
Weight Watchers is designed to help you lose weight, but at what cost to your health?
Weight Watchers claims to encourage those on their diet plan to eat unprocessed foods with plenty of fruits and vegetables. That’s great, but then what’s the deal with all of the overly processed packaged foods that they sell in the grocery store? Their products are no different than any other processed food, with many being high in sodium and sugar, while lacking in natural nutrients and fiber. As I talk about in my new book, it’s the same with those “Weight Watchers Endorsed” entrees at Applebees, as they are loaded with sickening ingredients. That’s because the Weight Watchers diet program is really only focused on losing weight, not on health and keeping you in a yo-yo lifecycle so they can keep you as a member!
This is where they’ve missed the ball.
It’s one thing to lose weight – but it’s entirely another thing to lose weight, feel great, and help your body prevent illness by eating healthy foods and avoiding ingredients with known health risks. The fact that the Weight Watchers “Smart Ones” brand enjoys about $380 million dollars in sales every year, all while fooling people into believing their products are “good nutrition” is just sad – and wrong.
“… we’re focused on providing you with good nutrition, delicious recipes and great advice to help you make smarter choices” ~ Weight Watchers Smart Ones Website, March 2015 (EatYourBest.com)
There’s nothing “Smart” about Weight Watchers Products.
Weight Watchers products consist of dozens of chemical additives (some of which are addicting) blended together with the “correct” ratios of protein, carbs and fats, with some synthetic vitamins and fiber mixed in to make them look healthy on the “Nutrition Facts” label. Unfortunately, the “Nutrition Facts” label doesn’t tell the real story, and you’ll get a whole lot more than you bargained for when you choose to eat these foods. They’ve got some of the worst rated packaged foods in EWG’s Food Scores database which rates thousands of products based on how healthy they really are, and whether they use potentially harmful ingredients.
What you’re REALLY getting when you buy Weight Watchers products:
Genetically modified (GMO) ingredients – Weight Watchers uses a lot of ingredients from crops that are predominantly genetically modified (soybeans, canola, sugar, cottonseed). These crops have contributed to more toxic pesticide usage since their inception, which is unhealthy for us and the environment. The consumption of GMOs has been linked to health disorders, such as kidney and liver disorders and allergies. As recently reported, despite Monsanto’s aggressive PR efforts “GMOs are largely untested, and their long-term effects on our health and our planet are still unknown; they promote the use of dangerous chemicals, and they pose a significant threat to organic agriculture”.
When you see any of these ingredients on the label they are likely derived from GMOs: Sugar, Maltodextrin, Corn Starch, Corn Syrup, Soy Sauce, Soy Flour, Soybean Oil, Oil, Canola Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Vegetable Shortening, and Hydrolyzed Protein (complete list here). We asked Weight Watchers if they use any GMO ingredients and they said: “Heinz has implemented a policy that prohibits the use of ingredients from GMO sources in regions where such use is not approved by regulatory authority. Heinz also refrains from using GMO ingredients in markets where consumers have expressed low acceptance of foods with GMO ingredients”. When we asked them to confirm specifically whether they use GMO ingredients in their Smart Ones brand in the U.S., they didn’t respond to several emails.
Hidden MSG ingredients – These should especially never be in a “diet” food because MSG ingredients trick your brain into eating more and have been linked to headaches, obesity, depression, and mental disorders. Many of the Weight Watchers “Smart Ones” frozen meals are loaded with hidden MSG ingredients like hydrolyzed proteins and autolyzed yeast extract.
Preservatives – The preservatives used by Weight Watchers (phosphates, nitrites, BHT) are on EWG’s dirty dozen food additives list of the most dangerous ingredients in our food. The typical American diet is full of phosphate preservatives because they’re found in most heavily processed foods, and regular consumption is associated with chronic kidney disease. The nitrites used by Weight Watchers in their “Smart Beginnings” Canadian Bacon English Muffin Sandwiches (and other products with cured meats) have strong links to cancer. Just like Kellogg’s and General Mills, they add BHT to some varieties of Weight Watchers cereal, which is a associated with cancer in some animal studies and believed to be an endocrine disruptor that messes with your hormones (which can also lead to weight gain!).
Partially Hydrogenated Oils – It’s outrageous that a seemingly nutritious brand would stoop to using partially hydrogenated oils in their products considering they are linked to 7000 deaths! These oils contain harmful trans fats, which are really unsafe to eat and the FDA is considering a ban. I found partially hydrogenated oils in some Weight Watchers frozen dinners, snack cakes, and ice creams.
Unhealthy Oils – Cheap oils like soybean oil are processed to death, hexane-extracted, and loaded with omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids that promote the risk of inflammation, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.
Caramel Color – There are 4 levels of caramel coloring and “Level IV” caramel coloring is the most widely used. It’s created in a laboratory by reacting corn sugar with ammonia and sulfites under high pressure and temperature, which produces the byproduct 4-Mel. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned the FDA to ban caramel coloring in 2011 due to safety concerns and the cancer risk of allowing this ingredient in our food. We asked Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones (via email) whether the caramel color in their products is Level IV, and they didn’t respond. If I don’t know which type of caramel color is in a product, I refuse to buy it.
Fake Flavors – The substances used to make these flavors are kept secret from the public, so you don’t know what’s really in them. Artificial and natural flavors are complex mixtures of chemicals added to manipulate the taste and smell of processed food. These flavors also can be designed to have addictive qualities, that leave you unsatisfied and wanting to eat more. Nearly every Weight Watchers product I looked at contained a “flavor” ingredient.
Added Sugars – Weight Watchers really piles on the added sugars, using different types which you might see on the ingredient list labeled as sugar, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, molasses or corn syrup. One of the worst is high fructose corn syrup. Not only is it generally made from GMO corn, but it’s been shown to contribute to the development of diabetes.
Enriched Flour – This really has no redeeming qualities and is essentially dead food. It’s been stripped of fiber and nutrients, and then artificially enriched with synthetic vitamins and minerals. Wheat has been heavily hybridized to make it easier for the food industry, is believed to be contributing to an increase in celiac disease, and may be sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
Carrageenan – Even this “food grade” carrageenan is linked to intestinal inflammation and can be contaminated with degraded (non-food grade) carrageenan. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Research Council of the United States have both determined that degraded carrageenan may cause cancer.
Parabens – You’ve probably heard about parabens in cosmetics, but may not realize they’re in food too. Parabens are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are linked to breast cancer (sources: 1, 2, 3, 4) and reproductive problems. Weight Watchers uses paraben ingredients in some of their desserts, like their Red Velvet Cakes and Coffee Cakes.
Does it ever take 100 ingredients to make lunch?
I kinda lost count, but there’s over 100 ingredients in the “Weight Watchers Smart Ones Salisbury Steak” meal, loaded with GMOs, preservatives, unhealthy oils and hidden MSG ingredients, making this one of the absolute worst processed products I’ve ever seen (and that’s saying something).
Should you be counting points or counting chemicals?
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Salisbury Steak*: Cooked Salisbury Steak Patty (Beef, Pork, Water, Onion, Textured Vegetable Protein Product , Seasonings , Soy Protein Concentrate, Bread Crumbs , Caramel Color) Gravy (Water, Modified Cornstarch, Beef Base , Dehydrated Onion, Burgundy Wine , Mushroom Base , Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein , Xanthan Gum, Chicken And Beef Stock Flavor Blend , Granulated Garlic, Spice, Caramel Color), Cheese Sauce (Water, Stabilizer , Nonfat Milk, Whey Powder, Cheese Powder , Salt, Flavor Blend , Cheese Flavor , Water, Disodium Phosphate, Enzymes, Salt, Xanthan Gum), Corn Maltodextrin, Whey, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Salt], Flavor (Water, Cream (From Milk), Salt, Butterfat, Natural Flavor, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum], Butter Flavor ), Cooked Enriched Macaroni Product (Water, Enriched Semolina ).
*Red indicates that the ingredient is an unnecessary additive, a non-organic/conventional animal product, a synthetic vitamin or mineral, or is possibly derived from GMOs.
Don’t worry, great alternatives exist and I’ve made it easy for you!
I don’t think eating these processed frozen meals are healthy for anyone. You owe it to yourself to stop buying these toxic products. Even when you’re super busy, it pays off to take some time out on the weekends to prep some food that’s ready to eat during the week. You can put some of these in the fridge or freezer and have them ready to put in your lunch bag before you head out the door. Here’s several quick recipes that you can whip up with fresh ingredients at home and are easy to pack:
- Fast Food Burrito
- Refreshing Carrot Blueberry Sprout Salad
- Chicken or Chickpea Salad Sandwich
- Healthy Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup
- The Perfect Parfait Porridge
- Chickpea Curry Wraps
- Orange Poppy Seed Cranberry Hemp Muffins
- Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
If you’d like more help with meal-planning and delicious organic recipes that can help you lose weight (or simply feel great), check out my monthly Eating Guide. This program blows the Weight Watchers processed-to-death meals out of the water. Watch the video, and see what the program is all about here.
Which Weight Watchers Frozen Meals (Smart Ones) Taste Best?
The 2019 WW Smart Ones Taste Test Results are in!
Here are the top 10 tastiest Smart Ones, starting with our Number One winner.
1. Chicken Enchilada Suiza
Authentic, zesty, and filling, what’s not to love? Especially at only 290 calories! Smart Ones’ diet-friendly version of this Mexican dish has tons of positive reviews, with many giving it 5 out of 5 stars. People loved the little spicy kick it had and many confessed to eating this more than once a week.
Reviewers had this to say about this fiesty recipe:
· “This was the perfect amount of spice and savory! It was super flavorful and enough food to fill me up.”
· “I buy 5 or 6 of the enchiladas suzia at a time for workplace lunch – love it so much I eat the same flavor every day!”
2. Three Cheese Ziti Marinara
Think diet pasta can’t taste good? Think again. This Italian dish is one of the most widely enjoyed. Reviewers claim it satisfies their pasta craving without the gut-busting calorie count.
Reviewers had pretty nice things to say:
· “It’s got cheese, it’s got marinara sauce, it’s got pasta. What’s not to love. It fills me up!”
· “This was a perfect dinner and smart way to watch what I was eating without feeling glum and desolate about another salad. Noodles and sauce are great.”
· “It is my absolute favorite. It is light, but very filling. It is delicious and well worth the $2.”
3. Pasta with Ricotta and Spinach
With all the creamy goodness, you won’t miss the meat in this vegetarian dish. It has the right balance of spinach and sauce and they team up pretty well with the mound of pasta you get. Reviewers kept mentioning how simple, yet delicious it was.
Reviewers offered their two cents:
· “The cream sauce is very tasty and the spinach makes it healthy.”
· “I love spinach, ricotta, and pasta but it’s hard to find the right balance to keep it low in calories so this is a must-have for my freezer!”
· “This is satisfying…creamy and comfort foodish.”
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4. Chicken Ranchero Mini Wraps
These little guys are not only cute, but they pack a flavorful punch. The recipe is great if you’re getting a hankering for Mexican food, but you still want to watch your calorie intake. Many reviewers suggested adding a side salad or a dollop of sour cream.
Reviewers had this to say:
· “Just the right amount of veggies, cheese, chicken, and a little spicy kick. I can’t get enough of these!”
· “This lunch is perfect when I get cravings for taquitos. They are very flavorful and delicious.”
· “It didn’t taste like a frozen meal. You could taste the chicken, peppers, cheese, and seasoning and all the flavors went well together.”
5. Spicy Chicken Slider
Here’s another mini-sized dish that won over customer’s taste buds. As long as you’re looking for a spicy kick, then you’ll enjoy this meal. Again, because of its size, reviewers recommended eating it with a salad or adding a few low-calorie condiments.
Reviewers had a few suggestions:
· “These are absolutely delicious… I put a little mayo on the bun and pickles and this is my favorite lunch ever!!”
· “Really very tasty and so easy to grab for lunch. We use light ranch dressing to dip and add pickles. Feels like we are eating Chick-Fil A!”
· “Love these, its just the right size for me , and very tasty and satisfying. I add pickles, lettuce, tomato, and a little honey mustard”
6. Mini Rigatoni with Vodka Cream Sauce
A traditional pasta dish is usually pretty satisfying, but this one in particular is a keeper. The noodles have a nice texture and sauce impressed many taste-testers. A few reviewers mentioned, however, that a recent recipe update didn’t make them too happy.
Reviewers’ opinions went something like this:
· “The sauce was tasty and the pasta was AWESOME – it was pillowy and dumpling-like.
· “The recent change to this product is unacceptable…”
· “I love vodka sauce, and it’s good to be able to indulge. I add vegetables to it.”
7. Chipotle Chicken
We should know by now that Smart Ones does Mexican right. So then it’s no surprise that this unique recipe made many customers very happy. The multitude of ingredients come together in a zesty way and all under 200 calories.
Reviewers had many good things to mention:
· “The new Chipotle Lime Chicken is a home run in my book! I will certainly be buying it again.”
· “Has the perfect amount of sweet lime and spice.. And 170 calories for a meal? That’s unheard of.”
· “Lots of protein, low carbs, and low calories. (But) the salt is a bit higher than I feel it needs to be.”
8. Pasta with Swedish Meatballs
I know what you’re thinking, this recipe has often been replicated and has been known to be terrible. It may not be the dinner your mother used to cook, but Smart Ones managed to get people loving this meal. The recipe has evolved over time, but the most recent and received positive reviews.
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Reviewers had lots of good things to say:
· “This is one of my favorites . Very filling and delicious. The flavor is great it almost makes you wanna eat another.”
· “One of my consistent “go to’s”. The gravy and spices always seem to be just right!”
· “It seems a little too sweet but it’s not too bad at all. I was kind of scared to try frozen meatballs but they were actually pretty good.”
9. Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetables
This meal has had a recipe update and while some customers are still big fans, others weren’t so thrilled. This Asian dish has a nice traditional flavor to it and at only 250 calories, it was still able to satisfy many reviewer’s hungers.
Reviewers typical comments were about:
· “This meal is still good but not the same as it was before.”
· “A good choice when craving hibachi!”
· “I can’t believe it’s so healthy and has so much flavor!”
10. Crustless Chicken Pot Pie
This non-traditional recipe may be different, but it impressed many of the reviewers just like the others. While most enjoyed the little dumplings, it’s clear how they can easily be overcooked in the microwave.
Reviewers opinions were pretty positive:
· “This was delicious. Good flavor, thick sauce, tender chicken pieces (not dry).”
· “The sauce was very tasty and creamy. The dumplings were very al dente- except for one smaller one, which was awesome!”
· “The dumplings were very gummy. I like the flavor, just wish there was less celery.”
Mini-meals to try
Improved taste. We considered 14 of the meals tasty enough to try (that is, they rated very good in taste). That was an improvement over the last time we tested diet meals, in 2004, when most products rated only good in taste. This time around, only two meals rated less than good: the shelf-stable Compleats Sesame Chicken and Beef Steak & Peppers products from Hormel. Compared with their frozen counterparts, they had dry, flavorless meat; mushy, overly soft pasta; and tasteless vegetables.
Really low calorie counts. Though not all of the products are sold as full meals, we suspect many dieters use them that way. But most have insufficient calories to be eaten alone. Even on a typical 1,500-calorie-a-day diet, you should consume 400 to 500 calories for each meal in order to safely lose weight, and most of those products contain considerably less than that.
Luckily, the meals readily lend themselves to augmentation with healthful, easy-to-prepare side dishes. “There is absolutely no circumstance under which someone shouldn’t add some vegetables or fruit or a salad to round out the meal,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and author of “The Flexitarian Diet.”
Results from our 2007 survey of the weight-loss history of 21,600 subscribers support that approach. We found that using packaged diet meals didn’t make a difference in whether or not people were able to lose weight and keep it off. But among packaged-meal users who did lose weight, 49 percent also reported eating five servings of fruits and vegetables most days of the week. In contrast, only 37 percent of unsuccessful dieters who used the meals did so.
New technologies. “The test kitchens are getting smarter,” Lempert says. For instance, the Café Steamers line from Healthy Choice comes with meat, vegetables, and rice in a steamer bowl that hovers over a second dish that contains the sauce, so the meal is steamed from below in the microwave. Another advance makes the dishes more microwave-friendly. Manufacturers used to assemble the ingredients raw, then partially cook the entire dish before freezing it. After reheating, some components ended up overcooked and others undercooked. Some companies are now precooking each element separately to the optimum degree of doneness, Lempert says, so that when you zap the assembled dish in the microwave at home, everything comes out properly cooked.
Solid nutrition. All but two of the meals earned a very good rating for overall nutrition. Almost half provided 5 grams or more of dietary fiber per serving; one of those, Kashi Garden Vegetable Pasta, had a whopping 9 grams. For people looking to boost calcium intake, these had 20 percent of the daily value for that mineral: Weight Watchers Smart Ones Classic Favorites Creamy Rigatoni With Broccoli & Chicken, Lean Cuisine Spa Cuisine Classics Butternut Squash Ravioli, Lean Cuisine One Dish Favorites Chicken Fettuccini, Lean Cuisine One Dish Favorites Santa Fe-Style Rice & Beans, Weight Watchers Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Rice & Beans, and Lean Cuisine Cafe Classics Shrimp Alfredo. All were free of trans fat.
Sodium overload. Eight meals had more than the 600 milligrams of sodium we set as a benchmark maximum. Healthy Choice Complete Meals Sweet & Sour Chicken, Lean Cuisine Cafe Classics Steak Tips Portabello, and Kashi Black Bean Mango had the least sodium of the tested meals, each with an impressive 450 milligrams or less. Most healthy people should get no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. People who have high blood pressure, African-Americans (whose blood pressure tends to be especially sensitive to sodium), and older adults should get no more than 1,500 mg.
Better pasta/bean options. That category had more products that scored very good in taste than any of the other categories. Vegetarians should note that some of those seemingly “meatless” meals contain chicken broth, juices, or fat. Check labels to make sure.
Kashi is one to watch. While no clear winner emerged among brands, cereal maker Kashi was the only brand to earn a very good rating for all of its meals included in our test. They’re a little pricier than most but could be a desirable choice for consumers looking for chicken or vegetarian dishes. (Kashi doesn’t sell beef or shrimp meals.)
Planning for meals doesn’t always work out the way you intended. How often have you hoped to put together a healthy lunch to take with you to work, only to put it off until the morning and then neglect it altogether because you’re running late?
What about in the evening? Do you always hope to prepare a healthy dinner, only to find you don’t have the ingredients or don’t feel like taking the time to prep and cook anything?
That’s why today’s multitude of healthy frozen meals for weight loss are so convenient. But with so many to choose from, it can sometimes be confusing finding the best healthy frozen meals, or, if you’re on a diet, the best frozen dinners for weight loss.
What are the Healthiest Frozen Dinners to Eat?
There are a lot of healthy, low-calorie frozen meals available. After a short time of examining labels, you’ll begin to recognize healthy frozen food brands and choose the best healthy frozen meals from their selection.
As a general guideline, the best frozen meals for weight loss or general health should be low-calorie and contain a high amount of fiber and protein.
The best healthy frozen meals and the best diet frozen dinners are usually comprised of whole grains, vegetables, beans, and possibly some other protein in the form of chicken or beef.
The portions in frozen meals for weight loss often appear small, but the high fiber and protein will make you feel fuller, improve digestion and provide lasting energy. If you feel that a single frozen meal is not enough to satisfy your hunger, try combining it with a salad or some fruit. You can easily purchase salad kits or small fruit bowls to eliminate the prep involved.
To ensure optimal health and nutrition, the best healthy frozen meals will also contain all-organic ingredients, and non-GMO ingredients. This guarantees you won’t be consuming anything with artificial preservatives and additives, or ingredients that have been treated with hormones, chemicals, and other potentially harmful compounds.
Healthy Frozen Dinners for Weight Loss
One of the best healthy frozen food brands is Beetnik Foods. We offer a large selection of some of the best low-calorie frozen dinners as well as healthy frozen meals in general. They are also organic and non-GMO, and include:
Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry
This meal contains tender Organic chicken with broccoli, zucchini, carrots, bell peppers, & cauliflower rice. Seasoned with sesame oil sea salt, crushed red pepper and ginger, it’s one of the best low-fat frozen meals you can get.
Peruvian Seasoned Chicken Stew
Another one of Beetnik Foods’ best low-fat frozen meals, this contains spicy chicken with tomatoes, bell peppers and spices.
Moroccan Seasoned Chicken Stew
Very high in protein, this flavorful dish contains chicken with sweet potato, carrot, bell pepper and spices.
There are certainly plenty of other healthy frozen meals to choose from, and you can already find a large assortment of the healthiest frozen meals for weight loss from Beetnik Foods in many supermarkets, including Wal-Mart.
BEST List of Weight Watchers Friendly Frozen Foods with Points
Sometimes it’s hard to cook a weight watchers meal every night, but not when you have the best Weight Watchers frozen foods list. (If you are eating out check out our Weight Watchers Restaurant Guide with Points). Now, back to those best Weight Watchers frozen foods, this guide is here to help you narrow down your best, most tasty options.
All of these foods include points you don’t have to worry about counting. If you’re always on the go and need more ideas on what to eat at a variety of restaurants check out our Ultimate Weight Watchers Restaurant Guide – Freestyle With Points list.
Check out this video for the scoop on Weight Watchers the best weight watchers frozen foods options:
- Frozen Fruits
- Frozen Veggies
- Frozen Shrimp
- Healthy Point Steamers in Chicken and Vegetable Stirfry
- Smart Ones Chipotle Lime Chicken
- Smart Ones Tomato Basil Chicken
- Kashi Blueberry Waffles
- Smart Ones Tropical Blend Smoothie
- Kashi 7 Grain Waffles
- Cedarlane Low-Fat Black Bean and Tofu Enchilada
- Smart Ones Roasted Chicken and Herb with Gravy
- Smart Ones Homestyle Beef Pot Roast
- Smart Ones Asian Style Beef of Broccoli
- Smart Ones Chicken Quesadilla
- Smart Ones Slow Roasted Turkey Breast
- Smart Ones Lemon Herb Chicken Piccata
- Smart Ones Creamy Basil Chicken
- Amy’s Bowls in Teriyaki
- Cedarlane Low-Fat Garden Vegetable Enchiladas
- Smart Ones Ham and Cheese Scramble
- Smart Ones Crustless Chicken Pot Pie
- Cedarlane Low-Fat Chicken Burrito
- Amy’s Cheese Pizza Toaster Pops
- Cafe Steamers Beef Merlot
- Smart Ones Mixed Berry Smoothie
- Boca Meatless Lasagna with Chunky Tomato and Herb Sauce
- Amy’s Whole Meals Veggie Loaf with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables
- Smart Ones Angel Hair Marinara
- Evol Curry Chicken
- Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Breakfast Bowl
- Smart Ones Pasta Primavera
- Smart Ones Spicy Chicken Slider
- Amys Apple Toaster Pops
- Smart Ones Peanut Butter Cup Sundae
- Smart Ones English Muffin Sandwich
- Bagel Bites Cheese & Pepperoni
- Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae
- Smart Ones Chicken Sliders
- Amy’s Garden Vegetable Lasagna
- Smart Ones Mini Cheeseburgers
- Smart Ones Chicken Margherita
- Smart Ones Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Smart Ones Chicken Ranchero Mini Wraps
- Smart Ones Creamy Pasta Romano
- Smart Ones Fetucinni Alfredo
- Smart Ones Chicken Mesquite
- Smart Ones Chicken Oriental
- Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan
We hope you enjoyed this list of the best Weight Watchers frozen foods.
Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Weight Watchers Restaurant Guide – Freestyle With Points including:
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Burger King
- White Castle
Shop Weight Watchers Amazon page for more convenient products and snacks for your Weight Watchers journey.
If you prefer cooking at home, check out more of our Weight Watchers friendly shopping guides including the ones below:
- Weight Watchers Freestyle Target Shopping Guide with Points
- Weight Watchers ALDI Shopping Guide
- Trader Joe’s Weight Watchers Shopping Guide
- Weight Watchers Sams Club Guide
- Weight Watchers Costco Shopping Guide With Points
- Weight Watchers ALDI Shopping Guide
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Losing weight is hard. From trying to hit the gym consistently all the way to keeping yourself from crushing that entire pack of Oreos, there’s just so many things to keep track of.
Plus, let’s be real, no one wants to spend their Sundays meal prepping.
Thankfully, there’s hope thanks to some awesome meal kits specifically designed to help you lose weight.
To get started, all you need to do is choose your meals, wait for the ingredients to arrive, and start cooking.
Below, you’ll discover some of our favorite meal kit delivery services for weight loss.
Best Meal Kits for Weight Loss
Here are the best meal kits for weight loss that you definitely need to subscribe to especially if your trying to eat healthy and shed some pounds:
1. Sun Basket
Price: $6.16 a serving.
What’s you get: Get a flavor packed meal kit that will make it easy to help manage you weight while also feeling full and satisfied. Best of all, when you choose the Lean & Clean meal plan, you’ll get meals that are gluten free, dairy free, and contain about 550 calories per serving.
Subscribe: Get $70 off HERE.
2. Green Chef
Price: Starts at $10.49 a serving.
What’s you get: Get fresh, USDA certified organic ingredients accompanied by delicious recipes from a diverse menu based on your dietary preferences. To lose weight, we recommend you choose the keto or paleo meal plan. Plus, both these meal kits are gluten free.
Subscribe: Get $40 off HERE.
Price: $8 a meal.
What’s you get: Every week, you’ll receive gourmet, plant based meals made from organic ingredients and zero preservatives. Best of all, each meal comes delivered fully prepared, no cooking necessary. With the weight loss plan, you’ll get 3 meals for approximately 1200 calories per day.
Subscribe: Join HERE.
Price: $105 a week.
What’s you get: Every week, you’ll get a rotating menu of health, macro-balanced meals that will help you easily hit your macronutrient goals (protein, carbs, and fat) with lean protein, complex carbs, and veggies. Best of all, there are health meal plans for your specific diet such as kept, clean, and paleo, just to name a few.
Subscribe: Join HERE.
Price: Starts at $7 a meal.
What’s you get: Every week, you’ll receive a meal kit packed with pre-measured ingredients and healthy recipes, all of which have a nutritional label to help you keep track of calories.
Subscribe: Get $80 off HERE.
Hopefully you are able to choose a great meal kit delivery service that meats your dietary preferences.
Good luck on your weight loss adventure!
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Lose Weight with the Help of Diet Meal Delivery Plans
Now that you’ve seen the options, all you need to do is pick one and get to work, right? Well, yes and no. When it comes to weight loss, you need a strategy. Here are 5 strategies that will help you stick to your weight-loss goals once your package has arrived.
1. Take Time Without Taking the Time
Most people chalk up their dieting woes to a lack of time. People just don’t have time to prepare fresh salads, roasted vegetables, or steaming stir-fries. So, they opt for faster, easier alternatives, most of which are far from healthy.
You need to be honest with yourself about your availability. How much time do you have when you get home? Are you willing to do some prep work? If so, Sun Basket is a great choice. On the other hand, if you think that a long day at work and a sink full of dirty dishes is enough to send you running for the drive-through, opt for prepared meals. Check out Bistro MD’s heat-and-eat meals, which are quick and easy. They will leave you with a sink free of dirty dishes and a conscience free of guilt.
2. Avoid Social Pressure & Eat In
Social pressure is the devil when it comes to dieting. Nobody wants to be the odd man out. If everyone else is enjoying cheesy pizza, deep fried chicken, and double fudge brownies, it can be hard to resist.
Enter meal delivery services. If you have healthy food prepared for you, you won’t have nearly as much trouble resisting temptation. By avoiding restaurants, you automatically slash your daily caloric intake by several hundred points.
Since meal kits are typically delivered in regular shipments, you can create a weekly menu for yourself. If you know what’s on the menu for the evening, you’ll be less likely to give in to snacks at the bar.
3. Clear & Present Nutrition Information
Weight loss meal delivery services help you lose weight with strategically placed nutrition facts. It’s easy to cut corners when you’re estimating how many grams of chicken you’re eating or how much salad dressing you mixed into your leafy greens. After all, how much damage could an extra ounce of pasta do anyway, right?
These little white lies we tell ourselves easily undermine weeks of hard work and careful planning. Diet meal delivery services have intentionally placed the nutrition facts where you can’t miss them. You’ll be able to see the calories, carbohydrates, proteins, and sugar counts for all of your meals and snacks, so you’ll know exactly how much you’re eating at all times.
Snap photos of these labels and email them to yourself. Print charts for your fridge. Use tools from companies like Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig to create reminders for yourself so you can stay on track of your progress.
Here’s a great example:
Notice how Nutrisystem reports the calories, grams of fat, protein, and dietary fiber. This gives you the most important information right away, so you can make any necessary calculations. Even if you aren’t counting calories, the nutritional report helps prevent you from cheating with large portions and hidden calories. No longer can you trick yourself into believing that sauces, sides, and toppings are calorie-free.
4. The Choice is Yours
Anyone who tells you they’ve found the perfect diet is probably pulling your leg. There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all approach because each of us possesses a unique blend of priorities, preferences, and styles. So, what works for your friend might not work for you.
With a weight loss meal delivery service, you can customize the menu to fit your needs. You choose the dishes and the portion sizes that work for you. That way, you get exactly what you need when you need it. You won’t have to sacrifice on taste or nutrition.
You can even find meal plans that cater to specific dietary restrictions or requirements:
- All organic
For example, Nutrisystem has a specific plan for vegetarians and diabetics. BistroMD caters to gluten-free eaters, women in menopause, and diabetics.
Don’t be afraid to ask for advice from the healthcare providers in your life. Pick a few plans and show them to your doctor, your personal trainer, your yoga instructor, nutritionist, or partner. The choice is ultimately up to you, but your friends and advisers can help you narrow down your choices.
5. Meal Planning Made Easy
“A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish”
That is a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a French poet and journalist from the 20th century. If that isn’t clear enough, then take the words from Benjamin Franklin who said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” In other words, without a plan, your diet is doomed to failure because the first time you’re running late, have a change of plans, or run out of an ingredient, you’re going to grab whatever is fast and easy.
With diet meal delivery services, you can plan the week’s menu in advance. You choose foods, meals, and snacks that will help you create a caloric deficit. So, when your plans change, you’ll be prepared.
The Benefits of Diet Meal Delivery
We all know that (almost) everything can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a healthy and balanced diet. But who’s to say just how many roast potatoes are too many, or how much of that delicious gravy should be on our roast chicken? Or how many times you should eat during the day. When you’re trying to lose weight, what’s on the plate matters—and that includes how much is there to begin with. Weight loss meal plans can give you a sense of how much a ‘normal’ portion is, and help you to feel full from a healthy amount of food at each meal.
How about planning those meals? We’ve all been there—you’re doing so well at planning and eating healthy meals, and then you just pop down to the grocery store to get the last few ingredients, and whoops—what’s that cake doing in your shopping basket? Meal plans take all the behind the scenes work out of preparing a meal, so that you don’t have to think about meal planning, shopping or even prepping the ingredients most of the time. Without the wiggle room for slip ups, you’re much more likely to stay on track.
And for those times when you’re struggling to stay on track, diet meal delivery plans offer more than just food, with an array of help and tools to make losing weight easier.
Some of these include:
- Diet analysis and advice
- Weight loss tracker
- Articles and blogs on healthy eating
- BMI analysis and diet plan suggestions
- Support from nutritionists and dietitians
Keep the Weight Off for Good
These extras can really make the difference in helping you lose weight and keep it off. When you get a craving for some junk food or have some questions about your weight loss regimen, it’s good to know you have somewhere to turn to get some answers or a little support. Get started on your weight loss journey with one of the top diet meal delivery plans.
Best Meal Delivery Diets for 2020
When it comes to your weight loss, cheaper isn’t necessarily better, but, there are times when saving a few dollars won’t sacrifice the quality of the program or your results.
With that in mind, we’ve decided to put together a list of the cheapest and best weight loss food delivery programs, so you will have a go-to guide for finding the best pre-packaged diet meals.
There are several great options when it comes to diet meal delivery services, but it can sometimes be hard deciding which one is right for you, especially when you’re trying to stay on budget.
I have tried several programs, including Nutrisystem and Medifast, and had success.
Both of these options tend to be on the more affordable end of the spectrum when it comes to prepared meals for weight loss but keep in mind that most of their food options are closer the Lean Cuisine end of things and wouldn’t be considered gourmet meals.
That said, I found both the Medifast and Nutrisystem meals to be enjoyable, and if you’re looking for the most affordable diet plans, you’re going to have to expect to eat some pre-packaged, microwaveable foods.
On the other hand, if you’re hoping to find a more gourmet style of diet meal delivery foods, then BistroMD and Diet-to-Go or two options that you should consider.
While their foods are also packaged ahead of time, the food is going to be fresher, and overall the quality will be better.
Of course, both of these services will cost you more money each month, though, so you’ll have to weigh the results you’re looking to achieve, with your budget and food preference.
Now that we have a pretty good idea of the Top 4 Meal Delivery Diets, let’s take a closer look at each one, so you can decide which one is going to help you meet your goals and stay on budget.
Top-5 Meal Delivery Diets for Weight Loss
I have had a lot of success with Nutrisystem over the years, and in fact, lost more than 30 pounds using this system several years ago.
I still use Nutrisystem when I need to lose 10 pounds or more, or when I just need a “reset” with my diet.
Nutrisystem offers a wide range of plans and foods for men and women to choose from and has a long track record of success.
Plans to Choose From:
- Basic – Starts at $9.82 per Day
- Core – Starts at $10.54 per Day
- Uniquely Yours – Starts at $11.96 per Day
All of the Nutrisystem plans include 28 days worth food. Their system is designed for you to eat four or five small meals per day.
All of their food is calorie and portion-controlled to help you lose the most weight possible. You will also be eating fresh fruits and vegetables alongside the meals and snacks they send you, so you will want to budget for that as well.
When followed correctly, you can expect to safely lose 1 to 2 pounds per week on the Nutrisystem diet plan.
Of course, people have lost more weight than that as well, it just depends on how committed you are to the program, how much exercise you get, and how well your body responds to the program.
They also provide diet counselors, so if you’re ever having problems, or aren’t getting the results you were expecting, you can work with them to get on track.
Which Nutrisystem Plan is Best for You?
- $9.40 a Day with Discount
- 4 Week Plan w/Turbo13
- FREE FedEx Shipping
- Kit with Pre-Selected Foods
- FREE Online Tracking Tool
- $10.22 a Day with Discount
- 4 Week Plan w/Turbo13
- FREE FedEx Shipping
- Choose From 100+ Foods
- FREE Online Tracking Tools
- Unlimited Support
- $11.54 a Day with Discount
- 4 Week Plan w/Turbo13
- FREE FedEx Shipping
- Choose From 150+ Foods
- FREE Online Tracking Tools
- Unlimited Support
- UNLIMITED Frozen Foods
2. The South Beach Diet
Cost: Check South Beach Diet Prices
The South Beach Diet (read our review and pricing guide) is quickly becoming one of the most popular meal delivery diets in the states, and that’s because their programs work great!
If you want a fast way to lose weight, with the convenience of the meal delivery, then South Beach deserves to be near the top of your list.
Their program works much in the same way the Nutrisystem does, but their menu is slightly different.
When you sign up for South Beach, you can expect to eat meals that are low-carb, high in protein, and taste great! Once you start following their program, their system is designed to help control your hunger, so you don’t feel the need to overeat throughout the day.
Right now South Beach is offering to help folks drop up to 9 pounds and 3 inches overall during their first two weeks on the program!
Which South Beach Plan is Best for You?
- $8.93 per Day
- 4 Week Meal Plan
- FREE FedEx Shipping
- Everything You Need to Lose Weight!
- FREE South Beach App!
- $10.36 per Day
- 4 Week Meal Plan
- FREE FedEx Shipping
- Larger Menu Variety!
- FREE South Beach App
- Lose Up to 9 LBS in 2 Weeks!
- $11.43 per Day
- 4 Week Meal Plan
- FREE FedEx Shipping
- Largest Menu Variety!
- FREE South Beach Diet App
- Lose Up to 9 LBS in 2 Weeks!
- 21 South Beach Complete Shakes
Cost: Get the Best Deal HERE
Medifast (read our full review) is another great diet plan, for those who like the convenience of meals being delivered right to your door.
I have also used Medifast in the past and lost more than 10 pounds on their diet. It’s similar to Nutrisystem in many ways, and I would say their foods are pretty comparable in taste and quality.
There are some subtle differences, but overall I wouldn’t say one is better than the other in this regard.
Medifast offers a wide variety of options and plans to choose from, and like Nutrisystem, they offer foods tailored to a broad range of dietary needs.
They have changed the name for some of their plans recently, but overall the core principals remain intact.
The most important thing being, however, that their meals and snacks produce amazing weight loss results when used properly.
- Gluten Allergies
- Nursing Moms
- Seniors (65+)
- Medifast Go – Starts at $156 per Month
- Medifast Flex – Starts at $195 per Month
Medifast is a fantastic option for people who need to lose 10 or more pounds, like the convenience of food that is delivered right to their door, and a system that is designed for rapid weight loss.
They have a pretty broad selection of options to choose from, and you can even try one of their plans for two weeks and decide if it’s the right option for you.
With Medifast Go, you will eat 5 of their meals per day and 1 “Lean and Green” meal that you will prepare yourself.
If you don’t feel comfortable, or just don’t have the time to prepare your own Lean & Green meal, don’ worry – Medifast can ship those to you as well.
On their Flex plan, you will eat 4 Medifast meals, 2 Lean and Green Meals, and 1 healthy snack every day.
The thing to keep in mind with both of these plans is that Medifast is going to be supplying the bulk of your food every day for an entire month.
While a slightly more expensive option than Nutrisystem, Medifast is still a solid choice and will produce amazing weight loss results when used correctly.
Which Medifast Plan is Best for You?
- $149 / Trial Kit
- Two Week Trial Kit
- 56 delicious Medifast Meals
- Free Bonus Gifts
- $5 Flat-Rate Shipping
- $299 / Select Kit
- 30 Day Meal Kit
- 126 delicious Medifast Meals
- Free Bonus Gifts
- FREE Shipping
- 10% Advantage Rewards Credit
- $399 / Complete Kit
- 30 Day Meal Kit
- 126 delicious Medifast Meals
- FREE Bonus Gifts
- FREE Shipping
- 10% Advantage Rewards Credit
- 30-day supply Digestive/Heart Health
Price: Get the Best Deal Here
Diet-to-Go’s motto is “it starts with the food”, and after taking a look at their menu, you will understand what they mean by this.
Their meals really are in a different class when compared to some of the other options on this list.
All of their food is designed by chefs and dietitians, and as a result, you can eat food that tastes amazing, and still lose weight.
With that in mind, you will be paying a premium for their great tasting food, but it may just be worth it if that helps keep you on track.
- Balance – Starts at $117.59 per Week
- Balance Diabetes – Starts at $117.59 per Week
- Balance Carb30 – Starts at $133.99 per Week
- Balance Vegetarian – Starts at $117.59 per Week
Diet-to-Go is an amazing service who can afford it, love great-tasting food, and want to lose 10 or more pounds. They truly have designed a highly effective method for losing weight, without sacrificing the quality or nutritional value of their food.
5. Bistro MD
Cost:Get the Best Deal HERE
Much like Diet to Go, Bistro MD (read our review here) is going to be delivering delicious, gourmet-style meals right to your door. They are another solid choice in the upper-level of meal delivery diet options and offer a nice selection of meal plans to choose from.
When signing up you can decide if you want BistroMD to supply you with 5 days worth of meals, or a full week’s worth. They have a fully customizable meal plan, and there are more than 150 ways to make their plan uniquely yours.
Take one look at their menu options, and you can see quickly that their food is going to taste fantastic, and that they have plenty of options to meet the expectations of even the pickiest of palates.
- Gluten Free
- Standard – Starting at $89.96 per Week
- Gluten Free – Starting at $89.96 per Week
- Diabetic – Starting at $89.96 per Week
- Menopause – Starting at $89.96 per Week
Bistro MD is one of the highest quality diets on the market today, and is an excellent choice if you’re looking for food that is high quality, tastes amazing, and provides outstanding weight loss results.
Glance at their menu, testimonials, and pricing and decide if it’s the right option for you.
When it comes to meal delivery there are plenty of affordable options that can help you lose weight. We’ve outlined a few that we think represent a broad cross-section that can meet the needs of a wide range of tastes and budgets.
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