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Today's lunch
Today's lunch is WeightWatchers Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Rice & Beans

Calories: 310
Fat: 7 grams (3 saturated)
Carbs: 51g
Protein: 10g

Don't be fooled-- even though this entree doesn't mention meat, it's not fit for vegetarians. Ingredients include gelatin, dried chicken broth, chicken fat and dried chicken meat.

Of all the ingredients, the most notable is sodium-- it gives you 660mg, a whopping 27% of your daily value. To be honest, I'm having a bit of a problem tolerating all this salt... I've yet to find a frozen meal that DOESN'T load up on salt, though. In comparison to other frozen meals, it rates a bit above average on the salt scale.

Other ingredients seem pretty innocuous, with one notable exception: Despite the claim of 0 Trans Fat on the nutrition label, it does contain partially-hydrogenated soybean oil (a trans fatty acid). Foods that claim to have zero trans fat, when they really have small amounts that fall below the reportable threshold, are a pet peeve of mine.

Like every (I don't recall an exception, anyway) other Smart Ones I've tried, it's 3 minutes in the micro, stir, give it another minute (it's bizarre how everything cooks with the same directions!). Once cooked, it looks similar to the photo on the package, but with everything mixed together.

It's pretty self-explanatory: rice, beans, cheese... as well as a few kernels of corn and tiny pieces of zucchini.

This is remarkably cheesy, and rather tasty. Filling, too. I'd give it 3/5. It would easily have scored a 4 if it did not contain any trans fat, and if the sodium content were lower.

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yendi From: yendi Date: March 14th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I know that Amy's has a couple of light-in-sodium frozen meals (http://www.amys.com/products/category_view.php?prod_category=4 and hit the bottom of the page), but I suspect that they'll also be light in taste.
ldy From: ldy Date: March 14th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Good tip! I like some of Amy's things... and in fact, some of their normal meals/burritos/bowls might fit my weight loss plans. Some of their stuff is just naturally very low in sodium, and some is outrageously high... I'll have to investigate this further :)
rosin_dubh From: rosin_dubh Date: March 14th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I don't know if they're available in your area, but Kashi has some tasty frozen meals out as well. Also in the 300-350 calorie range, and there are a few with lower levels of sodium. I've had a few of the varieties, but not too many. I only eat them on the road (when I'm getting per-diem for my food), as they're also a little pricey. Especially when compared to the SmartOnes/Lean Cuisine meals.

Anyhow... linky to Kashi's website.
ldy From: ldy Date: March 14th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Ooh, another great tip! I love kashi's cereals and granola bars.

I'll take a look! I don't mind paying a little more if it's better for me. No matter how you cut it, it's cheaper than eating out (and sometimes cheaper than cooking).

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ellie From: ellie Date: March 14th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Oh, the kashi ones are greatish!
mauracelt From: mauracelt Date: March 14th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I'm trying to remember the name of the one My doc suggested for me. With all the restrictions I have as a diabetic, it would probably help you with your diet. I think it was Healthy Choice. (drat this is irritating, I knew it before the site switched!)*pounds head*

Um, see if you can find that one, I think that's the right name for the one I had been using, before I quit buying pre-made stuff and started cooking Everything myself. You might also look in the health food isles (the frozen ones) for Paul Newman's brand. They are all natural, and they are Very "health informed" about what they make.
papoose From: papoose Date: March 14th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I bring the Lean Cuisine frozen things for lunch. My favorite by far is the Sesame Chicken.
ellie From: ellie Date: March 15th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC) (permalink)
That one is fabulous! I also like the new asian influenced spa cuisines with the whole weat goodness. (I am fan of seven whole grains on a mission and all that.)
phatpharmer From: phatpharmer Date: March 15th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC) (permalink)
what's wrong with your lunch having 27% of your daily sodium? How many meals do you eat? And how salty is your breakfast? :P
ldy From: ldy Date: March 16th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Heh! You make a valid point, but I just can't tolerate much salt at all. This is too much salt at one sitting for me!
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