Healthy Frozen Meals for Kids


Do healthy frozen food options exist? Frozen food is known to be loaded with high levels of sodium and excessive calories. Some brands are better than others and we did some research to find them. These options are on the healthier side with some nutritional value and ingredients kids will enjoy for quick and easy meals!

 

Kidfresh (www.kidfresh.com) – Created by a dad for kids. Not only do they pride themselves on their food not containing any artificial ingredients, but their packaging is also BPA and phthalates free. Their classic kids’ meals also come with “hidden veggies.” Here are a few of their many options.
 

Kidfresh Super Duper Chicken Nuggets™

Whole grain breading, pure white meat and pureed veggies.

Serving Size: 5 nuggets

Servings per Container: 2.5

Sodium: 250mg

Calories: 130

Protein: 12g

Total Fat: 4g

 

Kidfresh Wagon Wheels Mac + Cheese

Real grated cheddar and mashed up carrots in the cheese sauce.

Serving Size: 1

Servings per Container: 1

Sodium: 360mg

Calories: 270

Protein: 12g

Total Fat: 9g

 

Kidfresh Rainbow Rice + Chicken

All natural chicken, whole grain rice blend, colorful veggies.

Serving Size: 1

Servings per Container: 1

Sodium: 450mg

Calories: 250

Protein: 9g

Total Fat: 2g

 

Kidfresh Easy Cheesy Ravioli

Real ricotta, smooth tomato sauce, ½ cup hidden veggies.

Serving Size: 1

Servings per Container: 1

Sodium: 280mg

Calories: 190

Protein: 9g

Total Fat: 3g

 

Peas of Mind (www.peasofmind.com) – Each meal contains a high serving of veggies with options to fit everyone needs, such as gluten free, vegan, dairy free, GMO free, soy and even fat free. You can feel guilt free giving your child this quick and easy meal.

 

Peas of Mind Garden Grown Nuggets™

Vegetarian, gluten free, GMO free, 3 flavors.

Serving Size: 5 nuggets

Servings per Container: 3

Sodium: 320mg

Calories: 150

Protein: 8g

Total Fat: 4-6g
 

Peas of Mind Pull-A-Parts™

1 Serving of veggies, vegetarian, 2 flavors.

Serving Size: 90-92 grams

Servings per Container: 2

Sodium: 390-430mg

Calories: 170

Protein: 7-8g

Total Fat: 2.5-3g

 

Peas of Mind Veggie Wedges®

French fries made from veggies, vegan, gluten/dairy/fat free.

Serving Size: 57 grams

Servings per Container: 6

Sodium: 50-80g

Calories: 70

Protein: 1-2g

Total Fat: 0g

 

Peas of Mind Peas of Pie®

Veggie crust, 1.5 serving of veggies, 50% less fat than leading brands.

Serving Size: 109-113 grams

Servings per Container: 3

Sodium: 510-630mg

Calories: 240-260

Protein: 11-13g

Total Fat: 5-8g

 

Amy’s (www.amys.com) – This brand has tons of meals for everyone. They have everything from pizza to burritos to kids’ meals. Amy’s is all vegetarian and made with organic ingredients. Although some of their products contain higher amounts of sodium and/or fat, the kids’ meals incorporate fruits and veggies and all products try to stay away from MSG and preservatives.

 

Amy’s Kids Baked Ziti Meal

Gluten free, vegan, dairy free, organic rice noodles.

Serving Size: 8.0 oz.

Servings per Container: 1

Sodium: 460mg

Calories: 360

Protein: 7g

Total Fat: 12g

 

Amy’s Kids Rice Mac n’ Cheese Meal

Rice macaroni, organic broccoli, no added MSG or preservatives.

Serving Size: 8.0 oz.

Servings Per Container: 1

Sodium: 510mg

Calories: 390

Protein: 12g

Total Fat: 13g

 

Amy’s Cheese Pizza

Organic tomatoes and flour, soy and tree nut free.

Serving Size: 4.33 oz.

Servings per Container: 3

Sodium: 590mg

Calories: 290

Protein: 12g

Total Fat: 12g

 

 

Healthy Choice (www.healthychoice.com) – This healthier frozen food company has created meals with real, delicious ingredients that contain less sodium, calories and saturated fat than typical frozen food brands. They’ve also come out with a line of delicious, healthier dessert options that even kids will love!

 

Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Greek Frozen Yogurt

Creamy frozen yogurt and decadent fudge.

Serving Size: 1 container

Servings per Container: 3

Sodium: 45mg

Calories: 100

Protein: 4g

Total Fat: 2g

Sugar: 11g

 

Healthy Choice Fudge Bars

Low fat, creamy, no added sugar.

Serving Size: 1 bar

Servings per Container: 6

Sodium: 65mg

Calories: 80

Total Fat: 1.5g

Sugar: 4g

 

Jennifer Hanrahan is an intern with Boston Parents Paper.

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13 Oct 2014


By Jennifer Hanrahan
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