As mentioned earlier, frozen and canned items can be convenient and tasty. Just remember to read the labels carefully and keep the following tips in mind:
- For full frozen meals, always read the label and look for less than 400 total calories, 15 grams of fat, and 800 milligrams of sodium.
- When choosing soups, avoid the creamy varieties unless you have the option of mixing in your own low-fat milk. Also buy soups that say “reduced-sodium,” “low-sodium,” or “no added salt.” Some nutritious selections include minestrone, garden vegetable, chicken noodle, split pea, tomato rice, Manhattan clam chowder, and the lentil bean combinations.
- To cut fat, buy sauces that are tomato- or vegetable-based. Check the labels and look for brands that have 3 grams (or less) of fat per serving.