Quick Meals

March 12, 2019
Kashi Creamy Cashew Noodle Bowl
Happy Tuesday everyone!! Today's blog post comes from Environmental Intern Jasmine Jefferies! Enjoy!
We all know that frozen meals are not the best choice when it comes to nutrient-dense options. However, the college life sometimes leaves you with no time to cook or prepare fresh food. Here are a couple of healthy options to store in your freezer when you need a quick meal. These options are a better choice because they use quality ingredients that generally have a good balance of macro and micronutrients. It is better to grab one of these to fuel your brain rather than skipping a meal or going out to buy fast food. While you should not rely heavily on these meals, they are convenient when you need something to heat up so you can have enough energy for the rest of the day.
Kashi Creamy Cashew Noodle Bowl
This noodle dish is Thai-inspired with a cashew sauce to go on top. The main ingredients include red bell peppers, buckwheat and semolina noodles, edamame, carrots, and cashews. All of the ingredients are plant-based and there is a good amount of protein -- 15 grams. There is a wonderful blend of flavors including lemongrass, ginger and lime. Per serving, this bowl has 360 calories, 14 grams of fat (mostly from the nuts), 400mg of sodium, 10 grams of fiber, 15 grams of whole grains, and 15 grams of protein. 
Evol Vitalize Bowl
The brand Evol has a great variety of frozen meals, but this bowl in particular has a Greek flavor profile. What’s inside? Brown rice, grilled chicken, vegetables, feta cheese, and tahini sauce. This bowl has 19 grams of protein, ½ a cup of vegetables, and 8 grams of fiber. As far as micronutrients go, it contains 140% DV (Percent Daily Value) of Vitamin A, 20% DV of Vitamin C and Iron, and 15% DV of calcium. 
Luvo So Cal Kale and Beans
Last but not least, this filling bowl contains both fruits and vegetables, truly making it easier to get in your greens (each bowl has 1½ cups of veggies!). It also has red rice, white beans, kale, and shiitake mushrooms. Overall, it has low sodium and is packed with whole grains. The bowl adds up to 300 calories, 7 grams of fat, 11 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein.
Many frozen meals can offer lots of calories, fat and sodium with little nutritional value. However, today there are more healthy options for frozen meals than ever before. Many varieties have a lot of protein, fiber, and vegetables that will leave you feeling satisfied without sacrificing nutrition or flavor. 

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