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Frozen Dinners After Your Weight Loss Surgery

By Brian K. Davidson, Sarah Krieger

After your successful weight loss surgery, you have to be careful about what you eat and how much you eat. In a hurry and not going out but still need fast food? Many people rely on frozen dinners from time to time, but that might pose special challenges for you.

Not all frozen meals are created equal, so carefully read nutrition facts labels. You may have to take a little extra time in the frozen food aisle to find a frozen dinner you like that meets your nutritional requirements.

Many frozen dinners, though considered “healthy,” rely heavily on starches like pasta and are light on protein. They can be very high in sodium, as well.

Keep these tips in mind when shopping for frozen dinners:

  • Watch calories. Limit calories to 250 to 350.
  • Make sure the meal has at least 15 grams of protein.
  • Choose meals with less than 600 milligrams of sodium.
  • Make certain the meal has 3 to 5 grams of fiber.
  • Look for entrées that include lots of vegetables. They’ll be lower in calories and fill you up more.
  • Choose meals with whole grains or brown rice.
  • Look for meals with 0 grams trans fat and limit saturated fat to 4 grams.

You can also round out the meal with a side salad or piece of fruit.