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30 Healthy Frozen Foods That Make Your Next Meal Way Easier

Zack Kutos

Some nights are just like that, and you need to pop a freezer meal in the microwave. (We get it, we’ve been there.) And that’s OK because there are some healthy options out there. But beyond keeping some entrées on hand (we’ve included some of our favorites below), here’s another healthy hack: Pack your freezer with frozen foods that will make prepping a tasty, nutritious meal quicker, easier, and stress-free. Here are 30 to help you get started.

One thing to note: When it comes to fresh versus frozen produce, the nutritional value is often comparable as long as the produce was frozen just after it was picked, which is usually denoted on the packaging.

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Wildscape Chimichurri Chicken

Think Chimichurri Chicken with roasted peppers, red potatoes and farro, aji amarillo purée, and almonds can’t be a frozen meal? Think again. For those nights when takeout sounds like a good plan, but you want something more affordable and a little less greasy, reach for this. Chicken not your thing? Try the Braised Brisket with caramelized sweet potatoes, sorghum, red rice, and pickled onions. Yum.

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Green Giant Veggie Spirals

We won’t pretend veggie noodles are a substitute for real pasta, but they do make for a nutritious, tasty base that you can dress up with your favorite sauces. Another option: Replace half the amount of pasta for a lighter version of your favorite dish. 

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Evol Truffle Parmesan Portabella Risotto

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You can’t go wrong with anything that has truffle and Parmesan in the name. Keep this base in your freezer and pair with your favorite side salad or add a protein.

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American Flatbread

This is not your average frozen pizza. With varieties that include basil pesto and feta, and three cheese with Kalamata olives, these organic-crust flatbreads are flavorful and make for a hearty lunch or dinner, paired with a baby green salad for extra veggies. 

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Birds Eye Rice

Rice is an excellent source of whole grains, but traditional rice can set you back 30 to 45 minutes, and that’s often time you don’t have—especially after a long run. Frozen rice is just as nutritious and ready in minutes.

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Dole Frozen Fruit

Yes, frozen fruit can boost the nutritional value of any smoothie, thanks to antioxidants and fiber. But think outside the blender, and add frozen fruit to pancakes and muffins as well. (Just thaw it first!)

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Evol Egg Green Chile Burrito

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For a quick to-go breakfast, grab an Evol burrito, which uses real-food ingredients. If you’re not sprinting out the door, serve this burrito with a side of homemade home fries and a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

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Birds Eye Red Potato Blend

Pro tip: Try to avoid veggie blends that include sauces, which are often high in sugar. Instead, opt for a veggie and carb combo side dish like this, which is ready in just minutes.

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Birds Eye Peas

Some people swear that frozen peas taste better than fresh peas. We won’t take sides, but we will say they’re good for more than just icing achy legs. Frozen peas thaw quickly and can be added to anything: a scramble, a stir-fry, a beef stew, or a risotto.

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Vitalicious Wild Blueberry VitaTops

Muffins are calorie and sugar bombs—sorry. But that doesn’t mean you have to go without. Try a muffin top, paired with scrambled eggs and a slice of fruit for a more balanced breakfast that will keep you feeling fuller, longer. 

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Alexia Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt

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There’s nothing wrong with the white potato, but sweet potatoes do pack a little extra in the nutrient department thanks to beta-carotene, which becomes vitamin A for eye health. And with Alexia, you get a french fry without the fry. Bake and serve these with your favorite burger.

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Engine 2 Plant-Strong Morning Blend

Break out of the cereal routine with a grain medley that will kick start your morning and fuel your workouts. This one is tasty and an good source of fiber, protein, and iron.

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Good Food Made Simple Original Unsweetened Organic Oatmeal

Steel-cut oats are the gold standard when it comes to oatmeal, but they can take forever to cook. With the frozen variety, you can have a hearty breakfast in just three minutes. Choose the unsweetened option to keep your sugar intake in check.

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Alexia Butternut Squash Risotto with Parmesan Cheese & Sea Salt

You don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to cook up a nutritious meal that makes your mouth water. This butternut squash-based risotto is just 70 calories per serving (three servings per bag), so you can actually enjoy all three servings as part of a full dinner, or pair it with your favorite protein for a light side dish.

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Amy’s Organic Breakfast Burrito

It says “breakfast” burrito, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great desk lunch option. These are high in protein and fiber to keep you feeling full, and they don’t taste like a gas station meal even though you can probably find them there. 

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Alexia Organic Hashed Browns

Dress up your Sunday at-home brunch with a side of organic hashed browns. They’re a good source of carbs, and they go great with a runny yolk.

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Orca Bay Sockeye Salmon Fillets

Wild-caught sockeye salmon is one of the best sources of omega 3s, which can boost brain and heart health. But when it’s not in season, head to the freezer section and either grill or bake it for a nutritious meal all year round.

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Sea Point Farms Edamame

Edamame are high in plant protein and add texture to any dish. Toss into your next stir-fry or shell them and add to soup. 

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Kashi 7 Grain Waffles

Waffles can be part of a balanced breakfast when they’re low in sugar and high in fiber. The Kashi Waffles 7 Grain are both. Add a smear of peanut butter for healthy fat and added protein or top with fruit instead of syrup for less sugar. 

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Dorot Gardens Crushed Garlic

Keep a few of these frozen garlic cubes in your freezer so you can spice up any dish quickly—no peeling required! One cube equals one clove.

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Whole Foods Ground Beef

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Keep a pound of ground beef in the freezer for last-minute Sloppy Joe’s or Shepherd’s Pie.

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Sea Pak Alaskan Salmon Burgers

Grill up a salmon burger and serve on a brioche bun with a side of sweet potato fries like Alexia for a protein- and carb-packed dinner.

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Cascadian Farms Sliced Peaches

Fruits that are frozen just after being picked tend to taste better and have a higher nutritional value than those picked late in the season or frozen later. Toss sliced peaches into a peach muffin mix for a summer treat you can enjoy anytime.

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Gardein Mandarin Orange Chick’n

Toss some of this meatless chicken into a stir-fry of fresh (or frozen!) veggies and rice for a complete meal. But enjoy in moderation: Sauces like this one can be high in sugar.

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Whole Foods 365 Everyday Veggie Burger

Regardless of whether you eat meat, a good veggie burger makes for an easy lunch or dinner staple. Dress up with your favorite bun or cut into chunks and serve atop a greens salad.

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Amy’s Macaroni & Cheese

Sometimes all you want is some good ol’ fashioned mac ‘n cheese. For lunch or dinner, Amy’s has wholesome ingredients that make this carb-loaded meal filling and delicious.

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Stouffer’s Classics Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed peppers are packed with beef and rice, making it a well-rounded entrée, right out of the freezer. Top with fresh avocado and serve with a side salad for a boost of heart-healthy fat and fiber. Pro Tip: Buy the family size and bring leftovers for lunch.

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Applegate Peppered Turkey Breakfast Sausage

Cook up a large omelet or a veggie scramble for your post-workout breakfast, and serve with high-protein turkey breakfast sausage, on the side or mixed into your eggs.

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Newman’s Own Harvest Vegetable Thin Crispy Pizza

When it comes to frozen pizza, treat yourself. Newman’s Own uses real, whole food ingredients that you recognize. Topped with veggies, this pizza is an excellent healthy meal that’s ready within minutes.

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Dorot Gardens Chopped Basil

Dress up your pasta or soup with a cube or two of frozen chopped basil, which has a shelf life of two years. Dorot Gardens flash freezes its fresh herbs within 90 minutes of harvest, making them a perfect addition to any meal.

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