The freezer aisle called: They got a serious makeover and want to start hanging out with you again. While sometimes pegged as a spot mainly devoted to cholesterol-loaded pizzas and decadent ice creams, healthy specialty frozen foods are growing quicker than you can say “pass the curry vindaloo.”
How to pick out the winners? “My rule of thumb for browsing for frozen foods is that one should understand the ingredient list. In general the first few ingredients should be whole foods and the freezing itself should be considered the preservative,” shares Elisabeth de Kergorlay, founder and owner of Babeth’s Feast. Also, keep an eye on sodium (which can be through the roof on some seemingly healthy products), grams of fat, and total calorie count. Luckily, our favorite frozen food heroes boast clean ingredients without sacrificing bold flavors. Another reward for loading your cart with frozen goodies? It’s more affordable and reduces food waste — wave sayonara went-out-to-dinner-three-nights-in-a-row-and-now-$40-worth-of-veggies-are-rotten syndrome.
Earthbound Farm Organic Smoothie Kickstarts
You’ll quickly run out of excuses to let your laziness win with these handy kickstart packs from Earthbound Farm. Available in kale berry and mango peach carrot, these organic fruit and veggie-rich blends are ready to be swirled into a tasty sea of almond milk, almond butter, and a sprinkling of chia seeds or whatever smoothie combo floats your boat.
It’s no wonder that your supply of breakfast burritos disappeared from the freezer when they are as satisfying and delectable as these are. The plant-based meal delivery service offers a variety of weight-loss plans we love with organic, healthy meals you’ve come to crave. With up to 1200 calories a day, a sample menu may include savory croquettes and veggie hash for breakfast, soba noodles and peanut sauce for lunch, and Thai chick’n stew for dinner. To prepare, it’s as simple as heat and eat these gourmet meals, which are carefully created by a talented chef. If eating vegan always tasted this good, we’re pretty sure the whole world would hop aboard the bandwagon.
Turns out, you can have your waistline and eat your veggie fries too. Available in four flavors, we love these non-GMO, low-sodium frites that are also a good source of fiber and offer a variety of vitamins. The crispy fries, which come in carrot, broccoli, chickpea and red pepper, and kale and Tuscan bean, are composed of 1/4 or more of veggies and beans, and go straight from freezer to oven.
This all-frozen gourmet store ships nationwide and offers a dizzying array of main courses, side dishes, sauces, and more. When you’re looking to hit a lower number on the scale, skip the desserts and tempting carb-y offerings, and instead focus on their impressive selections of proteins, like grilled boneless pork chops or salmon with lentils. For nights when we’re low on herbs (OK, every other night) but want to jazz up a meal and add a nutrient-boost, we love their frozen herbs, like a diced Italian blend of basil, oregano, and chives, ready to slip into any kind of supper.
So Delicious Dairy Free
Even when you’re trying to slim down, everybody needs to indulge sometime. And somewhere between salted caramel cluster and dark chocolate truffle cashew milk ice cream, we fell in love. And then there was snickerdoodle… Not only is the new line of So Delicious cashew milk ice creams completely delectable, but they are also dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and Non-GMO Project Verified. Oh, and they somehow manage to replicate that creamy, velvety texture of the real deal.
Ready for a batter — erm, better world? One that doesn’t involve pancakes just relegated to a Sunday treat? Yup, us too. Behold: Batter World. Available in multigrain (which we love), gluten-free, and original, this protein batter clocks in with 5 to 6 grams of protein per serving and is made of natural ingredients. With clean ingredients you’ll recognize, a healthy breakfast is as easy as defrosting, shaking, and pouring into a hot pan. Batter World is also preservative-free and created by two moms who know the importance of a wholesome meal to start the day.
Burrito craving? Tell us about it. Look no further than EVOL burritos, which uses grains, vegetables, and oils that are GMO-Free, while all of its products are free of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and fillers. Doling out a satiating 13 grams of protein, you can’t go wrong with the tantalizing egg and green chile flavor, but we’re also loving their innovative line of fajita burritos which come with a pouch of antioxidant-packed guacamole.