Major discoveries have been made; prepackaged, frozen meals are bad for you. Ok, maybe it’s not a major discovery, but it’s finally been acknowledged by the FDA. The dietary guidelines, which are updated every five years, now indicates that individuals “over age 51, African-Americans and people with a history of hypertension, diabetes or kidney problems [should] limit their daily salt intake to a little over a half a teaspoon.” As an intern at a busy LA Public Relations Agency, this frightens me. No frozen food + no time= disaster.
Unfortunately, the quick, prepared food that we Americans so unconditionally love contains up to 1,500 milligrams of salt per serving. No matter if you’re working at a PR agency, working on Wall Street, or working in a school, we all know that the world we live in is incredibly fast paced, full of late work nights and venti coffees to go. How are we expected to have time to actually prepare a healthy lunch before we run out of the house each morning? Or, how are we supposed to have the energy to cook a full meal for ourselves plus some at the end of the day (when we get home at 6:00, 7:00, or 8:00)? It’s quite a daunting challenge to stay away from those frozen bits of heaven that make our lives oh so easy, but here are a few tips that may help you out:
-Try Amy’s frozen dishes. Her meals are completely vegetarian, but are enjoyed even by committed carnivores.
-Utilize your Sundays! I know it’s your day off, but preparing your own lunch/ dinner for the week can save you A TON of time. This way you’ll know exactly what’s in the food your eating. And hey, cooking can still be relaxing. Turn up the jams and have fun!
– Try Fresh and Easy for lunch if you’re running late and can’t make your own. This grocery store prepares non-frozen meals and sandwiches daily with the freshest ingredients. It’s delicious!
That’s all for now. Goodluck!