By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine
We've already told you which snacks to steer clear of in the frozen food aisle. Now comes the fun part: The frozen treats that you can guiltlessly indulge in.
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Frankly, the frozen food aisle is a minefield when it comes to nutrition. Obviously, frozen fruits and veggies are always a safe choice, but after spending an hour analyzing nutrition labels (good thing we wore a scarf to the store!), we were able to come up with a list of other healthy gems that are a bit more fun and snack-like.
Skinny Cow Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream: Although they are relatively low in fat and have no sugar added, Skinny Cow's frozen goodies somehow manage to be rich, creamy and satisfying. Pick up the 5.8-ounce package (which is one serving) of this yummy flavor to keep chocolate cravings in check. It has just 150 calories and 2 grams of fat (1 gram of saturated fat).
Edy's/Dreyer's Acai Blueberry Fruit Bars: With zero fat, zero saturated fat and just 60 calories, this may be the ultimate guilt-free snack. Especially when you factor in the fact that it's made with real fruit with antioxidant properties. Yep, this one is easy to justify!
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Amy's Spinach Feta in a Pocket Sandwich: Most of the salty treats in the frozen foods aisle are packed with artificial ingredients and are virtually devoid of anything that's remotely nutritious. With its main ingredients being wheat flour, organic spinach, organic low-fat milk, tofu and feta cheese, this snack is well worth its 260 calories and 9 grams of fat. Just keep in mind that it does contain 25 percent of your daily value of sodium, so best to go easy on the salt the rest of the day.
Edamame: Usually stashed with the frozen Asian-inspired foods or the frozen veggies, this snack (which is actually a soybean) is an absolute no-brainer. According to SELF's Nutrition Data Tool (try it for free to get the most for your diet!), one cup of shelled edamame contains just 189 calories and 8 grams of fat. It's also low in sodium and a good source of fiber (so it fills you up), protein, iron, magnesium, Vitamin K, folate and manganese. Simply steam or nuke, and sprinkle with a bit of salt. If you decide to dip in soy sauce, opt for a low-sodium brand.
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