By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine
If your Monday is looking anything like ours, it's shaping up to be a hectic one. As a result, we're going to be looking for something quick and easy for dinner tonight.
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But we have our standards. Continuing our quest to find the best and worst items in the frozen foods aisle, today we're giving you our picks for the 4 worst dinner entrees. No matter how starving and tired we are tonight, you will not find these items in our microwave:
1. Bertolli Chicken Alfredo & Fettuccine: Yup, that cream sauce will get you every time. Just half of this package will cost you 630 calories, 32 grams of fat, 17 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat and 1200 mg of sodium. That's half of your recommended fat and sodium for the day and 100 percent of your saturated fat intake. Yowza!
2. Healthy Choice Sweet & Sour Chicken: With 440 calories, 2 grams of saturated fat and 480 mg of sodium, this entree didn't seem as evil as some of the other frozen entrees we came across. But then we noticed the sugar content: 28 grams. You may as well have a side of ice cream! To be fair, there are worse items in the freezer section, but this is just a reminder that just because the box says "healthy" doesn't mean it actually is. Read labels carefully!
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3. Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie: Half a pie -- only half! -- has 550 calories, 34.1 grams of fat, 9.6 grams of saturated fat and 826 mg of sodium. The bottom line here is that if you're willing to eat just a cup of food as your meal, you aren't making a great nutritional decision, but it could be a whole lot worse. The problem is that most people will go ahead and eat the entire pie -- which is a gut bomb.
4. Hungry-Man ANYTHING: There's a reason they call it Hungry-Man -- these meals are made for someone hell-bent on eating as much fat and sodium as they possible can. So, our vote is to avoid this entire line of frozen dinners.
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And in the spirit of Turkey Day, we wanted to share the nutritional deets on Hungry-Man's worst culprit (which we came across online): The Hungry Man XXL Carved Turkey Dinner. It has 1450 calories, 58 grams of fat, 26 grams of saturated fat (130 percent of your recommended daily intake) and 5410 mg of sodium. We'll save those calories for a real Thanksgiving meal, thanks.
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