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Frozen meals can be loaded with sodium and fat, says nutritionist Christine M. Palumbo, so be sure to read labels carefully. Healthful options, such as the ones below, are available in most major supermarkets.
Low-Fat Macaroni And Cheese Supplement it with a garden salad with reduced-fat dressing (or 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil and a splash of fresh lemon or balsamic vinegar). Have a crisp apple for dessert.
Key Nutrients Calcium, fiber and monounsaturated fat
Vietnamese Chicken (thit ga kho tieu) This entree includes vegetables and rice. Boost nutrients with a carton of reduced-fat (2%) milk and dried fruit for dessert.
Key Nutrients Calcium, fiber, iron and protein
Salisbury Steak And Redskin Mashed Potatoes Round it out with a green vegetable, such as steamed green beans, and fresh strawberries for dessert.
Key Nutrients Calcium, fiber, iron, protein and vitamin C
Organic Indian Vegetable Korma Includes curried vegetables, raisins, cashews, rice, spiced lentils and beans. Finish the meal off with fresh grapes for dessert.
Key Nutrients Complex carbs, fiber, iron and protein
Rice Bowls Sweet & Sour Chicken Accompany it with crisp raw vegetables (baby carrots, cucumber spears, sweet pepper strips) and a ripe pear for dessert.
Key Nutrients Beta carotene, complex carbs, fiber, iron, protein and vitamin C