Walking down the frozen foods aisle at the grocery store isn’t always encouraging: Easy options abound, but many aren’t very healthy. Here are our top six picks in frozen snacks you can feel good about giving your family.
Frozen fruit pops
Sometimes, all you want is a cold and fruity frozen pop to cool you down on a hot summer day. While many of the frozen treats available at the grocery store are laden with saturated fat and added sugar, healthier options exist, such as Edy’s Fruit Bars and Whole Fruit’s Fruit Bars.
You also can make your own pops at home by filling pop molds with 100 percent juice or a blend of real fruit and yogurt. Freeze, and within a few hours you’ll have delicious and healthy frozen treats.
There is absolutely nothing unhealthy about whole-wheat tortillas, black beans, brown rice and a little cheddar cheese. While these ingredients may not sound like those in your average frozen burrito, you may be surprised to find that many individually wrapped varieties in the freezer section are actually made with healthy, organic ingredients. Look for options with fewer than 300 calories.
Simply purchase seedless red grapes, wash them, pull them off the stem and place them in a bowl in the freezer. These sweet nibbles are a delicious snack that will keep your whole family satisfied.
You’ve probably seen those microwavable paninis, gyros and other simple sandwiches. If you haven’t tried them yet, give them a shot. Most offer high-quality proteins that will keep you full until dinnertime. Pair them with cut vegetables or a piece of fresh fruit.
Whole-grain frozen waffles
Making waffles from scratch takes a while, but why spend the time to mix, cook and serve when all you have to do is pop frozen waffles into your toaster? You can use a frozen waffle as the bread for a peanut butter and banana sandwich, or top one with vanilla yogurt and fresh berries for a tasty late-evening treat.
Baked sweet potato fries
Everyone enjoys the taste of a good French fry, but there’s not much to like about the saturated fat and simple carbs you consume when picking up a sleeve from a fast-food joint. Instead, look for bake-able sweet potato fries in the frozen food section at your grocery store. Sweet and salty sweet potato fries are packed with nutrients and fiber.
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