Say No to Pre-Packaged Frozen Dinners
They're quick and easy to prepare, but many frozen meals also pack a huge sodium punch -- as much as 1,800 mg in one dish, according to MSNBC.com -- and many of them don't have enough vegetables to help you meet your daily requirements.
For fast meals on busy nights, freeze leftovers or try make-ahead casseroles that go from freezer to oven to table with a minimum of effort (like Emeri's Mexican Chicken Tortilla version) to make sure you're getting the right nutrients.
Worst case: Look for low-sodium, organic frozen meals.
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