Trade Up Tuesday: Steak with Mac and Cheese

Now that school is in full swing, things are a little rushed at our (Jennifer's) house in the morning. We really like to pack our lunches because it helps us eat out less and save some money. The only challenge here is that it takes some planning and sometimes can be hard if I am running late. To prevent eating out on the days I do not have time to pack a healthy lunch, I keep several Lean Cuisine frozen meals on hand. These can be a yummy choice when packing a healthy lunch that doesn’t take any planning. The key here is to use NuVal of course to trade up and choose the healthiest of the frozen meals. Lean Cuisine Steak with Macaroni and Cheese has less than 300 calories and a whopping 22g of protein! It is also fairly low in sodium (540mg) in comparison to similar frozen meals like Night Hawk Steak’n Mac (700mg). Check out all the nutrition facts below to see the differences and why Lean Cuisine makes a great Trade Up!

Night Hawk Steak'n Mac (NuVal 8)
1 tray
Calories 400
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 700mg
Carbohydrates 19g
Fiber <1g p="">Sugars 3g
Protein 29g
Vitmain A 10%
Vitamain C 0%
Calcium 20%
Iron 10%

Ingredients: Macaroni and cheese {cheese sauce (water, cheddar cheese (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes annatto color, potato starch and powdered cellulose, added to prevent caking, natamycin (a natural mold inhibitor)), powdered milk, modified corn starch, salt), cooked macaroni (water, semolina, ferrous sulfate, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid)], chopped beef [beef, seasoned salt (salt, sugar, chili pepper, spice, extractives of spices, onion powder, garlic powder)], steak sauce [margarine (liquid and hydrogenated soybean oil, water, salt, vegetable mono and diglycerides (soybean), soy lecithin, sodium benzoate (a preservative), citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, calcium disodium EDTA added to protect flavor, beta carotene (color), vitamin A palmitate added), water, salt, mustard powder, lemon juice powder (corn syurp solids, natural flavors (lemon juice solids, natural flavors) and BHT), garlic powder].

Lean Cuisine Salisbury steak with Macaroni and cheese:  (NuVal 21)
1 package
Calories 260
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 40mg
Sodium 540mg
Carbohydrates 25g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10%
Iron 10%

Ingredients: water, cooked beef, blanched macaroni (water, semolina, wheat gluten), skim milk, onions, mushrooms, 2% or less of modified cornstarch, soy protein concentrate (with caramel color), cheddar club cheese (cheddar cheese [cultured milk, salt, enzymes], water, salt, annatto color), rolled oats, cheese flavor (cheddar, granular, semisoft and blue cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes], water, sodium phosphate, whey, vinegar, salt, citric acid), tomato puree (water, tomato paste), bleached wheat flour, salt, potassium chloride, cheddar cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), modified rice starch, flavor (maltodextrin, salt, yeast extract, soy sauce [soybeans, wheat, salt], contains less than 2% beef extract, beef fat, flavor, tapioca dextrin, thiamin hydrochloride), flavor (water, flavor, maltodextrin, salt, caramel color, less than 2% of lactic acid, enzyme modified cream), yeast extract, garlic puree, sugar, cheese flavor (cheddar cheese [cultured milk, salt, enzymes], water, salt enzymes, cultures, phosphoric acid, xanthan gum), egg whites, dehydrated soy sauce (soybeans, salt, wheat), dehydrated garlic, mushroom base (sauteed mushrooms, sugar, salt, canola oil, maltodextrin, onion powder, 2% or less of potato starch, hydrolyzed wheat gluten, mushroom juice concentrate, caramel color, natural flavors, garlic juice concentrate, onion juice concentrate, soybean oil, xanthan gum), spices, caramel color, soybean oil, natural flavors, cultured whey, beef stock, carrageenan, annatto color, natural flavor.
Contains: milk, egg, soy, wheat

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