Dietitian's Top Pick: Kashi Pesto Pasta Primavera

Sometimes finding a healthy frozen meal can be a challenge. To continue our celebration of Frozen Foods Month, we wanted to highlight one of our frozen Dietitian's Top Picks: Kashi Pesto Pasta Primavera.

When you look at the nutrition below, some people may worry that it contains too much fat, but a closer look reveals that only 2g of the total 11g of fat comes from saturated fat. That means that you are getting 9g of unsaturated (or heart healthy) fats. Also, check out the fiber: 7 grams in one entree! That's really hard to find.

Of course we have to look at sodium. While 750mg may seem like a lot, it's a pretty average amount for a meal. The new USDA recommendations are 2300 mg/day for the average American. If you average that out over your 3 meals for the day that's about 760 mg/meal.

Considering that this is a vegetarian meal, it is also a pretty good source of protein and iron.

Overall, Kashi's Pesto Pasta Primavera gets one of the highest NuVal scores for frozen entrees (which is what makes it a Dietitian's Top Pick). Let's add another side of vegetables or a salad and you've got yourself a pretty good lunch or dinner!

Kashi Pesto Pasta Primavera - NuVal 35
Serving size: 1 entree
Calories: 290
Total Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 5mg
Sodium: 750mg
Total Carbohydrates: 37g
Fiber: 7g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 11g
Vitamin A: 20%
Vitamin C: 15%
Calcium: 30%
Iron: 15%

Ingredients: Cooked Multigrain Penne Pasta (Water, Whole Wheat Durum, Oats, Wheat, Rye, Brown Rice, Triticale, Barley, Buckwheat), Water, Pesto (Basil, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Water, Parmesan Cheese [Milk, Salt, Cultures, Enzymes], Garlic, Sea Salt), Peas, Carrots, Sweet Red Pepper, Garlic (Garlic, Water), Basil, Rice Starch, Parmesan Cheese (Pasteurized Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes), Evaporated Salt, Dehulled Barley Flour, Soy Flour.

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