Trade Up Tuesday: Evol Bowls

April is Frozen Foods Month! Sometimes frozen food gets such a bad wrap. Notoriously frozen foods would contain excess sodium, would often taste freezer burned or just have an off taste (remember those frozen meals from the 80's?). Frozen foods have come a long way. We, as dietitians, love to promote frozen fruits and veggies. It's a great way to get peak freshness, nutrition and a great price. But, today, we want to introduce you to a relatively new product in our frozen foods section - the Evol Bowls.

The Evol Bowls really focus on using REAL food, responsibly sourced and environmentally friendly. We, dietitians, love that we recognize every single ingredient while still offering great nutrition.

For our Trade Up Tuesday we show how you can choose a better-for-you frozen meal allowing you better nutrition at the same price.

When comparing the Chicken Enchilada Bake Bowl to the Fire Grilled Steak Bowl you might be tempted to think that Chicken Bowl is better because it has slightly less calories and fat but NuVal helps you see the bigger picture. The Fire Grilled Steak Bowl, while it does have slightly more calories (20) and more fat you'll see that it contain less saturated fat, less cholesterol, less sodium, less carbohydrates and more healthy fats, fiber, vitamin A, C and Iron. Remember NuVal helps you evaluate all the nutrition and ingredients and not just single nutrients. NuVal summarizes it all into one score 1-100, the higher the score, the better the nutrition!

Evol Chicken Enchilada Bake Bowl - NuVal 27
Serving size: 1 bowl
Calories: 380
Total Fat: 13g
Saturated Fat: 6g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 50mg
Sodium: 630mg
Total Carbohydrate: 46g
Dietary Fiber: 6g
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 21g
Vitamin A: 10%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium: 25%
Iron: 15%

Ingredients: Corn tortillas (Corn cooked with a Trace of Lime, Water), Cooked Cilantro Lime Chicken (Chicken, Lime Juice, Garlic, Canola Oil, Cilantro, Salt, Spices), Pinto Beans, Green Chiles, Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Rice, Tomatillos, Water, Corn, Tomatoes in Juice (Tomatoes, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid), Onions, Corn Starch, Spices, Salt, Garlic, Jalapenos, Lime Juice.

Evol Fire Grilled Steak Bowl - NuVal 64
Serving size: 1 bowl
Calories: 400
Total Fat: 20g
Saturated Fat: 3.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 35mg
Sodium: 520mg
Total Carbohydrate: 38g
Dietary Fiber: 9g
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 20g
Vitamin A: 30%
Vitamin C 35%
Calcium: 10%
Iron: 25%

Ingredients: Black Beans, Rice, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Grilled Steak (Beef, Water, Potato Starch, Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Spices), Cilantro, Corn, Canola Oil, Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Lime Juice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper.

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