4/22/14

Trade Up Tuesday: Frozen Kid's Meals



Last week we shared a couple of our favorite frozen meals (Kashi Pesto Pasta Primavera & Evol Bowls) when you need lunch or dinner in a pinch. Over the weekend a friend asked me if there were any kid friendly meals that I'd suggest in the frozen foods section. I immediately had a flash back to when I was a kid growing up in California. My dad, a captain in the Air Force, occasionally had to go on TDY's (temporary duty assignment) for a few days. When he was on TDY my sister and I got to eat frozen meals for dinner so my mom wouldn't have to cook. We thought it was the coolest thing ever. At the time, I thought that those meals were amazing. However looking back I question my palate as I remember that there was always a piece of corn that had migrated over to my brownie or that my mashed potatoes were still somewhat icy in the middle. Frozen meals have come a long way!

So I took a stroll over to our frozen kid's meals and found a great Trade Up for this Tuesday. You'll see that Trading Up from the Kid Cuisine to the Ian's meal will save your little one 160 calories, 5 grams of fat, half the saturated fat and cholesterol, 220 mg of sodium and 11 grams of sugar. Ian's Kid's Meals are also made without gluten, wheat, milk, casein, eggs, nuts or soy. So it's perfect for the kiddos who have many food allergies.

Kid Cuisine Fried Chicken Meal
NuVal 6
Serving size: 1 meal
Calories: 530
Total Fat: 22g
Saturated Fat: 5g
Trans Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 110mg
Sodium: 800mg
Total Carbohydrate: 53g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Sugars: 21g
Protein: 28g

Ingredients: Fried Chicken Drumsticks: Chicken, Water, Wheat Flour, Contains 2% or Less of: Soy Protein Concentrate, Modified Food Starch, Salt, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Flavoring, Fried in Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with BHT. Chocolate Pudding: Water, Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Nonfat Dry Milk, Soybean Oil, Dried Sweet Cream (Sweet Cream, Nonfat Milk, Sodium Caseinate), Cocoa Powder (Processed with Potassium Carbonate), Microcrystalline and Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Acetic Acid Esters of Mono and Diglycerides with Maltodextrin, Soy Lecithin (Nonfat Milk, Soy Lecithin, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Salt. Corn with Water, Sugar. Sprinkle Packet: Sugar, Corn Starch, Rice Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil (Cottonseed, Soybean), Confectioner's Glaze, Soy Lecithin, Contains 2% or Less of: Dextrin, Cellulose, Titanium Dioxide, Carrageenan, Red 40 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Gum Tragacanth, Gum Arabic, Carnauba Wax.

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Ian's Kids Chicken Nugget Meal
NuVal 37
Serving size: 1 meal
Calories: 370
Total Fat: 17g
Saturated Fat: 2.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 50mg
Sodium: 580mg
Total Carbohydrate: 38g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 10g
Protein: 20g

Ingredients: Chicken nuggets (skinless,boneless no added antibiotics or hormone* chicken breast with rib meat, non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil, potato flakes, water, sea salt), coated with batter (water, yellow corn flour, corn starch, baking powder, garlic powder, sea salt) and breaded with cornflake crumbs (milled corn, cane sugar, sea salt), cooked in non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil), Corn, chocolate cake mix (water, cane sugar, potato starch, non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil, cocoa powder, rice flour, tapioca flour, brown sugar, baking soda, sea salt, xanthan gum), Alphatots (potatoes, modified palm oil, rice flour, salt, modified cellulose).



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