It’s 7pm, you’re tired, on your way home from work, and you don’t feel like cooking.
A quick stop at the grocery store brings you to the frozen food section, where you stare face to face with an overwhelming display of frozen food options.
There’s literally any kind of food you want.
Your stomach grumbles. It wants you to hurry and pick something. But like the food staring back at you, you’re frozen. You’re three weeks into a cycle of clean eating- and you have NO IDEA what to choose.
This is a scenario probably everyone can relate to. You want to stick to your macros, or your newly committed goals of eating well, but have no idea where to start when it comes to picking a dinner option (or even lunch) that can be thrown in the microwave and actually TASTES good.
Here are my suggestions when trying to navigate what to choose:
1. Look at the list of ingredients. If almost all the words on there are things you can’t pronounce, you should probably leave it on the shelf.
2. Just like when you plan your dinner ahead of time- look at the food choices and assess if it looks like it’s going to be a balanced meal.
Is there a meat/protein choice, some carbohydrates, and a vegetable? Does the meat look like it’s more breading than meat (if yes put it back)? Does the carb look like something your nutrition coach would be happy you’re eating (if no put it back)?
3. If it’s going to be a pizza- find one that’s mid to high range in price- these tend to be “cleaner” options when it comes to ingredients. Then do a quick walk through the veggie department and grab some fresh veggies (like mixed greens, fresh tomatoes, or peppers) to throw on top when you toss it in the oven.
4. When you are looking at the macros/calories– make sure it has adequate protein in it (shoot for 30 to 60 grams minimum) and make sure it isn’t LOADED with fat (ideally no more than 30 grams).
It doesn’t have to be super overwhelming.
Make sure you can pronounce most of the ingredients, make sure it’s a balanced meal you think your nutrition coach would be happy with (if you don’t HAVE a coach just pretend!) and make sure it has adequate protein and not too much fat. Then go home and enjoy!