TV dinners, notorious for their high calorie and sodium counts, aren’t exactly the first food category we think of when we think “healthy eating.” But they’re seductively convenient, and some are far less deleterious to our health than others.
There are many hundreds of “TV dinners” on the market — the food industry stopped using that term in the 1960s, and now calls them simply “frozen dinners” — as well as frozen entrées substantial enough to form the main part of a meal. To find the 20 healthiest and 20 unhealthiest examples, 24/7 Wall St. created an index of calorie, fat, and sodium contents for 90 of these, choosing those most often reviewed on key websites.
As might be expected, brands with a healthy-eating focus, such as Amy’s, Kashi, and Lean Cuisine, show up on the healthiest TV dinners list, but there are some surprises, too, like an entry from the Margaritaville label. Also, two offerings from Kashi and one from Amy’s are ranked among the Unhealthiest.