I've mentioned that I've discovered how easy frozen lunches and snacks are to control portion sizes and keep my points in check for the day. Yes, they have sodium, but my goal right now is to drop the poundage. I've tried Lean Cuisine and found a lot of their entrees to be particularly salty, which has turned me off from the brand. I do eat Banquet meals on a regular basis simply because they are cheap, cheap, cheap. Here's a quick review of them:
Banquet meals are great when you don't want to spend a lot or you want a back-up lunch on hand at work so you don't go hog wild if you forget your lunch one day. They're about a buck each. The one I eat the most is the chicken nugget meal w/ mac/cheese and corn. It's okay, by which I mean the chicken strikes me as being a bit mystery-meat-ish. The nuggets can also come with fries. Again, it's okay. Nothing fantastic. The fries always turn out mushy because I think it's unreasonable to cook these in the oven. If I'm having one, I want a max microwave cooking time of 2-2 1/2 minutes.
One thing I will say is that there isn't a huge difference in point values for Weight Watchers for these than "healthier" frozen food alternatives. They average about 5-8 pounts per meal. Sooo, if you're wanting to do WW, but don't want to spend the extra money on those alternatives, like Smart Ones, South Beach, and so forth, these are awfully cheap. I'll keep buying these to have on-hand, but long-term, I'll probably cut these out.
Now for the main event: Smart Ones. I've made it clear that I'm a bargain shopper so at first these struck me as being pricey. I did find that if you do a little comparison shopping and watch for sales, you can get them cheaper. I just stocked up for $1.88 each plus they have $1 off five coupons on their website. Not the greatest coupon ever, but it helps a little. Considering that I bought "Anytime" versions that have multiple portions, that isn't bad.
I'll start with the two I didn't particularly care for: Canadian Bacon Breakfast Muffin and the Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas...perhaps we have a super powerful microwave, but my canadian bacon (AKA: ham) was tough and difficult to chew through. I do plan to try some of their other breakfast options though. Second is the Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla. I just wasn't terribly fond of the flavor. Plain and simple.
Now, for my favs: