How to Transform Your Takeout or Frozen Dinner (Infographic)

For days when you’re too crazed to cook

How to make popular fast food and frozen dinners healthier.

Busy schedules can get the best of us and our appetites. The way to a week full of healthy dinners is to plan — and shop — a week in advance. That way you’ll have all the ingredients you need to cook on days when you’re crunched for time.

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But there will be times when you’ll have to dash home from work and head right out after dinner. That’s when it’s tempting to order takeout or heat up a frozen entrée. Our infographic below shows you how to make popular fast food and frozen dinners healthier.  Here are other tips to keep in mind when you’re eating dinner on the run:

  • Ask for sauce, dressing and toppings on the side.  Make it a goal to leave extras — you don’t have to finish everything!
  • Always look for low-sodium frozen meals. Manufacturers work hard to make them taste good!
  • Control portions to maintain your waistline. We all deserve an occasional treat. But if you’re splurging on a dish that’s high in calories, sodium and/or fat, at least avoid overeating.

7 ways to make your takeout or frozen dinner healthier.

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Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian and Outpatient Nutrition Manager in the Center for Human Nutrition.