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Now that I work late and don't get home until after 7:30pm, I keep several in the freezer. I cook double on weekends and have leftovers during the week, but having a LC meal ready in minutes is much better than sucumbing to the munchies while I cook from scratch. And I am really learning a lot about portion control from them - lol.

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I like to add one lunch meal once a week for something different , my chance to not cook. I add in raw veggies or small salad with it. I like the chicken apple one with 6 grams of fiber. Keeps me full for a few hours.

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I like them. I have them for lunch every day and if I'm not with my boyfriend, I'll have them for dinner. I like that they have made most of them preservative free, and I try to go with the Spa Cuisine and choose the ones that have over 4-5 g of fiber. Their new Market Creations steamers are pretty good, and have a good fiber content. I always fix them with some steamed veggies, and I'm good to go.

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if LC has a turkey entree (without mushrooms) i will try it (if it is on sale)...Most of the time any frozen meal that i try that is not turkey i have wasted my money....the frozen meal is for convenience only....

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Oh Lean Cuisine tasted positively gourmet after I'd been eating NutriSystem for several weeks back in 2006. I started to "treat" myself on Fridays to a Lean Cuisine just so I could make it through the rest of the week on the shelf-stable NS foods.

When your diet food tastes like tropical fish food smells? It's probably time to rethink what you're eating.

I realized life was too short to torment myself, ditched the NutriSystem, and started just counting calories. I know the negatives of processed, pre-prepped foods, but I also know that Lean Cuisine and related foods (yes, including the NutriSystem at first, LOL) helped me to get a grip on portion control back when I really needed it. And the Lean Cuisine specifically reminded me that you don't have to eat food that tastes like dirt to watch your caloric intake.

It's evolved from there, but Lean Cuisine has its place for sure. In this house, that place is in my freezer. I don't eat it daily anymore, but I consider it superior to driving through Mickey Dee's on an incredibly busy night.



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Although I normally fix my own meals, if LC are on sale, I buy a few to keep in the freezer. That way if I am pressed for time I can just grab one. I just make sure to monitor my sodium intake for the day. I, too, enjoy the portion control they provide. I do try to freeze my own portion controlled meals from leftovers so I can monitor ingredients.

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Sodium is an issue for me...not just for my health, but for my taste as well. I have been cooking salt-free for over thirty years. (ONCE in a blue moon I may add a dash of salt to an item while cooking.) I just think that adding additional flavoring AFTER something is cooked and to individual taste is the right way to do things. Many times, most of the foods that I cook have enough flavors from other herbs/spices that salt is not even desired/required by my family/friends.

I am so happy that more companies are going to "no salt added" and just let the natural sodium in the ingredients work for them. ("Lower/Less Sodium" is usually still a joke as the sodium levels are so crazy high in the original item (e.g., chicken/beef/vegetable broths) that "30% lower sodium" is still in the 200 - 300 grams per serving range).)

I would probably buy Lean Cuisines, if they were more realistic not only about sodium content, but artificial ingredients/chemicals, for many of the same reasons some other people have posted (e.g., convenience, portion control). BUT until that happens its make my own lunch/dinner as much as possible and make the best choices I can when I have to purchase a meal.

(Guess I won't be winning any spa prizes! LOL!)

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I like them for the built in portion control. I don't mind cooking and bringing leftovers for lunch, but I don't always have time. Some of you commented on the cost, but where I live they are almost always on sale for under $2, and I get coupons at the register anytime I buy them. For me that is much cheaper than eating out (which is what I used to do for lunch). And as far as the sodium level goes it's not something I worry about a lot because I have low blood pressure, and my doctor encourages me to eat salt on everything. But certainly if you are watching your salt LC would not be the best option.

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I like the LC because of the portion control. However, I do have to watch which ones I get because of the sodium count. All in all it is cheaper and easier for me to stick with the plan.

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I've recently started bringing my lunch to work with me and I've tried quite a few frozen meals. They might not be the absolute healthiest thing I could be eating, but with Taco Bell, Wendy's, Burger King, McDonald's and Dairy Queen only steps away from my office I think I'm better off with a LC than any of that!

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I have never been a huge fan of LC. I don't like peppers and they put peppers into almost all of their meals and that is all I taste. Also, they generally have a lot of sodium and the low sodium has no flavor. JMHO

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I keep LC spa meals in freezer for when I'm by myself, and I choose the ones with lower sodium.

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I love several of the Lean Cuisine meals and have yet to try the spa kinds, which sound better. When I was working I ate 4 or 5 a week. Now I keep some on hand so I can pop one in my lunch bag on days I substitute.

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I prefer to make my own meals but I usually have some frozen diet meals on hand for days I don't time to cook or want some variety of something i generlly don't cook.

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I knew a guy whose diet plan was to eat 4 LC/HC/other low-cal meals in a day, usually with a snack of popcorn at some point in the evening. He lost weight that way and seemed happy enough. (I'm not suggesting that plan would work for everyone, or even most people; but the simplicity of it was what he needed, at the time. I guess I'm just playing devil's advocate, here, is all. :))

I keep low-cal frozen dinners in my house for days like... today, actually! I came back from travel at 10pm last night and didn't have time to get groceries. If I hadn't had it in my freezer to pack this morning, I would have had to go to a restaurant, which is a recipe for disaster, given the limited options within walking distance of my workplace. I have an orange to go with it and some snack stuff set aside for when I get hungry later this afternoon. And I'm going grocery shopping tonight, of course. :)

Not sure if it's OK to go advertising non-LC stuff here, but if you have a health food aisle nearby and are a fan of Indian food, I really like Amy's Kitchen: http://www.amys.com/products/category_view
.php?prod_category=18 ... Probably too high in salt, but I'm tracking too many things, right now, to worry about salt, too. I'll get to that eventually. :P (They are more expensive than LC. I think of them more as a way to get fairly tasty Indian food without ordering from a restaurant than I do an every-day meal plan.)

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I prefer to prepare my own food from scratch. I can't afford Lean Cuisine anyway, so it is just as well.



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I love the butternut ravioli one. It's very-very good and I'd even order it in a restaurant. I probably have it 1-2x's/month and usually it is because I've worked an 18hr day and want something warm & comforting to eat.. this works. Plus it's a non-thinking meal.. cook, eat, and I know it's portioned out. I work bizarre hours and live 24/7 on call. The road I take home has almost ANY fast food joint you can imagine on it, plus lots of other restaurants, so knowing this is at home tends to kill any urges I have for ff.. though I usually don't eat it once I get home. I sleep instead. :)

I don't care for these meals a lot because of the price. I do feel they're greatly overpriced. If subway is open, I'd rather spend $5 there and have 2 meals from it.

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I love the choices I get from Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Smart Ones. I do wish they would take out more of the salt. Let people put their own salt on according to their taste.

I usually cook one in the microwave at night and transfer to a container that fits my lunch box. I add an apple that I have cored and sliced the night before. Other times, I add a small salad. I also add some celery sticks and a carton of yogurt for a snack. Sometimes I eat the yogurt at lunch and the apple on my way home. It makes my life easier and provides variety. I am not fond of sandwiches for lunch. Must be from having 3 square country meals a day growing up in the south.

Now if LC would come out with a healthy Soul Food line. Collards, mashed potatoes and pork chop.
Black eyed peas, rice and BBQ chicken.
I would be in heaven.

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5/16/10 11:19 A

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I use Lean Cuisine, Weight Watchers or Healthy Choice once- sometimes twice a week. I do this when I want a pasta fix. I have trouble with portion control and pizza and pasta are my favorite food. I can't have any leftovers in the refigerator. I will eat them cold in the middle of the night. Since I live alone- having pasta with sause from a frozen dinner over french style string beans (to make a bigger portion) really works for me.

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I like lean cuisine but the sodium is too high.. but for me it is easy to grab on the go..I like michaleans lean gourmet buffla bites

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They need to up the protein and fiber and lower the salt!


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These meals purpose is a now and again break from making food.. They were never meaned to be eaten all the time- you can risk getting bored of eating them..

When eating these meals and having kids- is this the message you want to send them how to eat healthy=???
If you want kids to learn to eat healthy it is getting them in the kitchen on a chair leaning to peel carrots potatoes and preparing a piece of meat..

This is a very unsmart way to live leaning on these products.. Kids learn mastering skills to get though life watching and mimicing mom and dad! Many teenagers don't know how to make a meal when they move away from home.. Scarey thought..

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5/11/10 3:59 P

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I prefer the kashi frozen meals when I need to: higher protein, fiber and tastier. Often lower in sodium.

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I used to eat Lean Cuisines, but their sodium count is much higher than it needs to be. Also, have any of your ever noticed the quality of the meat? The shrimp is unnaturally small, the chicken is almost crumbly in texture...I could go on. Lean Cuisines are low in calories, but you all are kidding yourselves if you call it healthy. If you must go with frozen foods, there are items from health food stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's that contain more natural ingredients. Still watch the sodium count, though--but I find that these items are better bets.



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Wow, interesting, I had no idea. Makes sense though.

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Did anyone else know that the makers of lean cuisine own Jenny Craig. Their food seems to work in that regard.

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I agree with many of the posts, frozen meals/any pre packaged foods I tend to use in "emergencies"; their fine in moderation, but would prefer to get my nutrionals from fresh foods that I prepare. (I try to limit my sodium intake)

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I just had the Lean Cuisine Chicken, Spinach&Mushroom Panini. I look it because it is filling and the sodium is not too bad (compared to some frozen meals). I normally have these things for lunch but it has gotten late and I not had a meal today.

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Lean Cuisine and other prepared frozen meals are becoming healthier options. You do still need to read the labels and make good choices when selecting them, but overall they are great for those like myself that need the convenience of a pre-packaged meal.

With my current job 75 miles each way from my home I spend most of my "free time" in what amounts to a hotel room rather than drive 150 miles round-trip each day. So with only a small counter-top refrigerator and a microwave to prepare a meal for myself, these prepared frozen meals have been a life-saver. I do still add fresh fruits and vegetables to my diet but without these 'meals' I would be left with no other alternative than restaurant meals each day.

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I think the problem is that when you start seeing these as an acceptable option you'll make them into you're easy "go to" meal more and more often. The ease can become habit forming even if the taste is not. The effort of working out an easy nutritious option to prepared frozen food is worth it and becomes less of an effort with time.

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Agreed. Most packaged foods are way to high in sodium. One company announced that they're cutting their sodium levels by 10%. The fact that they could cut them by 50% and still be too high is scary. Consumers have to stop buying the high sodium products. Then the companies will offer better options. Quick and easy doesn't mean healthy.

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I have several in the freezer, but the sodium is too high for me, so I only use them (rarely) when I'm too rushed to cook my own meals. Better than grabbing fast food or a bag of chips.

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lean cuisine meals are delicious! great for portion control and when you don't have time to cook!

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great for portion control, but the sodium is a bit high for me. I have them only for when I am totally too wiped to cook something.

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I don't eat them often because I prefer to cook my own food, but I have tried them and I like them.



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The sodium content in frozen meals is usually outrageous. Even short on time, you can easily steam some frozen veggies, grab a banana or pear, get those pre-cooked chicken strips to throw on a salad. Even having a bowl of cereal for breakfast is better.

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We keep a few in the freezer for emergencies. Some days just don't turn out as planned and time evaporates! I don't like eating foods with all those additives & preservative.

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I like Lean Cuisine. That used to be what I would have for dinner (along with a veggie or two) every night. The portion control factor really helped me with my weight loss efforts, especially at the beginning. I rely on them less now that I have (finally!) learned how to cook.

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oh my goodness . I have found the reason for my being overweight . I love food . frozen foods cooked food made from scratch . Vegetables meat i love it all . pasta rice . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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It was somewhere on this very site that suggested if you have to go frozen, the best ones are Lean Cuisine, Smart ones, and the Steamers. Mainly due to the lower sodium than the others.

Personally, I try to limit my intake, but some of the newer line of Lean Cuisine (Spa) aren't so bad and the Chicken Ceaser is delicious. I hate to cook and like the veggie variety in some of these meals. It's also nice once in awhile, to take a break from planning. I always keep a couple on hand.

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there is another way of looking at it also. If someone grabs a frozen dinner in a pinch, they are less likely to go into a "failure syndrome". By making that choice, they don't have the guilt of eating fast food or other bad choices which could make them spiral out of control. I think we have all done that--"well, I already blew it by having a cheeseburger, I may as well eat this candy bar"

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I went back to the first post and really, that isn't much of a post.

My sister lost a huge amount of weight by eating TV Dinners for lunch & dinner and yes, she did eat Lean Cuisine (among others). The calories and sodium stay within the recommended ranges and gave her instant portion control. She said for her it was ideal - when she was out of food, her meal was done.

I think this has a lot of possible answers - Lean Cuisine is healthier than McDonald's and most fast food restaurants. It is cheaper and healthier than most foods found in regular restaurants too.

I think this must be considered as less of an evil for people struggling with portion distortion and expensive meals.

No, I do not eat TV dinners of any type - but I am a retired homemaker and I have the time to cook from scratch.

I do try to keep an open mind because not everyone is blessed with a lot of extra time in their day. Working mothers & wives face a difficult time trying to get a meal on the table in 30 minutes. I do believe Lean Cuisine is a better choice than the average take-out meals.

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I completely understand the sentiment of the person who started this thread - the ideal diet is all whole, fresh foods and whole grains, etc. But honestly, no need to make a mountain out of a molehill!

Personally, I like grabbing one at Target if I'm shopping before work and either didn't have time to pack something, or got sick of leftovers or tuna sandwiches for lunch. The one thing I would LOVE, however, is for LC to switch to all whole grain! I actually don't understand why they haven't yet. I'm sure it has to do with cost, but the whole "eat whole grains NOW" thing has been going on for a while!

In a pinch, though, they're a better choice than fast food or most takeout! :)

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I am a volume eater and I find that they are not always filling, so I add veggies to them. I will add a cup of broccoli to the Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, or shredded cabbage with Asian Sesame dressing to the Chicken Sesame. I add mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach to the Lasagna and Ravioli dishes.

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I used to eat a lot of Lean Cuisine but my tastes have evolved. I like preparing my food with fresh ingredients. I've appreciate Michael Pollen's philosophy: Don't eat anything that is advertised on TV.

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I really like them, especially the Spa meals. I love the new Cranberry Chicken and Thai Noodles. The Honey Chicken is really good, too. I don't have problems with sodium, but it's something to keep in mind. I am a lousy cook, so I am the microwave queen. emoticon

The meals are a heck of a lot better that what I have been eating that got me to 183 pounds! emoticon

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IILAAD65's Photo IILAAD65 Posts: 4,504
5/2/10 9:48 P

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I used to keep one or two in my freezer for emergencies. But in the last few months I just make sure I make something that stretches for lunches instead.

I think I get more to eat when I take my own. And I agree with the sodium issue. I am almost always over - and I am not eating anything processed. UGH ! lol

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They are my go-to for work. Salt isn't a problem for me and they are great for portion control.




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If salt is not an issue, and it is not for me, I think they are a good choice for two reasons:
1) They taste good so if I take them to work to eat for lunch they don't sit in the freezer for months while I choose to go out to eat instead (especially the butternut ravioli).
2) They help me control my portions - I eat one and and then I am done with lunch and I go about my work until my afternoon snack. If I go out to eat I invariably eat too much.

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Okay in a pinch only because it's lower in fat/calories than eating out.

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It's true that LC has more salt than I want to eat, but sometimes it solves the problem for what to have at lunch. I can't always pack something or get out of the office. Love the butternu squash ravioli, grilled honey chicken, and asian potstickers.

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