Amy's Frozen Meals: Are They Healthy?

25     ‹ Older     Newer ›

Are Amy's Frozen Meals Healthy?

The questions keep rolling in about the frozen foods aisle. Honestly, this is new territory for Snack Girl.

I am being pushed into the frozen meals section by my loyal readers (see: Is There A Healthy Frozen Dinner Out There?).

Another request came from Jahna, a college student. From Jahna:

Amy's have always seemed to be a little bit healthier alternative to most frozen meals (Lean Cuisine, etc.) but I know they are still very processed? and always have a LOT of sodium, a major problem with most prepackaged meals.

The low sodium meals options cut sodium in half -so is it a good choice for a meal??

Or still not as good as cooking yourself? I'm in college and it's great for a fast meal when I don't really want to cook all the time!

Thanks, Jahna! Actually, I didn't read her question carefully enough and I went out and bought this Amy's Black Bean Burrito because I thought it looked good. Jahna wants to know about the lower sodium foods found here: Amy's Light In Sodium Foods.

The first thing I noticed about the Black Bean Burrito was the sodium at a whopping 680 mg or 28% of your daily value of sodium. And, I found the burrito to taste good - but salty :)

BUT, the ingredients list was impeccable with organic black beans and vegetables. The great thing about frozen foods is that they use zero preservatives. They don't need them because the freezing process preserves the meal.

Every ingredient in this burrito was recognizable and healthy!

Let's take a look at what I was supposed to be reviewing. A "Light In Sodium Black Bean Enchilada"'s nutritional facts: 160 calories, 6 g fat, 22 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 3 g fiber, 190 mg sodium

Umm, wow.

I didn't taste it - but I might go give it a try. Again, everything is recognizable on the box and this qualifies as a healthy snack (or meal if you eat two).

Jahna, if these had been available when I was in college (yes, dinosaurs walked the earth at that time), I would have eaten them. They contain real ingredients, no preservatives, and have excellent nutritional value (as long as you stick to the low sodium variety).

Please share your favorite Amy's meals.

Want to read about snacks?
A Ridiculously Simple and Elegant Party Snack
Got Apples? Try This Awesome Healthy Snack
Essential Snacking Tips From Snack Girl
Love Sliders? Here Is A Healthy Version



First 20 Comments: [ see all 25 ]

I do like several Amy's products, but I'm not sure why they can't get "over the hump" and get their products to at least 95% organic so they can get USDA certified.

on December 23, 2010

I adore Amy's Meals when I'm in a pinch for time and need to heat something up quickly. I have Celiac disease and Amy's provides SO many amazing, delicious options that are gluten free. The Indian Meals are great, and the tofu stir fry meals as well. They always seem fresh and just delish! :)

on December 23, 2010

I like the Amy's meals. For awhile I couldn't convince my son (20) to eat anything remotely healthy. One day he grabs my Amy's black bean burrito and loved it. Even asked me to get more.
Gladly!

on December 23, 2010

OMG yes frozen food that's healthy (or relatively speaking)!! :D i'm so going to check this out, it's going to make life so much easier every once in a while :D

on December 23, 2010

I love Amy's meals their pizza's are great and I buy them whenever they are on sale at the supermarket. They taste more fresh then other frozen meals out there and while they do have a lot of sodium I think they are one of the best alternatives for people who want something healthy and don't have time to cook.

on December 23, 2010

I recently discovered Amy's Vegetable Lasagna. YUMMY! It has a good spinach taste and is very satisfying. Last time I heated one at work, I heard lots of comments from people wanting to steal my lunch. I keep several in my freezer for quickie dinners.

I didn't care for the Tortilla Casserole (I think that's what it's called), but have loved everything else I've tried.

on December 23, 2010

I keep cans of Amy's soup hidden away at work so I always have a healthy fast easy food option. (I would keep frozen Amy's at work but there's no good way to hide things in the freezer and invariably someone else eats it before I need it. There are many many places to hide cans, though...)

on December 23, 2010

I like Amy's products like their soups and sometimes their bowls for lunch--and love their pizza with a salad as a meal. But I really wouldn't think of something like a burrito as a "snack." I think of something as a snack that has 100-150 calories, MAYBE 200...

If you're a six foot tall man, maybe you can get away with a frozen meal that's around 300 calories as a snack. But that's around 20% of your daily calories if you're a petite female who eats 1500-1600 calories a day... a bit less for a taller female eating 1800-2000 calories a day.

When my weight goes up a bit, it's not usually because I've suddenly started to junk out--it's because I've become less vigilant about calories and portions for foods I think of as healthy, and started eating according to my appetite instead of calculating what will enable me to stay in my jeans!

I have natural restraint when it comes to treats like chocolate that I KNOW are fattening--it's harder sometimes to stay vigilant with foods I think are "healthy."

on December 23, 2010

I love their Indian meals and their spinach pizza especially.

on December 23, 2010

Amy's is def better then most main stream brands ...but most of their products are very high in sodium. It takes about two minutes to prepare a burrito from scratch. And is a lot cheaper. Stock your fridge with organic shredded cheese , whole grain tortillas, and add some canned black beans. Eden Organic is the best brand since their cans are BPA free. Throw together and pop it in to the toaster oven.

on December 31, 2010

Question. I couldn't find Amy's at Marsh... so I left w/ nothing. Then when I got home I started looking at labels online and it would seem that Tina's Burritos had fewer cals, fat, sodium... though not organic. Is organic that important in this situation?

on January 3, 2011

@Theresa - no, I don't think organic is important in this situation. If it has ingredients you can identify - and isn't high in sodium, etc., it is most likely a healthy choice. To me "organic" is like icing on the cake.

on January 3, 2011

I've always wanted to try the Amy's products. They do afterall appear to be more healthy than most frozen options. However the biggest problem is that they are just so darn expensive (at least in my area).

on January 3, 2011

I only buy the "lower sodium" items, with the brown rice veggie bowl with tofu my favorite (after sprinkling red pepper flakes and stirring them in). Unfortunately, the package of lower sodium enchiladas isn't Amy's standard one serving -- it is two. So, double that and it is nearly 50% of a low sodium diet. Keep in mind Amy's does not call these products LOW sodium because they are not! Lower is correct. Snack Girl incorrectly states that Amy's contains no preservatives, but salt is a preservative.

on March 31, 2011

I absolutely love Amy's ANYTHING. They put a lot of thought and concern into their product (of course along with the great ingredients). I fill my freezer full of these products when they are on sale. Whenever I eat Amy's products, I feel no guilt whatsoever because I know I feel satisfied and happy. Also love her pantry items, like salsa and soup, I buy cases of this stuff!

on April 12, 2011

If you like ants you will absolutely love Mediterranean meals far less sodium, fat, calories than any other frozen meals no additives or preservatives- you can actually read and know exactly what you are putting in your body- a very clean label

on September 3, 2011

Meant to say if you like Amys not ants

on September 3, 2011

This manufacturer has had MULTIPLE RECALLS on its products please be cautious, Amy's is withdrawing 4,800 meals of the product from all states in the Eastern time zone in addition to Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas .

I love thier food!!! Since I am pregnant it is just not worth the risk

on April 12, 2012

I would starve without amys. Dont cook for myself. Conjestive heartdisease. As long as keep count of soduim and eat lowersoduim products i am ok. Just got to be vigilant in counting soduim. Love all their lowersalt products and caneat organic YEAH!

on March 3, 2013

I love Amy's burritos, but since I've been pregnant (more keen senses?) all I can taste is the salt! :(

on April 11, 2013

See all 25 Comments


Add a comment:

(required)

(required, never published)

(optional)


Welcome! I’m Lisa. I write about simple snacks, healthy recipes, and products that help me WIN my battle with donuts!

100+ Healthy Snack Ideas

Get new posts by email

 

SNACK GIRL TO THE RESCUE!

A Real-Life Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Healthy with 100 Recipes Under 400 Calories

Read the First Chapter

Inspirational Advice

100 Recipes Under 400 Calories

I will show you how small, easy tweaks can change your lifestyle to be healthier and happier.

  • Want to avoid the office donuts? Chapter 3: Everyday Temptations
  • Need to unstick your butt from the couch? Chapter 5: Exercise
  • After a stressful day are your best friends Ben & Jerry? Chapter 4: Emotional Eating
  • Know you need to eat more vegetables? Chapter 2: Healthy Cooking

With 100 recipes for fun, quick, and affordable meals and snacks—all under 400 calories and Weight Watchers friendly. The recipes have been tested by home chefs and are delicious, easy, and simple, most have never been published on Snack-Girl.com.

Find out more...