7 Healthy Freezer Staples to Stock Up on Immediately

May 19 2017
The freezer can be your #1 ally when you need healthy meals and snacks on the fly. A smart stash of frozen food will save you every time...

Green Giant Frozen Riced Veggies

1 cup: 20 - 50 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 15 - 25mg sodium, 4 - 11g carbs, 2g fiber, 2 - 3g sugars, 2g protein -- SmartPoints® value 0 - 2*

Swapping out carbs for veggies is an old-school HG trick, and these new products make it so easy! This line features Riced Cauliflower, Riced Cauliflower Medley, Riced Cauliflower & Broccoli, and Riced Cauliflower & Sweet Potato... All fantastic! If you like our cauliflower rice recipes -- and why wouldn't you? -- grab a few bags of the cauli' varieties STAT. Or just heat up any product in the line for a fast ’n tasty side dish. Here’s where to find 'em. Other frozen veggie staples: stir-fry mixed veggies, broccoli florets, and chopped spinach.

Good Food Made Simple Egg Whites (Patties)

1 patty: 35 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 140mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g sugars, 6g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1*

Doesn't it seem like you never have enough time in the morning? Want a few extra minutes in your life? Instead of dirtying a skillet by scrambling egg whites, just heat up one of these patties. Pop it on a light English muffin with a slice of reduced-fat cheddar, and you've got a super-speedy, totally healthy breakfast sandwich with minimal cleanup! Now that's a smart way to start the day. Track 'em down here...

Frozen Ready-to-Eat Shrimp

4 oz.: 124 calories, 1.5g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 269mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 26.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1*

The great thing about frozen cooked shrimp is that they defrost incredibly fast; we're talking mere minutes. And since chilled shrimp is super tasty, a protein fix could hardly be quicker. Perfect as a salad topper or dipped in salsa for a snack. You can also toss 'em into a skillet with some of those frozen veggies for a super-easy stir-fry. Just add your low-calorie sauce of choice. Need a little more guidance? Check out these simple recipes.

Beyond Meat Beyond Chicken Strips

About 6 strips: 120 calories, 3g total fat (0g sat fat), 340 - 350mg sodium, 3 - 6g carbs, 1 - 2g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, 20g protein -- SmartPoints® value 2*

Here's another protein pick, and this one's suitable for vegetarians and vegans! Whether your preference is Grilled, Lightly Seasoned, or Southwest Style, these meatless chicken strips are a clever way to whip up a last-minute meal. For example, this 10-minute pasta swap would be fantastic topped with the faux chicken strips, which would add minimal prep time and a whopping 20g protein! And the entire meal would come in under 250 calories. P.S.: The texture is beyond amazing. Looking for a ground-beef swap? Beyond Meat makes that too! Store locator, straight ahead.

Enlightened The Good-For-You Ice Cream Pints

1/2 cup: 60 - 100 calories, 1.5 - 5g total fat (0 - 2.5g sat fat), 30 - 130mg sodium, 13 - 19g carbs, 5g fiber, 3 - 6g sugars, 6 - 8g protein -- SmartPoints® value 2 - 4*

The best defense against a fatty dessert binge? These freakishly decadent, protein-packed, low-calorie ice creams! There are so many flavors: Birthday Cake, Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Crunch, Chocolate Peanut Butter... See for yourself! And since the calorie count is so low, it's no biggie if you end up eating half the pint in one sitting. (We're no strangers to that.) Here's where to find ‘em. One taste, and you’ll be HOOKED.

Skinny Truwhip and So Delicious CocoWhip! Light

2 tbsp.: 25 calories, 1 - 1.5g total fat (1 - 1.5g sat fat), 0 - 5mg sodium, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 2 - 3g sugars, 0g protein -- SmartPoints® value 1*

We love the all-natural whipped toppings by Truwhip and So Delicious equally, so don't try to make us choose between them. They're just like Cool Whip, but they're made with no hydrogenated oil, corn syrup, or other sketchy ingredients. And having a tub of this on hand makes impromptu desserts a snap. We promise: They're worth seeking out… Click here and here to find!

Frozen Pitted Dark Sweet Cherries (No Sugar Added)

1 cup: 97 calories, <0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 0mg sodium, 23g carbs, 3g fiber, 18.5g sugars, 1g protein -- SmartPoints® value 0*

Much like frozen veggies, freezer-aisle fruit is an indispensable staple. Dark sweet cherries are a favorite: They're phenomenal on their own and incredible in recipes like these. We've been known to snack on 'em straight out of the freezer. Of course, if you've got the time, they're incredible thawed and topped with a few spoonfuls of that whipped topping! Just remember to check the ingredient list for lame-o added sugar.

Chew on this:

It's one of our favorite food holidays, National Devil's Food Cake Day, May 19th. The first chance you get, use some of the chocolate cake mix to make a Snickers Cake Mug.

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