9 of the Healthiest Low Carb Frozen Meals

Low carb diets are effective. No doubt about it. But this kind of diet calls for planning ahead. Not everyone has time for fussing around in the kitchen to cook elaborate meals. So frozen meals are a life saver. But if you’re on a diet, then finding healthy low carb frozen meals can get tricky.

Picking random frozen meals off the supermarket shelf offhand is not a good idea. Frozen meals can be notoriously high in sodium content, contain irresponsible quantities of fat, and fall seriously short when it comes to dietary fiber. This article has tried to look at the pros and cons of low carb frozen meals available at the grocery store and online.

low carb frozen meals aisle

Be careful of some of the junk in the frozen food aisle…

How to Pick Health Food from the Frozen Food Aisle

First of all, here is a list of things to look for when you read the label when buying a low carb frozen meal:

  • Carbohydrate content
  • Sodium
  • Protein content
  • Fat content
  • Calorie count
  • Additives like MSG, corn starch, sugar

Recommended daily value of fat: The Mayo Clinic suggests that based on a 2000 Calorie diet, total fat allowed in a day is between 44-78 grams per day.

Recommended daily value of sodium: While there is no one size fits all policy regarding sodium intake, it is generally recommended that sodium intake should be restricted to fewer than 2300 mg per day. This is assuming that there are no other health issues like hypertension, which require sodium restriction.

Recommended Daily Allowance of protein: Between 46-56 grams per day, depending on gender (lower for women, higher for men).

On a low carb diet, the standard recommended daily allowance of carbohydrate is irrelevant. What you have to go by is how much carb is permitted on your particular diet per day. For example the Atkins Diet permits 20-25 grams of net carbs in the entire day during its initial phase.

The key to success in any diet is sustainability. Low carb frozen meals give us the option of eating our favorite foods and feeling satisfied after a meal, without the hassle of shopping for groceries, cooking and cleaning up. There are a variety of protein choices and this makes it easier to find what you like and make it fit right into your lifestyle.

My 10 Favorite Low Carb Frozen Meals

1. Atkins Italian Style Pasta Bake

Net Carb Count: 7 grams
low carb frozen meals atkins pasta

No sugars added and only 7g net carbs!

Italian sausage with premium beef and penne pasta in tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella. This tops my list as it has a net carb count of 7gms in spite of being a pasta dish. The sodium content is a little high and fiber is painfully negligible in this entree.

  • Calories 360
  • Sodium 760mg
  • Net Carb 7 grams
  • Protein 33 grams
  • Total fat 21
  • Calcium 45% of RDV

2. Atkins Meatloaf with Portobello Mushroom Gravy

Net Carb Count: 7 grams
low carb frozen meals atkins mushroom

Atkins does it again with the tasty meatloaf!

This is one more incredibly low carb entree from Atkins. Regular meatloaf is usually taboo on the low carb dieter’s list of permitted foods as it is considered an internally breaded food. This low carb frozen meal satisfies those cravings without the carbohydrate load.

  • Calories 340
  • Sodium 650mg
  • Net Carb 7 grams
  • Protein 24 grams
  • Total fat 23
  • Vit C 30% of RDV

3. Cedarlane Moussaka Eggplant Mediterranean

Net Carb Count: 16 grams
low carb frozen meals cedarlane

Cooking Moussaka from scratch takes a loooong time, but you can quickly enjoy it with this healthy, frozen meal

Here is a low carb, protein-rich entree from Cedarlane for vegetarians. Eggplant, tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, red bell peppers and feta cheese, topped with white sauce. Moussaka is a labor-intensive recipe for even the most enthusiastic cook. This low carb frozen meal is surprisingly nutritious as well.

  • Calories 230
  • Sodium 590 mg
  • Net Carbs 16 grams
  • Protein 13 grams
  • Vit A 35% of RDV
  • Vit C 20% of RDA
  • Calcium 20% of RDV

If the protein content seems a little low in this dish, here is a scrap of information that will lend perspective: on an average, an egg has 6 grams of protein.

4. Cedarlane Roasted Chile Relleno

Net Carb Count: 20 grams
low carb frozen meals relleno

Healthy mexican food. It’s a thing!

This delicious frozen medium carb entree from Cedarlane constitutes fire roasted and stuffed poblano peppers finished with egg whites.

  • Calories 360
  • Sodium 620mg
  • Net Carbs 20 grams
  • Protein 20 grams
  • Fat 20 grams
  • Vit C 60%
  • Iron 35 %
  • Vit A 160 %

5. Lean Cuisine Beef Pot Roast

Net Carb Count: 19 grams
low carb frozen meals lean cuisine

Yummy. You don’t need a slow cooker for good pot roast!

This low carb frozen meal is hearty, wholesome and lean as the name promises. Beef pot roast with roast potatoes, carrots, onions, green beans and celery.

  • Calories 190
  • Sodium 490 mg
  • Net Carbs 19 grams
  • Protein 13 grams
  • Fat 4gms

6. Lean Cuisine Steak Tips Portobello with Broccoli

Net Carb Count: 12 grams
low carb frozen meals lean cuisine steak tips

Lean Cuisine also has a tasty portabello option!

One more surprisingly lean frozen entree from Lean Cuisine for dieters who love their beef tips. This one is very light in calories, moderately low on the carbs but falls short in the fiber department.

  • Calories 150
  • Sodium 570 mg
  • Total Carbs 14 grams
  • Protein 15 grams
  • Fat 4 grams
  • Fiber 2 grams

7. Birds Eye Voila Chicken and Vegetables in Pot Pie Gravy and Crust Crumbles

Net Carb Count: 23 grams
low carb frozen meals voila

Enjoy the comforting, warm taste of pot pie in a healthy meal!

This frozen dinner is a tasty white meat option in a moderate carb diet. It nets 23 grams of carbs, which is practically the full amount of carbohydrates permitted in the initial phases of some diets.

  • Calories 300
  • Sodium 760 mg
  • Net Carbs 23 grams
  • Protein 14 grams
  • Fat 15 grams

8. Healthy Choice Oven Roasted Chicken

Net Carb Count: 29 grams
low carb frozen meals oven roasted

A lean meat option that’s also low on carbs

This is a moderate carb lean white meat option. Chicken breast tenderloins with green beans and carrots served in home-style gravy.

  • Calories 240
  • Sodium 530mg
  • Net Carbs 29 grams
  • Protein 15 grams
  • Fat 5 grams

9. Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers: Cajun Style Chicken and Shrimp

Net Carb Count: 33 grams
low carb frozen meals steamers

These are one of my favorite Cajun meals!

I love Cajun food. I can have Cajun seasoning on almost anything. However, most Cajun food is starchy and high carb and does not fit into my low carb lifestyle anymore. I have learned to make fishcakes without the potatoes and enjoy the etoufee without rice. My 10th favorite frozen low carb meal is a little high on the carb count, netting 33 grams of carbs. However, to make any diet succeed, it is important to stay real and make room for loved foods and pet craves. Mine is Cajun cuisine, so here it is!

  • Calories 230
  • Sodium 570 mg
  • Net Carbs 33 grams
  • Protein 15 grams
  • Fat 2 grams

I hope this analysis makes shopping for frozen dinners a tad easier for you. We started with net carbs 7 grams and total fat 21 grams and ended with net carbs 33 grams and total fat 2 grams. There is something for everyone depending on your carbohydrate allowance and tolerance. So include one of these on your grocery list for your next to trip to the groceries!

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