10 healthiest frozen foods you can buy at Trader Joe's

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Vegetarian Masala Burger

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Carrots, green beans, bell pepper, potatoes, and Indian spices go into this vegan burger. You’ll get about 3 grams of dietary fiber and about 50 percent of the vitamin A you need for the day in one patty.

Calories: 140
Saturated fat: .5 grams
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Sodium: 390 milligrams
Sugar: 1 gram

Swai Striped Pangasius

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Seafood Watch categorizes farm-raised swai, a catfish, as a “best choice” option, meaning it’s farmed in an ecologically responsible way. One serving has 15 grams of protein. 

Greens, Beans, and Grains

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This mix of kale, garbanzos, peanuts, and couscous has 7 grams of dietary fiber and will satisfy about 70 percent of your daily need for vitamin A, 50 percent of vitamin C, 8 percent of calcium, and 15 percent of iron.

Calories: 280
Saturated fat: 1.5 grams
Cholesterol: 5 milligrams
Sodium: 390 milligrams
Sugar: 4 grams

Brown Rice

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Short on time? Microwavable items such as Trader Joe’s brown rice, which has 5 grams of protein, are better options than any side you can order at a drive-through.                        

Calories: 230
Saturated fat: 1.5 grams
Cholesterol: .5 milligrams
Sodium: 390 milligrams
Sugar: 0 grams

Mushroom Medley

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Though fresh is always the better way to go, perishable items such as mushrooms often end up in the trash. For less food waste, this frozen four-mushroom medley can be a good buy.

Calories: 120
Saturated fat: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Sodium: 190 milligrams
Sugar: 1 gram

Edamame

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Veggies, fresh or frozen, are always good to have handy. Half a cup has 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of dietary fiber. It will also satisfy 15 percent of your daily iron need. 

Calories: 120
Saturated fat: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Sodium: 250 milligrams
Sugar: 1 gram

Stir-Fry Vegetables

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Cook up about 30 percent of the vitamin A and 20 percent of the vitamin C you need in a day with this low-calorie veggie mix.

Calories: 45
Saturated fat: 0 grams
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Sodium: 20 milligrams
Sugar: 2 grams

Chicken and Green Chile Tamales

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When tamales made from scratch aren’t available, this frozen option, which has 4 grams of protein, is a tasty alternative.

Calories: 140
Saturated fat: 1 gram
Cholesterol: 10 milligrams
Sodium: 330 milligrams
Sugar: 1 gram

Wild Salmon in Yogurt and Mint Sauce With Orzo Pasta, Spinach, and Zucchini

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This meal has 24 grams of protein and will satisfy about 50 percent of your daily need for vitamin C.

Calories: 350
Saturated fat: 4 grams
Cholesterol: 90 milligrams
Sodium: 310 milligrams
Sugar: 3 grams

Scallion Pancakes

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One serving contains about 40 percent of the vitamin A you need for the day. Just make sure to pop these in the oven instead of frying them.

Calories: 160
Saturated fat: 1.5 grams
Cholesterol: 10 milligrams
Sodium: 390 milligrams
Sugar: 1 gram

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The frozen food aisle hasn't been getting a lot of love lately.

After six decades of growth, sales of frozen meals started dropping in 2008. Two in five Americans think they have no nutritional value, and young people have been opting for fresh food delivery services such as GrubHub and Amazon Fresh instead.

But one study suggests that we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the once popular grocery items. Researchers from consulting firm Nutrition Impact found that people who eat frozen meals consume 253 fewer calories a day than people who dine at quick-service restaurants. They also consume less saturated fat and have a higher intake of dietary fiber, protein, and other nutrients. The findings were presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Atlanta last month.

Although the study was peer-reviewed, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Most frozen foods are packed with preservatives, and Nestlé USA, maker of Hot Pockets and Stouffer's, funded the research.

Still, convenient frozen meals can be healthy options—if you know how to choose. Take Trader Joe's. Some of the worst items that shoppers can pick up from the health-conscious consumer favorite are in the frozen food aisle. But it also offers some nutritious choices. Here are 10 of the best frozen items you can buy at Trader Joe's.

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