Unlike other fries on the market, Alexia’s crinkly taters are made from ingredients that you can recognize and pronounce. An added bonus, they are certified organic and contain 3 grams of fiber per serving.
Best Boxed Mac & Cheese: Annie's Organic Whole Wheat Shells & White Cheddar
Kids will be clamoring for a seat at the table when they know you’re serving up Annie’s mac and cheese. Take comfort in knowing that you’ll also be offering them organic whole wheat shells, which have 5 grams of fiber per serving. It's also a good source of calcium and protein, essential for growing kids.
Best Frozen Waffles: Nature's Path Flax Plus Frozen Waffles
Free of artificial preservatives, additives and genetically modified organisms, these power-packed waffles contain 5 grams fiber and 4 grams protein to keep the kids full all morning long. They also contain plant-based ALA omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial to the body, specifically the brain and heart.
It can be hard for allergy-prone kids to enjoy the same foods as their friends, but Ian’s frozen French bread pizza is free of allergens including wheat, gluten, milk, casein, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. Plus, it’s made with soy cheese.
Best Readymade Oatmeal: Good Food Made Simple Oatmeal
Made from 100 percent steel-cut oats, this oatmeal comes unsweetened so you can control the sugar yourself. To prepare, just remove the individually wrapped oatmeal servings from the freezer and microwave. Within minutes, you’ll have a steaming hot bowl of oatmeal on the table.
Best Vegetarian Snack: Dr. Praeger's Vegetable (Broccoli and Spinach) Pancakes
When it’s hard to get the little ones to eat their veggies, these tasty pancakes come in handy. Packed with real vegetables, Dr. Praeger’s vegetable pancakes are all natural and contain no saturated or trans fats.
Best Frozen Pancakes: Van's 8 Whole Grain Pancakes
Van’s frozen pancakes are made from whole grains, including whole wheat, oats, barley, brown rice and quinoa. A serving of two pancakes contains just 150 calories and 1.5 grams fat, and a whopping 6 grams fiber and 4 grams protein.
Convenience foods like frozen chicken nuggets, boxed mac and cheese and microwaveable pizza are life-savers when it comes to busy schedules and picky eaters, but we all know they're not the healthiest options. So we found 10 frozen and boxed foods made with real, easy-to-pronounce ingredients. And when you've got the time (and inclination) to cook, we've got easy homemade versions of those same dishes. Either way, it's a win-win!
Time is always of essence. Looking for healthy, quick meals? Whether store-bought or homemade, these recipe ideas are delicious.