Packaged Food

Report Suggests Industry Should Market Frozen Food on Freshness. Wait, What?

According to a recent report by Packaged Facts, retail sales of frozen foods (excluding beverages and desserts) are set to experience sluggish growth over the next five years. Their suggestion: emphasize freshness. I get it; technically, freezing food stops time and locks out the bacteria that leads to decay and preserves nutrients and all that good stuff.

But seriously food industry? Are you going to go for this? Healthy Choice is already pushing “fresh-tasting” as packaging copy, which is a dubious qualifier that makes me question whether it’s fresh because it was frozen as such or because they engineered it to be so. I don’t think there’s any way to make “frozen fresh” not a complete oxymoron in the minds of the American consumer. This semantic complexity over just what defines “fresh” seems a little information heavy for an industry that relies on split-second deception in labeling.

via Food Business News / photo courtesy Cooked From the Heart


New Bertolli Meal Soups

Bertolli has a new line of hearty frozen soups just in time for the colder months ahead! They sent us a a sample of their Chicken Minestrone, and as a huge fan of their pastas and sauces I was eager to try. I made this soup after a long day, and boy nothing could be easier…dump bag into pot, add 1 cup of water, and bring to boil. Voila soup was ready!

It took a little longer to prepare than a canned soup, but it was definitely worth it. The soup did not disappoint! The big chunks of chicken breast and veggies, still retained texture and freshness like a homemade soup. It was really surprising and I recommend having some ready in your freezer for a quick meal, especially for those days when getting out of your pj’s is not happening. You can find Bertolli Meal Soups in the freezer section of your local grocery store and even Target. (retail $4.58)

Packaged Food

Cedarlane Frozen Foods Introduces 2 White Egg Omelettes

Cedar Lanes Broccoli Cheddar Egg White OmeletteCedarlane Natural Foods has released 2 new egg white omelettes, broccoli cheddar and and garden vegetable, and can be found in your grocer’s freezer aisle. These new offerings join Cedarlane’s other frozen egg offerings including Spinach and Mushroom, Vegetarian Green Chile, Ranchero Sauce Egg White and  Uncured Turkey Bacon Egg White and Cheese omelettes.

The Broccoli & Cheese will set you back 260 total calories, 31%* of your daily saturated fat, 31%* of your daily sodium, but also holds 23 grams of protein and 35% of your daily Vitamin C. And the Garden Vegetable holds 230 calories, 19%* of your daily saturated fat, 28%* of your daily sodium, 23 grams of protein and 60%* of your daily Vitamin C.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Cedarlane Garden Vegetable & Mozzerella Egg White Omelette

Packaged Food

“20 Killer Frozen Meals” — The Unhealthiest of the Frozen Food Section

Recently The Daily Beast partnered with GoodGuide, a research company that evaluates consumer products based on health and social impact, to compile a list of the 20 most detrimental frozen meals to your health. Over 1,300 frozen meals were rated on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the most heart stopping and 10 being better for your health than average.

Many of us already know that frozen meals aren’t the best for us. They usually contain a ton of added trans fat, sodium, and preservatives that may taste good, but ultimately reek havoc on our bodies. With our busy schedules, many of us often sacrifice health for convenience. And who’s to blame? What’s easier than coming home from a long day than popping a frozen chicken pot pie into the microwave? However, after taking a look at this list you may want to ask more critically, is my health worth the time?

Here are some of the surprising frozen dinners that made “20 Killer Frozen Meals” list:

#20: Lean Cuisine Sesame Chicken
GoodGuide Health Rating: 2.3
Calories: 330
Saturated Fat (g): 1
Carbohydrates (g): 47
Protein (g): 16

#14 Kid Cuisine Fried Chicken Dinner 
GoodGuide Health Rating: 2
Calories: 470
Saturated Fat (g): 5
Carbohydrates (g): 48
Protein (g): 24

#1: Hungry-Man Grilled Bourbon Steak Strips
GoodGuide Health Rating: 1.6
Calories: 620
Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
Carbohydrates (g): 94
Protein (g): 30




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New Fiber-Rich Waffles from Kellogg

Eggo Fiber Plus Waffles

Kellogg Co. has released its new line of fiber rich waffles marketed as “Eggo FiberPlus Waffles.”

A recent survey conducted by Caravan Survey of 1,006 adults showed that only 1 in 10 Americans were getting the proper daily intake of fiber. Because of this, Kellogg has made this high in fiber product for consumers. Eggo FiberPlus Waffles comes in two flavors: Buttermilk and Chocolate Chip. Both flavors will contain 10 different vitamins and minerals as well as satisfying 20-35% of the daily fiber DRV.

The waffles can be found in the frozen food isles of your local grocery store.

Thx: Grocery