7 Must-Have Frozen Foods for When It's Too Cold to Go Out

Must-Have Frozen Foods for When It’s Too Cold to Go Out
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Some days it’s just too cold to leave the comfort of your own home. But you still need to eat! I’m Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien, and I’ve got seven freezer must-haves for days when it’s rainy, snowy, or just too darn cold to go out!

Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches

These freezer-aisle finds make it easy to start your day right! Just pop a sandwich in the microwave for a few minutes, and breakfast is served. I like to stick with breakfast sandwiches that have 300 calories or less.

Check out the Jimmy Dean Delights line, which includes egg and egg-white sandwiches with bacon, turkey sausage, and more. And Special K makes flatbread b-fast sammies with just 220 calories or less each. Love these!

Frozen Fruits

Stock up on a variety of frozen fruits: berries, chopped mango, peach slices, and more. They're packed with nutrients and antioxidants, which are ideal for cold prevention this time of year. Throw them in smoothies for a smart snack or morning meal (and you can keep those smoothies low in calories, too!). You can also thaw frozen berries and add to oatmeal or yogurt. Or just snack on themem straight!

HG tip: Watch out for added sugars. Fruit should be the only thing on the ingredient list.

Frozen Turkey & Veggies Burgers

Have turkey patties and meatless burgers on standby for an easy lunch or dinner. Trader Joe's makes delicious versions of both of these. TJ’s freezer game is strong!

(Check out eight of my favorite Trader Joe's finds.) Also excellent? Boca's lineup of veggie-protein patties. They're low in calories and go well with everything! Try topping one with avocado & sprouts for a Californian twist, or add grilled pineapple & red onion for a Hawaiian take. If it's freezing cold outside, at least your meal will remind you of warmer days!

Frozen Vegetables

Veggies are a healthy-diet staple. So keep bags of frozen vegetables in your freezer, and you'll always be prepared! Bonus: No need to worry about them spoiling like fresh produce. They're generally precooked and take just a few minutes to heat up in the microwave, so there’s no excuse not to eat your veggies! One of my favorite uses for frozen veggies: as a way to bulk up frozen entrées (more on this below)!

Frozen Entrées

If you’re looking for convenience, heat & eat frozen meals are for you. However, there are winners and losers in this category. Always check the calories per container. I prefer frozen entrées with 350 calories or less. Kashi has a ton of top-notch grain and veggie bowls. Vegetarians will also flip for MorningStar Farms’ Veggie Bowls. And Healthy Choice’s Café Steamers are packed with protein. Toss in some frozen veggies to maximize your serving size!

Frozen Seafood

Freezer-aisle seafood gets an A+ in my book. It's easy to find shrimp and fish fillets, and the prices are fantastic. Toss shrimp into a couple of corn tortillas to make tacos, or add 'em to spiralized zucchini noodles for a spin on seafood pasta. Frozen shrimp is also great teamed up with some frozen veggies for a quick stir-fry.

Just add a little sauce! And salmon, which is full of omega-3s, is ideal for weight loss. Cook it in a foil pack, and you've got a meal that cleans up after itself!

Frozen Soups

Is there any food more quintessentially winter than soup? I love that it comes premade and frozen these days. Broth-based soups are usually low in calories (avoid anything cream based, for the most part), and the high water content makes them filling. Veggie purees also help with satiety, since they're full of fiber! Amy’s and Tabatchnick are my go-to brands when it comes to frozen soup. Check ‘em out!

Bonus Tip: Cook Up & Freeze Big-Batch Meals

A slow cooker is the best tool to have in your winter-weather kitchen arsenal.

Cook up large batches (here are a bunch of ideas), split them into portion-sized containers, and freeze. Then just reheat for instant meals! No slow cooker? I highly suggest you ask Santa for one.

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