The 5 Healthiest Hungry Man Dinners

Nutrition Facts for Hungry Man Meals

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Hungry-Man dinners are well known for providing traditional meals in a quick and easy-to-prepare microwavable package. The company encourages consumers to "Eat Like a Man" and says that they provide "full meals" and "more of the foods guys love." But are the meals nutritious?

Let's check out the healthiest Hungry-Man dinners. If you choose to include them in your meal plan, we offer a few smart food tips, too.

Hungry-Man Nutrition Facts

​If you're a Hungry-Man fan, you probably buy the meals based on your food preferences and not based on nutrition. In fact, finding nutritional facts for Hungry-Man meals can be challenging. The company's website does not provide nutrition data and the consumer helpline will only provide information for one meal at a time. This can make it difficult to choose the meal that is best for your diet.

So how do you choose the healthiest Hungry-Man dinner? Based on nutrition data provided by online grocers, these meals are lower in fat and calories than many of the others:

  • Hungry-Man Selects Steak Strips provides 420 calories, 12 grams of fat, 55 grams of carbohydrate, 20 grams protein, 18 grams of sugar, and 1340 milligrams of sodium
  • Hungry-Man Grilled Beef Patty provides 450 calories, 22 grams of fat, 39 grams of carbohydrate, 24 grams protein, 8 grams of sugar, and 1160 milligrams of sodium
  • Hungry-Man Selects Fajita Chicken provides 480 calories, 8 grams of fat, 79 grams of carbohydrate, 30 grams protein
  • Hungry-Man Selects Lasagna Flavored with Meatballs provides 500 calories, 16 grams of fat, 66 grams of carbohydrate, 24 grams protein, 12 grams of sugar, and 1340 milligrams of sodium
  • Hungry-Man Roasted Carved White Meat Turkey (nutrition data shown)
    Hungry-Man Roasted Carved White Meat Turkey Dinner Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Package (454g)
    Per Serving% Daily Value*
    Calories 420 
    Calories from Fat 100 
    Total Fat 11g17%
    Saturated Fat 2.5g13%
    Cholesterol 35mg12%
    Sodium 1330mg55%
    Carbohydrates 60g20%
    Dietary Fiber 5g20%
    Sugars 22g 
    Protein 16g 
    Vitamin A 20% · Vitamin C20%
    Calcium 10% · Iron 15%
    *Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

    The nutrition facts for these Hungry-Man dinners may vary slightly from the meals you see in your store. Different stores carry different selections, so the actual numbers can fluctuate. And according to a spokesperson for the company, Hungry-Man doesn't offer nutrition facts by phone or online because the company changes formulations regularly and that will create changes in nutrition facts.

    5 Least Healthy Hungry Man Dinners

    So which Hungry-Man meals should you avoid if you're trying to cut calories and fat from your diet? These are the dinners that you might want to skip:

    • Hungry-Man Selects Mesquite Flavored Classic Fried Chicken provides 1050 calories, 72 grams of fat, 60 grams of carbohydrate, 44 grams protein, 18 grams of sugar, and 2060 milligrams of sodium
    • Hungry-Man Selects Classic Fried Chicken provides 940 calories, 56 grams of fat, 58 grams of carbohydrate, 39 grams protein, 14 grams of sugar, and 1370 milligrams of sodium
    • Hungry-Man Selects Spicy Fried Chicken provides 940 calories, 63 grams of fat, 51 grams of carbohydrate, 36 grams protein, 13 grams of sugar, and 1580 milligrams of sodium
    • Hungry-Man Boneless Fried Chicken and Waffles provides 800 calories, 28 grams of fat, 110 grams of carbohydrate, 28 grams protein, 42 grams of sugar, and 1590 milligrams of sodium
    • Hungry-Man Spicy Boneless Fried Chicken Patties provides 810 calories, 38 grams of fat, 86 grams of carbohydrate, 30 grams protein, 26 grams of sugar, and 1400 milligrams of sodium

    Popular Hungry-Man Meal Nutrition

    Many of the most popular Hungry-Man meals have calorie counts that won't put them on the "least healthy" or "most healthy" lists.

    These are the calorie counts for some of the most popular meals.

    • Hungry-Man Salisbury Steak provides 580 calories, 32 grams of fat, 51 grams of carbohydrate, 22 grams protein, 17 grams of sugar, and 1270 milligrams of sodium
    • Hungry-Man Home-Style Meatloaf provides 650 calories, 32 grams of fat, 64 grams of carbohydrate, 22 grams protein, 23 grams of sugar, and 1440 milligrams of sodium
    • Hungry-Man Selects Slow-Cooked Seasoned Pulled Pork provides 540 calories, 13 grams of fat, 79 grams of carbohydrate, 28 grams protein, 40 grams of sugar, and 1670 milligrams of sodium

    Hungry-Man Nutrition Tips

    If you include Hungry-Man dinners in your weekly meal plan, there are a few things you should know about the meals' nutrition. 

    • If you're scanning the freezer section in your store and need to make a quick choice about the healthiest Hungry-Man meal, choose a selection that is not fried. Meals that are "battered," "beer-battered," or include the words "crispy" or "popcorn" are likely to be fried.
    • You'll notice that many of the least healthy Hungry-Man dinners are made with chicken. Some of the most healthy Hungry Man meals are made with beef. Even though chicken is usually lower in calories than beef, the preparation method makes a big different. Don't buy a frozen chicken meal just because you think it's healthier. Compare labels to get the facts.
    • If you are watching your sugar or salt intake, check the Hungry Man nutrition facts label before you buy. Many of the meals provide more sugar and salt than comparable meals in the freezer case.
    • Many Hungry-Man dinners are made with hydrogenated oil, or trans fat. Health experts recommend that you decrease or completely eliminate trans fat from your diet.
    • If you compare Hungry-Man meals to other meals in the freezer aisle, be sure to take serving size into account. Most Hungry-Man meals are larger. A Lean Cuisine meatloaf meal, for example, weighs about 265 grams. Most Hungry Man meals weigh 450 grams or more.
    • Many Hungry-Man meals include a vegetable and a dessert. This is another meal feature that sets the brand apart from some other frozen meals that provide only the main meat and a side dish.
    • If you buy Hungry-Man or another frozen meal to feel full and satisfied at meal time, you can "volumize" your meal by adding cooked vegetables or a salad. The fiber in fresh vegetables makes the meal feel more satisfying and will help you to feel full longer. 

    A Word From Verywell

    Hungry-Man dinners (or any processed frozen dinners) aren't always the best nutritional choice for improved health and wellness. But if you're a hungry man who is trying to meet his daily fuel needs, you may choose them from time to time.

    To keep your total nutritional plan on track, try to balance Hungry-Man dinners with other meals that are built around healthy sources of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains for optimum health.

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