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Which ready meals are healthy (enough)?

  1. Ready-made (microwave) meals from the supermarket are not always complete. But if they are not all equally good, how do I know if I choose the right one?

  1. Patricia Schutte, nutritionist First of all: cooking yourself with as few prepackaged products as possible is of course the very best, because then you know exactly what you are getting into. On quiet days, make some extra portions of your meal and freeze it, then you avoid having to buy a ready-made meal for lack of time. Every week you will find easy recipes developed by the Netherlands Nutrition Center here on HealthNet.

Ready-made meals

  1. Anyway, sometimes your planning doesn't run smoothly and you can still make a better choice of ready-made meals. They are somewhat known for having too little vegetables, too little fiber, too much saturated fat and too much salt. Some contain way too many calories, making you overeating. Others just not enough, which makes you want to snack later.

Label and check mark Still, you can buy better ready-to-eat meals with more fiber and less salt and saturated fat. Some of them have a Tick with a green circle and are therefore easy to recognize. But there are also meals that do not (yet) have a Checkmark and yet are a great alternative. Check the label to see if they meet the following requirements: 450 to 750 kcal per serving; at least 150 grams of vegetables; low in saturated fat and salt. By comparing you can choose the best meal. You can also supplement a shortage of vegetables yourself with a loose salad. Do you also have a question? Ask one of our experts. Always go to your doctor with urgent questions, the experts are not the right person for that. They also don't make diagnoses. You can find the other conditions here. Patricia Schutte has been working for more than 25 years as an information officer at the Netherlands Nutrition Center in The Hague. She answers questions about healthy, sustainable and safe food. A Don't miss anything anymore?

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