When I saw a friend at lunch eating a Kashi meal, I was instantly curious. I love foods by Kashi, but I still had a bad taste in my mouth from products like Lean Cuisine and South Beach. The first thing that caught my eye was the Vegan label. Now, I am by no means a Vegan, or even Vegetarian. However, it’s generally considered a pretty healthy sign to see either stamped on a food. So I checked out the box. I thought “no way could this be healthy. It’s a pre-packaged meal! Well, this is what I found.
As you can see, the nutrition really isn’t that bad at all! Yes, sodium is still fairly high but WAY less than most other frozen dinners. Carbs are also up there, but a worthy sacrifice for convenience considering you’re eating beans, plantains, and sweet potatoes. And the meal has a decent amount of protein and fiber. The great part is the low calories. It’s rare to find a frozen meal that’s under 500.
One other thing that caught my eye was the “Minimally Processed” tag on the box. So, I checked out the ingredients and sure enough, most of the ingredients are actually decent for you. Whole grains, soy, etc. No syrups or funny-sounding preservatives!
There are two things that I always use to influence my meals. How they taste, and how well they fill me up. Well, this meal did both really well. The taste was great. It was full of flavor and actually tasted like it was supposed to. This is probably due to the natural ingredients and lack of preservatives. The meal also really did fill me up. It felt like I was eating lunch. In fact, if I had put it on a good ‘ole porcelain plate rather than the plastic container I could have convinced myself I’d just paid 9.99 for it at a local restaurant.
All in all, I am really happy with what Kashi has done here. They offer a great, natural, convenient meal that doesn’t taste bad. And I like the fact that it doesn’t say “Diet” this or “Weight” that on it. I want to feel like I’m EATING when I eat, not restricting my life. I’ll be looking out for more recipes for sure!