The Best Frozen Foods for Families

Nutrition experts narrowed down freezer-case newbies and more than 75 children (plus parents) helped select the tastiest. Put these winners on your next shopping list! 

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Breakfasts for Sleepyheads

Aaron Dyer

Breakfasts for Sleepyheads

Target Simply Balanced Organic Sprouted 100% Whole Grain Bread, Cinnamon & Raisin It's the next best thing in sliced bread, with only 2 grams of sugar and a blend of sprouted grains such as wheat, barley, oats, and millet that supply extra nutrients and amino acids. Thaw it in the fridge—it'll stay fresh about a week and tastes fabulous toasted and topped with peanut butter. 60 calories, 0 fat per slice

Applegate Organics Chicken & Maple Breakfast Sausage Holy cow—it's got 30 percent less fat than traditional pork links and fewer calories, too, despite the fact that maple syrup is baked in. 120 calories, 8g fat for three links

Garden Lites Blueberry Oat Muffins Zucchini is the first ingredient in these individually wrapped, gluten-free muffins you can defrost on the counter or in the microwave. Our kid tasters asked for extra to take home. 120 calories, 2g fat each

Stahlbush Island Farms Northwest Berry Blend Frozen at the peak of ripeness, this mix of sustainably grown blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries (an antioxidant gold mine) perks up plain yogurt or oatmeal. 70 calories, 1⁄2g fat per cup 

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Improved Snacks & Appetizers

Aaron Dyer

Improved Snacks & Appetizers

Annie's Three Cheese Mini Pizza Bagels A blend of cheeses and nicely seasoned tomato sauce top these bagel halves that are made with whole-grain flour. 200 calories, 6g fat for four pieces

Nate's Mediterranean Bites, Kale The veggies in these gluten-free falafel balls give them a burst of vitamin A. 100 calories, 2g fat for two pieces

Plum Organics Teriyaki Beef Bites It's not just the whole-wheat breadcrumbs that bind these cocktail-size meatballs—they also contain sweet potatoes and quinoa. 150 calories, 9g fat for six meatballs

Tres Pupusas Spinach & Cheese In this Salvadoran favorite, chopped spinach and mozzarella cheese are stuffed inside a gluten-free corn tortilla. 180 calories, 8g fat each 

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4 Ways With Fries

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Lunch & Dinner in Less Time

Aaron Dyer

Lunch & Dinner in Less Time

Evol Butternut Squash & Sage Ravioli About 14 large ravioli come in a bag, so pick up two if the kids have a hearty appetite. But you won't need to buy sauce: The pasta is already tossed in an olive-oil Parmesan blend; you simply sauté the meal for ten minutes. 310 calories, 9g fat for seven ravioli

Newman's Own Thin & Crispy Mediterranean Pizza Spinach, onions, feta cheese, and fire- roasted bell peppers? Yep, kids will eat them on this pizza. Feel-good bonus: The company donates all profits to charity. 270 calories, 10g fat for 1⁄3 of the pie

Birds Eye Steamfresh Pasta & Carrots With a Tomato Sauce Frozen fans warmed up to this Olaf-shaped pasta with veggies. And thanks to cheese, garlic, and spices, the sauce is flavorful. 260 calories, 7g fat per serving

Seven Spoons Quinoa Vegetable Biryani It takes just 15 minutes to get this protein-packed Peruvian- Indian dish on the table. The included cucumber Raita mix (add plain yogurt) helped kids handle the biryani's slight spiciness. 220 calories, 7g fat for 1⁄4 of the bag

Al Fresco Gourmet Chicken Patties Roasted Red Pepper & Asiago The subtle mesquite flavor of these fully cooked patties
sold the pickiest eaters; moms appreciated that the product contains half the saturated fat of burgers. 150 calories, 9g fat each

Michael Angelo's Family-Size Lasagna With Meat Sauce Made With Grass-Fed Beef This kid-pleaser just got a whole lot easier (you pop it into the oven for 45 minutes) without compromising on the healthy ingredients you use, including imported cheeses. 320 calories, 12g fat per serving 

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Veggie Sides

Aaron Dyer

Veggie Sides

Kidfresh Totally Rockin' Tots We nearly ran out of these, making them the most popular product with our kid tasters. They contain a blend of potatoes and cauliflower. Shhh: The kids had no clue. 80 calories, 4g fat for about six tots

Earthbound Farm Organic Asian Blend What's so special about this stir-fry starter? It packs three kinds of mustard greens plus kid faves like green beans and carrots. 25 calories, 0 fat per cup

Woodstock Organic Mixed Veggie Ratatouille Spoon this blend of grilled zucchini and eggplant plus tomatoes, onions, and red bell peppers over pasta for a quickie dinner. 20 calories, 0 fat per serving

Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value Organic Mixed Mushrooms Sauté these five kinds of 'shrooms (for a wide range of flavors and antioxidants) in a little oil to toss over chicken, pork, or in pasta sauce. 20 calories, 0 fat per cup

Alexia Crispy Rosemary Fries With Sea Salt They're wonderfully seasoned and surprisingly crunchy for baked fries. 120 calories, 4g fat per serving

Green Giant Fire Roasted Zucchini, Carrots, & Onion It would be a hassle to make this blend yourself since carrots take longer to soften than other veggies. Good thing you can dump the bag in a skillet and heat it for ten minutes. 20 calories, 0 fat per serving

Cascadian Farm Organic Fire Roasted Sweet Potatoes Well, you could peel vitamin A–packed orange spuds, chop them, and roast them for an hour or open up this bag and sauté the kid-size pieces in olive oil for 12 to 16 minutes. You decide what's easier. 100 calories, 0 fat per cup 

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Less-Junky Treats

Aaron Dyer

Less-Junky Treats

Dole Pineapple Dippers These dark-chocolate-covered pineapple pieces are the perfect little something sweet: Open a pouch (you get six per box), thaw the seven pieces inside on a plate, and let the family share. 80 calories, 5g fat per pouch

GoodPop Chocolate Milk All-Natural Frozen Pops Made with Fair Trade cocoa, sea salt, and milk that's free of growth hormones, these rich-tasting pops were tops with parents and kid testers.120 calories, 7g fat each

Turkey Hill All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato The right amount of mint, no food dye, and a creamy texture sold families. 220 calories, 12g fat per 1⁄2 cup

Outshine Simply Yogurt Bars Blueberry These purple-icious pops contain protein plus live and active cultures, which help ward off tummy troubles. 90 calories, 2g fat each