SteamFresh, SodiumFull

June 22, 2009

The other night we tried Bird’s Eye “Steamfresh Meals for Two” Asian Style Vegetables for dinner. I’m a huuuuuuuge fan of Bird’s Eye bags of veggies that you steam, so I was pretty psyched to try their meals. 7 minutes in the microwave and it was done, and ready to go on our plates – unbelievable!

SteamFresh Asian Style Chicken Vegetable Medley

SteamFresh Asian Style Chicken Vegetable Medley

The taste was pretty good – the veggies and chicken were perfectly cooked and the sauce was pretty light. I also sautéed some extra veggies we had on hand to add to it, so when all was said and done it was really filling.

Sizzle, Sizzle, Sizzle

Sizzle, Sizzle, Sizzle

However, I committed a rookie error. Forgot to look at the nutrition label BEFORE I bought. I know, I know – I can’t believe it either. (I had a coupon!!!) Or maybe I just looked at the cals and threw it in the cart – I can’t recall. Either way: I should know better.

Ready for this? Calories: 290 per serving. Fantastic. Sodium? 1290 mg. ::::insert sound of me gagging, clutching my throat and falling to the floor:::: Ok, so the bag says that’s only 54% of your daily recommended amount (ONLY!), but the sneaky thing about that percentage is that’s based on 2400 mg … the tolerable amount. Really the amount of sodium you need in a day is a mere 1200-1400 mg. So that tasty little treat of Asian style veggies and noodles? Knocks out your daily needs right there.

Final Product: Lo Mein with a Side of Sodium

Final Product: Lo Mein with a Side of Sodium

And don’t even think of adding any soy sauce! Ack!

Since cooking the real deal stir-fry only takes maybe 5 minutes more, I’ll stick to that. Sorry, Bird’s Eye – I’ll be loyal to your veggie bags, but you can forget about me ever buying those steamer meals again. I love my perfectly normal blood pressure way too much for that!


2 Responses to “SteamFresh, SodiumFull”

  1. Miriam Says:

    I came across this today (7/11) because I just happened to be browsing and came across your site. I had forgotten. You know I just love those steamfresh vegetables but had never looked at the sodium content. Had one last night with some steamed shrimp, in fact. Now I’ll be more aware of yet another thing to read on the label. I could spend a day in the market (smile).

  2. megcline Says:

    The veggies themselves are not high in sodium – it’s just the meal steamers that are! (The ones with sauces, meats, etc.) So go to town with those veggies still!

    And yes, I spend quite some time in the grocery store too these days.

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