Contributed by Atlanta-based Registered Dietitian Joanna Skinner
As a dietitian who did her food service internship with Good Measure Meals in 2010 (no longer affiliated with GMM or Open Hand), I jumped at the recent opportunity to try a few of the meals from the current product line and give you my review.
I’m a vegetarian, and I have a hearty appetite, so I like meals that are both creative and filling. The meals I tried were the White Bean Puttanesca over Mozzarella and Swiss Polenta with Asparagus; Teriyaki Vegetable Stir Fry with Broccoli, Scallions, Bell Peppers, Carrots, and Ginger Root with Tofu and Udon Noodles; and Vegetarian Burgundy over Egg Noodles with Green Bean Casserole.
First, my compliments to the kitchen for the crispness of the asparagus and the green beans in the green bean casserole. They were perfectly cooked, not raw and not cooked to the greenish-brown mush we so often see. By serving the vegetables crisp-tender, they retain more of their nutrients.
The meals were large and definitely filling, without being loaded with sodium and preservatives found so often in the average frozen meal. And in case you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, the meals are consistent in carbohydrates from one day to the next as well as high in fiber, so your blood sugar is less likely to spike.
For a vegetarian who’s not really experienced in the kitchen, it can be hard to meet nutrition needs in a healthy way. Those of us who eat eggs and dairy may be tempted to rely too heavily on those foods for protein, when truthfully, eating a combination of beans, nuts, grains—and if we’re so inclined, soy, whey, and wheat-based proteins—will help us get more than enough protein. Throughout the week, Good Measure Meals offers a combination of these healthy proteins without relying on heavily processed (and high sodium) veggie burgers. For example, the teriyaki stir fry contains tofu as its main source of protein, while the white bean puttanesca’s protein comes from a combination of navy beans and polenta.
You can get plenty of protein with GMM, but what about the other nutrients? Besides having consistent carbohydrates, they’re low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Even better, throughout the week the meals include a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, which in addition to giving you a healthy dose of fiber, provide you with a variety of necessary vitamins and minerals to keep you going.
Healthy and filling—Good Measure’s vegetarian meals passed this dietitian’s test. Happy eating!