We’ve found the best supermarket meals out there for fast days, so that you don’t have to.
We all know that feeling. At the end of a fast day, many people aren’t exactly in the mood to cook dinner. Or, if they cook they can’t resist the temptation to have a bit extra! In those situations, a supermarket prepared meal can be an easy and occasionally delicious solution. The problem is that there are just so many to choose from…so we’ve picked our favourites to make your choices easier. If you think we’ve missed out on any particularly good meals, let us know in the comments below.
(Also I’m afraid that at the moment we’ve only looked at UK prepared meals – we’ll try to start investigating prepared meals in other parts of the world soon).
Marks and Spencer
We can’t recommend Marks and Spencer’s Fuller for Longer range enough. These fabulous meals are tasty, filling, and nearly all fit comfortably within your fast day calorie budget. The nutritionists at M&S have tried to produce meals that are high in protein but low in carbohydrates, which is why they are so filling – and is of course what we recommend for getting through fast days. Our particular favourite is the “Salmon and Potato Bake”, which is just 307 calories. However, it’s very difficult to go wrong with this range so don’t be deterred from experimenting with other meals.
Tesco’s Eat Live Enjoy selection of prepared meals is smaller compared with its competitors, but they are still really good. For vegetarians, the “Spicy Bean Falafel with Bulgar Wheat” particularly impressed us – although it is 494 calories, which doesn’t leave you with much room for the rest of your fast day. The only fault with Tesco’s range is that it doesn’t have the variety of some of its competitors – but there’s enough to keep you busy for a little while.
Sainsbury’s Be Good to Yourself range focuses on low fat products, not calories – although nearly all are around 400 calories so are still suitable for fast days. If you like fish, then you’ll be sure to like their “Cod and Salmon Fish Pie”, which at 363 calories is perfect for a fast day. The range can also be supplemented with other products from their Be Good to Yourself range, so if you’d like to start incorporating some low-calorie snacks into your diets keep an eye out for their brand.
Asda’s Healthy Choices! range is noticeably cheaper than some of its competitors – many of their frozen meals cost just £1. Most of them are less than 400 calories, making them perfect for a fast day dinner. We love their “Chicken and Choriza Paella”, which comes in at 333 calories. It’s delicious as well as being low in calories. However, some of the other meals in their range are less tasty – we weren’t so impressed by the very plain “Chicken, Tomato and Basil Pasta”.
While Waitrose’s LOVE Life range is expensive, it is also delicious and can definitely be recommended. Our number one pick is their “Mushroom Risotto”, which is completely filling and is only 363 calories. LOVE Life has many options to explore, and the Waitrose website makes it very easy to filter for dietary requirements. The only drawback is the price tag – but since you’re not eating that much on fast days then maybe it’s worth it.
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