Review: The New Atkins Frozen Meals

Dec
2012
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When I heard Atkins was coming out with frozen meals, I had mixed emotions. It’s awesome that low-carbers will have some convenient options, but on the downside, what kind of ingredients will we be dealing with? So here I”ll give you my thoughts on these meals, which will be available in Wal-Marts start Dec. 15th, 2012, and many other stores nationwide by Jan. 2, 2013.

The first meal I tried was the Atkins Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for alfredo anything, so I was anxious to give this one a try. I don’t really miss pasta, but I do miss the rich, creamy sauces, so it’s nice to have something that feels indulgent, but is still healthy.

While it looks like just about any other frozen dinner, when you take it out of the box, I’m please to say it doesn’t taste like a frozen dinner. Since I’m often short on time, I used the microwave method to cook these (as I figure that’s how most people will use these anyway). In less than 6 minutes I had a hot meal in front of me.

The texture of the chicken wasn’t weird and it wasn’t “fake” tasting. The broccoli was a nice color and the perfect crispness (not limp and tasteless like some meals). When I took a bite, I was like “Oh no they didn’t. They did not make a frozen dinner that tastes almost as good as homemade. It can’t be done!” Yet they did. It was really good. Not exactly homemade, but surprisingly close.

Nutrition info:

  • Calories: 330
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 95 mg
  • Sodium: 1070 mg
  • Total Carbs: 9 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Net Carbs: 5 g
  • Protein: 26 g

The next meal I tried was the Beef Merlot. I’ve never liked the beef in pot pies and such. They always seemed icky to me. But I was happy to find this beef wasn’t nasty at all. It tasted good and had kind of a roast beef texture to it. The sauce was delicious and again, the broccoli was good (although not quite as crisp as in the alfredo dish).

Nutrition info:

  • Calories: 310
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Cholesterol: 50 mg
  • Sodium: 920 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Net Carbs: 6 g
  • Protein: 16 g

The third dish I tried was the Roast Turkey Tenders with Herb Pan Gravy. This was really good. The gravy was so good that I just mixed it all together. I could have licked the bowl clean. I was especially happy that the beans weren’t waxy and tough.


Nutrition info: 

  • Calories: 360
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Cholesterol: 80 mg
  • Sodium: 830 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Net Carbs: 5 g
  • Protein: 23 g

I’m hearing through the grapevine that the cost of these should run approximately $4-$5 each, and you’ll have your choice of a variety of meals, including breakfast.

 My only complaint about these meals are that the ingredients are not 100% to my preferences. I’d LOVE to see these without traces of soy, wheat, corn, starches, or MSG. That being said, I’ll probably keep a few of these on hand for when I’m short on time, or the family is splurging on something I won’t eat. While it’s not ideal, it’s probably better than running through the drive thru at the local burger joint.

I fully realize not everyone will agree with me on this (*Gasp!* Say it isn’t so!), but I believe these will be fine for the occasional use. Especially if it helps someone break free from a fast food lunch habit, or gets them through an occasion without falling into temptation.  We all have to run our own race, so I’m all for doing whatever helps you get there, as long as you don’t take it to extremes.

These meals were filling, delicious, and easy to make. While not perfect in the ingredients area, I believe that for most people without severe food allergies, these are acceptable for occasional use. I give them two big thumbs up! Click HERE for a $2.00 off coupon, and a chance to win a trip to L.A.!

Disclosure: I was provided these meals for review purposes. This in no way influenced my opinions, and I get no compensation for sales of this product.
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  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    I can see where they wouldn’t be filling for everyone. I add some butter to the pot pies to make them more filling. But It doesn’t take a lot of food to fill me up. My husband needs more though. Might be good with a salad or some other side dish.

  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    That’s my favorite too!

  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    Yes, they are a little expensive. Just another reason to keep these as emergency meals and not rely on them for your planning. I keep them as backups incase my dinner plans fall through. ;)

  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    Glad they work out so well for you!

  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    Hi Lea! I’ve recently been adding some Kerrygold butter to the pot pie and it’s been lasting me a bit longer. I like the idea of adding a side to it though!

  • Margaux Milchen

    The new ones have pasta…so basically they are just like the rest now. I am ashamed of Atkins…pasta is not acceptable ever on low carb. Not ever

  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    I saw that Margaux. I was very disappointed in that too.

  • Laszlo Almasy

    That’s what I ended up doing before I read your post. I added a pat of
    Kerry Gold Irish grass fed butter and that did it. I was also able
    eliminate my “need” for snacks at work too. Maybe I’m deeper into
    ketosis ?

  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    Could be. :)

  • Rod Huebner

    While I am not currently on the Atkins Diet I am using the Atkins meals as a replacement for one meal a day in combination with a replacement shake for another meal and generally smarter choices for my third meal.
    When I tried the first meal my reaction was identical to Amy (“Oh no they didn’t.”) I was blown away by the amount of flavor. Every meal I have tried so far has elicited the same reaction.
    While the cost is higher than a lot of other frozen meal replacements for me it a matter of you get what you pay for. Those other frozen meals just do not pack the flavor that Atkins does. They are also much cheaper than going out to a restaurant and overeating on their meals.
    My biggest concern is the amount of sodium in each meal. I can live with it since I only eat one Atkins meal a day and can watch my sodium intake the rest of the day. But if you were eating three of these each day the sodium intake could be a real issue.

  • GinaDee

    I’m new to this Atkins thing. I must admit these things fasted much better than I thought. Almost to the point that I felt I was eating something that would make me fat. lol

    The Chicken and Broccoli Alredo is my favorite so far. I found these for $3 at Wal-Mart.

    I used to spend $12 – $14 a day eating lunch. I’m saving lots of money and I feel I’m doing something good for me too.

  • http://www.healthylowcarbliving.com Amy Dungan

    They certainly do the trick when you are in a hurry. :)