Meals To Live, a line of frozen meals designed specifically for people with diabetes, was launched in September. Since many people with diabetes also have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease, the meals meet nutrition standards for these conditions as well.
All of the meals have 480 milligrams of sodium or less, at least 2 grams of fiber (many have far more), no more than 2.5 grams of saturated fat, and carbohydrate values that range from 2 to 4 carb servings (30 to 60 grams) per meal. Unique to the brand’s packaging is a carb count per meal. For each meal, in large type, the side of the label notes 2 carb servings, 3 carb servings or 4 carb servings. When you’re living with diabetes, you count carbohydrate—knowing quickly how many carb servings are in a product makes meal planning easier.
Currently there are 10 meals available, 6 are gluten-free. The meals were created under the direction of the company’s research chef, Jerry Womble, who has type 2 diabetes.
Some of the choices include: Stacked Eggplant with Seasoned White Chicken; Turkey Meatballs with Marinara Sauce over Whole Wheat Spaghetti; Grilled White Chicken with Red Roasted Potatoes & Green Beans (pictured); Spinach Omelet with Turkey Sausage; and Shrimp Jambalaya. The company tells us they plan to release more choices in the future and are planning a line of kid’s meals for release in 2011.