I am currently in to Healthy Choice Café Steamers. I like them because they are tasty, approved by the American Heart Association, contain no preservatives and provide a healthy, balanced meal.
One of my newest favorites in the line is the Chicken Red Pepper Alfredo Healthy Choice Café Steamer. It is made with tender pieces of white meat chicken, perfectly prepared linguini and luscious fresh tasting broccoli in a to die for Alfredo sauce combined with roasted red peppers.
This meal is only 250 calories. Better yet, only 25 of those calories are associated with fat. That is because there is only 5 grams of fat in the entire meal. Two grams comes from saturated fat, 1.5 grams from monounsaturated fat and 1 gram from polyunsaturated fat.
The bad news is that the meal does contain 30 grams of carbohydrate, which may put it out of reach for those watching their carb intake. It also contains 520 micrograms of sodium and 35 micrograms of cholesterol, which might not be healthy for some. Additionally it has 3 grams of sugar.
On the positive side, this meal offers 20 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 520 micrograms of potassium. On top of that it provides the following daily-recommended vitamins and nutrients:
Folic Acid – 30%
Phosphorus – 30%
Vitamin B12 – 30%
Vitamin C – 25%
Manganese – 20%
Niacin – 20%
Iron – 15%
Riboflavin – 15%
Zinc – 15%
Calcium – 10%
Magnesium – 10%
Vitamin A – 10%
Vitamin E – 10%
Each is based on a standard 2000-calorie diet.
In addition to the above vitamins and minerals, ingredients include the following: broccoli, carrageenan, chicken, cornstarch, cream, dextrose, egg white, ferrous sulfate, garlic, high maltose corn syrup, locust bean gum, modified food starch, olive oil, onion, parmesan cheese, red peppers, salt, seminola, skim milk, soybean oil, soy lecithin, soy protein, spicy pepper sauce, sun dried tomatoes, water and whey.
On the food pyramid, this meal meets 20% of the required amount of daily grain; 30% of the amount of needed vegetables and 30% of the daily requirement of meat. For diet exchange, the meal represents 2 lean meats, 1 ½ starches, 1 vegetable and ½ fat. For Weight Watchers, it equals 5 points.
Fixing a Chicken Red Pepper Alfredo Healthy Choice Café Steamer couldn’t be easier. It comes in its own self-contained seam bowl.
You just remove the outer cardboard sleeve and place the plastic bowl into the microwave. Cook on high fore about 5 minutes. Then remove the meal and let sit for at least 30 seconds.
Next, peel away the top film and remove the upper portion of the steam bowl. Pour the food into the lower portion of the bowl so it mixes with the sauce. Stir and serve.
If it requires more cooking time, usually 45 seconds to 1 minute is sufficient.
This is one of Healthy Choice’s most tasty meals. It is like having a gourmet dinner without all the cost.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. Chicken Red Pepper Alfredo Healthy Choice Café Steamer is absolutely delicious.
Filling factor: 5 stars. I only ate 2/3 of mine and I was completely full. I saved the rest for a mid-afternoon snack.
Freshness: 5 stars. The steaming process helps everything taste fresh.
Nutrition: 5 stars. This meal is packed with things that are good for you.
Reputation: 5 stars. Healthy Choice has earned its good reputation. It keeps improving on an already good thing.
Packaging: 5 stars. Healthy Choice was the first to come up with this smart steam bowl. It cooks the food perfectly each and every time. The outer sleeve is done in Healthy Choice’s logo color and features a mouth-watering picture of the meal on front. All of the information needed about this meal is included somewhere on the sleeve. Nobody does it better.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The container is smaller than a standard TV dinner and fits well laying or standing in the freezer.
Availability: 5 stars. Healthy Choice Café Steamers are available at most major grocery stores.
Price: 4 stars. The cost fluctuates form store to store and whether or not it is on sale. I got my meal for $2. That’s a price that is hard to beat when you are just cooking for one.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. Chicken Red Pepper Alfredo Healthy Choice Café Steamer is one of my favorite meals. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Final rating: 4.9 stars. It just doesn’t get much better.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor