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Real Life Nutrition Questions Answered

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Janet Aylott
Nutritionist

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Q.

Is it bad to have ready meals every day?

Hi there I work evenings - 5pm till 11pm and so I have my evening meals at work 5 days per week. I tend to have the M&S Count on Us meals with extra veg (that I can ding in the microwave). I know it isn't ideal to be reliant on ready meals but for me that is really my only option. It isn't detrimental to be eating these on a regular basis is it? Thanks in advance.

A.

Our expert says...

Hi there,

Thanks for your question.

Eating pre-prepared meals on a regular basis is absolutely fine as I can see that you are eating a wide range of other foods the rest of the time. I also see that you’re within your calorie allowance, and hitting your 5 a day target most days too, so don’t worry at all. Pre prepared meals are much better than they used to be in terms of nutrition, and if you’re choosing the Count on Us range they will all be checked against strict nutritional criteria to make sure they don’t have too much salt, saturated fat or sugar in them.

Use the food labels to make the healthiest choices you can (avoiding too much added sugar / salt / fat), but it’s great that you’re having added veg with them too.

With the warmer weather, another possible option for your evening meal could be a salad that you prepare at home and bring along. Cold new potatoes, wholemeal pasta, cous cous, brown rice etc are really good extras to help bulk it out and make it more into a meal.

Keep up the good work, and I’m sure you will continue to see your weight falling.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us again.

Best wishes,

Janet

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