Fit Kitchen review

Monday, January 18, 2016


I think word is finally starting to get around that I love to eat.

I was approached by a PR rep that works for Stouffer's and asked if I would be interested in trying their new Fit Kitchen frozen meals. Fit Kitchen frozen meals are advertised as being protein-packed meals that are ideal for active folks with busy lives. It sounded like something I might enjoy and hey, free food.

They sent me two coupons in the mail and I completely forgot about them until just this past week. I was happy I found them because I'll be traveling for most of the week and didn't want to spend money on my normal salad fixings that would start to go bad while I was away.

I selected the Oven Roasted Chicken and the Cilantro Lime Chicken (other options included Steak Fajita and Bourbon Steak). I'm not sure why I chose chicken for both meals, but they seemed most likely to be appetizing at lunchtime.

Today I brought the Oven Roasted Chicken to work and in true frozen meal fashion, it took about 8 minutes to fully cook in the microwave with a few stirring breaks in the middle. And again, in true frozen meal fashion, I burned the dickens out of my hands from the steam that escaped when I peeled off the rest of the film cover.

My cooked meal. 

As far as looks go, the Fit Kitchen meals look like you're standard frozen meal ... not very inspiring (but that's to be expected). The chicken, gravy, potatoes, and broccoli migrated together and basically became stir fry. The broccoli had a surprisingly fresh flavor, but I was disappointed that the chicken was so bland. Luckily I'll pretty much eat anything covered in gravy. The potatoes were my favorite, but potatoes are my favorite part of anything 100% of the time.

I think I was most interested in trying the Fit Kitchen meals because each meal has 25+ grams of protein. As someone who works out pretty hard 6 out of 7 days a week and trains for several races during the year, I need a lot of lean protein in my diet. So to me, that made the frozen meal an easy win.

But I can't really comment on how filling the meal was because I'm always hungry. Always. No amount of food is never enough and yes, I was still hungry after eating it.

However, the Fit Kitchen meals are guilty of the same issue I have with frozen meals in general: Way too much sodium (31% of the recommended daily amount). I understand that sodium is a staple in most processed foods (and let's be honest, it's kind of needed to help the taste), but this is precisely why I don't buy these types of meals. I get bloated from the simple act of being alive, so I definitely do not need to add additional salt to my diet.

Would I recommend Stouffer's Fit Kitchen meals to my friends and families? Maybe. I'd always tell you to buy something fresh if at all possible. But if you were desperate for something quick and easy for lunch, I definitely think the Fit Kitchen meals are some of the lesser of the frozen meal evils. The taste is pretty good and if you have a normal stomach, it should be a satisfying lunch with a fair amount of protein and vitamins.

**I was given coupons for 2 free Stouffer's Fit Kitchen meals in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. 

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