• Frozen meals can be a convenient and low-calorie alternative to a full dinner, but there are many reasons why you might want to reconsider these sodium-filled meals. On this episode of The Perfect Bite, host Andrea is joined by registered dietitian Anisha Gupta. They take a look at five popular frozen meals and reveal which is the least healthy of the bunch.

    They may be quick and easy, but frozen dinners are often filled with sodium and fat. (Thinkstock)“They’re often very high in sodium, they’re usually low in calories, which don’t make for complete meals, there’s sometimes preservatives in them which we should be concerned about, and they’re often high in fats that we don’t want,” explains Anisha.

    It might seem strange, but meals with more calories are usually better for you.

    “Anything less than 400 calories might not be a good choice on its own,” she says. “If you were to have that three times a day it would be too low for your total daily intake of calories.”

    “The saturated fat should be less than four grams, preferred, and you want to look for zero trans fats. The other

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  • When it comes to fast food, subs are probably one of the healthier options you can go for. But if you’re not careful, you could end up with a sandwich that’s loaded in calories, fat and sodium.  On this episode of The Perfect Bite, host Andrea Jenna is joined by registered dietitian Abby Langer of Abby Langer Nutrition. They take a look at four popular fast food sub options and find out which you should avoid.

    While subs often come loaded with lots of healthy items, it’s still possible that they’re bad for us.

    “If you take a pile of vegetables and you smother them under lots of fat, something good can turn bad pretty fast,” Abby explains.

    Add-ons like cheese, mayonnaise and other sauces can quickly turn into hundreds of extra calories. (Thinkstock)“If you really care about what you’re going to eat, you can actually go online, check the nutritionals and get all the information you need before you even step foot in the restaurant,” she suggests. “When you’re there, you want to stick to a small-sized sub – and keep it simple.  Because when you start loading things on like sauces, cheese,

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  • Grabbing a muffin with your morning coffee couldn’t be easier – but you might want to reconsider buying this baked good. On this episode of The Perfect Bite, host Andrea Jenna is joined by registered dietitian Lucia Weiler of Weiler Nutrition Communications Inc. Together, they break down the nutritional value of these fast-food muffins.

    According to Lucia, having certain kinds of muffins can be as bad as having a cupcake for breakfast.

    “If you choose a large muffin, it’s 400 calories, 24 grams of sugar, which is six teaspoons, so it can be like a cupcake,” she explains. “But it doesn’t have to be.”

    Fast food muffins may be tasty and quick, but they're far from a healthy breakfast option. (Thinkstock)“Healthy muffins would be smaller in size, have less fat, and contain fibre and fruit if possible,” she adds.

    Tim Hortons Whole Grain Blueberry Muffin (Healthiest and Lucia’s favourite: 350 calories, 14 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 430 mg sodium, 5 g fibre, 24 g sugars)

    “This one looks like the healthiest choice,” says Andrea. “It’s got oats.”

    “Lots of blueberries,” adds Lucia. “Very moist and

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