I have completed two previous product reviews on the new Atkins Nutritional frozen entrees (video and Beef Merlot post). Those were frozen foods that were sent to me for review by Atkins Nutritional. I was told select Walarts would start selling them early, but nationwide they would be available on January 2nd. I checked before my cruise in a Tampa Walmart for them, and they didn’t have them yet.
I was surprised to see them in my local Ankeny (Iowa) Walmart though when I got home. I was also really pleased at the price point they were at too. Their MSRP is $4.49, which is about $1.50 more than comparable Weight Watchers and Lean Cuisine meals. I was concerned I would hear critiques about affordability of the meals. As the photo to the left indicates, Walmart has them listed for $3.48 for the main entree meals. That price is excellent, and equivalent to what one would pay for value meal at any fast food restaurant. This is great news!
I purchased two meals — Italian Sausage Primavera and Chicken Pot Pie. I had the Primavera yesterday, and I was really happy with it. It was tasty and spicier than say other cafeteria food. I am big fan of spicy Italian food, and the Italian sausage as well as cheese had a bit of a kick to it. That’s a big plus in my book. Nothing says boring food like frozen dishes, and this entree was not that. There was a good amount of Italian sausage in the meal.
I liked the cauliflower, bell peppers and spinach. Honestly almost every meal could feature cauliflower, and I would be happy. I could do without the green beans, but that is more a personal quibble. From an ingredients standpoint, this one is close to ideal. The questionable ingredients are at the end of the list, and I would have no problems eating this meal. From a nutritional standpoint, here are the stats:
- Fat Percent: 73%
- Net Carb Percent: 8%
- Protein Percent: 19%
- Calories: 330
- Net Carbs: 5g
At this price and these ingredients, I will be purchasing this one again.