Top 10 Ingredients Loved by Mom's Meals

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2021

When it comes to food, ingredients abound! With so many choices, you have to wonder how chefs decide on which foods to use in their dishes. At Mom’s Meals, we incorporate particular ingredients so that every meal not only delivers great flavor but is also packed with nutrition. Amanda Daines, RD, LD, Director of R&D/Nutrition Services at Mom’s Meals, recently revealed some top ingredients used throughout Mom’s Meals’ recipes.

1. BROWN RICE
Brown rice is a highly nutritious whole grain that’s relatively low in calories (216 calories per cup), high in fiber and gluten-free. It contains no trans-fat or cholesterol and has only trace amounts of fat and sodium. Dietary fiber like brown rice can help improve blood cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and even type 2 diabetes.

Mom’s Meals selections with brown rice:

  • Beef Pepper Steak with Gravy over Brown Rice and Spiced Blueberries & Apples
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Lower Sodium, Cancer Support, Gluten-Free, and Renal Friendly
  • Chicken with Mushroom Gravy, Brown Rice and Green Beans
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Diabetes-Friendly, Cancer Support, and Gluten-Free

2. CHERRIES

Cherries are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals—including potassium, calcium, vitamin A and folic acid. They’re also an excellent source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They protect cells from damage caused by oxidants or free radicals and ward off chronic illnesses—like heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and obesity.

Mom’s Meals selections with cherries:

  • Corn Chowder and Peaches with Cherries
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free
  • Vegetable Egg Scramble and Peaches with Cherries
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Lower Sodium, Diabetes-Friendly, Cancer Support, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and Renal Friendly

3. CANOLA OIL

Canola oil is widely considered to be a healthy oil. It contains zero trans fat, is low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat. Both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can improve cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease. Canola oil is eligible to carry a qualified health claim from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its ability to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease when used in place of saturated fat in the diet.

Mom’s Meals uses canola oil in about 85% of our meals. Some of our favorite meals in which canola oil is used include:

Beef Stew and Buttermilk Biscuit

  • General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Lower Sodium, Diabetes-Friendly, Cancer Support

Chicken Tikka Masala with Brown Rice and Peas & Carrots

  • General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Lower Sodium, Diabetes-Friendly, Cancer Support, Gluten Free

4. EGGS
A “nutrient-dense” food, eggs contain 13 essential vitamins and all 9 essential amino acids. They contain the highest biological value (or gold standard) for protein and are packed with choline, selenium, riboflavin, vitamin D, and phosphorus.

Mom’s Meals selections with eggs:

  • Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal and Scrambled Eggs
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Lower Sodium, Diabetes-Friendly, Vegetarian and Renal Friendly
  • Waffle with Colby Cheese Omelet and Cranberries & Apples
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Vegetarian, Renal Friendly

5. CARROTS
Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, carrots offer a host of health benefits. Studies have shown that carotenoids, an antioxidant pigment found in carrots, may decrease your risk of age-related macular degeneration, as well as help, protect against prostate, colon, and stomach cancer. Eating more carrots has also been linked to lower cholesterol levels, thus decreasing your risk for heart disease.

Mom’s Meals selections with carrots:

  • Homestyle Meatloaf with Pasta and Seasoned Carrots
    Menu: Heart Friendly, Lower Sodium, Diabetes-Friendly, and Renal Friendly
  • Cheeseburger and Seasoned Carrots
    Menu: General Wellness, Cancer Support
     

6. POULTRY

Poultry like lean chicken and turkey is a great source of protein and provides many other nutrients your body needs—such as iodine, iron, zinc, vitamins (especially B12), and essential fatty acids. Protein-rich foods like poultry can help with weight loss and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Mom’s Meals selections with poultry:

  • Creamy Turkey & Wild Rice Soup and Brown Sugar Peaches
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Lower Sodium, Diabetes-Friendly, Gluten-Free, and Renal Friendly
  • BBQ Chicken with Potato Medley and Seasoned Green Beans
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Lower Sodium, Diabetes-Friendly, Cancer Support, and Gluten-Free

7. BROCCOLI

A cruciferous vegetable, broccoli is a nutrient powerhouse. It benefits digestion, the cardiovascular system, and the immune system. It also has anti-inflammatory and even cancer-preventing properties. The fat-free veggie is also low in sodium and calories (about 31 calories per serving).

Mom’s Meals selections with broccoli:

  • Chicken with Black Pepper Sherry Sauce, Rice Pilaf and Seasoned Broccoli
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Lower Sodium, Diabetes-Friendly, Cancer Support, Gluten-Free, and Renal Friendly
  • Chicken and Stir Fry Vegetables with Teriyaki Sauce and White Rice
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Cancer Support, and Gluten-Free

8. GARLIC
Garlic is small but mighty! Studies have linked garlic to improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels—and has cancer-fighting characteristics. Significant evidence suggests garlic can play a role in preventing cancer and slowing its progression.

Mom’s Meals selections with garlic:

  • Three Cheese Ravioli with Garlic Basil Butter Sauce and Seasoned Green Beans
    Menu: General Wellness, Vegetarian and Renal Friendly
  • Turkey Meatballs and Garlic Basil Butter Sauce over Brown Rice and Seasoned Scandinavian Blend Vegetables
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Diabetes-Friendly, Cancer Support, and Gluten-Free

9. KIDNEY BEANS
Due to their high fiber content, kidney beans can help lower cholesterol and prevent blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal. They provide steady, slow-burning energy, which is especially important for people with diabetes.

Mom’s Meals selections with kidney beans:

  • Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice
    Menu: General Wellness, Heart Friendly, Lower Sodium, Diabetes-Friendly, Cancer Support, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and Renal Friendly
  • Chili Dog and Seasoned Vegetable Blend
    Menu: General Wellness

10. NONFAT DRY MILK
Nonfat dry milk provides bone-building nutrients like protein, calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin A. It may be added to recipes to increase the amount of protein and energy, especially for people with health conditions who need extra protein.
Mom’s Meals selections with nonfat dry milk:

  • Pureed Pepperoni Supreme Pizza and Pineapple Upside Down Cake
  • Pureed Beef Pot Roast with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and Peach Cobbler

Nourishing the body with the right foods can make a difference in one’s health. Visit Mom’s Meals to learn more about our condition-specific menus.

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