We all know that college students are very busy studying and taking tests.
Hopefully passing those tests with high marks.
Women are busier now than ever before too, especially in a Smart Phone age of multi-tasking.
Statistics from the United States Department of Labor demonstrate that:
Women are Integral to Today’s Workforce
- There are 74.6 million women in the civilian labor force.
- Almost 47 percent of U.S. workers are women.
- More than 39 percent of women work in occupations where women make up at least three-quarters of the workforce.
- Women own close to 10 million businesses, accounting for $1.4 trillion in receipts.
Working Moms are the Norm
- Seventy percent of mothers with children under 18 participate in the labor force, with over 75 percent employed full-time.
- Mothers are the primary or sole earners for 40 percent of households with children under 18 today, compared with 11 percent in 1960.
Trends in Women’s Employment Have Evolved over Time
- Women’s participation in the U.S. labor force has climbed since WWII: from 32.7 percent in 1948 to 56.8 percent in 2016.
- The proportion of women with college degrees in the labor force has almost quadrupled since 1970. More than 40 percent of women in the labor force had college degrees in 2016, compared with 11 percent in 1970.
- The range of occupations women workers hold has also expanded, with women making notable gains in professional and managerial occupations. In 2016, more than one in three lawyers was a woman compared to less than 1 in 10 in 1974.
Those numbers verify that women are working hard and sometimes putting in long office hours.
According to CNBC, in the United States, the average, one-way commute time is 26.1 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
If a person commutes to a full-time, 5-day-a-week job, round trip that adds up to 4.35 hours a week and over 200 hours (nearly nine days) per year.
What city has the longest commute time?
That would be Palmdale, California, which is part of North Los Angeles County, where 35 percent of the population commutes over two hours round-trip each day.
So with all of that time spent in the office and on the freeway, when does a busy lady have time to cook?
Weekends, yes, but during the week it is nice to receive some help too.
Frozen dinners have traditionally come to the rescue though in previous decades they have not been all that healthy.
Some frozen dinners are loaded with fat, sodium, and calories.
Time savers they are. Healthy they should be. You do have some healthy options.
“There’s nothing more important than our good health – that’s our principal capital asset.”… Arlen Specter
The informative culinary site thedailymeal.com has some tips. They list a number of healthy frozen dinner options and one company that keeps making the list is Healthy Choice.
Healthy Choice is the name of a brand of refrigerated and frozen foods owned by ConAgra Foods.
They have a fascinating real life history.
According to ConAgra’s official corporate history, it came into being after then-ConAgra CEO Charles “Mike” Harper suffered a heart attack in 1985. Forced to dramatically alter his diet, he came up with the idea of a line of healthier frozen foods.
ConAgra sells a broad array of dishes through its Healthy Choice brand, including frozen dinners, side dishes, cold cuts and other meats, canned soups, ice cream, bread, pasta sauce, and even popcorn.
In April 2009, ConAgra reintroduced Healthy Choice’s line of frozen meals along with new products, including a line of All Natural Entrees.
To promote the changes, Healthy Choice spent between $90 million to $100 million on a multimedia campaign that includes advertisements with actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus featured in commercials directed by Christopher Guest.
We believe it would be a good choice for us to visit their home.
They welcome us at healthychoice.com and speak to their core beliefs. “Since 1989, Healthy Choice has had one goal: to give people a healthy option that’s as delicious as it is easy to prepare. Our chefs work tirelessly to create surprising and inspired dishes that help you live a healthy lifestyle. They’re unique dishes full of gourmet flavors and fresh ingredients, cooked with steam versus in a traditional microwave meal tray, for freshness you can see and taste.”
Sound refreshingly delicious and healthy too.
We love the look of their Meatball Marinara.
This meal is part of Healthy Choice’s “Simply Steamers” collection.
Simple ingredients make the meal. This traditional delight is low in sodium, high in protein, and loaded with spinach for an extra boost of vitamins. Yummy.
How about the Chicken Sausage and Barley Bowl.
Sounds wonderful. After a hard day at the office, we’re in.
Barley is often an underrated and in some circles little known whole grain.
Healthy Choice’s version delights you with 8 grams of fiber, plus an impressive amount of protein from healthy chicken sausage.
It’s also adds kale and other vegetables you might not typically think of yourself.
We are getting hungry and feeling very impressed. At this point we are not sure what we are feeling more.
It appears our respect for their offerings has to do with their high standards. They speak to this, “In the very beginning, Healthy Choice worked with the FDA to help first define what it means to have “healthy” in a product’s name. Since then, we’ve created only products that qualify within these guidelines for fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and remain the only major brand in the frozen meals section that can proudly call all of its food “healthy.”
As you might imagine, we are not the only ones who are fans of Healthy Choice.
Their innovation and continual need to create more healthy and delicious quick meals has garnered the attention of others.
On March 8, 2019, the fantastic packaging information source packworld.com shares, “Not only did Healthy Choice recently revamp or “modernize” their recipes last year to make them more relevant for today’s consumers’ changing palates, they replaced the plastic bowl with a proprietary fiber bowl made from plant-based material that is completely compostable and recyclable.”
That is incredible news. We love their commitment to our dietary health as consumers and their belief in a healthier planet as well.
So for all of you busy women out there who are grinding it out in the workplace and taking your place in line on the freeway enduring those long commutes, coming home to a quick and healthy meal should be a nice option for you.
It should be your healthy and delicious choice.
It just might you feel whole.
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