Nutrition Facts for Hungry-Man Meals

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Hungry-Man dinners are well known for providing traditional meals in a quick and easy-to-prepare microwavable package. The company encourages consumers to "Eat Like a Man" and says that they provide "full meals" and "more of the foods guys love." But how healthy are Hungry-Man meals? Let's check out the healthiest Hungry-Man dinners. If you choose to include them in your meal plan, we offer a few smart food tips, too.

Nutrition Facts

​If you're a Hungry-Man fan, you probably buy the meals based on your food preferences and not based on nutrition. In fact, finding Hungry-Man nutrition information can be challenging. The company's website does not provide nutrition data and the consumer helpline will only provide information for one meal at a time. This can make it difficult to choose the Hungry-Man meal that is best for your diet.

The following nutrition information is provided by the USDA for one package (432g) of Hungry-Man Smokin' Backyard Barbecue dinner:

  • Calories: 710
  • Fat: 27g
  • Sodium: 1530mg
  • Carbohydrates: 96g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugars: 53g
  • Protein: 34g

Based on more nutrition data provided by the USDA, these Hungry-Man meals are lower in fat and calories than many of the others:

  • Country Fried Chicken: 531 calories, 27g of fat, 54g of carbohydrate, 18g protein, 15g of sugar, and 1662mg of sodium
  • Grilled Beef Patty: 550 calories, 35g of fat, 38g of carbohydrate, 21g protein, 8g of sugar, and 1350mg of sodium
  • Selects Fajita Chicken: 481 calories, 8g of fat, 79g of carbohydrate, 30g protein
  • Selects Lasagna Flavored with Meatballs: 499 calories, 16g of fat, 66g of carbohydrate, 24g protein, 12g of sugar, and 1340mg of sodium
  • Selects Steak Strips: 422 calories, 12g of fat, 55g of carbohydrate, 20g protein, 18g of sugar, and 1340mg of sodium

The nutrition facts for these Hungry-Man dinners may vary slightly from the meals you see in your store. Different stores carry different selections, so the actual numbers can fluctuate. And according to a spokesperson for the company, Hungry-Man doesn't offer nutrition facts by phone or online because the company changes formulations regularly which changes nutrition facts.

5 Least-Healthy Hungry-Man Dinners

So which Hungry-Man meals should you avoid if you're trying to cut calories and fat from your diet? These are the dinners that you might want to skip:

  • Boneless Fried Chicken and Waffles: 800 calories, 27g of fat, 114g of carbohydrate, 26g protein, 58g of sugar, and 1240mg of sodium
  • Selects Classic Fried Chicken: 1350 calories, 59g of fat, 59g of carbohydrate, 39g protein, 14g of sugar, and 1430mg of sodium
  • Selects Mesquite Flavored Classic Fried Chicken: 1050 calories, 72g of fat, 60g of carbohydrate, 44g protein, 18g of sugar, and 2060mg of sodium
  • Selects Spicy Fried Chicken: 940 calories, 63g of fat, 51g of carbohydrate, 36g protein, 13g of sugar, and 1580mg of sodium
  • Spicy Boneless Fried Chicken Patties: 800 calories, 39g of fat, 82g of carbohydrate, 30g protein, 25g of sugar, and 1930mg of sodium

Popular Hungry-Man Meal Nutrition

Many of the most popular Hungry-Man meals have calorie counts that won't put them on the "least healthy" or "most healthy" lists. These are the calorie counts for some of the most popular meals:

  • Home-Style Meatloaf: 650 calories, 32g of fat, 64g of carbohydrate, 22g protein, 23g of sugar, and 1440mg of sodium
  • Salisbury Steak: 580 calories, 32g of fat, 51g of carbohydrate, 22g protein, 17g of sugar, and 1630mg of sodium
  • Selects Slow-Cooked Seasoned Pulled Pork: 540 calories, 13g of fat, 79g of carbohydrate, 28g protein, 40g of sugar, and 1670mg of sodium

Hungry-Man Nutrition Tips

If you include Hungry-Man dinners in your weekly meal plan, here are some tips to follow. 

Avoid Fried Foods

If you're scanning the freezer section in your store and need to make a quick choice about the healthiest Hungry-Man meal, choose a selection that is not fried. Meals that are "battered," "beer-battered," or include the words "crispy" or "popcorn" are likely to be fried.

Check Labels

You'll notice that many of the least healthy Hungry-Man dinners are made with chicken. Some of the most healthy Hungry Man meals are made with beef. Even though chicken is usually lower in calories than beef, the preparation method makes a big difference. Don't buy a frozen chicken meal just because you think it's healthier. Compare labels to get the facts.

If you are watching your sugar or salt intake, check the Hungry Man nutrition facts label before you buy. Many of the meals provide more sugar and salt than comparable meals in the freezer case. Some Hungry-Man dinners are made with hydrogenated oil or trans fat. Health experts recommend that you decrease or completely eliminate trans fat from your diet.

If you compare Hungry-Man meals to other meals in the freezer aisle, be sure to take serving size into account. Most Hungry-Man meals are larger. A Lean Cuisine meatloaf meal, for example, weighs about 265 grams. Most Hungry-Man meals weigh 450 grams or more.

Make It a Meal

Many Hungry-Man meals include a vegetable and a dessert. This is another meal feature that sets the brand apart from some other frozen meals that provide only the main meat and a side dish.

If you buy Hungry-Man or another frozen meal to feel full and satisfied at mealtime, you can "volumize" your meal by adding cooked vegetables or a salad. The fiber in fresh vegetables makes the meal feel more satisfying and will help you to feel full longer. 

A Word From Verywell

Hungry-Man dinners (or any processed frozen dinners) aren't always the best nutritional choice for improved health and wellness. But if you're a hungry man who is trying to meet his daily fuel needs, you may choose them from time to time.

To keep your total nutritional plan on track, try to balance Hungry-Man meals with other dinners that are built around healthy sources of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains for optimum health.

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