Healthy Choice Complaint - Healthy Choice - Doesn't look like picture!

Review by 20131 on 2006-09-23
Ordinarily, I'm not a big fan of frozen dinners, so I don't purchase them. However, working on my current project keeps me from getting away to a restaurant for dinner, so....I had to pick one up. I decided on the Healthy Choice Traditional Turkey Breast (with gravy, dressing, cherry crisp and vegetable medley). I opted for the Healthy Choice hoping to shave a few calories off my dinner and have something better for me than just a burger in a bag. The photo on the front of the box certainly seemed appealing too.
However, what emerged from the microwave was a little disappointing. The photo on the box front shows sizeable "fingers" of turkey, draped over dressing with a corn carrot and pea medley that would make grandma jealous at Thanksgiving. What I got upon peeling back the cellophane was very very small turkey shavings, a generous amount of gravy over a small amount of dressing. The vegetables were okay, though the portion was skimpy. The cherry crisp was not very crisp.
Now, I realize, it's a frozen dinner, not gourmet, grandma didn't make it, and it's not even close to Thanksgiving. That being said, I wish manufacturers could put more accurate representations of their product on the front of their boxes! Leave the food-stylists to TV shows, just give us a photo of what the thing's gonna look like before we eat it!
All in all, I'd have to give this dinner a C+. I'm sure I saved some calories, likely ate a bit "healthier," but I must say, it was disappointing as well.
Comments:26 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-10-31
Posted by D. on 2006-09-23:
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-23:
The turkey dinner is my favorite Healthy Choice but you are right it doesnt' look like the package at all. Plus I could eat about six of the "dinners" I bet and still not be really full (and at the same time eliminate any diet benefit lol.) Not sure how many of these diet dinners you have tried but IMO the turkey is one of the best ones, some of the Lean Quisine Mexican dinners are ok too.
Posted by shawnp80 on 2006-09-24:
What do you want for 3 bucks?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-24:
An accurate representation, since when is it acceptable to picture things that aren't?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-24:
Guess you didn't read the informative too closely.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-24:
Pirate, buy another one and take a picture of it with you Nikon. Post it on your blog.
Posted by glc on 2006-09-24:
PWP: I'm trying to think of a package of any type of food that actually has a REAL picture of the food on the box....I can't think of one. Most (if not all) advertising companies, when making a commercial or designing the packaging of an item (food) use non-food materials such as cardboard, plaster of paris etc. Anyway, even though it's a bit early, Happy Thanksgiving, PWP!
Posted by D. on 2006-09-24:
...and you don't get the body they show on workout videos either!
Posted by glc on 2006-09-24:
And I thought I would get the same "six-pack" as John Basedow (sp) when I bought his video :>)

What happened to the Brown Bag Burger posting?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-24:
Folks, we're talking about "truth in advertising" or the lack of. The burger posting obviously was flawed, and then deleted.
Posted by Nohandle on 2006-09-24:
glc, speaking of Thanksgiving, my Butterball turkey didn't turn out like the picture. I purchased the Butterball, baked it exactly as directed. When finished baking it didn't have those white curly things on the end of the drumsticks. While I'm thinking of it I think I'll write a stern note to the Butterball Corporation for false advertising.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-24:
Well, you'd be better off "roasting" your bird, rather than baking it - it's not a cake. There are some great recipes and directions on foodtv.com .
Posted by Nohandle on 2006-09-24:
Gosh, if I roast it rather than bake it will I have those white curly things on the end of the drumsticks when I finish?
Posted by Nohandle on 2006-09-24:
Nothing like having the Thanksgiving presentation as shown on the tag that comes with the bird.
Posted by D. on 2006-09-24:
There was no flaw in my burger posting...however, I was unaware that this place has only one establishment....which isn't going to help very many people, unless they're from the area...I should have know that a great place like this would be a "one of a kind"...I am the one that pulled the review.
Posted by glc on 2006-09-24:
Pirate: I have seen disclaimers in advertisements stating, "may not appear exactly as pictured"...Gotta love it!
Posted by D. on 2006-09-24:
And "Results are not typical"...on diet pill and fitness videos.
Posted by glc on 2006-09-24:
DB: I just saw a John Basedow (Fitness Made Simple) commercial about 15 minutes ago. No disclaimer, in fact, they show a guy with similar abs to Basedow, and the inference is very straightforward...Get these tapes & you will look like John!...I wonder how many people really buy into these premises..the number must be staggering!
Posted by D. on 2006-09-24:
Does that mean I will lose my twins? Or does he have a nice set of twins himself?
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2006-09-24:
When they make the food that either goes into picture advertisements or TV, it is a wax molding of the food and painted. It looks so real, you would want to eat it. I have seen the food that is made from wax and it looks so real, it makes you hungry.
Posted by glc on 2006-09-24:
DB: I'm not quite sure as to what "twins" is referring to...enlighten me, please.
Posted by Nohandle on 2006-09-24:
glc, I don't think you want to know.
Posted by D. on 2006-09-24:
Crazy: I seen on the food channel how they make those picture perfect foods for ads...the molding, airbrushing, using tweezers to make sure everything is showing along the edges of the buns (tom, lettuce, onions)...there is a Greek place that I've eaten at quite a few times and on the counter with the menus, they have each plate from the menu laid out with the fake food...but what they show on those plates are actually what you get...hard to tell they are fakes.
Posted by rah332 on 2006-09-25:
there should be an #800 on the package. call them and tell them your dislikes/likes. they will usually send you a coupon for another package or free coupons.. happy eatings..
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-09-27:
The reason food stylists are chosen to do make the food look pretty is because visual appeal is what makes us grab the product in the first place. That IS why you bought it in the first place. ;) All these people have to do is make it look pretty, and taste just decent enough so you'll buy it again. That's why I like off brand products. They usually show you how nasty your food is about to look. HAHA. :)

I have eaten one healthy choice meal in my whole life. IT was awful. I learned my lesson. If you want to shed calories, do it yourself. The number one excuse people have for not excersizing and eating right is that they "don't have time." You've got to make time. Besides, I'm sure anything you make would be more delicious than a wheeze of turkey and a soggy crisp.
Posted by SirLance on 2008-10-31:
the most blatant false advertising.
Some of the smart alec remarks form posters that its the consumer "buyer beware' or "take what you get for 3 bucks" is what allows these companies to cheat the consumer this way. I did take a digital photo and sent it to the company with my complaint. Until enough consumers are willing to complain to the manufacturer instead of whining anonymously in these formats, the consumer will continue to get ripped off.

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