NEW YORK (PRNewswire) — For all the benefits of fresh, whole food, there's no denying that sometimes, a meal from a bag, box, or can is just easier. Women's Health has compiled its annual list of the "125 Best Packaged Foods for Women," the ultimate guide to the best-tasting and healthiest packaged foods available on the shelves today. These supermarket finds are not only convenient and time-saving, they also won't compromise your abs or taste buds.
The list, which was selected by Women's Health editors and an expert panel of nutritionists, features products in the following categories: Sweets & Treats; Condiments; Soups; Meats & Seafood; Fruits & Veggies; Dairy; Bread & Cereals; Frozen Meals; Drinks; Pasta & Rice; Snacks, Crackers & Chips.
The full list of winners is available in the October issue of Women's Health, on newsstands today and online at http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/healthy-food-choices?cm_mmc=PR-_-Feature-_-BPF-_-Oct for more information about this year's "125 Best Packaged Foods for Women" list. A PDF of the article is also available to members of the media upon request. Products on this year's list include, but are not limited to:
SWEETS & TREATS
- Newman's Own Organics Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: You can eat a handful without exceeding the serving size, and the baked-in whole grains guarantee that these crunchy cookies are satisfying.
- Edy's Fruit Bars: Coconut, Pineapple, Orange Variety Pack: Real fruit pieces flavor these sweet tropical pops and help keep your blood sugar from skyrocketing.
- Wholly Salsa Classic, Medium: So fresh-tasting, you'll know the short, all-natural ingredients list isn't hiding a thing. Cilantro Flavor, backed by subtle heat, eliminates the need for added fat.
- SunButter Natural No-Stir Creamy: Supercharge your next PB&J with this creamy sunflower seed spread. It's loaded with healthy fats, protein, and fiber, not to mention a slightly sweeter-than-PB roasted flavor.
- Nueva Cocina Cuban Black Bean Soup: Black beans are rich in belly-filling fiber, protein, and health-boosting antioxidants.
- Pacific Natural Foods Organic Butternut Squash Bisque: Creamy, yes, but not because of fat. Carrots, squash, and spices are pureed and sealed in a BPA-free, earth-friendly package.
MEATS & SEAFOOD:
- Oscar Meyer Selects Applewood-Smoked Turkey Breast: Quit artificial preservatives cold turkey – these slices are completely free of them. And when it comes to flavor, they rival anything in the deli case.
- SeaPak Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sweet Thai Chili Dipping Sauce: Toss the takeout menu—these shrimp-and-veggie filled rolls are oven-baked to crispy, golden perfection in minutes. No grease, no saturated fat, and no tip required.
FRUITS & VEGGIES:
- Sunsweet 60-Calorie Packs Cherry-Essence Prunes: Single-serving fruits pumped up with cherry flavor are a good source of potassium, and a recent study linked eating dried plums to better bone health in women.
- Peas of Mind Broccoli Veggie Wedgies: You're never too old to sneak more veggies into your diet, especially broccoli which is packed with cancer-fighting glucosinolates. It's a main ingredient in these oven-crisped "fries."
- Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt, Blood Orange: Expecting the double whammy of citrus and yogurt in this fat-free, protein-packed cup to be overwhelmingly tart? You're in for a pleasant surprise: It tastes like a Creamsicle!
- Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Low-Fat Vanilla Creamer: Get the taste of a fancy coffee drink for a fraction of the calories with this all-natural flavored creamer.
BREADS & CEREALS:
- Stonefire Naan, Garlic: This traditional Indian flatbread is a treat for your taste buds – and with a surprising amount of appetite-appeasing protein and zero preservatives, not so bad for the rest of you, either.
- Bear Naked Fit Almond Crisp Cereal: Power your day the right way with these energy-lifting clusters of whole-grain flakes, pepita and chia seeds, almond slivers, and coconut flakes. Every spoonful is all-natural.
- Amy's Gluten-Free Tofu Scramble Breakfast Wrap: This wrap is vegan and dairy-free, but it doesn't skimp on protein. Tofu, veggies, and hash browns make a satisfying morning combo in a super convenient package.
- Kashi Chicken Fettuccine Steam Meal: Whole-grain fettuccine, broccoli, mushrooms, and zucchini in a white-wine Parmesan cream sauce almost sounds too good for a microwave meal… but it's true!
- Honest Tea Raspberry Fields: What's on the outside of this bottle—a label with a short ingredient list—is as refreshing as what's in the inside. Maybe that's why each sip tastes like it came from a pitcher of just-picked berries rather than a factory.
- V8 V-Fusion Sparkling Tangerine Raspberry: With less than half the calories of regular soda, this lightly sparkling fruit-and-veggie blend manages to pack a full serving of produce into each can.
PASTA & RICE:
- Minute Steamers Whole-Grain Brown Rice: Even easier than boiling water. This bag goes from freezer to microwave to plate, leaving you with perfectly steamed, fluffy whole-grain brown rice in four minutes flat.
- Ronzoni Pasta Portions Penne Pasta: Each boil-in-the-bag self-straining pouch cooks up the ideal amount (1¼ cup) of noodles for a solo meal or a side you can share.
SNACKS, CRACKERS & CHIPS:
- Food Should Taste Good Barbeque Kettle-Cooked Sweet Potato Chips: It's a good thing these smoky-flavored sweet-potato chips are so satisfying because despite incredible flavor, you're satiated at the suggested serving size.
- Kind Nuts & Spices Madagascar Vanilla Almond: Like trail mix in bar form, this combo of four different nuts is an excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that wipes out age-causing free radicals.
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