Women’s Health offers the 125 best packaged foods

We all know that fresh foods are most healthy but families often buy prepackaged foods for the convenience.

Women’s Health has taken a look at all categories of prepackaged foods and picked some of the healthiest options for your family.

I wasn’t surprised to see Kashi and Bear Naked items on the list. I was surprised to see Pretzel M&Ms and Kettle brand chips.

Here is the link you can click through by category to find options you might want to try.

I tend to get into trouble with snacks and breads. Like I said I feel better about choosing pretzel M&Ms for a sweet and salty fix, and here are some of the products from the list I was interested in checking out:

“Pure Dark Blueberries

The most indulgent way to get a double shot of antioxidants: wild Maine blueberries picked at the height of ripeness, then dried and smothered in semisweet dark chocolate. Yum.

Per serving (1/4 cup): 180 cal, 8 g fat (4.5 g sat), 27 g carbs, 0 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein, 22 g sugar”

“Dewafelbakkers A+ Cinnamon All-Natural Sweet Potato Pancakes

How’s this for a batter upgrade: Whole-grain spelt flour (a cousin of wheat) fills you with fiber, while sweet potatoes are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene.

Per 2 pancakes: 180 cal, 4 g fat (0 g sat), 32 g carbs, 200 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein, 11 g sugar”

“Yogi Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy Tea

With energizing Ayurvedic herbs, this green-and-black-leaf blend has as much caffeine as eight ounces of coffee but with the mellow taste of chai instead.

Per tea bag: 0 cal, 0 g fat, 0 g carbs, 0 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein, 0 g sugar”

“Republic of Tea Red Velvet Cuppa Chocolate Tea Bags

Tame your sweet tooth with this no-cal dessert blend of caffeine-free rooibos tea, whose all-natural flavors could have come straight from a bakery window.

Per tea bag: 0 cal, 0 g fat, 0 g carbs, 0 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein, 0 g sugar”

“Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Bagel Flats

You can feel a lot better about smearing cream cheese, nut butter, or jam on this sweet, slimmed-down version since it has a third of the calories of other doughy rings. Plus, its flavor is all-natural.

Per bagel flat: 100 cal, 1 g fat (0 g sat), 23 g carbs, 120 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 4 g protein, 5 g sugar”

Which categories do you get into the most trouble? Which items are you already eating? Which items do you want to try?

21 comments Add your comment

FCM

September 18th, 2012
8:58 am

Carbs always get me in trouble. The cranberry walnut bread at Whole Foods with Brie melted on it is DEVINE and I can seriously sit and eat half a loaf if I am not careful. Younger child likes the bread (she could eat the loaf and not gain an ounce!) but she prefers to butter it, sprinkle sugar on it then toast it in a pan so the sugar carmelizes.

Older daughter has the problem with Carbs I do.

We did move to Dreamfield Pasta (5g of fiber!) and bread just doesn’t come in the house. We already use several items on the list (V8, Paprika, Pancake Blaster) and many of the others we plain do not eat to start with.

I do sweet potato fries over white potato.

Roberta

September 18th, 2012
9:01 am

It’s all about sugar. The AHA recommends that an adult woman’s daily sugar intake should be no more than 25 grams. I see above that Pure Dark Blueberries has 22 grams of sugar in one 1/4-cup serving. Yikes. One sweet potato pancake has 11 grams of sugar. Pretzel M&Ms have 20 grams of sugar per 1/4 cup serving.

Foods with this amount of sugar per serving are NOT healthy. I try to keep my sugar intake below 25 grams per day. Limiting or eliminating sugar intake should be a part of every woman’s healthy eating plan.

FCM

September 18th, 2012
9:19 am

@ Roberta, good point…Graham is good for you but I doubt the chocolate covered ones (which Keebler made smaller in size I noticed) are all that good for you. True, I did get them last week on sale as a treat…3 cookies (140 calories, and 10g of sugar) is actually very satisfying and very rich for an occasional treat. But that is almost half the 25g of sugar intake and you said it should be below that.

Voice of Reason

September 18th, 2012
10:42 am

Yeah, I got nothing…..

Can we please have a topic where we can get our rage on?

FCM

September 18th, 2012
11:52 am

I second the motion for a new topic. ….. We had repeat from the summer (calorie posting)…..we all agreed that you are not going to change food habits that way. I don’t think a blog will either.

But then I just ate 1/4 cup of Spinach Dip.

FCM

September 18th, 2012
11:59 am

VOR….here are some recent headlines: Gay actor Rupert Everett slams gay parenting (he also thinks there are too many kids on the planet).

Parenting Long-Distance: Troubleshooting College Problems
(or if you are divorced parenting long distance).

Anyone want to talk on those?

ABC

September 18th, 2012
12:24 pm

Or how about Mittens Romney sticking his foot in his mouth yet again? He’s a gift to the Obama campaign!

Mayhem

September 18th, 2012
12:33 pm

NO ABC – no politics!!!!! LOL

Cynic

September 18th, 2012
1:09 pm

Virtually everything you buy that is made with corn (unless labelled organic) is make with GMO corn. Same with soy and soon to be wheat. Patients who consciously avoided ALL GMO foods saw a significant reduction in disease conditions in a recent major study. These foods are killing us, Monsanto is the biggest opponent of the California initiative to require GMO labelling and the FDA is in Monsanto’s pockets as well. Actually the USDA and FDA are so filled with former executives from the GMO and packaged food industry that pretty much anything can get to our tables without scrutiny.

Fresh organic is best, packaged or frozen organic is second. GMO should never even make it to the table.

FCM

September 18th, 2012
1:40 pm

@ABC you need to go see Jim Galloway’s blog…..he (like so many) are quoting Romeny out of context and they have 4 pages of comments going at the moment.

Voice of Reason

September 18th, 2012
1:57 pm

HA! You mean Rupert Everett, the guy who voiced Prince Charming in Shrek, thinks there are too many kids on the planet?

Ironic tag is Ironic…..

Voice of Reason

September 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

I don’t get into politics much, in fact I avoid it like the plague. No one likes people who kiss your ass and lie to you for a living.

But, I would still like to know how many women are planning to vote for Romney and why.

traci

September 18th, 2012
2:21 pm

VOR – Not just women, everyone realizes that something has to be done. I don’t particularly like Romney but there isn’t any other choice for us. Running this world has to be done like a business and he and Ryan can at least do that. Obama has never managed a company, small or large so it was no surprise that things have went down hill. Our government is being over ran with all the hand outs these days and it has got to stop.

Uh, ABC...

September 18th, 2012
2:25 pm

…what part of what Romney said was incorrect?

Uh, ABC...

September 18th, 2012
2:26 pm

…and, to paraphrase, obviously, you can’t handle the truth…

ABC

September 18th, 2012
8:57 pm

Pretty much everything that comes out of Mittens’ mouth is incorrect.

Tiffany

September 18th, 2012
10:47 pm

Sorry Traci- my kids and I are NOT a business!

traci

September 19th, 2012
11:24 am

Yes Tiffany, you are but you don’t realize it!!! Does it not take $$ to run your household and raise your children? Do you not work and manage that $$? The world is a buisness whether you like it or not. Guessing you’re an Osama supporter.

Ann

September 20th, 2012
10:04 am

@ Traci – The government handouts we have now are pretty much the same ones that existed during previous Republican administrations. The current administration has extended unemployment benefits which go to people that have “been recently working”, not longtime freeloaders. It was a former Democratic president (Clinton) that revamped welfare to shorten the duration of those benefits. Most of the increase in handouts, in fact, have gone to “corporate businesses” and this occurred during both the Bush and Obama administrations. I would like to ask, how many of you Republicans actually refuse to accept unemployment benefits when you are “laid off” from your jobs? That would be an interesting statistic. And, there are plenty of Republican Georgians who wanted to keep the Hope scholarship benefit intact when Governor Deal wanted to reduce that.

Your candidate Romney had a healthcare plan as Governor similar to Obama’s. So, I don’t see the huge difference. And, what do you mean by the comment “Guessing you’re an Osama supporter.” That just makes you appear racist. You do know that “Obama” is the one who got rid of Osama, right?

traci

September 20th, 2012
12:52 pm

Ann, my husband’’s boos is dying of cancer and shut the shop down in June so he has been out of work over 3 mths now and not even applied for unemployment. I very much agree that it’s there for those that need it and should be but I also know over 20 people out of work right now that won’t even try to find a job until their unemployment runs out. This is where I find a problem with it. If those that were unemployed were forced to look for work or lose their benifits, I’m sure we would see a surplus in our UE funds. Also, most but all of those I mentioned applied for food stamps and recieved those as well. Why would they look for work? They get to stay home with kids, save on daycare, get a UE paycheck every week and their groceries bought. Not much incentive to find a job eh? And my remark didn’t have any thing to do with race. It was in regard to the job the said president has done. If you’re old enough to remember the Carter days, you would realize we’re in the same time warp. And again, I voted for Obama the first time around but I won’t this time. As far as finding Osama, our military found him and far as that goes, any bill collector these days could do the same thing. The wonderful thing is, I can vote for who I believe in and you can to. I don’t knock either party. I vote for the one I believe in. That’s all

traci

September 20th, 2012
12:53 pm

And that was boss, got to engrossed haha