The Best of the Best Brand Name Foods
Here we're going to share the best of the best brand-name foods - as in, what brand names foods are the healthiest options to purchase? All of the following mentioned foods can be easily purchased at most supermarkets nation-wide.
The Best of the Best
Best Chips: Kettle Brand Bakes Hickory Honey BBQ. Low fat chips are usually very unsatisfying, but this sweet-smoky version is completely snack-worthy. Trans fat free and made with real potatoes (as opposed to dehydrated), these chips contain only 3 grams of fat, which is 65-percent less than regular chips, and 120 calories per 1-ounce serving.
Best Bagel: Sara Lee Heart Healthy 100 percent Whole Wheat Bagel. Each of these honey-sweet bagels contains 6 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein in a 220-calorie package. Toast one and spread it with low-fat cream cheese for a healthy, satisfying breakfast.
Best Frozen Waffles: Van's All Natural Hearty Oats Waffles, Maple Fusion. In addition to the whole wheat, steel-cut oats, and omega-3 fatty acid-rich flaxseed, each two-waffle serving provides 200 milligrams of calcium (about as much as 3/4 cup of milk). These waffles also get an antioxidant boost from pomegranate extract. They have a pleasant, yet subtle maple flavor.
Best Breakfast Entree: South Beach Diet, Denver-Style Breakfast Wrap. This is a healthy take on the traditional Denver Omelet. This entree consists of egg whites, mozzarella cheese, red and green peppers, ham and onions in a whole-grain, high-fiber wrap. One wrap contains 180 calories, 7 grams of fat, 16 grams of protein, and a whopping 15 grams of fiber. Pop in the microwave for just two minutes and enjoy a healthy, hearty breakfast.
Best Cereal: Total Honey Clusters. A combination of wheat and corn flakes, with granola-like bits will satisfy your need for crunch. One serving of Total Honey Clusters contains 100 percent of the daily value for 12 key nutrients and is an excellent source of whole grains, giving you 16 grams per serving, in addition to 3 grams of fiber.
Best Oatmeal: Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal, Cinnamon. Loaded with twice the fiber (6 grams) and three grams more protein (a total of 7 grams) per serving, this packs a better nutritional punch than any other oatmeal by far. Sugar substitutes keep the calories low while adding just the right amount of sweetness.
Best Breakfast Sausage: Al Fresco All Natural Country Style Breakfast Chicken Sausage. No rubbery texture and classic sausage taste with nicely balanced spices, at 60 calories, 2.5 fat grams, and 230 milligrams of sodium per link. Get a nice, browned finish on these by pan-frying as opposed to microwaving.
Best Soup: Campbell's Select Savory Lentil. This is a vegetarian soup that is packed with chunks of carrot and celery, giving you 6 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein, and 20 percent of your daily requirement for iron at only 140 calories. For a canned soup, the sodium count is reasonable, too.
Best Lunch Meat: Starkist Albacore Lemon and Cracked Pepper Tuna Fillet
This is a thick, one-half inch slab of tuna that gives you a quick, protein-powered lunch (each contains 33 grams of protein). Place on a bed of greens for a no-fuss nicoise salad; the marinade takes the place of salad dressing.
Best Frozen Pizza: Amy's Mediterranean Pizza with Cornmeal Crust. One generous wedge of this pizza contains 360 calories and 15 grams of fat. You get a crust that actually gets crispy; organic vegetable toppings; mozzarella, Parmesan, and fontina cheeses; and a tangy sauce of organic tomatoes and capers.
Best Frozen Entree: Lean Cuisine Dinnertime Selects, Chicken Portabello. Compared with most "diet" entrees, this is a fairly generous main course consisting of tender pieces of chicken in an earthy mushroom sauce. Rice and vegetables, plus a chocolate-cherry dessert round out the meal, all for less than 400 calories.
Best Vegetable Side Dish: Green Giant Select Vegetables with Tuscan Herb Sauce. A medley of broccoli, cauliflower, baby carrots and green beans with buttery garlic "flavor chips", melted into a creamy sauce with only 2 grams of fat per one-half cup serving.
Best Refrigerated Entree: Laura's Lean Beef Pot Roast Au Jus. This is a tender, heat-and-eat version of pot roast that only requires about 15 minutes in the oven for an ultra lean entree -- only 110 calories and 4 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving.
Best Ice Cream: Edy's/Dreyer's Slow Churned Light Ice Cream, French Silk. This light ice cream is as creamy as the regular stuff. The blend of mocha and vanilla mousse ice creams with bittersweet chocolate chips and contains half the fat and a third fewer calories (4.5 grams fat, 130 calories per one-half cup).
Best Cheese: Horizon Organic, Organic Colby Cheese Sticks. Weighing in at 110-calories per cheese stick, these are a great mid-afternoon snack. They do contain 9 grams of fat for one ounce, but these are made without antibiotics or growth hormones and give you a welcome boost of calcium.
Best Wrap: Tumaro's Gourmet Tortillas, Multi Grain
Each of these 100-calorie wraps is loaded with 8 grams of fiber. They are also a good source of healthy fats, thanks to sesame seed flour, almond meal and canola oil. Bake these for a healthier version of tortilla chips.
Best Grain Side Dish: Uncle Ben's Ready Rice, Whole Grain Medley, Brown and Wild Rice. Have a healthy pot of whole grain rice cooked up in 90 seconds with no pot to scrub afterwards! Now it couldn't be easier to get your whole grains.
Best Crackers: South Beach Diet Whole Wheat Crackers. Crispy little crackers with a nutty flavor made with whole-grain wheat flour and packed in individual bags making this a perfect get-up-and go snack. Each serving contains just 100 calories and 3.5 grams of fat (no trans fat), and provides 3 grams of fiber.
Best Bread: Earth Grains Honey Whole Grain. Oats, sunflower seeds, a satisfying crunch and a nutritional boost all wrapped up in slightly sweet sandwich bread. Each slice contains 110 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and 10 percent of your daily requirement for calcium, folic acid, and vitamin D -- important for healthy bones and healthy hearts.
Best Nut Mix: Sahale Snacks, Valdosta Blend . Roasted pecans, dried cranberries, a hint of orange zest and a dash of black pepper; not too sweet or salty. The 14 grams of fat per 1-ounce serving are from the heart-healthy type from the nuts.
Best Savory Snack: Snyder's of Hanover EatSmart Malt Vinegar and Sea Salt Cafe Fries. These are super-tangy snacks made of potato flour. Eat 37 of them for just 150 calories, 290 milligrams of sodium, and no trans fat. If you don't care for the vinegar flavor, they also have tomato.
Best Cookies: 100 percent Whole Grain Chips Ahoy!. Maybe a cookie cannot be considered a nutritional powerhouse, but with 2 grams of fiber and more than 8 grams of whole grains per three-cookie serving, this new take on the old favorite can give your fiber and grain intake a boost while staying true to the original flavor.
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