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10 Surprisingly Healthy Packaged Foods

Convenient Can Also Be Healthy!


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  • I use many canned foods, chickpeas, beans, lentils, etc. and Healthy Choice soups. I also use unsweetened frozen blueberries and raspberries in my smoothies. They help so much with my meal planning. Thank you.
  • Instead of ice cream. I have tried Fage Greek yogurt with fruit. It works!
  • Just a couple of extras to add - already peeled hard cooked eggs and already bagged salad stuff can help a lot when harried. The eggs make a great addition to salads or quick pick me up, high protein snack when rushing from one thing to another.
  • We are trying to avoid soy. Why do they sneak it into tuna?
  • All of these foods find a regular, or at least occasional spot, in my cupboards, fridge or freezer.
  • I don't like cooking, neither do I have much time for it so I am definitely guilty of using canned or frozen food quite often. Here in Italy labels are very detailed so it is easy to compare sodium and nutrients contents, for example, and make healthier choices. Additives and preservatives, as well as flavors, have to be clearly labelled so it's just a matter of shopping wisely really. These tips are simple but effective!
  • Great tips! I wonder about the canned tuna, though. I've read a lot about the rising levels of mercury in tuna and wonder if this is a truly healthful choice? Might be worth a SP article on its own...
  • A lot of times I prefer to cook/steam my own veggies and rehydrate dry beans - keeps sodium content a lot lower. Love granola. but no longer really just buy it - I need to try recipes out that I've seen on SPARK. After a conversation with my 31 y.o. son on Mother's day I am very aware that his generation and ours are much more aware of processed foods issues - a lot of us want to get back to basics and I applaud that. Every now and then, though, knowing what is the best of the least preferred choices is good to know.
  • I would not usually make a negative comment but nobody else had a problem! I think this is a very informative article. Many of us know what the best choices are however, sometime life gets in the way. How many times have I gone for fresh veggies and their choices were horrible! Just go to another store? You go right ahead. I have one other local store and they carry the same stuff. And it's winter. So I will buy frozen. Know what the ingredient is? THE VEGETABLE! I buy Dannon Oikos non-fat plain yogurt. The ingredient is "Cultured grade A non fat milk". Unless I buy a Greek (Sarcasm) cow and make my own, which is actually pretty easy, what is the difference - but why?
    She also said "read the labels"! It doesn't make us stupid to support this article, it does show we may be better informed. Because we READ the article. It doesn't mean everyone will take all of these suggestions. Put we will pick and choose what will work for us. Whether it's for an extra busy day, week or life. I remember when this was a friendlier site and people were eager to help and support others, not make them feel inferior. So unless you work an organic farm, grow and can all your fruits, veggies and grains, as well as raise your animals if you are not vegan - shame on you.
  • Great suggestions! I have become "addicted" to plain yogurt with frozen berries (from Schwans). Makes such a good evening snack.
  • Great suggestions...just be mindful of the granola and all other bars. Many are loaded with saturated fats and can be sugar bombs.
    Thank you for the nice reminder that I can still get healthy choices for stocking up on when I don't have a lot of time to prepare a healthy meal.
  • ShopRite also has steamed veggies. You can put them in the microwave for 5-minutes and have a tasty side dish to a lean protein and you don't cook all of the nutrients out of them.
  • DPF1206
    I simply thaw frozen veggies (cauliflower & broccoli.). It has the tender-crisp texture and goes very well with low-fat ranch dip.

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