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10 Surprisingly Healthy Packaged Foods

Convenient Can Also Be Healthy!

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  • I love beans and lentils; they are a great way to upgrade a not-so-healthy can of ravioli into a nearly healthy meal. Throw in one or two sliced carrots and it's a downright respectable meal!

    And frozen berries are a staple - no peeling, washing, cleaning, just mix into oats or yogurt.

    My quickest soup goes "vegetable broth + creamed tomatoes". I like the ideas of having a variety of soups at home, but I don't like what I usually see in the shops - to many additives, too much sodium for my taste. - 11/6/2013 8:19:13 PM
  • I look for beans without added sugar also. - 11/6/2013 3:53:45 PM
  • Thanks for sharing - 11/3/2013 6:25:55 AM
  • LAUREENMT
    Kashi granola bars are high in protein and fiber! They are staples in my home. - 10/31/2013 9:25:13 AM
  • Great article - thank you! I think many of us have gone through feeling guilty because time and money don't always allow us to buy 100% fresh ingredients. That doesn't mean that we don't need to watch what we're buying and still incorporate as many fresh fruits and veggies as possible, but you can integrate these into your diet as well. - 10/30/2013 5:55:39 AM
  • Quinoa should be on this list. Amazing protein packed grain that tastes fantastic when properly prepared. - 10/11/2013 4:28:34 PM
  • I don't think too much of granola bars, canned soups and cereals but include the rest in my diet plan. - 10/10/2013 1:01:53 PM
  • JIMSPAL
    I agree with CakeMakerMom...the picture of the bag of cookies was rather mean to someone like me who is a notorious cookie addict. - 10/8/2013 11:54:17 AM
  • I also buy low sodium canned tomatoes and chicken broth. I am careful to read the labels on these, too. I would think that these would be on the list. - 10/8/2013 9:02:29 AM
  • SWEETBIPPY
    I wish you would put a lists of to-do or not-to-do's on one page, so we could print them out and have them for easy reference. Printing out 3 or 4 pages for a list of 10 items is ridiculous! - 10/8/2013 1:59:53 AM
  • Whether or not these are good for you, when people go into a convenience store they want something they can eat immediately. Most of these require preparation or a spoon and can't be eaten on the go. - 8/17/2013 10:13:47 AM
  • I like to use my rice cooker to steam my vegetables too. I put the rice in the bottom and the vegetables on top. This works with meat too. - 6/18/2013 5:42:24 PM
  • I had read that frozen veggies still had most of the nutritional content as fresh, but I did not know that steaming or nuking was better than boiling! That's some great information, as I LOVE broccoli and can find it frozen for very cheap. - 5/29/2013 5:36:59 PM
  • Agree with most but wondering why Canola Oil is listed as a healthy oil in the frozen food section. I can't imagine anybody thinking canola is still a healthy option? - 5/17/2013 11:27:46 PM
  • CHOCOGRL
    Brown rice is extremely easy to cook in any rice cooker. I do it all the time and have been for several years, and it has never burned. This way it's the most convenient food in my pantry. The proportions are a little different from white rice so here's what I use: For 1 cup of rice, use 2 1/4 cups of water; For 2 cups of rice, use 4 1/2 cups of water; For 3 cups of rice, use 6 3/4 cups of water.

    I always make 3 cups of rice at a time (my rice cooker is nice and big), I put it on and leave it while I do other stuff and then I have rice available to grab for a few days. My kids love it at lunchtime with melted cheese and an apple on the side. - 5/15/2013 5:35:48 PM

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