At a time when food prices have doubled and tripled, eating right has become more difficult. The combination of costlier foods, combined with limited time, leaves consumers searching for quick, easy and inexpensive ways to balance their diets.
Women's Health magazine has compiled a list of the 125 best packaged foods for women. Check out the full list here and read below to find out which supermarket staples you can have without worry from Women's Health contributing editor Lisa Drayer.
Lean Cuisine Grilled Chicken Primavera
Grilled chicken, asparagus, and cherry tomatoes almost is way too good to be a low-calorie meal. At just 220 calories per package and 18 grams of protein, the meal is not bad at all. Plus, it promotes weight loss and doesn't taste half bad either.
Helen's Kitchen Mac & Cheese Comfort Meals
It tastes like comfort food, and that's what makes it so special. It's comfort food at its healthy best with only 320 calories for a pasta dish that tastes as good as a pasta dish you'd get in a restaurant.
Friendship All Natural Lowfat Whipped Cottage Cheese
This is just great because it contributes to stronger bones, promotes weight loss, and helps to build muscle. You'll find the usual curds are smooth and thick and make for the perfect cream cheese substitute.
Sun Chips French Onion
We love these because they've got two grams of fiber and two grams of protein. This will keep you satisfied more so than other chips. Also, it's pretty low in sodium. You can't beat that: low sodium with extra fiber and protein.
Back to Nature Peanut Butter Creme Cookies
We love these, too, because they're so delicious. Back to Nature does a great job turning out food with no trans fat and no preservatives. It feels like a guilty treat, but it's not and that's the beauty of it.
Vitalicious 100-Calorie VitaBrownie
It definitely is delicious and it's another guilty pleasure that's good for you, too. VitaBrownie is not the typical brownie at all -- it's healthy. Plus it's fortified with vitamins.
Healthy Choice Steak & Noodle Soup
This meal is very convenient -- just take off the lid and microwave it with no bowl needed. It really fills you up with just three grams of fat. And that's not bad, considering you've got a steak in there.
Progresso Soup 50 Percent Less Sodium Zesty Chicken
This lets you keep the zest without the sodium (Soups are typically high in sodium). This is a great option for people watching their sodium intake, reducing hypertension and preventing heart disease.
General Mills Fiber One Honey
This General Mills cereal is a tasty new way to include more fiber in your diet -- it includes 13 grams of the healthy stuff. That's half of your daily need and it doesn't taste like typical, grainy fiber, either.
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Weight Control
Quaker's come a long way. The banana bread version, in particular, is delicious and great comfort food. You can't beat this for the extra fiber and protein. It's great if you want to skip the mid-morning snack.
Barilla Cheese & Spinach Tortellini
This is so low in saturated fat at just 2.5 grams. That's pretty low for a rich, cheesy pasta. What's also great is that the cheese offers calcium and protein, as well, and it's just really, really tasty.
Minute Instant Whole Grain Rice