21 Healthiest Packaged Foods


Why it's a winner: Thick and savory, this boxed soup is so delicious, you'd never know it was low in sodium.

Healthy highlights: 100 calories, 3.5 g fat, 140 mg sodium, 2 g each fiber and protein, 10 percent of your vitamin A.

Try it: With a grilled cheese sandwich or with one of a filling low-cal salad.

Best Wrap: Tumaro's New York Deli Style Wrap - Pumpernickel

Why it's a winner: With just 80 calories per serving, the pumpernickel variety is made from whole wheat flour and has a delicious deli flavor you don't find in many wraps.

Healthy highlights: This 10-inch wrap contains 80 calories, 2.5 g of fat, and 10 g of fiber.

Try it: Toss in veggies, turkey, and a little mustard for a healthy lunch

Best Deli Meat: Applegate Farms Organic Roasted Turkey Breast

Why it's a winner: This organic meat has a wholesome and delicious flavor that stands out among sliced turkey. It's free of preservatives, antibiotics, and nitrates, so you can be sure that what's going on your sandwich is as natural as possible.

Healthy highlights: 50 calories, 0 g of fat, and 10 g of protein per 2-ounce serving. Though a serving contains 360 mg of sodium, it is comparatively lower than other packaged sliced turkey breast.

Try it: In a chef's salad or folded into a Tumaro's Pumpernickel Wrap

Best Fish: Wild Planet Canned Wild Albacore Tuna

Why it's a winner: Enjoy this tuna knowing it's an eco-friendly way to get your fish fix. This canned fish is wild, caught using environmentalist-approved fishing methods, and 100% compliant with environmental agencies' fishing guidelines. It's far lower in mercury and much, much higher in omega-3s than other canned tuna. Plus it tastes really good!

Healthy highlights: Each can contains 2.5 servings, with 120 calories, 6 g of fat (0.5 g sat fat), and 16 g of protein. You also get 3,460 mg omega-3s without added oil, water, or fillers.


Best Pasta: Annie Chun's Pad Thai Brown Rice Noodles

Why it's a winner: This 100-percent whole grain pasta is a delicious substitute for brown rice, with none of the grainy texture some whole wheat pastas can have. It's a gluten-free alternative that's delicious in stir-fries, soups, or pasta salads.

Healthy highlights: 200 calories, 1 g fat, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein

Best Meat: Coleman Natural's Gourmet Chicken Meatballs Spinach, Fontina Cheese, and Roasted Garlic

Why they're a winner: These 100-percent natural precooked chicken meatballs are free of fillers and preservatives, but full of savory flavor. At less than 40 calories per meatball, they were gobbled up by our tasters, who declared they were "Tasty, juicy, and moist." Even though they contain a good bit of sodium—470 mg—they got RD and ADA spokesperson Sari Greaves' seal of approval. "Stick to one serving and balance them with a side of steamed vegetables or a salad dressed with olive oil and vinegar/fresh lemon juice," she advises.

Healthy highlights: 130 calories per serving (4 meatballs), 9 g fat, and 13 g protein.

Best Vegetarian Entree: Amy's Light and Lean Black Bean and Cheese Enchilada

Why it's a winner: Frozen meals aren't known for being healthy or necessarily tasty, but this new dish from Amy's is both. The filling entrée contains only 240 calories, but our tasters said it kept them full for hours, and they loved the rich and bold Southwestern flavors.

Healthy highlights: 240 calories, 4.5 g fat, 480 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 8 g protein, 20 percent of a day's vitamin A

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