I’m always interested in quick and easy meals, whether I’m fixing dinner after work, preparing lunches for the kids or trying to find snacks.
It’s even better if what I’m giving my children is healthy.
So, I was really interested in reading Parents magazine’s “25 Best Packaged Foods of 2014.”
Parents reports it selected food items with “reasonable levels” of sodium and fat with no artificial colors or flavors. Then, the magazine asked more than 75 children and adults to taste-test and pick their favorites.
Some of the items listed are already in my pantry or refrigerator, but I might be willing to try some of the other suggestions that were selected.
Here’s the list for you to glance through, too. Items are separated into categories:
Mrs. Dash – Salt-Free, All Natural Taco Seasoning Mix
Ortega – Fiesta Flats
Smucker’s – Natural Concord Grape Fruit Spread
Marzetti – Simply Dressed & Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
Jif – Whips Creamy Peanut Butter
MEALS & SIDES IN MINUTES
Birds Eye – Recipe Ready Grilling Blend
Dole – Chopped Asian Blend Salad
Lisa’s Organics – Sweet Peas in Parmesan Herb Broth
Ore-Idea – Simply Olive Oil & Sea Salt Homestyle Wedges
Earth’s Best – Organic Mini Pancakes (Homestyle flavor)
Tyson – Fun Nuggets
Applegate Naturals – Uncured Reduced-Sodium Sunday Bacon
Roba Dolce Ocean Spray – Honey Fig Gelato
Newtons – Fruit Thins (Cherry Vanilla)
Ruby’s Rockets – (Rock-It Red flavor)
Keebler – Simply Made Butter Cookies
Amy’s – Bean & Cheese Burrito Snacks
Dannon Oikos – Yogurt Dips (Cucumber Dill)
Pearls – Olives to Go!
Simply Balanced – Sweet Corn Freeze-Dried Vegetables
Wholly Salsa – Avocado, Black Bean & Roasted Corn Dip
Chobani – Champions Flyin’ Dragon Fruit Yogurt Tubes
Cascadian Farm – Crunchy Oats & Honey Granola Bars
Rudi’s – Organic Bakery Multigrain Organic Soft Pretzels
The Laughing Cow – Light White Cheddar Flavor
You can read more in the March 2014 Parents magazine.
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