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10 Surprisingly Healthy Packaged Foods

Convenient Can Also Be Healthy!


11/16/2015 12:04:59 PM

XME501's SparkPage
Great suggestions! I have become "addicted" to plain yogurt with frozen berries (from Schwans). Makes such a good evening snack.
11/10/2015 6:08:21 AM

DV_IN_NE's SparkPage
Great suggestions...just be mindful of the granola and all other bars. Many are loaded with saturated fats and can be sugar bombs.
11/3/2015 7:02:08 AM

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.
9/21/2015 7:35:28 PM

JUSTEACE's SparkPage
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.
9/21/2015 6:06:21 AM

I simply thaw frozen veggies (cauliflower & broccoli.). It has the tender-crisp texture and goes very well with low-fat ranch dip.
9/21/2015 4:34:50 AM

Disappointed in contents of article. Nothing new. Also failed to mention that frozen veggies can be a great choice since they were packed when fresh and not trucked across the country and sat in a warehouse for days. Case on point, Walmart has the worst fresh produce.
Yes, I also was looking for the cookies or crackers in the picture
9/14/2015 7:00:22 PM

It doesn't take long to make a soup. Just chop everything up and cook. Don't have to stand there and watch it. Also baked beans are simple. prep and let it cook in the oven!
9/14/2015 6:47:12 PM

RIGORA's SparkPage
If someone wants to purchase fresh, organic vegetables, meats, and dairy products for me, then by all means, please do so! Some of us do the best we can. I took this article as a lesser of two evils type of things for those of us who cannot afford otherwise.
9/11/2015 7:09:33 PM

LANCE500's SparkPage
I really questioned the "Healthy Foods". I would never consider the following as health foods because they all contained too much sodium, sugar, and preservatives: canned beans, frozen vegetable, frozen foods, granola bar, canned soup, yogurt, and even tuna which packed contaminated water or broth, and people usually eat it without cooking or washing. At least the articles didn't mention all the unhealthy diary products.
9/7/2015 12:39:58 PM

Wow, a lot of negativity here. I understand where people are coming from with regard to packaged foods, but people need to FULLY read the article. SP makes it clear that not ALL boxed cereals, canned soups, granola bars, etc. are good. SP makes it very clear that labels need to be read. Yes, there really are some healthy low sodium soups. Not everyone has the time to make everything from scratch. This article simply informs the reader of the healthy options out there. Again, this article makes it abundantly clear that labels need to be read.
6/7/2015 8:13:40 PM

SCTF75's SparkPage
Spark people needs to catch up on nutrition, from the recipes I see, and the touting low fat... This article is ridiculous- the only better foods I see there aren't exactly 'convenience' foods- oats, brown rice. Canned foods contain BPA, canned soup contains 'flavors' and msg. Cereal is sugar and flavorings. Even yogurt, unless you can find a plain one without flavors and thickeners, isn't that great. Eating well isn't about getting to eat the most per calorie, it's about getting the nutrition to keep your body working as well as it can. It's not about starving your body of good fats and good carbs while feeding it mainly white flour and sugar. It's not about feeding us crap and trying to make it taste better by adding 'flavorings' (natural, artificial, doesn't matter, do the research)... Even 'organic' flavorings are concentrated and have an addictive, msg, tasty-like effect on our taste buds and brains.
6/6/2015 1:16:58 PM

JWOLFE55's SparkPage
I'm wondering why the picture seems to be showing packaged vanilla sandwich cookies, yet they are not mentioned in the article at all. I confess I read the entire article just to see if there was/is a packaged cookie that's good for me........ Nope!
2/9/2015 5:20:59 PM

GUNNSGIRL91303's SparkPage
I disagree about canned soups...most of them are junk. I like to make my own in big batches then freeze in small single size containers for healthy lunches or a quick dinner when cooking is just not an option.
2/5/2015 2:49:54 PM

BECKI95's SparkPage
Where do I begin...
To all the wanna-be nutritionists out there, YES these are less healthy than picking vegetables yourself or 110% organic beans, but let's be honest. The people who buy these products (ME!) are doing the best they can. I'm a college student, so frozen vegetables are easier than fresh because I can eat them whenever without then going bad. Beans are better for me than eating Ramen for dinner, and GOD FORBID anything have MSG. If I want to buy a can of soup (I like vegetable, white bean, and chicken/orza), I will be consuming at least 1 serving of vegetables and lots of protein. Yeah, I get that it is processed and has high sodium/MSG, but nothing is perfect, and soup is a hell of a lot better than ordering pizza or eating Cheetos and panda express for dinner.

This website is free, these daily things are for normal people. If you are a health nut that has the time and money to make everything from scratch, 100% organic, go for it. You also have the money and resources to get off of this site and let us normal people do our best.

I won't even continue with parts 2 and 3...Good day everyone.
12/8/2014 5:30:17 PM

NGILLARD's SparkPage
It's hard to put brown rice and oats/flax seed in the same category with "packaged food". They really are just a package,

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