In an ideal world, we would use nutritious, organic ingredients to make everything we eat from scratch. But in reality, healthy packaged foods are kind of a godsend. Of course, I try to eat whole foods when I can—but sometimes you just need something you can grab and go! Tonight, I went to an event called Food Fete, which is designed to let editors check out the latest in healthy food products—so I thought I’d share the ones I’m most excited to see hit shelves:
BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella Snacking Cheese
These easy-to-open snack packs each come with one ounce of fresh mozzarella. They’re like a grown-up version of string cheese—and oh-so-much tastier. And at just 70 calories, they’re actually lower-cal, too! (Each bag comes with six snack packs.
Barbara’s Snackimals Chocolate Crisp Cereal
This cereal’s actually marketed to children (thus the fox on the box). But I may or may not be stocking up on this animal-shaped cereal for myself. When I was little, my dad would let me get whatever cereal I wanted—as long as it had fewer than 10 grams of sugar per serving. So of course it got me to look at the nutrition facts on all of the cereal boxes and realize just how much of the sweet stuff there was in Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Froot Loops, and the like. Snackimals would have made the cut—each 3/4-cup serving has just seven grams of sugar, along with three grams of fiber, two grams of protein, and 110 calories. And did I mention that it’s organic and GMO-free?
Starbucks Customizable Iced Coffee
This product isn’t hitting grocery stores until August, but it’s going to be perfect for those lazy weekends when you want an iced coffee in the morning but also don’t want to change out of your P.J.s before noon. These 48-ounce bottles come in three flavors: unsweetened, lightly sweetened, and caramel. Each option is made from 100 percent Starbucks arabica coffee beans and contains a totally reasonable 10 to 60 calories per eight-ounce serving.
thinkThin Lean Protein & Fiber Bar in Salted Caramel
Usually, protein bars are pretty high-calorie—but these contain just 150 calories, along with 10 grams of protein, five grams of fiber, and five grams of sugar. I find that last stat particularly surprising since these really taste like a sweet treat!
What are some of your favorite pre-packaged foods? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!