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Target Adds More Than 100 Ready-to-Eat Foods: These 5 Are Actually Healthy


Finding healthy heat and eat meals isn't easy, so we're doing the legwork for you.

As if you didn't already have enough reason to wander the aisles of Target, the big-box retailer just announced that it's adding more than 100 new ready-to-eat items to shelves over the next few months.

Each item is expected to cost less than $9—and most of these items are already available in stores, according to a spokesperson for Target.

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You'll find nearly every kind of ready-to-eat meal among the new food items, including soups, salads, grain bowls, cheeses, pastas, and even pre-cooked proteins. These items will definitely be a draw for shoppers perusing, say, Chip and Joanna Gaines' Target collection.

Unfortunately, not all of the items are healthy—which is the often case with many frozen and prepared foods. The new Broccoli Three Cheese Soup, for instance, hides a whopping 21g of saturated fat (more than you should have in an entire day) and 1,370mg of sodium in a single cup. That's why it's crucial to scan nutrition labels before adding any new Archer Farms' products into your cart.

However, some of Target's new food products are relatively healthy, and are designed with alternative lifestyles and diets in mind. Finds like vegan apple pecan quinoa salad, with multiple servings at just $4.49, or vegetarian Mexican street corn salad (esquites, which you can make with this recipe right here) sold for the same price, are lifesavers for busy home cooks.

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The Archer Farms collection of groceries already included staples that were worth a trip to the store, but we're highlighting 5 favorites from the new collection that you can get your hands on now. And we'll watch closely as Target releases more by the end of the year.

1) Vegetarian Red Quinoa Salad With Beets and Feta, $4.49

Photo courtesy of Target.

If you love beets, you're in luck! The red quinoa salad with beets and feta is a versatile dish that you can add to existing dishes or even beef up with extra fresh vegetables, as each serving contains 320 calories and 380mg of sodium, thanks to the addition of feta cheese.

2) Creamed Spinach and Kale, $3.99

Photo courtesy of Target.

If you're looking for an indulgent side, this creamy vegetable-based side dish is a treat without too much nutritional blowback. A half cup per person includes 510mg of sodium, and a manageable 160 calories.

3) Archer Farms' Shredded Chicken, $5.99

Photo courtesy of Target.

This package of pre-cooked chicken is a lifesaver for when you need to assemble dinner rather than cook it—simply warm the shredded chicken and add it to any dish that needs a boost of protein. 3 ounces is 90 calories and 390mg of sodium, but you'll also enjoy a full 16 grams of protein.

4) Mushroom and Kale Ravioli, $3.99

Photo courtesy of Target.

There are many new pasta options now on Target's shelves, and you'll be happy to hear that a few of them are actually solid choices for a quick lunch or dinner. If you split this package of mushroom and kale ravioli into two servings, you can enjoy a meal that clocks in at around 350 calories, 480mg of sodium, and just under 49g of carbohydrates. Another safe pasta option is the cauliflower and spinach ravioli, also $3.99, that contains even less sodium: just 300mg and under 450 calories.

5) Mexican Street Corn Salad, $4.49

Photo courtesy of Target.

You may know this side dish as esquites, an off-the-cob version of the popular Mexican eloté that has become wildly popular in the United States over the last few years. It's smoky, sweet, spicy, and tangy, and Target's version is loaded with grilled corn in a sour cream base topped with jalapeños and feta cheese. A half-cup contains 210 calories, 270mg of sodium, and 16g of fat, a more manageable amount thanks to the addition of sour cream to a base that is traditionally just mayonnaise.


11 Healthy Frozen Meals That You'll Actually Want To Eat

Frozen foods continuously can get a bad reputation for being bland and not actually that healthy. Talk of too much sodium or low nutrients keep people out of the frozen aisle. But now, more than ever, foods you can store at home for later use can make or break your weekly meal plan, and running to the grocery store or stopping by a fast food joint might not be possible in the area where you live.

Enter: These healthy frozen meals that you'll actually want to eat. They're the perfect excuse to skip cooking for the night. Think about it: Drinking a glass of wine and relaxing for the evening sounds much better than breaking a sweat cooking, especially after being stuck at home all day. If you still want to feel kinda-sorta productive, we've also included some frozen meal kits with minimal prep time that are super delicious and healthy.

Sweet Earth is a California-based organic food producer that can be considered a nature lover's nirvana. Everything in their line-up is plant-based and delicious. It might not be a household name yet, but with bestsellers like the Vegan Veggie Lover's Pizza, it won't be long 'til you see them in every grocery store frozen aisle.

This pie's made with a plethora of veggie-friendly ingredients that make it high in vitamins and fiber. It's also the perfect solution for a mid-week cooking break.

If you didn't believe in the power of cauliflower, you will now. Created by a mom whose children were born with celiac, every meal from CAULIPOWER is gluten-free and nutritious. Instead of being fried, these chicken tenders are baked in the oven and coated with rice flour and cauliflower. If you're looking for fast food-level taste with a health kick, this is it.

If curious about starting a plant-based diet but don't know where to begin, check out Purple Carrot. The meal kit delivery program prides itself on being 100% plant-based. The great thing about it is that every meal is guaranteed to have flavor. According to Purple Carrot, "There are over 20,000 edible plants on the planet." That leaves you with a ton of really delicious options.

If a company is run by practicing cardiac surgeons, you better believe there will be some healthy food options. This patty is the ultimate burger substitute, made to be vegan and kosher. With more than 100 positive reviews on Amazon, we're confident that this patty will satisfy your worst late-night craving.

If you're cruising the frozen food aisle, it's because you possibly find yourself too busy to cook&mdashand that's okay. Evol's Portobello and Goat Cheese Ravioli Bowl is the perfect quick meal that requires little to no setup but provides tons of health-related benefits.

Did you think we forgot about breakfast? Kashi's Berry Bliss Gluten-Free Frozen Waffles are a fun and easy way to convince your kids they're eating something fun&mdasheven if they don't realize the numerous health benefits attached. The waffles are made with superfoods like quinoa, berries, and beets, which only contain 8 grams of fat. Frozen waffles are usually a compelling way to incorporate nutrient-dense meals into your family's diets.

Non-GMO and absolutely delicious, this butternut squash risotto is the perfect accompaniment any meal. It only has 100 calories, so treat it as a side dish or top it with your favorite protein. It's also ideal as a mid-day snack if you're in the mood.

Since the '80s, Amy's Kitchen has been delivering organic and non-GMO frozen foods. It's considered a standard in gluten-free cooking. Made with organic wheat flour and stuffed with ricotta cheese, this bowl is kosher, vegetarian-friendly, and something the whole family will enjoy.

Sourced from farms where animals are treated with care, Applegate products are non-GMO and come from livestock fed a vegetarian or grass diet that's free of preservatives. Certified gluten-free, these breakfast sausages are a quick way to jazz up breakfast when you're on the go.

Created by two Costa Rican siblings, Veestro is all about the pura vida life outlook. *Pro Tip: pura vida is a way of life that incorporates healthy food and positive mental health practices.* If the creators are throwing good vibes into their diet, we&rsquore all about it. Having sold over two million plant-based delivery subscriptions that usually take less than five minutes to prepare, we think this is one meal kit service you should look into.

Never heard of plant-based crumbles? They are a quick and easy way to incorporate plant-based protein into any meal. Think tacos or spaghetti. With mostly good reviews, this versatile frozen dish is a must-have for any freezer.


25 Healthy (and Affordable) Foods You Can Only Buy at Target

It's basically impossible to go to Target without buying practically everything — ever stepped in for a few essentials and walked out with two carts full and an empty wallet? (Asking for a friend.)

But while many of us take a trip to the popular store for household needs, Target can also be your one-stop-shop for healthy groceries. In fact, there are several Target food brands that include nutritious meal prep essentials at reasonable price points.

"Larger Target stores have very good grocery departments with a very wide variety of food," says Joan Salge Blake, EdD, RDN, a clinical professor at Boston University and host of the nutrition and health podcast, SpotOn! "Even at smaller Target stores, you can pick up milk or fresh fruit." In other words, pricey supermarkets aren't your only option for healthy food.

Target's Market Pantry line, for example, helps you score some budget-friendly (yet equally healthy!) kitchen staples. It offers everything from fresh fruit to frozen veggie blends to specialty dairy items. Meanwhile, the store's Simply Balanced brand provides healthy staples without unwanted ingredients added.

But with so many options available, there's no denying that it can be pretty tough to narrow down what exactly should go into your cart. To help highlight the best healthy food at Target, we consulted dietitians for the 25 need-to-have items to shop.


Heart-Check Food Certification Program Nutritional Requirements

Standard Certification (FDA-regulated products)

  • Total Fat: Less than 6.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g or less and 15% or less calories from saturated fat
  • Trans Fat: Less than 0.5 g (also per label serving*). Products containing partially hydrogenated oils are not eligible for certification.
  • Cholesterol: 20 mg or less
  • Sodium: One of four sodium limits applies depending on the particular food category: up to 140 mg, 240 mg or 360 mg per label serving*, or 480 mg per label serving and per RACC*. See Sodium Limits by Category for details.
  • Beneficial Nutrients (naturally occurring): 10% or more of the Daily Value of 1 of 6 nutrients (vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber)

Additional Food Category-Specific Requirements:

  • No &ldquoheavy syrup&rdquo (including potatoes and sweet potatoes)
  • 100% Fruit (no added sugar)
  • 100% juice (or 100% juice plus water) with no added sugars/sweeteners (excludes non-nutritive sweeteners)
  • 120 calories or less per 8 fl oz*
  • 10% Daily Value or greater for 3 nutrients for which a Daily Value exists. At least one of these beneficial nutrients must satisfy the beneficial nutrient requirement listed above.
  • All grain-based products must be a good source of dietary fiber (10% or more Daily Value per RACC), and contain 7 g or less Total Sugars per serving if the product is a good source of dietary fiber (10-19% Daily Value per RACC) or 9 g or less Total Sugars per serving If the product is an excellent source of dietary fiber (20% or more Daily Value per RACC).
  • Sugars from pieces of fruit do not count toward the sugars allowance but amount(s) and source(s) must be disclosed.
  • If product used the new Nutrition Facts label format, product must be a good source of dietary fiber (10% or more Daily Value per RACC), and contain 8 g or less of added sugar per serving.
  • If product uses the old Nutrition Facts label format, the requirements for all other grain-based products apply.
  • 130 calories or less per 8 fl oz*
  • 200 calories or less per 8oz or 300 calories or less per 9-20 oz. (upper limit for size)
  • 2 teaspoons (8 g) or less added sugar per serving
  • Must contain at least one serving of whole fruit or vegetable (not including any added juice or puree concentrate, which will be counted as added sugars) or dairy/dairy alternatives (e.g. nut/grain/soy-based milks)
  • Caffeine and other stimulant additives are not permitted. Caffeine occurring naturally in other ingredients (e.g. green tea) is permitted.
  • 5 grams or less added sugar per serving. Naturally occurring sugars do not count toward this limit Grain-Based Snacks: Must be a good source of dietary fiber (at least 10% Daily Value per RACC)
  • 20 g or less total sugar per standard 6 oz serving.

Standard Certification "Extra Lean" (meat and seafood)

  • Total Fat: Less than 5 g (also per 100 g*)
  • Saturated Fat: Less than 2 g (also per 100 g*)
  • Trans Fat: Less than 0.5 g (also per label serving*). Products containing partially hydrogenated oils are not eligible for certification.
  • Cholesterol: Less than 95 mg (also per 100 g*)
  • Sodium: One of four sodium limits applies depending on the particular food category: up to 140 mg, 240 mg or 360 mg per label serving*, or 480 mg per label serving and per RACC*. See Sodium Limits by Category for details.
  • Beneficial Nutrients (naturally occurring): 10% or more of the Daily Value of 1 of 6 nutrients (vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber)

Processed Meats

  • Preservation methods that include smoking, curing, salting or other chemical preservatives including added nitrates/nitrites will not be allowed.

Main Dish & Meal Products

  • Total Fat: 3 g or less per 100 g of product* and 30% or less calories from fat
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g or less per 100 g of product* and less than 10% calories from saturated fat
  • Trans Fat: Less than 0.5 g (per label serving*). Products containing partially hydrogenated oils are not eligible for certification.
  • Cholesterol: 20 mg or less per 100 g of product* and 90 mg or less per label serving* for a main dish and 120 mg or less per label serving* for a meal
  • Sodium: 600 mg or less (per label serving*)
  • Beneficial Nutrients (naturally occurring): 10% or more of the Daily Value of 1 of 6 nutrients (vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber) per the entire main dish or meal

Whole Grains with Required Levels of Whole Grain & Dietary Fiber

  • Total Fat: Less than 6.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g or less and 15% or less calories from saturated fat
  • Trans Fat: Less than 0.5 g (also per label serving*). Products containing partially hydrogenated oils are not eligible for certification.
  • Cholesterol: 20 mg or less
  • Sodium: One of four sodium limits applies depending on the particular food category: up to 140 mg, 240 mg or 360 mg per label serving*, or 480 mg per label serving and per RACC*. See Sodium Limits by Category for details.
  • Beneficial Nutrients (naturally occurring): 10% or more of the Daily Value of 1 of 6 nutrients (vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber)
  • Whole Grain Content: 51% or more by weight/RACC
  • Minimum Dietary Fiber (from whole grain only): 1.7 g/RACC of 30 g 2.5 g/RACC of 45 g 2.8 g/RACC of 50 g or 3.0 g/RACC of 55 g

Nuts (Whole or Chopped)

  • Total Fat: No limit
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g or less (per 50 g only*) No limit for Macadamia Nuts
  • Trans Fat: Less than 0.5 g (also per label serving*)
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg per label serving*
  • Sodium: 140 mg or less per label serving*
  • Beneficial Nutrients (naturally occurring): 10% or more of the Daily Value of 1 of 6 nutrients (vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber). Not applicable to walnuts.

Fish with Required Level of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • Total Fat: 16 g or less
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g or less
  • Trans Fat: Less than 0.5 g (also per label serving*)
  • Cholesterol: Less than 95 mg (also per 100 g*)
  • Sodium: One of four sodium limits applies depending on the particular food category: up to 140 mg, 240 mg or 360 mg per label serving*, or 480 mg per label serving and per RACC*. See Sodium Limits by Category for details.
  • Beneficial Nutrients (naturally occurring): 10% or more of the Daily Value of 1 of 6 nutrients (vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber)
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids (EPA & DHA): 500 mg or more per 85 g (3 oz cooked)

Liquid Vegetable Oils and Oil Containing Products

  • Total Fat: no limit
  • Saturated Fat:
    • For Olive Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, and vegetable oil blends: 4 g or less (also per label serving*, not per 50g)
    • For Canola Oil: 1 g or less (also per label serving*) and 15% or less calories from saturated fat
    • For Olive, Corn, and Soybean Oil-Containing Products: 2 g or less (also per label serving*)

    Grain-based and Snack Bars

    • Total Fat: < 6.5 g per RACC
    • Saturated Fat: &le 1.0 g per RACC and &le 15% calories from saturated fat
    • Trans Fat: < 0.5 g per RACC and per label serving and no PHOs allowed
    • Cholesterol: &le 20 mg per RACC
    • Sodium: &le 140mg per serving
    • Beneficial Nutrients: 10% DV of 1 of 6 nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber

    • Dietary fiber: 10% or more DV per RACC
    • Sugars (total):
      • 7 g or less per serving if good source of dietary fiber (10-19% DV per RACC)
      • 9 g or less per serving if excellent source of dietary fiber (20% or more DV per RACC)
      • Dietary fiber: 10% or more DV per RACC
      • &le 8g** ADDED sugars per serving vs. RACC (1 tsp. sugar = 4g)
      • Sugars from pieces of fruit do not count toward the sugars allowance

      Smoothies

      • Calories : 200 cal. Per RACC (8oz) or 300 cal. Per 9 - 16 oz. (upper limit)
      • Total Fat: < 6.5 g per RACC
      • Saturated Fat: &le 1.0 g per RACC and &le 15% calories from saturated fat
      • Trans Fat: < 0.5 g per RACC and per label serving and no PHOs allowed
      • Cholesterol: &le 20 mg per RACC
      • Sodium: &le 240mg per serving
      • Beneficial Nutrients: 10% DV of 1 of 6 nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber

      Fresh (raw) Fruits and Vegetables

      • Total Fat: 13g or less (also per label serving size* and per 50g* (if the standard serving size is 30g or less)]
      • Saturated Fat: 1.0 g or less and &le 15% calories from saturated fat
      • Trans Fat:
        • less than 0.5 g (also per label serving*) Products containing partially hydrogenated oils are not eligible for certification.
        • Nearly all fresh fruits and vegetables that don&rsquot qualify under Standard Certification should meet these requirements (e.g. fresh coconut would not qualify). Dried fruit is not covered in this category and must qualify under Standard Certification.

        *Measurement amounts in addition to or instead of RACC

        The American Heart Association Heart-Check Food Certification Program is designed to help consumers make informed choices about the foods they purchase. The nutrition requirements are food-based and intended for healthy people over age two. The Heart-Check program is not a dietary solution for any particular condition or disease. People with medical conditions or dietary restrictions should follow the advice of their healthcare professionals.

        If you have questions about the Heart-Check certification program or are interested in participating, please call us at 214-706-1233 or email us at [email protected] to discuss nutrition criteria, fees and options. Fees paid by food manufacturers participating in the certification program are to cover administrative costs and operating expenses. No donations are used to support the program.

        Written by American Heart Association editorial staff and reviewed by science and medicine advisers. See our editorial policies and staff.


        3. A KitchenAid mixer that makes your cooking space look Instagram-worthy. This top-rated mixer will help you create all the desserts of your dreams without the manual whipping!

        Promising review: "I received this as a gift but I have wanted one for years. So far, I have made two cookie recipes with it that have a thick dough which have always been hard to mix with a hand mixer. Done so quickly and easily. Easy clean up, easy to use. Very heavy and I just wish it came with the clear glass bowl so it would be easier to see if everything is mixed together." —Target reviewer


        Low fat: Unhealthiest: Ball Park Lean Beef Franks

        Calories: 80
        Fat: 5 grams
        Sodium: 480 milligrams
        Cholesterol: 20 milligrams

        Ball Park Lean Beef Franks are primarily beef, water and modified corn starch, but they also include corn syrup, sodium phosphate and sodium diacetate they’re nitrate-free. If you’re on a low-fat diet, this may not be the best option, given one hot dog still has 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 20 milligrams of cholesterol.


        Investigations prompted by the discovery of high levels of Salmonella in fresh herbs in the UK

        13.2.1 Regulatory aspects

        Ready-to-eat food is food intended by the producer or the manufacturer for direct human consumption without the need for cooking or other processing effective to eliminate or reduce to an acceptable level micro-organisms of concern (Regulation (EC) No. 2073/2005).

        EC (Regulation) number 2073/2005 (as amended) states that detection of Salmonella in ready-to-eat pre-cut fruit and vegetables, including fresh herbs, placed on the market is unsatisfactory. An unsatisfactory result would require the product or batch of foodstuffs to be withdrawn or recalled, for the food business operator to take corrective action and to find the cause of the unsatisfactory result in order to prevent the recurrence of the unacceptable microbiological contamination. One of the challenges during outbreak and food incident investigations is traceability. The complexity of the food supply chain and the lack of identifying markers on fruit and vegetables can make it extremely difficult to track produce back to its origin. EU legislation (Regulation (EC) 178/2002) governing full traceability came into force on 1 January 2005, and requires that a food business operator can, at any point in the food chain, identify its suppliers and the businesses that it has supplied with ingredients or final food product, i.e. traceability is determined on a one step forward, one step back basis. Nonetheless, labelling of some fresh vegetables, particularly those sold wholesale, has been shown not to be sufficient to allow proper tracing of some products. This has implications for public health, since food alerts and product withdrawals are contingent on accurate identification of the suspect product. However, the samples of retail pre-packed basil in which S. Senftenberg was detected in 2007 did have sufficient identifying markers to enable the original grower to be identified.


        100 Best Convenience Foods

        FACT: The average American eats six convenience foods daily. With a number that high, it's critical to know which bites are healthiest for you and your family. That's why our GHRI nutritionists got on the case, prowling supermarket aisles and food trade shows. They analyzed ingredient lists, scanning product labels for healthy fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Tossed out of their carts: any items high in empty calories, sugar, salt, or artery-clogging fat, as well as artificially sweetened, highly processed, or heavily fortified foods. Then came the taste testing. Dozens of volunteers, ages 5 to 85, sampled and commented. Here, our 100 top options.

        1. Quaker Simple Harvest All Natural Instant Multigrain Hot Cereal

        This steamy bowl of good-for-you grains is easy on the sugar and ready in just 90 seconds.

        Per packet: 150 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g sat), 4 g fiber, 90 mg sodium ($3.89/box of 8)

        2. Weil by Nature's Path Veri-Berry Hot Oatmeal

        Get more than half your daily whole grains. Bonus: Tart bursts of organic cranberries, cherries, and raspberries in every bite.

        Per packet: 150 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g sat), 4 g fiber, 100 mg sodium ($4/box of 8)

        3. Nature's Path Organic Pomegran Plus Waffles

        Our winner in the waffle category. Every "super-crispy" nook and cranny delivers the goodness of whole grains.

        Per 2 waffles: 160 calories, 4 g fat (0.5 g sat), 4 g fiber, 350 mg sodium ($3.69/box of 6 frozen)

        4. Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flakes

        The protein (an egg's worth) in this crunchy "graham cracker-flavored" cereal promises to stop stomach rumbles.

        Per cup: 180 calories, 1 g fat (0 g sat), 6 g fiber, 150 mg sodium ($3.49 to $4/14.4-oz. box)

        5. Nature's Path Optimum Power

        A day starter with nutritional punch: One serving of this cereal meets your daily folic acid quota and one-quarter of your calcium needs.

        Per cup: 210 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g sat), 10 g fiber, 210 mg sodium ($4.29/14-oz. box)

        6. Eggology On-the-Go Egg Whites

        Zap for 95 seconds and presto: a scramble filled with 13 grams of hunger-sating protein.

        Per 1/2-cup container: 60 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g fiber, 200 mg sodium ($3/2-pack refrigerated)

        7. Eggology Hardboiled Eggs

        Perfect for a breakfast on the run (or even an after-school snack). Variations include organic, cage-free, and original.

        Per egg: 70 calories, 4 g fat (2 g sat), 0 g fiber, 110 mg sodium ($1 to $1.30/2-egg pkg. refrigerated)

        Light, fluffy, organic flapjacks are just a spray away with this batter in a can.

        Per 3 pancakes: 112 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g sat), 2 g fiber, 95 mg sodium ($5/can, 9 servings refrigerated)

        9. Triscuit Rosemary & Olive Oil

        Munch these 100 percent whole wheat crackers guilt-free.

        Per 6 crackers: 120 calories, 4 g fat (1 g sat), 3 g fiber, 135 mg sodium ($3.50/9.5-oz. box)

        10. Ak-Mak Whole Wheat Sesame Crackers

        Grainy goodness with "a hint of honey" &mdash and 5 filling grams of protein.

        Per 5 crackers: 115 calories, 2 g fat (0.5 g sat), 4 g fiber, 220 mg sodium ($1.69/4.15-oz. box)

        11. Mini Babybel Light

        Each portable semisoft cheese is a stellar source of calcium. Bonus: Kid testers loved unwrapping its red waxy shell.

        Per piece: 50 calories, 3 g fat (1.5 g sat), 0 g fiber, 160 mg sodium ($4/6-count pack refrigerated)

        12. Emerald Natural Walnuts and Almonds 100 Calorie Packs

        Satisfy snack attacks &mdash and get your vitamin E and healthy omega-3 fats at the same time.

        Per package: 100 calories, 9 g fat (1 g sat), 1 g fiber, 0 mg sodium ($5/box of 7)

        13. Blue Horizon Organic Indian-Style Vegetable Spring Rolls

        Down a few for a "spicy" snack, or heat the whole box for A+ appetizers.

        Per 3 rolls: 110 calories, 4 g fat (1.5 g sat), 1 g fiber, 250 mg sodium ($4/box of 8 frozen)

        14. Kahiki Naturals Vegetable Egg Rolls

        A mere 130 calories and a flax-seed-rich wrapper are enough reasons to rock this roll.

        Per egg roll with sauce packet: 130 calories 4 g fat (0.5 g sat), 2 g fiber, 560 mg sodium ($4/box of 3 frozen)

        15. Blue Horizon Organic Chinese-Style Shrimp Spring Rolls

        A jumble of cancer-fighting cabbage and onion, plus shrimp.

        Per 3 rolls: 130 calories, 4 g fat (1.5 g sat), 1 g fiber, 210 mg sodium ($5/box of 8 frozen)

        16. Blue Horizon Organic Thai-Style Shrimp Spring Rolls

        Chemical-free crustaceans plus crunchy veggies equal an "authentic" roll.

        Per 3 rolls: 130 calories, 4 g fat (1.5 g sat), 1 g fiber, 250 mg sodium ($5/box of 8 frozen)

        17. Kahiki Naturals Chicken Egg Rolls

        Same formula as number 14 &mdash just bursting with juicy chicken.

        Per egg roll with sauce packet: 140 calories 4.5 g fat (0.5 g sat), 2 g fiber, 520 mg sodium ($4/box of 3 frozen)

        18. Ventera Ranch Thai Style Chicken Coconut Curry

        Testers flipped over this "absolutely amazing" Asian-inspired meal. Portions are small, so serve over rice or noodles.

        Per 5 ounces: 110 calories, 4.5 g fat (2.5 g sat), 2 g fiber, 350 mg sodium ($10/about 6 servings refrigerated)

        19. Laura's Lean Beef Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce

        The classic comfort food, sans the sky-high saturated fat.

        Per 5 ounces: 230 calories, 8 g fat (3.5 g sat), 3 g fiber, 580 mg sodium ($7/about 3 servings refrigerated)

        20. Morey's Wild Alaskan Salmon Marinated Seasoned Grill

        These individually frozen six-ounce fillets are loaded with omega-3s and perfectly seasoned without too much salt.

        Per 6 ounces (1 fillet): 245 calories, 14 g fat (2 g sat), 0 g fiber, 170 mg sodium ($13.88 to $14.88/6 fillets)

        21. Laura's Lean Beef Shredded Beef with Barbecue Sauce

        Hormone-free beef bathed in a tangy BBQ sauce.

        Per 5 ounces: 245 calories, 5 g fat (2 g sat), 2 g fiber, 390 mg sodium ($7/about 3 servings refrigerated)

        22. Phillips Steamer Creations Honey Chipotle Shrimp

        So good some testers actually ran out to buy it for dinner.

        Per 8 shrimp (4 ounces): 180 calories, 8 g fat (4 g sat), 0 g fiber, 420 mg sodium ($7/2-serving bag frozen)

        23. G'Day Gourmet Tuna Mild Indian Curry

        A convenient pull tab makes it easier than ever to sneak in some healthy omega-3s.

        Per can: 162 calories, 10 g fat (1 g sat), 0 g fiber, 420 mg sodium ($2.19/3.5-oz. can)

        24. Ventera Ranch Sweet & Sour Pork

        Restaurant flavor without the extra sodium, calories, or artery-clogging fat.

        Per 5 ounces: 170 calories, 3 g fat (1 g sat), 1 g fiber, 270 mg sodium ($9.87/about 6 servings refrigerated)

        25. Bumble Bee Sensations Easy Peel Bowls Sundried Tomato & Basil

        A tasty tuna, full of heart-healthy omega-3s.

        Also available in two other flavors.

        Per bowl: 130 calories, 5 g fat (1 g sat), 0 g fiber, 360 mg sodium ($2.43/5-oz. bowl)

        26. Ventera Ranch Cashew Chicken

        This savory mix of chicken, veggies, and "crunchy" cashews scored high points.

        Per 5 ounces: 200 calories, 12 g fat (1.5 g sat), 1 g fiber, 520 mg sodium ($12.49/about 7 servings refrigerated)

        27. Laura's Lean Beef Pot Roast Au Jus

        This crowd-pleaser tastes like it's been slow-cooked for hours.

        Per 3 ounces: 110 calories, 4 g fat (1.5 g sat), 0 g fiber, 380 mg sodium ($8/about 5 servings refrigerated)

        28. Original Rangoon Beef Kabobs with Peppers & Onions

        Throw a few on the barbie, and add one of our suggested rice sides.

        Per kabob: 150 calories, 6 g fat (1 g sat), 1 g fiber, 390 mg sodium ($10/4 kabobs frozen)

        29. Phillips Steamer Creations Steamed Spiced Shrimp

        Serve over linguine so you can enjoy all the yummy sauce.

        Per 8 shrimp (4 ounces): 120 calories, 2 g fat (0 g sat), 0 g fiber, 560 mg sodium ($7/2-serving bag frozen)

        30. Ventera Ranch Chicken Szechuan

        Its veggies fulfill 60 percent of your daily vitamin A needs.

        Per 5 ounces: 120 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g sat), 1 g fiber, 420 mg sodium ($11/about 6 servings refrigerated)

        31. Cedarlane Low Fat Beans, Rice & Cheese Style Burrito

        Meat-free and chock-full of cholesterol-free soy cheese.

        Per sandwich: 260 calories, 1 g fat (0 g sat), 7 g fiber, 490 mg sodium ($2.49/single serving)

        32. Amy's Mexican Casserole Bowl

        This south-of-the-border feast is a bit of a calorie splurge, but it's also brimming with calcium, iron, and fiber.

        Per package: 470 calories, 16 g fat (5 g sat), 7 g fiber, 780 mg sodium ($4.29 to $5/single serving)

        33. Smart Ones Fruit Inspirations Cranberry Turkey Medallions

        Enjoy these figure-friendly Thanksgiving favorites all year round.

        Per package: 350 calories, 4.5 g fat (1 g sat), 4 g fiber, 560 mg sodium ($3/single serving)

        34. Amy's Light in Sodium Vegetable Lasagne

        "Low in salt, but not flavor," this classic comfort food has ample calcium.

        Per package: 290 calories, 8 g fat (3.5 g sat), 4 g fiber, 340 mg sodium ($4.29 to $5/single serving)

        35. Healthy Choice Asian Inspired Café Steamers General Tso's Spicy Chicken

        Just like takeout &mdash minus the waist-widening fat.

        Per package: 310 calories, 3.5 g fat (1 g sat), 5 g fiber, 500 mg sodium ($3.59/single serving)

        36. Healthy Choice Café Steamers Grilled Chicken Marinara

        This vitamin-rich Italian meal won't break your calorie bank.

        Per package: 270 calories, 4.5 g fat (1.5 g sat), 6 g fiber, 550 mg sodium ($3.59/single serving)

        37. Kashi Pocket Bread Chicken Rustico Sandwich

        A delectable mix of chicken, spinach, peppers, and mushrooms drenched in a white wine sauce.

        Per package: 300 calories, 8 g fat (2 g sat), 4 g fiber, 670 mg sodium ($3.49/single serving)

        38. Phillips Crab & Shrimp Cakes

        Tasters loved the tongue-tingling spices of this seafood pairing. Add a side salad and dinner is served.

        Per cake: 140 calories, 9 g fat (1.5 g sat), 2 g fiber, 310 mg sodium ($6.49 for two 3-oz. cakes)

        39. Amy's Brown Rice, Black-Eyed Peas and Veggies Bowl

        This fiber and nutrient-loaded combo will keep you full for hours.

        Per package: 290 calories, 11 g fat (1.5 g sat), 8 g fiber, 580 mg sodium ($4.29 to $5/single serving)

        40. Kashi All Natural Chicken Florentine Frozen Entrée

        A nutritional powerhouse with "excellent garlicky flavor."

        Per package: 290 calories, 9 g fat (4.5 g sat), 5 g fiber, 550 mg sodium ($4/single serving)

        41. Amy's Spinach Feta in a Pocket Sandwich

        Testers were wowed by its "rich flavor." We loved its nice counts of calcium, iron, and vitamin A.

        Per package: 260 calories, 9 g fat (4.5 g sat), 3 g fiber, 590 mg sodium ($2.39 to $2.79/single serving)

        42. Kashi All Natural Black Bean Mango Frozen Entrée

        This "sweet and filling" mix of black beans, mango, and cilantro supplies a day's quota of vitamins A and C.

        Per package: 340 calories, 8 g fat (1 g sat), 7 g fiber, 430 mg sodium ($4/single serving)

        43. Boca All American Flame Grilled Burger

        You won't miss the beef when you bite into this soy-based patty "reminiscent of a real burger," said one taster.

        Per burger: 90 calories, 3 g fat (1 g sat), 4.5 g fiber, 280 mg sodium ($3.49/4 frozen)

        44. Phillips Maryland Style Crab Cakes

        Loaded with crab, not the usual bread crumbs. Toss one on a whole-grain roll and top with your favorite fixin's.

        Per cake: 160 calories, 10 g fat (1.5 g sat), <1 g fiber, 560 mg sodium ($8/two 3-oz. cakes)

        45. Kashi Pocket Bread Turkey Fiesta Sandwich

        Tangy Southwest sauce adds a zesty kick to this "very satisfying" sandwich.

        Per package: 270 calories, 6 g fat (1 g sat), 4 g fiber, 660 mg sodium ($3.49/single serving)

        46. Healthy Choice Simple Selections Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

        So rich and creamy you'd swear it was bad for you &mdash but it's not.

        Per package: 230 calories, 6 g fat (2 g sat), 5 g fiber, 570 mg sodium ($2.69/single serving)

        47. Healthy Choice Asian Inspired Café Steamers Sweet & Spicy Orange Zest Chicken

        More proof healthful doesn't equal bland.

        Per package: 290 calories, 4 g fat (1 g sat), 6 g fiber, 480 mg sodium ($3.59/single serving)

        48. A.C. LaRocco Old World Veggie Ultra Thin Crust Pizza

        A paper-thin crust keeps calories in check despite its gooey three-cheese topping.

        Per 1/2 of 10-inch pizza: 170 calories, 7 g fat (3 g sat), 2 g fiber, 260 mg sodium ($6 to $7/pizza)

        49. Gourmet Dining Shrimp Alfredo

        A calorie-smart version with a medley of vitamin-packed veggies.

        Per serving: 220 calories, 4.5 g fat (1 g sat), 2 g fiber, 400 mg sodium ($4.99 to $5.99/28 oz. four 7-oz. servings)

        50. Aunt Trudy's Roasted Vegetable Fillo Pocket Sandwich

        A flaky crust covers a rainbow of organic veggies.

        Per package: 240 calories, 12 g fat (1.5 g sat), 3 g fiber, 390 mg sodium ($2.64/single serving)

        51. Amy's Spinach Pizza

        This "flavorful" pie delivers vitamin A and bone-building calcium.

        Per 1/3 of 10-inch pizza: 310 calories, 12 g fat (4 g sat), 2 g fiber, 590 mg sodium ($6.29 to $7/pizza)

        52. Lean Cuisine Lemongrass Chicken

        An "addictive" sauce gives this meal an exotic flair &mdash but whole-grain brown rice and veggies make it a true winner.

        Per package: 250 calories, 6 g fat (3.5 g sat), 4 g fiber, 610 mg sodium ($3.49/single serving)

        53. Aunt Trudy's 3 Bean Veggie Chili Fillo Pocket Sandwich

        It's organic and vegan, and it packs a good protein punch.

        Per package: 240 calories, 8 g fat (1.5 g sat), 5 g fiber, 370 mg sodium ($2.64/single serving)

        54. Gourmet Dining Shrimp Scampi

        Pasta, shrimp, sauce, and enough veggies to provide almost half your daily vitamins A and C needs.

        Per serving: 210 calories, 4 g fat (0.5 g sat), 2 g fiber, 390 mg sodium ($4.99 to $5.99/ 28 oz. four 7-oz. servings)

        This "fresh" basil pesto sauce is a tasty change from tomato.

        Per 1/3 of 10-inch pizza: 310 calories, 12 g fat (3.5 g sat), 2 g fiber, 480 mg sodium ($7.29 to $8.49/pizza)

        56. Kashi All Natural Mushroom Trio & Spinach Thin Crust Pizza

        A wood-fired crust with seven whole grains and portobello, champignon, and shiitake mushrooms set this pizza apart.

        Per 1/3 of 10-inch pizza: 250 calories, 9 g fat (4.5 g sat), 4 g fiber, 660 mg sodium ($6/pizza)

        57. Amy's Roasted Vegetable Pizza

        What's a pizza without cheese? In this case, delicious. Loads of flavor, vitamin C &mdash and zero cholesterol.

        Per 1/3 of 10-inch pizza: 270 calories, 9 g fat (1.5 g sat), 2 g fiber, 490 mg sodium ($7.29 to $8.49/pizza)

        58. Kashi All Natural Roasted Vegetable Thin Crust Pizza

        Forget pepperoni: This pie's broccoli, artichokes, and red peppers deliver a hefty dose of vitamins A and C.

        Per 1/3 of 10-inch pizza: 250 calories, 9 g fat (4 g sat), 4 g fiber, 630 mg sodium ($6/pizza)

        59. Gourmet Dining Garlic Chicken

        Garlic fans will meet their match with this simple skillet meal.

        Per serving: 230 calories, 4.5 g fat (1 g sat), 3 g fiber, 440 mg sodium ($4.99 to $5.99/32 oz. four 8-oz. servings)

        60. Amy's Organic Black Bean Vegetable Soup

        Lots of flavor &mdash and lower in salt.

        Per cup: 130 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g sat), 5 g fiber, 430 mg sodium ($2.89 to $3.29/2 servings)

        61. Tabatchnick Vegetarian Chili

        Great meaty taste &mdash and it's 100 percent cholesterol-free.

        Per pouch: 180 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g sat), 8 g fiber, 360 mg sodium ($2.49 to $2.69/box of 2)

        62. Campbell's Select Harvest Minestrone

        Low in calories with a nice selection of veggies.

        Per cup: 110 calories, 1 g fat (0.5 g sat), 3 g fiber, 480 mg sodium ($2.39/2 servings)

        63. Campbell's Select Harvest Savory White Bean with Roasted Ham

        Both kids and adults loved its subtle smoky flavor.

        Per cup: 170 calories, 1.5 g fat (0.5 g sat), 7 g fiber, 480 mg sodium ($2.39/2 servings)

        64. Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice

        Pack one of these single-serve cups for lunch to enhance dinner leftovers.

        Per cup: 170 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g sat), 2 g fiber, 175 mg sodium ($2 to $2.19/2-pack)

        65. Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Whole Grain Brown

        Your daily quota of whole grains &mdash in 90 seconds. (Pouch serves two.)

        Per cup: 240 calories, 3 g fat (0 g sat), 2 g fiber, 15 mg sodium ($2.29/8.8-oz. pouch)

        66. Rosetto Steam'n Eat Medium Square Cheese Ravioli

        Satisfy your little noodle lover with this fuss-free, cook-in-the-bag pasta.

        Per 8 pieces: 230 calories, 4 g fat (2 g sat), 2 g fiber, 290 mg sodium ($4/18-oz. bag about 4 servings)

        67. Kashi 7 Whole Grain "Fiery Fiesta" Pilaf sides

        This "nicely spiced" mix includes roasted corn, black beans, red peppers, and cilantro.

        Per cup: 210 calories, 5 g fat (0.5 g sat), 7 g fiber, 400 mg sodium ($2.49/8.5-oz. pouch)

        68. Monterey Pasta Company Tuscan Style Roasted Pepper Whole Wheat Ravioli

        Pasta with a grown-up taste and 60 percent of your daily vitamin C.

        Per cup: 230 calories, 7 g fat (3.5 g sat), 4 g fiber, 330 mg sodium ($5/8 oz. about 2 servings, refrigerated)

        69. Tasty Bite Beans Masala & Basmati Rice

        A home run for health nuts &mdash vegetarian, kosher, and gluten-free with ample fiber, protein, and iron.

        Per pack: 426 calories, 8 g fat (2 g sat), 13 g fiber, 600 mg sodium ($3 to $4/single serving)

        70. Seeds of Change Tigris

        A nicely seasoned blend of seven organic whole grains.

        Per cup: 260 calories, 4 g fat (0.5 g sat), 5 g fiber, 220 mg sodium ($3.29/8.5-oz. pouch)

        71. Monterey Pasta Company Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Whole Wheat Ravioli

        Kids love ravioli &mdash and this one serves up healthy doses of calcium and iron.

        Per cup: 230 calories, 8 g fat (4.5 g sat), 3 g fiber, 290 mg sodium ($5/8 oz. about 2 servings, refrigerated)

        72. Monterey Pasta Company Classic Style Whole Wheat Linguine

        Whole grains and omega-rich flax seeds make this fresh-tasting pasta tops (also comes in fettuccine).

        Per 1 1/4 cups: 230 calories, 2 g fat (0 g sat), 6 g fiber, 15 mg sodium ($3/8 oz. about 2.5 servings, refrigerated)

        73. Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers Rotini & Zesty Marinara Sauce

        This meal's plastic bowl with strainer lid lets you cook the pasta and sauce separately, drain, and mix it all together.

        Per package: 300 calories, 3.5 g fat (1 g sat), 7 g fiber, 600 mg sodium ($3.49/single serving)

        74. Monterey Pasta Company Spinach & Cheese Whole Wheat Tortelloni

        Not a milk drinker? Nibble on these &mdash they've got as much calcium as two-thirds of a cup of milk, plus lots of filling fiber.

        Per cup: 260 calories, 6 g fat (3 g sat), 5 g fiber, 350 mg sodium ($5/8 oz. about 2 servings, refrigerated)

        75. Kashi 7 Whole Grain "Our Original" Pilaf sides

        An easy way to get your whole-grain recommendation for the day.

        Per cup: 220 calories, 4 g fat (0.5 g sat), 7 g fiber, 0 mg sodium ($2.49/8.5-oz. pouch)

        76. Rice Expressions Whole Grain Brown Rice Pilaf

        Its ingredient list is short and sweet: organic brown rice and veggies.

        Per cup: 165 calories, 3 g fat (0 g sat), 3.5 g fiber, 470 mg sodium ($4 to $4.69/2 10-oz. pouches)

        77. Tasty Bite Spinach Dal & Basmati Rice

        No need to dial takeout: This lightly spiced dish has incredible Indian flavor.

        Per pack: 372 calories, 9 g fat (1 g sat), 8 g fiber, 649 mg sodium ($3.29/single serving)

        78. Seeds of Change Dharamsala

        An aromatic Indian blend of rice, beans, potatoes, vegetables, and spices.

        Per cup: 210 calories, 4 g fat (0 g sat), 4 g fiber, 360 mg sodium ($3.29/8.5-oz. pouch)

        79. Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers Ziti & Meat Sauce

        Same concept as number 73 &mdash tasters enjoyed its "spicy kick."

        Per package: 340 calories, 6 g fat (2 g sat), 8 g fiber, 600 mg sodium ($3.49/single serving)

        80. World of Grains Cookies

        Guaranteed to please your cookie monster.

        Per pack: 130 calories, 3.5 to 4.5 g fat (1 to 1.5 g sat), 3 g fiber, 90 to 100 mg sodium ($4/4-pack)

        81. South Beach Living Dark Chocolate Covered Soynuts

        "Crunchy little balls of heaven."

        Per pack: 100 calories, 6 g fat (3 g sat), 2 g fiber, 0 mg sodium ($4.49/box of 7)

        82. Kozy Shack Original Rice Pudding

        Creamy comfort &mdash and a nice shot of calcium.

        Per snack cup: 130 calories, 3 g fat (2 g sat), 0 g fiber, 135 mg sodium ($3.69/6-pack refrigerated)

        Cacao nibs dunked in 50, 60, or 70 percent dark chocolate.

        Per 1-ounce tin: 140 calories, 11 to 12 g fat (6 to 7 g sat), 3 to 4 g fiber, 0 mg sodium ($4)

        84. Whole Treat Organic Fudge Bars

        So good you'll think you're being bad.

        Per bar: 100 calories, 4.5 g fat (2.5 g sat), <1 g fiber, 40 mg sodium ($3/4 bars frozen)

        85. Kashi TLC Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars

        A healthful goodie with seven whole grains.

        Per bar: 140 calories, 5 g fat (0.5 g sat), 4 g fiber, 105 mg sodium ($3.49 to $3.69/6-bar box)

        86. Chunks O'Fruti Strawberry Fruit Bars

        Delivers 35 percent of your daily vitamin C.

        Per bar: 90 calories, 0 g fat, 1 g fiber, 5 mg sodium ($2.50/box of 4)

        87. Kind Fruit + Nut Walnut & Date

        A healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

        Per bar: 150 calories, 7 g fat (1 g sat), 3 g fiber, 40 mg sodium ($2/bar)

        88. Sara Lee Fresh Ideas Sandwich Dressings Zesty Pepper Trio Mustard

        Sayonara, soggy sandwiches: Spread on this no-fridge-needed condiment right before you dig in.

        Per packet: 25 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g sat), 0 g fiber, 115 mg sodium ($2/8 packets)

        89. Bertolli Premium Pasta Sauce

        This sauce-in-a-pouch is ready in 90 seconds. Testers enjoyed all three flavors.

        Per 1/2-cup serving: 70 to 100 calories, 3.5 to 6 g fat (0 to 1 g sat), 2 g fiber, 430 to 450 mg sodium ($2.89/13.5-oz. pouch)

        90. Cedar's Cucumber Garlic Tzatziki

        Half the calories of sour cream dips, this yogurt-based Greek favorite is a tasty way to eat more veggies.

        Per 2 tablespoons: 30 calories, 2 g fat (1 g sat), 0 g fiber, 55 mg sodium ($3.88/8 oz. refrigerated)

        91. Ian's Crunchy PB4me!

        This organic peanut butter is lighter in sugar and salt than other spreads.

        Per 1.5-ounce cup: 236 calories, 19.5 g fat (4 g sat), 2.5 g fiber, 180 mg sodium ($5.49/6-pack)

        92. Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Reduced Fat Dressing

        A packet of this popular flavor makes salads brown-bag friendly.

        Per packet: 25 calories, 1 g fat (0 g sat), 0 g fiber, 260 mg sodium ($3/8-pack)

        93. Wholly Guacamole 100 Calorie Snack Packs

        Toss these preservative-free packs into lunch boxes to liven up carrot sticks. Bonus: They also deliver potassium, vitamin B6, and folate.

        Per pouch: 100 calories, 8 g fat (1 g sat), 4 g fiber, 150 mg sodium ($2.25/3-pack refrigerated)

        94. Tribe All Natural Classic Hummus Snackers

        These snack packs have 25 percent fewer calories than other brands. Also available in two more flavors.

        Per 2 tablespoons: 50 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g sat), 1 g fiber, 140 mg sodium ($2.79 to $3/8 oz. refrigerated)

        95. Wish Bone Salad Spritzers Asian Silk Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette Dressing

        This blend of sesame oil, OJ, and soy sauce dresses greens with low-cal pizzazz.

        Per 10 sprays: 10 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g sat), 0 g fiber, 100 mg sodium ($2.79/7 oz. about 26 servings)

        96. Melissa's Peeled & Steamed Ready to Eat Baby Beets

        Naturally sweet and rich in potassium &mdash toss 'em in salads or sandwiches.

        Per serving (2.5 beets): 40 calories, 0 g fat, 2 g fiber, 30 mg sodium ($2.99/8 oz. about 2 servings, refrigerated)

        97. Simply Potatoes Mashed Sweet Potatoes

        These savory potatoes are sweetened with brown sugar and cinnamon.

        Per 1/2 cup: 140 calories, 1 g fat (0 g sat), 2 g fiber, 100 mg sodium ($3/1.5 lbs. about 5 servings, refrigerated)

        98. Cedar's Chickpea Salad

        A mouthwatering medley of chickpeas, veggies, and dried cranberries.

        Per 2 tablespoons: 40 calories, 2 g fat (0 g sat), 2 g fiber, 110 mg sodium ($3.79/8 oz. refrigerated)

        99. Cedar's Fresh Taboule Salad

        This classic mix of parsley, tomatoes, and bulgur with a lemon-oil-based dressing is true health food.

        Per 2 tablespoons: 30 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g sat), 1 g fiber, 95 mg sodium ($3.79/2 Tbsp. refrigerated)

        100. Melissa's Steamed Ready to Eat Lentils

        Ladle these tasty legumes into soups and salads.

        Per cup: 230 calories, 1 g fat (0 g sat), 16 g fiber, 471 mg sodium ($3.29/18-oz. pouch about 2.5 servings, refrigerated)


        The Best Prepared Meal Delivery Services to Order Online

        Products featured are independently selected by our editorial team and we may earn a commission from purchases made from our links the retailer may also receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.

        There’s nothing quite like a home-cooked meal. But meal delivery kits can be a lifesaver if you don’t have the time to go out shopping and meal-prep healthy dishes for the whole week. Especially if you have dietary restrictions, or just prefer to eat a vegan, vegetarian, paleo diet, then there’s a subscription box out there for you.

        But what if it’s late, and you don’t even have time to cook a full recipe from scratch? Or if you know your knife skills won’t leave you trying out for Top Chef anytime soon? The best prepared meal delivery services offer fast, ready-to-eat meals that are just as tasty (and nutritious) as a full-fledged meal kit. They eliminate the need for excessive prep work, trips to the store in advance, and some can also help you track specific macros and nutrients.

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        We’ve picked subscriptions that will ship pre-portioned, pre-cooked meals frozen (or fresh, with minimal cook time) straight to your door. Just pop one out of your fridge or freezer, warm it up, and you have a satisfying and healthy meal ready to go for lunch or dinner&mdashall you’ll need is a microwave, or oven. Many meals are made right before they’re shipped to you, so they’re fresher than picking up a frozen TV dinner that’s been sitting in a freezer for months.

        Whether you’re looking to have dinner ready in under 15 minutes, trying out to make going meatless a little easier, or looking for healthy options that are full of flavor, there’s nothing easier than stocking up on these ready-made meals. Here are our top picks for the best prepared meal delivery services to try right now.

        1. Fresh N’ Lean

        BEST OVERALL

        Did we say frozen? Well, Fresh N’ Lean leads the pack when it comes to their prepared meals, which ships fresh, never frozen, to preserve both the overall taste and integrity of the dishes. Each meal is ready in around three minutes, and comes in a well-insulated, vacuum-sealed package that can stay fresh for up to 10 days in the fridge (though you can always freeze them yourself).

        What most impressed us was their thoughtfully-crafted menu, which was designed for folks with specific nutrition goals in mind (including athletes). Their variety of plans include keto, vegan (including an entire low-carb vegan menu), paleo, and high-protein menus. Unlike other, inflexible plans, modifying your meals here is super easy&mdashFresh n’ Lean gives you the option to exclude up to three ingredients from your plan, due to a dietary restriction, or just if you hate a specific ingredient.

        There’s also an option to let them know if you have specific allergies (although all their meals are gluten-free and organic), and we like that you can add on extra protein and veggies in bulk. Get up to three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for 5 or 7 days, or pick specific meals from their a la carte section.

        While you won’t get the culinary pizzaz or range of international cuisines like you might from get other subscriptions, the breakdown of their macros shows Fresh N’ Lean’s commitment to nutrient-dense foods, and just simple, delicious flavors.

        2. Home Chef

        BEST LOW-PREP

        So let’s say you actually enjoy the process of cooking, and are just looking so have 30 minutes off your weeknight dinner routine. Say no more, because Home Chef has you covered with their selection of oven-ready meals that take (almost) all the work out of dinner, but still could technically be considered “home cooked.”

        Their Fresh & Ready meals focus on low-prep or oven-ready options such as a cheesy taco bowl, where you can toss all the ingredients into their prepared pan, pop it in the oven, and serve it up in around 30 minutes. Plus, for the summer, you can also order grill-ready meals and lighter salads that require minimal prep work and cleanup.

        While these meal kits eliminate precious prep time, that doesn’t exactly mean the meals will be done fast as a microwavable one (they do offer 15-minute meal options, though). These meals are designed for those who still enjoy the process of cooking, but want to cut down just one part of the process. With Home Chef’s delivery kit, you don’t need ridiculous knife skills or a culinary school degree to make a satisfying meal.

        There aren’t a ton of choices for this category yet, but the kit comes down to under $10 a serving, and you can choose from between 6-12 servings a week.

        3. Veestro

        BEST VEGETARIAN

        If you’re looking to go plant-based, but don’t know how to get in enough nutrients, or don’t want to learn to start out cooking complicated vegan recipes, Veestro offers a wide range of meals that puts protein front and center.

        For vegetarians and vegans alike, all their meals are plant-based, and include dishes like golden chickpea stew, portobello steak dinner, and chick’n shawarma. For those who are indecisive, Veestro offers almost four-dozen frozen meals, all of which come in single-serving compostable trays or plastic pouches, ready to be heated up. There’s also a dedicated Weight Loss plan that gives you three meals a day for either five or seven days, which provides you around 1,200 total calories a day.

        But we love that their regular a la carte options are packed with plant-based proteins, from tofu, beans and legumes, to an “Impossible”-type faux chicken. It’s a great choice for those who want to ease into going meatless, or vegans and vegetarians looking for substitutes to popular comfort food dishes, like chicken nuggets, pizza, and baked mac and cheese. You won’t feel like you’re missing out on any of the flavor (or variety) compared to other services.

        Veestro is more of stocking up on meals than planning just one week ahead, since you order as a one-time purchase of 10, 20, or 30 frozen meals. Your subscription can be changed or canceled at any time, though.

        4. BistroMD

        BEST FOR WEIGHT LOSS

        Specially-designed by dietitians, there’s no better program that gives you ready-to-eat meals to help you kick off your weight loss journey than BistroMD. The meals are also made to accommodate specific dietary needs, with diabetic-friendly, gluten-free, and heart-healthy options.

        But you don’t need to be in a specific stage of your life or necessarily looking to lose weight to reap the benefits of their well-balanced, nutritious meal options. The full program helps eliminate guesswork from any meal-prepping or planning process, giving you six days of dinner, and seven days of breakfast and lunches (though you can choose just five days of meals). The program can be adjusted based on taste preferences, and we like the flexibility that gives you from week to week.

        Based on how your goals and needs change, you can approve or remove meals from the rotation at any time, so there’s real room for your input. BistroMD’s programs are best if you have a specific health-related goal in mind, anyways. Plus, they have more than 150 chef-prepared meals, all ready to eat in 5 minutes or less, if you tend to get bored or frustrated by the repetition of these kinds of subscriptions. You can also add on dietitian-approved snacks to your meals.

        5. Sunbasket

        MOST VERSATILE

        While it’s a lot of fun trying out new recipes with regular meal kits, sometimes after a stressful day you want something that’s quick and easy for a weeknight dinner. Enter: Sunbasket’s Fresh & Ready Meals, a rotating weekly menu of 14 ready-to-eat meals.

        Whether you’re working from home and in need of a ready-to-heat lunch, or living alone and don’t want to waste extra groceries, these meals come in single-serve portions and require no cooking&mdashsimply heat them up in a microwave or oven, and they’re ready in as little as six minutes (mine took around four).

        If you need a break from cooking or meal prepping, these are a solid option. The meals are still on the level of Sunbasket&rsquos creative, chef-driven meal kits, so you&rsquore not sacrificing nutrition or flavor for convenience. My favorite of the batch I tried was the Zesty Black Bean Quinoa Bowl, which was like a great substitution for a Chipotle bowl.

        However, one downside is that they’re purposefully under-seasoned, specifically so that you can add salt and pepper to your own taste. But the variety and sheer “why didn’t I think of that?”-type meals to come out of this service makes Sunbasket our favorite if you want to shake up your dinner routine.


        Eight Delicious Foods That Help Fight Belly Fat

        NEW YORK -- In the battle of the bulge, belly fat is an especially tough opponent. But there are actually a number of foods that are great for your taste buds and your waistline. They help you fight belly fat. And you may find this hard to believe, but they're so delicious, you probably already eat them!

        On "The Early Show," Self magazine Editor in Chief Lucy Danziger not only named the foods Self highlights, she discussed some things Self says you can do without being noticed that can also help, and the opposite - things Self says you may do that can sabotage your efforts.

        Belly Fat-Fighting Foods

        Merely half of one avocado contains 10 grams of healthy mono-saturated fats, which stop the blood sugar spikes that tell your body to store fat around your midsection.

        Not only do healthy fats in avocado help thwart belly bloat, they also help our bodies better absorb carotenoids, cancer-fighting compounds found in colorful fruits and veggies like tomatoes, carrots, spinach and winter squash. In fact, people who ate salads with avocado had 15 times higher absorption of carotenoids, a study from The Ohio State University at Columbus found.

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        The fruit packs 422 milligrams of potassium, a mineral that can help limit the amount of belly swelling sodium in your body.

        A cup encourages the growth of good bacteria in your gut, throwing out other bugs that can cause bloating.

        Creamy Greek yogurt is yummy, but it's also much more than that: Its combo of carbs and protein help stabilize insulin, a hormone that tells your body to store calories as fat when levels get too high.

        Antioxidants can improve blood flow, delivering more oxygen to muscles -- so ab revealing cardio is easier. Have some yogurt and berries before your workout to get those muscles ready for action.

        5. Chocolate Skim Milk

        A glass teams carbohydrates with protein to promote muscle building. Drink POST workout to speed recovery. Plus, you are getting that calcium to make your bones stronger. Chocolate milk is not just for kids!

        Three cups daily may rev up your metabolism and burn 30 calories, a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows. The compound ECGC in the tea makes it easier to burn fat.

        7. Citrus
        Supermarket shocker: Vitamin C in colorful produce, like oranges and red peppers can help you zap up to 30 percent more fat during exercise, research from Arizona State University at Mesa suggests.

        Carb lovers, Rejoice! The filling fiber in foods like oatmeal, brown rice, and bulgur aids in keeping your body's insulin levels low. Researchers speculate this may shrink fat cells. Your body absorbs and burns these more slowly for longer-lasting energy than the refined carbs in white bread and rice.

        Stealthy stomach slimmers

        While you're working out: On the elliptical or treadmill, keep your back straight, head forward and abs tight. Perfect posture will target your tummy as you sizzle calories.

        When you're in the car: Tighten and release abs repeatedly at red lights. It's the ab equivalent of Kegels: a little move that yields results almost without your noticing.

        When you're at your desk: Give belly pooch the pink slip with pilates breathing: Gently suck in your gut as if you were buttoning a tight pair of jeans. Then breathe without allowing your abs to relax. Do this for 30 seconds. Repeat five times, advises Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at Auburn University.

        When you're walking Fido: Brace against leash tugging and banish your belly: Keeping torso upright with shoulders back, engage abs for five strides relax them for five strides. Repeat until you're back at your front door, says Torri Shack, a trainer in Los Angeles. Check out your (bow) wow abs!

        When you're in bed: Count on compliments, not sheep, with this mattress move: Place palms right below belly button. Exhale and allow stomach to expand. Then inhale, pulling belly button toward spine, drawing abdomen toward the box spring. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat four times.

        Five Saboteurs of Sexy Stomachs:

        Don't make nice. These are your ab-versaries!:

        Booze: Feel free to raise a glass-but only one. Women who had one drink a day or less had a smaller belly than both teetotalers and occasional drinkers who had two or more alcoholic beverages in a sitting, a study in the Journal of Nutrition reports. We'll toast to that!

        Time in front of the TV: We love a DVR-athon, too, but people who tuned in for two or more hours daily had weaker back and ab muscles (by up to 10 percent) than those who viewed less than two hours, regardless of their overall activity level, researchers from the University of Oulu note. An hour of tube time is fine, especially if it motivates you to hit the gym. Worthy of watching: Smallville's Tom "Clark Kent" Welling and Justin "Green Arrow" Hartley, whose super fly abs sure make us want to breathe heavier.

        Stressing out:: Feeling frazzled and frantic? Increased levels of the hormone cortisol, a result of chronic worry, lead to excess stomach fat, research shows. To de-stress and weigh much less, learn to breathe. Slowly inhale through your nose, counting to four. Then exhale from your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat until refreshed.

        That darned bread basket!: Those fluffy white rolls? They're your flat-ab foe! When facing a bread basket, check its contents before digging in. If you see whole grains, go for it-in fact, feel free to enjoy 3 ounces a day. (One slice of whole-wheat bread or 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice are each 1 ounce.) Dieters who did so lost more stomach fat than those who merely cut calories and ate refined grains, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals.


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