2012 Healthy Food Award Winners - Dinner

Sara Suchy Aug 30th, 2012 (updated Nov 6th, 2014)
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What's for dinner?
What's for dinner?

Pizza...whole grain penne...gourmet quinoa.  Here are the Healthy Food Awards winners in the dinner category.

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Amy's Light and Lean Italian Vegetable Pizza
Amy's Light and Lean Italian Vegetable Pizza

If you feel you must have pizza, here’s a healthy choice.  It’s only 280 calories and six grams of fat, and it’s loaded with goodies, such as spinach, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and organic tomatoes.

Calories per serving (1 package): 280

Fat: 6 g./2 g. saturated fat
Sodium: 560 mgs.
Fiber: 4 g.
Sugar: 6 g.
Protein: 13 g.
Carbs: 36 g.

Price per package: $4.29 

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Gorton's Signature Grilled Tilapia
Gorton's Signature Grilled Tilapia

Fish is an excellent and under-utilized source of nutrients. This light, tasty tilapia is not only easy to prepare, but also packed with 15 grams of protein.  It’s only 80 calories per fillet and 140 grams of sodium, low for a packaged food.  

Calories per serving (1 fillet): 80
Fat: 2 g.
Sodium: 140 mgs.
Fiber: 0 g.
Sugar: 0 g.
Protein: 15 g.
Carbs: 2 g.

Price per package (2 fillets): $3.49 to $3.99 

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Barilla Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce
Barilla Whole Grain Mezze Penne with Tomato & Basil Sauce

This delicious pasta takes only 60 seconds to prepare and is loaded with fiber (six grams) and protein (11 grams). Plus, it’s just 320 calories per serving, although it is a bit high in sodium at 690 grams.

Calories per serving (1 container): 320
Fat: 4/5 g./1 g. saturated fat
Sodium: 690 mgs.
Fiber: 6 g.
Sugar: 8 g.
Protein: 11 g.
Carbs: 59 g.

Price per container: $3.29 

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Pereg Gourmet Quinoa with Spinach
Pereg Gourmet Quinoa with Spinach

Quinoa is a fantastic way to pack protein and fiber into a meal and it doesn’t have to be boring. Onions, carrots and currants liven up this dish. Only 150 calories, each serving provides four grams of protein, five grams of fiber and 120 percent of your daily vitamin A.

Calories per serving (43 grams): 150
Fat: 2 g.
Sodium: 190 mgs.
Fiber: 5 g.
Sugar: 9 g.
Protein: 4 g.
Carbs: 29 g.

Price per package: $3.99 

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Hormel Natural Choice Apple Gouda Chicken Sausage
Hormel Natural Choice Apple Gouda Chicken Sausage

Each link contains 170 calories and nine grams of fat (3.5 are saturated). But with added brown sugar and dried apples, each link also has seven grams of sugar.

Calories per serving (approximately 1 link): 170 

Fat: 9 g./3.5 g. saturated fat 
Sodium: 580 mgs.
Fiber: 0 g.
Sugar: 7 g.
Protein: 14 g.
Carbs: 7 g.

Price per package (4 links): $4.99