2012 Healthy Food Award Winners - Breakfast

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Nothing like starting the day off right. To help you do that in a healthy way, a team of writers, editors and volunteer taste-testers at our sister publication, Remedy’s Healthy Living, sampled more than 100 new packaged foods. A panel of registered dieticians then evaluated the contents of each and weighed in. Here are the top choices.

Van's Power Grains Totally Natural

These waffles are not only all-natural, but they're also delicious, with a subtle cinnamon flavor.  Plus they offer 10 grams of protein per 180-calorie, two-waffle serving, which should keep you feeling full until lunch.

Calories per serving: 180
Fat: 5 g.
Sodium: 320 mgs.
Fiber: 2 g.
Sugar: 6 g.
Carbs: 26 g.
Protein: 10 g.

Price: $3.99 per package of 6

Cedarlane Natural Foods Broccoli & Cheddar Egg White Frittata

Yes, healthy food can taste a little decadent. Cedarlane Natural Foods has created a broccoli and cheddar, egg-white frittata, flavored with Dijon mustard and loaded with 13 grams of protein and five grams of fiber.  It does contain four grams of saturated fat, but only 180 calories.

Calories per serving: 180
Fat: 7 grams/4 g. saturated fat
Sodium: 300 mgs.
Fiber: 5 g.
Sugar: 4 g.
Carbs: 18 g.
Protein: 13 g.

Price: $3.99 to $4.29 per package

Three Sisters Naked Wheat

If you prefer a cold cereal breakfast, do we have a recommendation for you! Low in salt, sugar (none, actually) and fat (only one gram), Three Sisters Naked Wheat is a terrific source of whole grains and fiber. And its crunchy texture was a big hit with our tasters.

Calories per serving: 200
Fat: 1 g.
Sodium: 10 mgs.
Fiber: 7 g.
Sugar: 0 g.
Carbs: 44 g.
Protein: 6 g.

Price: $3.49 to $4.99

Quaker Real Medleys Summer Berry Oatmeal

In the mood for a hearty bowl of oatmeal in the morning? Quaker’s new Summer Berry Oatmeal is full of fresh-tasting fruit and is packed with fiber, protein and whole grains. As a bonus, you can make the oatmeal right in the package.

Calories per serving: 250
Fat: 3 g.
Sodium: 250 mgs.
Fiber: 7 g.
Sugar: 14 g.
Carbs: 51 g.
Protein: 8 g.

Price: $1.79 per container

Dannon Activia Harvest Picks Cherry

Dannon’s Activia cherry yogurt contains less added sugar—15 grams--than many yogurts and only 120 calories per serving. While it has 2.5 grams of saturated fat, it also has four grams of protein. And the fruit is quite tasty.

Calories per serving: 120
Fat: 3.5 g./ 2.5 saturated fat
Sodium: 70 mgs.
Sugar: 15 g.
Carbs: 17 g. 
Protein: 4 g.

Price: $2.79 per 4-pack

Nature's Path Love Crunch Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake for breakfast? This granola tastes like it. It’s also low in sodium and provides two grams of fiber and protein with each serving. But at 130 calories per quarter cup, be sure to go easy.

Calories per serving: 130 - (watch the serving size on this, only 1/4 of a cup!)
Fat: 4 g./ 1 g. saturated fat
Sodium: 45 mgs.
Fiber: 2 g.
Sugar: 8 g.
Carbs: 23 g.

Price: $4.99 per pack