2012 Healthy Food Award Winners - Lunch

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You didn’t think we’d stop at breakfast, did you? The team at our sister publication, Remedy’s Healthy Living, also analyzed and taste-tested new packaged foods that will keep you on the right eating track through lunch.

Eat Well Enjoy Life Sweet & Spicy Black Bean Hummus

With a tantalizing topping of spicy roasted-corn relish, this black bean hummus has a nice kick and is full of healthy fats. It has only 40 calories in two tablespoons, which is only half the calories of typical chickpea hummus.

Calories per serving: 40

Fat: 1.5 g.
Sodium: 150 mgs.
Fiber: 2 g.
Sugar: 1 g.
Protein: 2 g.
Carbs: 6 g.

Price: $3.99 to $4.99 per container

Earthbound Farm Organic Power Greens

You can’t go wrong with salad and Earthbound Farm mixes together a great combination of baby kale, chard and spinach that offers low-calorie way to load up on antioxidants (only 20 calories in a 3-ounce serving).  Plus, it offers two grams of protein and fiber per serving.

Calories per 2 cup serving: 20
Fat: 0 g.
Sodium: 130 mgs.
Fiber: 2 g.
Sugar: 0 g.
Protein: 2 g.
Carbs: 3 g.

Price per pack: $4.99

La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Soft Wrap Minis, White Whole Wheat

Looking for a wrap for your hummus and power greens?  These mini-wraps are only 50 calories each and are considerably lower in sodium than typical tortillas.  They’re also well-packed with fiber—six grams each.

Calories per serving (1 wrap): 50
Fat: 1.5 g.
Sodium: 160 mgs.
Fiber: 6 g.
Sugar: 0 g.
Protein: 4 g.
Carbs: 9 g.

Price per 8-pack: $2.99

The Original Brat Hans Organic Chicken Breast Strips

With only 290 mg of sodium per three-ounce serving, these have less sodium than most pre-cooked chicken strips.  They provide 24 grams of protein at only 100 calories per portion, making them a healthy addition to a salad, sandwich or stir-fry.

Calories per 3 ounce serving: 100
Fat: 1 g.
Sodium: 290 mgs.
Fiber: 0 g.
Sugar: 0 g.
Protein: 24 g.
Carbs: 0 g.

Price per 8 ounce package: $7.99

Chobani 2% Passion Fruit Greek Yogurt

This creamy, tart yogurt is full of tummy-friendly probiotics and protein (14 grams in a six-ounce serving). It also covers 15 percent of your daily calcium needs.

Calories per cup: 160

Fat: 3 g./2 g. saturated fat
Sodium: 100 mgs.
Fiber: 0 g.
Sugar: 19 g.
Protein: 14 g.
Carbs: 21 g.

Price per container: $1.29

Just Great Stuff Organic Powdered Peanut Butter

Peanut butter as powder?  May not sound appetizing, but this natural peanut butter, in powder form that rehydrates quickly in water, is tasty, not to mention an excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.  Bonus: only 45 calories per two-tablespoon serving.

Calories per 2 tablespoon serving: 45 
Fat: 1.5 g.
Sodium: 90 mgs.
Fiber: 1 g.
Sugar: 2 g.
Carbs: 5 g.

Price per jar: $9.49

Kashi Steam Meals Sesame Chicken

What shines here is the pilaf—a combo of whole oats, brown rice, rye, red wheat that create a savory complement to the chicken.  The meal offers eight grams of fiber and 17 grams of protein, but, like many frozen foods, is pretty high in sodium (630 mg).

Calories per package: 300

Fat: 9 g./2 g. saturated fat
Sodium: 630 mgs.
Fiber: 8 g.
Sugar: 8 g.
Protein: 17 g.
Carbs: 42 g.

Price per package: $3.99