The Best Packaged Foods for Women

Prepackaged foods aren’t typically a go-to for fresh, healthy eating, but when time’s not on your side, they can be a Godsend. I’m a sucker for a new products and testing out quick fix meals that don’t even have enough steps to be considered “recipes.”  When I ran across this article on Women’s Health, I knew I had to give a few new products a try.  It lists the best options for women when it comes to sweets & treats, breads & cereals, condiments, pasta & rice, snacks, crackers & chips, frozen meals, drinks, fruits & veggies, soups, dairy, meats & seafood.

Disclaimer: Processed foods should be consumed MINIMALLY for a healthy diet, but they won’t kill you in moderation. If you are eating packaged food, do your research, read and analyze the ingredients, know your serving size and make smart choices. Many are not gluten-free or vegan friendly, so know what to look out for on the label. Also, don’t be tempted by labels promising “low-fat” or “sugar free,” there are generally tons of horrible additives that actually make the product worse for you than the full-fat and sugar versions.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Trader Joes Reduced Carb Whole Wheat Tortillas

//Photo: Taking Half Off//

Great for wraps or veggie scrambles– perfect for throw and go meals. For a gluten free option, pick organic corn tortillas or Sonoma Teff Wraps.

Trader Joe’s Gummy Bears

//Photo: The Skinny Confidential//

They’re made with real fruit and contain vegetable extracts instead or preservatives– Pop in the freezer for a chewy exterior.

Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins

//Photo: Trader Joe’s//

Current favorite cereal– add 1/2 a sliced banana and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Trader Joe’s Raisin Rosemary Crisps

//Photo: Trafer Joe’s//

Latest addiction– pairs great with brie cheese and is lower in calories than reduced fat Wheat Thins. {12 for 90 calories}

Skinny tip: Never go to the grocery store hungry! I think the reasons are obvious… though I’ve been known to fall victim to it a time or two.

Test out a few of the recommendations from the grocery guide and if you have others, I’d love to hear!

❤ Jamie

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