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Parents Magazine Names the Best Packaged Foods for Families

Posted by Joan Salge Blake  February 18, 2014 11:11 AM

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Source:  Parents Magazine
When you are a parent of young children, the one thing that is lacking in your life is, time.  You have some, but never enough of it.  It is mind boggling to me how adding such a little person to your life and schedule can cause such big demands on your time.

Parents Magazine understands this universal problem.   “We know our readers are time-pressed in the kitchen, yet they know that they SHOULD be cooking healthy dinners for their families.   But let’s face it, making dinners nightly and always having health snacks –that kids will actually eat – on hand can be a challenge for busy parents,” Karen Cicero, Contributing Food and Nutrition Editor at Parents Magazine.

With this mission in mind, Parents Magazine scoured the market for new products that could help time-impaired parents stock their kitchens with healthier fare.  Their nutrition criteria for their product selections included products with no artificial colors, no hydrogenated oils, ingredients with “names that you could actually pronounce,” and all around healthier foods choices within each category.  Most importantly, the foods were not only tested by the parents, but also by kids, so they are proven winners.

Here is a partial list of their approved new foods, by category, that are designed for health conscious busy families in mind:

Kitchen Staples:
Mrs. Dash Salt-Free, All Natural Taco Seasoning Mix
Ortega Fiesta Flats
Jif Whips Creamy Peanut Butter

Meals and Sides in Minutes:
Birds Eye Recipe Ready Grilling Blend
Dole Chopped Asian Blend Salad
Lisa’s Organics Sweet Peas in Parmesan Herb Broth

Better for the Family Desserts
Newtons Fruit Thins
Roba Dolce Ocean Spray Honey Fig Gelato
Keelber Simply Made Butter Cookies

Quick Snacks:
Amy’s Bean & Cheese Burrito Snacks
Wholly Salsa Avocado, Black Bean and Roasted Corn Dip.
The Laughing Cow Light White Cheddar Flavor

For a complete list of the 25 Best Packaged Foods, click here.

Be well, Joan

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Originally published on the blog Nutrition and You!.
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Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, is a clinical associate professor and registered dietitian at Boston University in the Nutrition Program. Joan is the author of Nutrition &You, 2nd Edition, More »

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