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February 6, 2014

25 Best Packaged Foods of 2014

Like many of you, I try to feed my kids as healthy as possible most of the time.   Our lives are extremely busy year-round and it's nice to see a list of packaged foods to choose from that are family-friendly items that contain reasonable levels of fat and sodium and contain no artificial colors or flavors.  



After scouring the supermarkets for new products,  Parents magazine revealed its picks for the “25 Best Packaged Foods of 2014.”  Here are their picks, divided by categories....


KITCHEN STAPLES
Mrs. Dash Salt-Free, All Natural Taco Seasoning Mix 
Ortega Fiesta Flats
Smucker’s Natural Concord Grape Fruit Spread
Marzetti Simply Dressed & Light Balsamic Vinaigrette 
Jif Whips Creamy Peanut Butter 

MEALS & SIDES IN MINUTES
Birds Eye Recipe Ready Grilling Blend
Dole Chopped Asian Blend Salad
Lisa’s Organics Sweet Peas in Parmesan Herb Broth 
Ore-Idea Simply Olive Oil & Sea Salt Homestyle Wedges
Earth’s Best Organic Mini Pancakes (Homestyle flavor) 
Tyson Fun Nuggets
Applegate Naturals Uncured Reduced-Sodium Sunday Bacon 

BETTER-FOR-THE-FAMILY DESSERTS
Roba Dolce Ocean Spray Honey Fig Gelato 
Newtons Fruit Thins (Cherry Vanilla) 
Ruby’s Rockets (Rock-It Red flavor)
Keebler Simply Made Butter Cookies

QUICK SNACKS
Amy’s Bean & Cheese Burrito Snacks
Dannon Oikos Yogurt Dips (Cucumber Dill)
Pearls Olives to Go!
Simply Balanced Sweet Corn Freeze-Dried Vegetables
Wholly Salsa Avocado, Black Bean & Roasted Corn Dip
Chobani Champions Flyin’ Dragon Fruit Yogurt Tubes 
Cascadian Farm Crunchy Oats & Honey Granola Bars 
Rudi’s Organic Bakery Multigrain Organic Soft Pretzels
The Laughing Cow Light White Cheddar Flavor 

For a full list with photos, go to:   www.parents.com/packaged-foods and the list also appears in the March 2014 issue of Parents Magazine.

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