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10 Healthy eats for women

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Diet-friendly foods that taste good

A healthy diet doesn’t mean a boring, tasteless, treat-free diet that leaves you wanting to binge at the end of every day. A healthy diet is one that fuels your body while also nourishing your soul. Here are 10 healthy foods that are not only packed with nutrition, they also taste really good.

Health food for women

1Julie Anne's All Natural Granola

www.julieannes.com; starting at $6

A handful of granola swirled in Greek yogurt or scattered into a whole grain pancake batter makes for a nutritious and delicious breakfast that will keep you going throughout the morning. Julie Anne's All Natural Granola is a step above leading store-bought granolas because it's made from scratch with wholesome ingredients; it's available in five irresistible flavors, including maple blueberry, sweet citrus, and decadent raspberry truffle. Though an overload of any cereal isn't diet-friendly, you can feel good scooping up a handful of Julie Anne's healthy granola.

2Smart Cookie

www.originalsmartcookie.com; $6 per 12-ounce package

If you're going to eat sweets, be a smart cookie by nibbling on the Original Smart Cookie. Made from all-natural, organic and kosher ingredients, the Original Smart Cookie cleverly disguises vitamin-charged produce, including carrots, raspberries, parsnips and spinach, among others, to ensure a healthy snack with fruit and vegetables in each bite. Choose from chocolate chip, double chocolate, raspberry and peanut butter oats – in standard size and mini-bites. Each standard-size cookie is about 110 calories.

3Health Warrior All Natural Energy Bar

www.healthwarrior.com; $15 per box

At 100 calories and loaded with peanut butter and chocolate flavor, the Health Warrior's chia-rich energy bar is not only made with organic ingredients, it is packed with 1,000 milligrams of heart-healthy omega-3s. Made with chia seeds, oats, peanut butter, cocoa and brown rice crisps, this wholesome nutrition bar is sugar-free, sweetened only with brown rice syrup and agave syrup. Keep a few in your gym bag or within easy reach at work for when a snack attack arises.

4Sambazon Organic Protein Superfood Smoothie

www.sambazon.com; $3 per 10-ounce bottle

A favorite of Soul Surfer's Bethany Hamilton, Sambazon's new line of functional beverages are rich in flavor, acai-derived antioxidants and heart-healthy omegas. The superfood smoothies deliver a little more than 200 calories and 10 grams of organic vegan protein (from hemp and soymilk), with no added chemicals or isolates, to help naturally build lean muscle and promote optimal metabolism. Meanwhile, the complex carbohydrates can fuel and refuel your muscles during and after a workout. The smoothies come in two flavors: acai berry plus chocolate and acai berry plus vanilla.

5Bolthouse Farms Creamy Yogurt Dressings

www.bolthouse.com; $4

Celebrate the spring and summer – salad season – with dressings that taste good and are good for you. Sure, you can spritz a little citrus and olive oil over your greens, but when you've got a craving for creamy salad dressings, go for Bolthouse Farms creamy yogurt dressings, made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise, and lower in fat and calories than other creamy counterparts. Best yet, these tasty dressings are free of MSG, preservatives, trans-fats, high fructose corn syrup, added sugar and other additives. Choose from seven flavors, including creamy Italian, chunky blue cheese, honey mustard, and coleslaw.

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