Looking to start the new year off with a healthy diet – or be ahead of the game and start eating healthier before it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions? Stock up on the following 25 healthy, women-friendly food products and get your fill of probiotics, omega-3s, fiber, lean protein, antioxidants, superfoods and good for you flavor.
1. Chobani Greek Yogurt
With 14 grams of protein, probiotics and 20 percent of your daily value (DV) of calcium, Chobani’s entire line of nonfat yogurt with fruit on the bottom is the perfect breakfast food or afternoon snack.
2. Guayaki Yerba Mate Pure Endurance Citrus Stamina Blend
A refreshing way to boost your energy, Guayaki’s new bottled yerba mate drink is super high in antioxidants and infused with ginseng, acerola and tangerine. A healthier alternative to coffee.
3. Nature’s Plus Organic Hemp Plus Hot Oatmeal
With 350 milligrams of omega-3s, five grams of protein and four grams of fiber, a steaming hot bowl of Hemp Plus is a healthy way to start your day.
4. Theo Origin Dark Chocolate Bars
What’s a woman’s life without chocolate? Theo’s line of dark chocolate bars are rich in antioxidants, made with Fair Trade Certified cacao beans, are vegan-friendly and deliver the indulgent chocolate experience every woman wants when she’s needing a chocolate fix.
5. Arnold Select Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins
Whole grains are hot — and with good reason. High in fiber and phytonutrients, whole grains are essential for a healthy balanced diet. Arnold Select’s Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins have 19 grams of whole grains, six grams of fiber, fiver grams of protein and only 100 calories each — perfect for light but satisfying brown bag lunches.
6. The Baker Organic Green Tea and Goji Berry Bread
Studded with two of the most sought after superfoods – green tea and goji berries – this satisfying bread is delish for toast in the morning or for artisan-style sandwiches. Sweetened with agave, each slice provides 17 grams of whole grains and three grams of fiber.
7. Nature’s Plus AgavePlus with Sunflower Seeds Granola
Sweetened with natural sweetener agave and studded with heart healthy sunflower seeds, this is a granola you can feel good about. Sprinkle it on yogurt or cottage cheese for a snack or fold it into softened vanilla ice cream for a good for you dessert.
8. Attune Probiotic Dark Chocolate Wellness Bar
Antioxidant-rich and providing five times more live active cultures than yogurt, Attune’s Wellness Bar delivers chocolate satisfaction and digestive and immune health.
9. Designer Whey Aria Women’s Vanilla Protein Powder
For quick wake-me-up breakfasts or a hunger controlling snack, Designer Whey’s Women’s Protein Powder provides a whopping 100 percent of the DV for folic acid, 14 grams of protein, 280 milligrams of bone-building calcium, and a mere three grams of carbohydrates at only 80 calories per serving.
10. Terra Chips Exotic Harvest Sea Salt Chips
If you have to have a salty crunchy snack, grab for Terra Chip’s new exotic harvest chips, made with carrots, blue potatoes and kabocha squash. Each tasty serving provides 25 percent of the DV for vitamin A and three grams of fiber – and, bonus, less fat and fewer calories than regular potato chips.
11. Gnu Flavor and Fiber Peanut Butter Bar
Few Americans reach the daily recommended 25 grams of fiber. Moist and chewy with a yummy nutty taste, Gnu’s bar makes it easy — and palatable — to meet your quota with 12 grams of fiber.
12. Kashi GoLean Strawberry Flax Waffles
Have a delicious and balanced breakfast with Kashi’s GoLean waffles featuring omega-3-rich flax seeds. Two whole grain waffles will give you six grams of fiber and eight grams of protein — ideal to get you started on the right foot in the morning.
13. Pacific Natural Foods Organic Light Sodium Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
With women looking for natural ways to avoid the monthly bloating, lower sodium foods are a hit. This creamy, light sodium soup is full of satisfying flavor and has a mere 90 calories per serving and provides a whopping 50 percent of the DV for vitamin A, not to mention the additional phytonutrients naturally found in butternut squash.
14. Brown Cow Low Fat Fruit and Grains Apple Cinnamon and Grains
All natural and low in fat, a serving of this multi-textured yogurt will give you a tasty dose of flax and sunflower seeds, a satisfying seven grams of protein, plus calcium and probiotics.
15. Kashi Roasted Veggie Thin Crust Pizza
Not all pizza is junk food. Kashi’s thin crust pizzas are made for women — the roasted veggie is chockfull of flavorful vegetables, four grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein. One entire pizza is about 750 calories — equivalent to two slices of regular pizza — and chances are you won’t eat the whole thing in one sitting.
16. SeaPak Artichoke Pesto Tilapia
Voted by Women’s Health as one of the “125 Best Packaged Foods for Women,” SeaPak’s Artichoke Pesto Tilapia is a serious — healthy — gourmet meal. Packing 26 grams of protein and an abundance of flavor, you will enjoy savoring every delectable bite.
17. Amy’s Organic Orange Cakes
When the need for a piece of cake arises, reach for Amy’s Organic Orange Cakes. Novel in flavor and only 180 calories per serving, you can satisfy your sweet tooth without having to spend an extra hour on the elliptical.
18. Athenos NeoClassic Orginal Hummus
On those busy nights when you don’t have time to whip up your own hummus, dip your baked pita chips into Athenos NeoClassic Original Hummus — a creamy flavorful dip made with heart-healthy chickpeas and olive oil.
19. Drew’s All Natural Poppy Seed Dressing
Free of dairy, soy, wheat, gluten and GMO ingredients, this is a salad dressing perfect for drizzling on roasted chicken, baked fish and, of course, crisp green salads. Try it on a fruit salad for a novel accompaniment to grilled meats.
20. Amy’s Indian Dal Curried Lentil Soup
Packing 11 grams of fiber, nine grams of protein and 20 percent of the DV for iron, a hearty bowl of Amy’s soup is ideal for a starter course to an Indian meal or as a light — but filling — supper.
21. Kashi Fiery Fiesta 7 Whole Grain Pilaf
Convenience and taste at its healthiest — Kashi’s Fiery Fiesta Pilaf delivers a quick to cook balanced meal in a pouch. Every one cup serving provides seven grams of fiber, eight grams of protein and 200 calories. Studded with roasted corn, tomatoes, red bell peppers, black beans and poblanos, this is a perfect pilaf, whether you enjoy it as a side or dine on it as a full meal.
22. Snacktrition Calcium and Fiber Fruit and Nut Mix
Snacking smart couldn’t be easier with this health-baked fruit and nut mix. A handful of cashews, almonds, dried blueberries and cranberries, and white chocolate chips — the go-to when you need a hunger-controlling snack to sustain your energy through the day — will give you 10 percent of your DV for vitamin E and calcium as well as three grams of fiber.
23. Eden Foods Organic Wild Rice
White rice is out, wild rice is in. Eden Foods Organic Wild Rice is a great source of complete protein and one serving provides 40 percent of the DV for manganese, a mineral essential for metabolism, and three grams of fiber.
24. Larabar Cherry Pie Bar
At 190 calories per bar, Larabar’s tart — but tantalizing — bar is chockfull of unsweetened cherries, known to have anti-inflammatory properties as well as aid in restful sleep, naturally sweet dates, and heart-healthy almonds. Keep a bar in your gym bag to nosh after a grueling workout or have one handy at work for a healthier alternative to the afternoon vending machine fare.
25. Applegate Farms Natural Chicken and Apple Sunday Sausage
Available in your grocer’s freezer aisle, this is a savory sausage for those lazy Sunday mornings when you have the time and desire to cook. Two links have only 90 calories and contain no casein, gluten or dairy. Made simply with ground chicken, chopped apples and a touch of cinnamon and honey, Applegate’s Sunday sausage will give you even more reason to look forward to Sunday morning breakfast or brunch.