The FITNESS 2010 Healthy Food Awards
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The FITNESS 2010 Healthy Food Awards

Like most Americans, you probably spend more than 50 hours a year grocery shopping but little of that time paying attention to labels. No worries. We did the work for you, consulting a panel of top nutritionists for what's best in terms of calories, fat, fiber, sodium, and more. Then we tested and tasted our way through hundreds of foods and drinks (tough job, we know!). Here, dig in to the 55 healthiest and most delicious picks on store shelves.

The Healthiest Foods in Your Grocery Store

Use this guide to find the tastiest, healthiest packaged foods in your grocery store. Get the handy printable shopping list on the next page!

How We Picked the Winners

We asked more than 100 companies to submit their healthiest products -- foods and beverages that are high in protein and fiber and low in fat, saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. Once the packaged goods arrived at our offices, three top nutritionists -- Anar Allidina, RD, a nutritionist in private practice in New York City; Keri Gans, RD, New York spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association; and Marissa Lippert, RD, author of The Cheater's Diet -- spent hours analyzing the nutrition facts and ingredients label on each to help us determine which deserved a place in our taste tests. Those finalists were then sampled and voted on by dozens of staffers throughout our company.

The Healthy Food Awards Shopping List

The Best Frozen Foods

  1. AppleBerry VitaMuffins
  2. Van's Lite Waffles
  3. Cedarlane Garden Vegetable Enchiladas
  4. Amy's Teriyaki Wrap
  5. Organic Bistro Wild Salmon
  6. Alexia Sweet Potato Julienne Fries
  7. Palermo's Primo Thin Margherita Pizza
  8. Pacific Natural Foods Fire-Baked Thin Crust Uncured Pepperoni Pizza

The Best Frozen Desserts

  1. Healthy Choice Premium Fudge Bars
  2. Haagen-Dazs Mango All Natural Fat Free Sorbet
  3. Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Chocolate Snack Size Cups
  4. Haagen-Dazs Vanilla All Natural Low Fat Frozen Yogurt
  5. Del Monte Fruit Chillers Freeze & Eat Tubes Strawberry Snow Storm

The Best Foods for the Pantry

  1. Kashi GoLean Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble
  2. Bear Naked 100% Pure & Natural Maple Pecan Granola
  3. Special K Low Fat Granola
  4. Better Oats Mom's Best Naturals Apples & Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal
  5. Pepperidge Farm Whole Gran Double Fiber Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  6. Oroweat/Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins
  7. Utz Extra Dark Specials Pretzels
  8. Holly's Oatmeal Goji Berry
  9. Kashi Heart to Heart Original Whole Grain Crackers
  10. Pop Secret 94% Fat Free Butter Popcorn

The Best Foods for the Fridge

  1. Chobani Greek Yogurt 2% Pineapple
  2. Fage Total 2% Strawberry Greek Yogurt
  3. Organic Valley Lowfat Cottage Cheese
  4. Voskos Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt
  5. All Natural Brown Cow Low Fat Vanilla Bean Yogurt
  6. Organic Valley Chocolate Lowfat Milk
  7. Cedar's Naturally Delicious Roasted Garlic & Artichoke Salsa
  8. Tribe Hummus Forty Spices
  9. Wholly Guacamole Pico de Gallo Style

The Best Snacks

  1. 365 Everyday Value Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix
  2. Michael Season's Baked Cheddar Cheese Curls
  3. Food Should Taste Good Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips
  4. Dove Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Singles Bar
  5. Nestle Cherry Raisinets
  6. York Pieces Candies
  7. Pepperidge Farm Gingerman Homestyle Cookies
  8. Sun-Maid Mixed Fruit
  9. Luna White Chocolate Macadamia bar
  10. Chocolove 70% Strong Dark
  11. Late July Organic Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
  12. Nature's Path Organic Mmmaple Pecan Granola Bars
  13. Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds 100 Calorie Pack
  14. Cape Cod 40% Reduced Fat Potato Chips
  15. Athenos Whole Wheat Pita Chips

The Best Drinks

  1. Northland Superfruits Raspberry Pomegranate Goji
  2. R.W. Knudsen Family Orange Recharge
  3. Ito En Teas' Tea Green Jasmine
  4. Izze Esque Sparkling Black Raspberry
  5. Naked Juice Tropical Smoothie with Coconut Water
  6. Zero Calories Tazo Passion
  7. R.W. Knudsen Family Organic Lemon Sparkling Essence
  8. Activate Workout Pink Grapefruit

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2010.