Healthy Food Awards 2012: Organic Grocery Buys
Nature's Path Organic Pumpkin Flax Granola
(260 calories, 10 g fat per 3/4 cup)
Pumpkin and flax seeds deliver 450 mg of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids per serving. Forget milk: Our panel wanted to munch it by the handful. Fine by us!
Stonyfield Organic Low Fat Strawberry
(120 calories, 2 g fat per 6 oz)
This culture competition was all about keeping it real. Stonyfield took the prize because it tasted the most natural. "I didn't get any fake sweet sensation," a panelist said. Indeed, the organic pick has no artificial sweeteners.
Trader Joe's Organic Plain Lowfat
(120 calories, 2 g fat per cup)
When eyeing yogurt labels, look for two things: low sugar content (no more than 12 g per 3/4 cup) and ample calcium (at least 30 percent of your daily needs). This one delivers -- with 10.5 g sugar and 30 percent of your calcium per 3/4 cup.
Better Oats Organic Raw Pure & Simple Bare
(160 calories, 3 g fat per packet)
Nothing fancy -- or sugary -- here, but with a "rich flavor" and 40 g of whole grains, who needs fuss?
Nature's Path Organic Hemp Plus Frozen Waffles
(200 calories, 8 g fat per 2 waffles)
Hippie-chic food? Hemp seeds in this a.m. fave contribute protein, a nutty flavor and a slight crunch that testers couldn't get enough of. "Thick and fluffy," one reader said.
Frozen Meal With Seafood
Organic Bistro Wild Salmon
(380 calories, 13 g fat per meal)
It comes in a box, but this meal sounds -- and tastes -- as if it belongs on a swanky restaurant menu: Alaskan salmon, organic broccoli and brown rice with cranberries. Frozen, fancified!
Trader Joe's Organic Spaghetti Sauce With Mushrooms
(45 calories, 0 g fat per 1/2 cup)
Like salad dressing, tomato sauce can be a surprising source of added sugar. Look for a brand that has fewer than 8 g sugar per serving. This "sweet and fresh" sauce has only 4 g.
Trader Joe's Organic Whole Wheat Penne
(210 calories, 1.5 g fat per 3/4 cup)
Noodle-tasting night was a carb lover's paradise, but this penne emerged as the clear favorite. "It was soft and tasted healthy but good," a pasta partisan said.
Canned Soup With Veggies
Amy's Organic Light in Sodium Minestrone Soup
(90 calories, 1.5 g fat per cup)
Soup doesn't need meat to be hearty and satisfying. "This feels like a meal," a taster said. "The broth is jazzed up with spices, and there are plenty of vegetables and noodles."
Stop & Shop Nature's Promise Organic Unsweetened Applesauce
(60 calories, 0 g fat per 2/3 cup)
When it comes to applesauce, the ingredient list should be short. Look for a variety that's made with only fruit, water and ascorbic acid (aka vitamin C) -- like this natural-tasting one.