We all know that whole foods should form the basis of our diet, but there are also a host of healthy products that can make balanced eating easier. Here’s a list of my favorite wholesome products:
- Ezekiel Bread (Made from wheat, barley, lentils, soybeans, spelt, and millet, this fibrous and hearty bread is an excellent replacement for traditional white bread. Available at almost every grocery store, Ezekiel bread is only 80 calories per slice. It’s also a great option for diabetics, as it has a lower glycemic index than traditional breads. This company also makes a host of other products, including buns, English muffins, cereals, waffles, and tortillas. This is one of the primary products I recommend to clients).
- Smari Organic Icelandic Yogurt (I love yogurt! Greek yogurt is good, but many brands are high in sugar. Icelandic yogurt, traditionally known as skyrr, is low in sugar and high in protein. One, 5 oz. container of Smari contains 13-17 grams of protein!)
- Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt (On that note, Siggi’s is another brand of skyrr I purchase often. One, 5.3 ounce container only contains 9-13 grams of sugar (a fraction of a typical yogurt), 14 grams of protein, and less than 140 calories).
- Lara Bars (Sometimes we all need to grab a snack on the run. These tasty bars are made from wholesome ingredients and sweetened with dates. For example, my favorite flavor, Apple Pie, is made with dates, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon. That’s it! Lara has expanded their brand to include many different varieties of snack bar, including the Alt bar, made with pea protein. I highly recommend the Lemon Pound Cake Alt bar).
- Opa Greek Yogurt Dressing (I love a big salad, but I must admit I’m not a fan of vinaigrettes. I like a good, creamy dressing, and yogurt-based dressings have saved me many calories over the years! By using yogurt, these dressings are half the calories of typical dressing, but still creamy and flavorful. There are many brands that make yogurt-based dressings, but Opa is my favorite. You can find them in the refrigerated produce section. P.S. This brand also makes yogurt-based dips!).
- Blue Diamond Almonds: Bold Flavors (Nuts are an excellent source of protein and healthy fat, plus they’re a great on-the-go snack. However, they can get a little boring, and sometimes I just crave a little extra flavor. Bold-flavored Blue Diamond almonds it the spot. My favorite flavor is the jalapeno smokehouse!).
- Market Pantry Mozzarella String Cheese (String cheese is another simple, on-the-go snack option. At only 90 calories per piece, Target’s string cheese is the best I’ve ever had (and I’m from Wisconsin!)).
- Halo Top Creamery Ice Cream (I must admit, one of the greatest joys in life is eating an entire pint of ice cream. Halo Top ice cream only contains 240-280 calories PER PINT! Most importantly, this ice cream is all-natural and does not contain any artificial sweeteners).
- Alpen Original Muesli (I discovered this cereal on a recent trip to England and was delighted to find it at my local Food Lion. It’s super-filling, all-natural, and fibrous!)
- Kind Bars (Another favorite snack, Kind bars taste sweet but are incredibly low in sugar (averaging only 4-5 grams per bar). They’re also made with wholesome ingredients, such as nuts and dried fruit).
- Blue Diamond Nut Thins (These crackers, made from nuts and rice, are more wholesome and lower in calories than traditional crackers. One serving of 16 crackers is only 130 calories! Most importantly, they taste good!).
- Pro Bar Core Protein Bars (I have to admit, I love these bars as an easy breakfast option. I’m not a morning person and they’re easy to grab on-the-go, plus the balance of protein and carbohydrate makes me feel prepared for the day ahead. My favorite flavors are peanut butter and mint chocolate).
I hope you enjoyed my list of favorites. I’m sure I’ve forgotten something! Do you have any favorite healthy products? Leave me a comment! I’m always looking to try something new. 🙂