food, groceries, wellness

My Favorite Food Products

I’ve written a lot on grocery shopping tips, ways to save money, and overall hacks to live a better life. My life is centered around food…that is why I became a registered dietitian!

Throughout the years, I have learned so much about food, where it comes from, and what ingredients to be weary of when shopping. Did it become obsessive at one point? Maybe. Was it helpful in the long run? Absolutely.

Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite food products and why I choose them opposed to others.

  • Simply Chunky Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce (RAGU)

I LOVE this grocery store find–and it is one that I stock up on when it is on sale. Containing 100% Olive Oil, chunks of tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and celery, and NO added sugars! For 1 1/2 cup serving, there are 70 calories, 2.5 grams of fat (no saturated OR trans fat), and 2 grams of protein. *This item is higher in sodium content (Americans suggested to not exceed 2400 mg sodium daily). Why I love this product: Simple fact that there are NO added sugars and it is made with wholesome ingredients.

Ingredients: (Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Diced Tomatoes In Puree (Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Puree, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid), Onions, Carrots, Sweet Potato, Olive Oil, Celery, Green Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Salt, Spices, Garlic Powder)

Source:
https://www.ragu.com/our-sauces/ragu-simply/chunky-garden-vegetable

  • Ezekiel Bread

Really I like sprouted bread in general, but this bread is definitely my favorite brand because it contains wholesome ingredients and no added sugar. Would you believe this bread contains lentils…making this bread a little bit higher in protein than others. 1 slice contains 80 calories, 3 grams of fiber, no added sugar, and 4 grams of protein. There are many different types and variations of the brand, but this one is my favorite.

Ingredients: Organic Sprouted Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Lentils, Organic Sprouted Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Spelt, Fresh Yeast, Organic Wheat Gluten, Sea Salt.

Source:
https://www.foodforlife.com/product/breads/ezekiel-49-sprouted-whole-grain-bread

  • Dave’s Killer Bread

While I love Ezekiel bread, it can be a little costly. I probably buy Dave’s Killer Bread more frequently just because it is more within my budget range. The Thin-Sliced type is my favorite at 60-70 calories per slice, 3 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of sugar. This product does contain organic cane sugar, so my “bread guide” is for it to contain 2 grams or less of added sugar per serving. I typically store it in the refrigerator to prevent quick spoilage–generally lasts me up to two weeks.

Ingredients: Organic whole wheat (organic whole wheat flour, organic cracked whole wheat), water, Good Seed Mix (organic whole flax seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic ground whole flax seeds, organic un-hulled brown sesame seeds, organic un-hulled black sesame seeds), organic dried cane syrup (sugar), organic wheat gluten, organic oat fiber, organic steel cut oats, organic molasses, sea salt, yeast, organic cultured whole wheat, organic vinegar.

  • Riced/Spiralized Veggies

Cauliflower, broccoli, butternut squash, sweet potato, beets…the list goes on! My favorite brand is Green Giant, although many of them are similar. Key to look for is that it only contains the vegetable. Steer clear of the ones containing added sugars. I love using these in cooking from mixing with brown rice or using the butternut squash spirals for banza and cheese.

Source:
https://www.greengiant.com/products/detail/riced-veggies-broccoli/

 

  • Banza Pasta

Honestly, I am not a pasta lover in general…however, my husband is. And while there is nothing wrong with whole wheat pasta (as long as you aren’t allergic to gluten), I love the Banza chickpea pasta because it is literally made of just chickpea flour, tapioca, pea protein and xanthum gum. This pasta is higher in protein AND fiber than traditional whole wheat pasta, and it tastes just as good. Simply cook according to box directions and add your favorite sauce to it.

Source:
https://www.eatbanza.com/collections/store/products/banza-chickpea-penne
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Banza & Cheese as a side dish
  • Cauliflower Crust

While sure, it is best to make your own from scratch…it is so convenient to buy one at the store! There are many brands out there–I’ve tried several, but my favorite and most affordable is the CAULIPOWER brand–you get two crusts for the price of one. There are 3 grams of added sugar in the whole crust–that’s a win for me!

Ingredients: Cauliflower, Brown Rice Flour, Cornstarch, Water, Tapioca, Sunflower Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sugar, Egg, Xanthan Gum, Yeast, Salt, Vinegar, Baking Powder (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate). CONTAINS: Eggs

Source:
https://eatcaulipower.com/product/cauliflower-pizza-crust
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My Halloween pizza using CAULIPOWER pizza crust, plenty of veggies, and turkey pepperoni

 

  • Sparkling Water

Despite the whole “La Croix” scandal of the brand falsely advertising using “natural” flavors, I am still on the sparkling water bandwagon.  It is an unsweetened bubbly beverage I can enjoy without all the additives found in regular soda and juices. My favorite brands are Food Lion (shocker) and Deer Park because they have a more intense flavor, but I won’t turn down a La Croix or Bubbly brand! I really love them all.

Ingredients: carbonated water, “natural” flavor

Source:
www.lacroixwater.com

 

  • Halo Top

I don’t eat this on the regular and I typically only buy it when it is on sale, but it is my sweet treat a couple times a month. My favorite flavor is the Chocolate Mocha Chip containing 80 calories per 1/2 cup serving, 3 grams of fat, 6 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein. Stick with 1-2 servings–don’t let the tag line of “320 calories, 20 grams or protein” fool you…while it is less calories than traditional ice cream, it is not good moderation practice to eat the whole pint of ice cream.

Ingredients: skim milk, eggs, erythritol, cream, organic cane sugar, milk protein concentrate, high fat cocoa, vegetable glycerin, prebiotic fiber, white chocolate chips (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, lactose, whey powder, natural flavor), natural flavor, caramel color, sea salt, organic carob gum, organic guar gum, organic stevia leaf extract.

Source:
https://halotop.com/flavors/

There you have it! A list of some of my favorite products and why I love them! What are some of your favorite food products?

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

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