Natural Health Magazine’s Good Food Awards Tap 40 Grocery Store Picks

naturalhealth_march2011.jpgWouldn’t it be great if we could have organic meats, garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, and straight-from-the-spring water at each meal every day? With our busy, fast, unpredictable lives though, that’s unfortunately not the case. Sometimes–just sometimes–we have to trust and rely on food manufacturers, and eat from a box.

Luckily, Natural Health magazine has released their annual “Good Food Awards” in the March issue. They did all of the legwork and taste-testing for us, choosing the best that grocery stores have to offer when it comes to packaged and convenient foods that are still good for us and for the environment.

To mark the magazine’s 40th anniversary, this year’s list includes 40 of their favorites to add to our shopping lists. I won’t give them all away, but here’s a sampling:

Pantry Must-Haves:

  • Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats. One serving takes care of 20 percent of our recommended daily fiber intake.
  • Pacific Natural Foods Organic Creamy Butternut Squash Soup. With only 2 grams of fat per serving, this soup is packaged in cartons that are BPA-free and made with paper from sustainable forests.

Fridge Fillers:

  • Organic Valley Lowfat Berry Pourable Yogurt. This organic and calcium-rich drinkable yogurt can help boost immunity and digestive health.
  • O.N.E. Coconut Water. Much better for us than soda, plus it has more potassium than a single banana.

Frozen Favorites:

  • Amy’s Light & Lean Spinach Lasagna. Sometimes, we just have to hit the microwave and run for lunch. Eleven grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber will keep us fueled for the rest of the afternoon.
  • Häagen-Dazs Five Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Five simple and whole ingredients, that’s all. Plus, the company is working to save disappearing honeybees.

So, there you have it! Your next grocery shopping list is half-complete, healthy and easy, thanks to Natural Health magazine.

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About Summer Huggins

Summer Huggins is an amateur photographer, dog-lover, cupcake-eater and shoe-shopper in Austin, Texas. She loves to travel, cook and take in a good movie, and she volunteers with a local pet-rescue organization as a photographer and dog-walker.