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Popcorn and pretzels—these are two salty snacks people often reach for if they’re looking for lower-calorie options or just seeking out healthy snack ideas. And with thousands of snacks to choose from, it’s hard to know what snack food is the best pick. We put these two popular snacks head-to-head to find out: this or that? Is it popcorn or pretzels you should reach for in the snacks aisle?
The Winner: Popcorn! Popcorn triumphed over pretzels for a number of reasons, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell.
Whole Grain: First, popcorn is 100-percent whole grain. Most Americans don’t get enough whole grains, and they provide a healthy boost of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Most pretzels you’ll find at the store are made with refined...read full post »
Picking healthy snacks at the grocery store can feel pretty confusing. There are thousands of foods, many touted as beneficial or nutritional, to choose from. We put two popular high-protein snacks—cottage cheese and plain Greek yogurt—head-to-head in terms of nutrition to find out. Which is healthier: this or that?
Winner: Greek yogurt. But when it comes to high-protein snacks, it’s close to a draw!
Greek yogurt, with fewer calories and sodium, and more nutrition coming from calcium and probiotics, ultimately takes the win, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell.
Protein-Rich Snacks: They’re both rich in lean protein, with cottage cheese having slightly more. Nonfat cottage cheese has 24 g of protein per cup, while Greek yogurt comes in just under at 20 grams. Both the yogurt...read full post »
Trying to choose chips that are healthy can be a real challenge at the grocery store. Whether it’s corn tortilla chips or potato chips, there are dozens of chips to choose from.
We put two kinds of chips – potato and tortilla – head to head to find out, which is healthier: this or that?
Winner: It’s a draw.
Surprising as it was to many shoppers we surveyed, tortilla chips do not win here, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell.
In fact, neither variety of chip should be thought of as a health food. But when you stack them up against each other there are some small nutritional differences.
Both potato chips and tortilla chips come in endless variations that make other nutrition comparisons practically impossible.
Here’s what we can tell you:
Potato Chips:...read full post »
This vegetarian mainstay of the grilling season is certainly convenient. But are frozen veggie burgers as healthy as they seem? Most are low in calories and have at least 3 grams of fiber. Yet they’re not all so innocent. We recommend looking for veggie burgers with 400 mg of sodium or less and at least 5 grams of protein per patty.
Brands We Like: We sampled a variety of burgers and flavors to find ones that topped out on taste and health. Three of our favorites were: Sol Spicy Black Bean (vegan, gluten-free), Amy’s Bistro Veggie Burger (gluten-free) and Morningstar Farms...read full post »
It doesn’t really matter what you call them: wraps and flour tortillas are essentially one and the same—both made with flour, water, oil and salt. Regardless of how these bread-alternatives are labeled, here’s what you need to know before you shop.
Choose Whole-Wheat: Pick a wrap with whole-wheat flour listed as the first ingredient for a nutrient and fiber boost. Don’t be fooled by brightly colored spinach and tomato wraps—there’s no real vegetable bonus to speak of and they’re often colored with artificial dyes.
Two-for-One: Some wraps are so big that one wrap is actually two servings. If you’re counting calories, check the serving size so you know what you’re getting.
Ingredients to Avoid: Shortening, which is made with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, is still a main...read full post »