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August 14, 2014 - 2:00pm

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...

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August 14, 2014 - 1:37pm

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:...

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July 23, 2014 - 1:06pm

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.

You can also try making a healthier option with one of our healthy veggie burger recipes.

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...

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July 11, 2014 - 10:17am

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...

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July 10, 2014 - 1:59pm

Summer vacation is here and it’s time to hit the road. Whether you're traveling long-distance or a regular on-the-go snacker, it's worth knowing about the growing variety at lots of quick stops.

Most gas stations, for example, now carry fresh fruit, cut-up veggies and hard-boiled eggs.

While those standards have been around for a while, we went looking for some of the tastier options you can find in a pinch. So even the tiniest convenience store can help you curb a craving healthfully.

Of course, the healthiest option, homemade take-along snacks, is best on a long trip.

Watch it! Some snacks sold in small bags deliver 2 or 3 servings per package. It's a good reminder to share with your road-trip buddies...

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