Roughly 21,435 new food products were introduced in grocery stores last year, according to the USDA Economic Research Service. And with so many new choices to choose from when you step foot in a supermarket, it can feel overwhelming when it comes time to choose the best brands for your health.
So instead of wandering aimlessly through overwhelming aisle after aisle, let Eat This, Not That! do the heavy lifting for you. We’ve scoured the stores looking for the best of the best in healthy foods to come up with these top picks.
Eat healthier with our picks for the best packaged groceries that came to supermarkets near you in 2017. To continue watching out for your body’s best interests while you eat out, know when to say “no” to these 100 Unhealthiest Foods of 2017.
Skinny Dipped Almonds Dark Chocolate Espresso
This snack is listed as number one for a reason. This is seriously one of the best-tasting snacks we’ve ever gotten at Eat This! and it just so happens that it’s healthy as well. The roasted, toasted notes of espresso pair perfectly with the light dusting of rich, dark chocolate. These are like no chocolate-covered almond you’ve ever had before. (In taste, for starters, but also because they’re higher in fiber and protein and lower in sugar than its competitors.) You seriously need these in your life.
Every single ingredient listed on the back of this box can be found in your kitchen pantry. If you’re looking for a filling frozen meal that’s low in calories, look no further than Grainful’s line of steel-cut oat entrees. It was hard to pick our favorite (they also come in delicious flavors like Ranchero Chicken and vegetarian Chana Masala), but the Andouille sausage and bold flavors in this Jambalaya really sold us.
Wholly Guacamole SIMPLY AVOCADO Sea Salt
You’ll never have to worry that your avocado is too ripe or too brown again. Wholly Avocado (makers of Wholly Guacamole) introduced this stunningly simply spread—it’s made with just hand-scooped Hass avocados and sea salt—to stores so you can whip up avocado toast for the whole family in seconds. Look out for our favorite flavor, Jalapeno Lime, coming out in 2018.
Modern Table Meals Creamy Garlic & Herb Lentil Pasta Meal Kit
Want to know how to Eat Pasta Without Getting Fat? Swap your highly-refined wheat pasta for a better noodle. Modern Table Meals has developed a lentil-based pasta that tastes eerily similar to the real deal. Even if you aren’t following a gluten-free diet, you’ll want to pick up this meal kit because it’s significantly higher in protein and fiber compared to your classic pasta. It’s seriously filling and absolutely delicious.
You can also purchase Modern Table’s Lentil Rotini Pasta in an 8-ounce box for only $3.29 if you’d like to add your own sauce.
Chobani Smooth, Low-Fat Classic Yogurt
This year, Chobani finally strayed from its Greek yogurt roots and healthified the “regular” yogurt category that has been populated by brands like Yoplait and Dannon for years. Chobani Smooth has 25 percent less sugar and twice the protein compared to other traditional yogurts on the market, and it tastes exactly like your childhood.
Purely Elizabeth Maple + Almond Butter Granola
Sure, granola has found itself on our list of healthy foods that surprisingly aren’t, but Purely Elizabeth fixes our main gripes: they increase the fat, fiber, and protein counts while keeping sugar to a bare minimum.
Caulipower Pizza Crust
Developed by a mother of two boys who both have Celiac, Caulipower Pizza Crust is the answer to your gluten-free pizza prayers. This blank canvas is the perfect starting point for pizza nights and serves to remind you to fill up your plate with more veggies and fewer empty carbs.
KIND Fruit Bites Mango Pineapple Apple
One major thing that was missing from a lot of fruit snacks on the market was that signature crunch you get from chomping into a real piece of fruit. KIND’s new Fruit Bites solves that problem with these dehydrated, crunchy, chewy bites that will satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way.
Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein Milk, Unsweetened
There was always one glaring issue with plant-based milks in comparison to dairy milks: they were often lacking in the protein and calcium department. That all changed when Bolthouse Farms introduced their line of Non-Dairy Plant Protein Milk with 10 grams of plant protein from peas and 50 percent more calcium than dairy milk.
Contrary to classic sparkling waters and seltzers, Spindrift is the only company to flavor their water with real fruit. In this case, it’s from strawberry puree and fresh lime juice. It’s only 9 calories and it’s delightfully refreshing.
Alter Eco Dark Super Blackout
Just four ingredients make up this chocolate-lover’s dream: cacao beans, cocoa butter, raw cane sugar, and vanilla beans. Alter Eco finally discovered the recipe for making dark chocolate edible—and absurdly craveable.
Hope Foods Black Garlic Hummus
Consider black garlic to be a funkier, fermented version of roasted garlic. It lends a light garlicy taste that’s a bit sweet and very rich. We love Hope’s hummus line for being all organic and made with only organic extra virgin olive oil and none of the sketchy additives (like potassium sorbate) you find in most store-bought hummus.
Halo Top Rainbow Swirl
The low-calorie diet ice cream that has everyone talking introduced seven new flavors this year. One of our favorites evoked memories of rainbow sherbet. A serving with only run you 60 calories, but if you accidentally down the whole pint, you’ll rack up the same number of calories as a half-cup serving of regular dairy ice cream.
Biena Chocolate Covered Chickpeas
Legumes had their moment again in 2017. This year, they were paired with everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure: chocolate.
Fishpeople Meyer Lemon & Herb Panko Wild Alaskan Salmon Kit
Can you never get reliable, fresh seafood? Struggle to come up with flavorful fish dishes that are ready in under 20 minutes? Have no fear—Fishpeople is here! These sustainable fish meal kits serve up American-caught fish topped with simple ingredients you can pronounce. And if the perfect pairing of tart Meyer lemon with herbal panko breadcrumbs doesn’t sell you, maybe the fact that the Wild Alaskan Salmon in this kit is rated “Best Choice” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch rating system will.
Sargento Sweet Balanced Breaks
Monterey Jack Natural Cheese with Dried Cranberries and Dark Chocolate Covered Peanuts
If you like your sweet paired with a little salty, look no further than Sargento’s new snack packs that combine dried fruit, chocolate-covered peanuts, and blocks of creamy cheese in one portable tray.
Applegate Naturals No Sugar Bacon
Paleo? Looking to cut down on sugar? Applegate solves your problems with their introduction of hardwood smoked bacon without any sugar.
GT’s Cayennade Kombucha
Remember how we said cayenne can boost your metabolism? Pair that with a kick of gut-healing probiotics and you’ve got yourself a hard-to-beat health tonic in GT’s Kombucha Organic & Raw Cayennade.
Icelandic Provisions Key Lime Skyr
We’ve never tasted something this good that was this healthy. Each scoop tastes like you’re indulging in a homemade key lime pie. But you’re really consuming a high-protein, probiotic snack.
EPIC Turkey Cranberry Sage Strip
Epic is one of the few brands in the jerky industry to offer a snack with absolutely no nitrites or nitrates (and that’s including those who use celery powder). Pick up this flavorful, herbal, and nourishing protein stick to tide you over until your next meal or to help promote muscle growth after a workout.