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Taste Test: Snack Bars

by in Taste Test, May 26, 2015

 

Truth be told: When 4 o’clock rolls around, we’d rather be downing a chocolate chip cookie than a snack bar. But with the new-fangled flavors and range of healthy ingredients, many snack bars are creating a win-win situation. Which brands satisfied our cravings and offered the most nutrition? Here are the results from our taste test.

The Criteria
We used our typical rating scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the highest) for this taste test. Each brand was evaluated based on taste, texture and nutrition, paying special attention to calories, fat, sodium and ingredient quality. Read more

Taste Test: Healthy Salad Dressings

by in Taste Test, May 24, 2015

Many salad dressings have added sugar (yes, sugar!) and lots of sodium. Although many tend to have preservatives, some dressings contain fewer. If you like the convenience of bottled salad dressings, make sure you’re choosing the healthiest option. Here’s a rundown of better-for-you best bets. Read more

Taste Test: Beyond Tortilla Chips

by in Taste Test, May 2, 2015

With any delicious dip, you must have a tasty chip. In the past several years, an influx of tortilla chip alternatives has hit market shelves. These chips are made with a variety of healthy ingredients and are pretty darn tasty. Here are seven you must try. Read more

Taste Test: Hummus

by in Taste Test, May 1, 2015

Hummus — the Middle Eastern spread that blends chickpeas, lemon, oil (for some), garlic, tahini and salt — is as versatile as it is healthy. It can be the perfect party food, a quick afterschool snack or a preamble to dinner with friends. It’s great as a dip, or used as a complement to veggie kebabs or grilled fish, as part of a mezze plate or as a topper on a club sandwich. Making Ina Garten’s hummus from scratch will definitely impress, but when in a pinch there are many great ready-to-eat options on the market. Not sure which one to pick? Here are the results from our blind taste test. Read more

Taste Test: The Battle of the Almond Butters

by in Taste Test, April 8, 2015

 

PB&J has gotten an adult makeover. These days, peanut butters are being crowded off the supermarket shelves by almond butters. They’re a great alternative for those with peanut allergies. Aside from being lower in saturated fats than most other nut butters, almond butter has nutrients like magnesium and potassium, and provides more calcium, iron and vitamin E. If that doesn’t make you a convert, maybe the fact that almond butter is also ridiculously delicious will.

We tasted five brands, judging them on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the best) for taste, texture and value, to help you make an informed decision the next time you’re standing in the grocery aisle. Watch out for added sugars: Each of these brands has between one and four grams of sugar per serving (two tablespoons is standard), making them good choices for your spread. Read more

Food Network Test Kitchen Taste Test: Plant-Based Waters

by in Taste Test, March 17, 2015

The hydration bar has been raised. With a whole host of new plant-based drinks (even ones from trees!) flooding the marketplace, it’s never been more exciting to quench your thirst. We taste-tested a few of the new beverages in our test kitchen so you can pick your favorites.

Harmless Harvest: 100% Raw Coconut Water
What they say: This coconut drink is organically grown in Thailand, where the brand employs locals to do the harvesting and processing. Pressure-treated and never heated, each bottle has its own unique flavor.
Stats: 56 calories and a hefty 514 milligrams of potassium per single 8-ounce serving
What we thought: This water is what we’ve always wanted in a fruit-spiked product. With both floral and pleasant vegetal notes (someone mentioned toasted pumpkin seeds), the super-refreshing drink was a hit with staffers. Read more

Taste Test: Frozen Macaroni and Cheese

by in Taste Test, October 20, 2014

Mac and Cheese
Are you falling for claims that many brands of frozen macaroni and cheese are reasonable options for a healthy dinner? Check out the results of this evaluation before your next trip down the freezer aisle. Read more

Taste Test: Green Cold-Pressed Juice

by in Taste Test, September 26, 2014

green juices
The rising popularity of cold-press juices has brought an influx of bottled products to the market. But is there anything specific you should be looking for when you buy? For starters, it helps to know what “cold-pressed” means: Also known as high pressure processing (HPP), cold-pressing applies very high pressure to raw juice in order to kill any harmful microorganisms that may be present. Once HPP is applied, the juice is placed into a bottle, sealed and refrigerated.

The Criteria
For this taste test, each variety of cold-pressed juice contained at least one green vegetable (be it kale, celery, cucumber or anything else with a verdant tint). We rated the bottled stuff on a 5-point scale (5 being the highest score), assessing each juice for taste, nutrition, serving size and cost.  We were also on the lookout for any ingredients that surprisingly jack up the calories. Bottles ranged in size from 10 fluid ounces to 16. Read more

Taste Test: Which Hot Dogs Are the Top Dogs?

by in Taste Test, June 30, 2014

hot dogs
With the season of backyard food fests in full swing, Healthy Eats vetted the most popular hot dog brands around to see which ones deserve a coveted spot on the grill grates. Find out which frank emerged as top dog.

The Criteria
We rated beef wieners on a 5-point scale (5 being highest), judging the dogs on taste, ingredient quality and nutrition and paying special attention to calories, fat and sodium. We stuck with regular franks instead of the reduced-fat versions, as many of those use a considerable amount of fillers made from potato starch to displace some of the meat (no thank you). We were also on the lookout for the presence of preservatives such as sodium nitrite. Hot dogs ranged in size from 42 to 57 grams (1.5 to 2 ounces) per piece.  Read more

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