When I don't feel like making anything from scratch or want something other than fruits and veggies, I have favorite brands of food that I love to go to for a quick breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, whatever. I chose these food brands because either they use whole ingredients that aren't a mile long, they just taste irresistibly delicious, or they contain an insane amount of different types of foods. A lot of these brands are also very friendly toward the wide amount of diets people consume, whether it's a vegan diet, a gluten-free diet, or even a dairy-free diet.
Now the brands I'm showcasing don't all contain healthful foods. However, as long as you're mostly eating well and exercising and getting purposeful movement in your day, including any of these in your diet will not harm you unless you have an illness or food intolerance.
Stocked with cereals, granola bars, poptarts, granola cereal, and even waffles, this little breakfast brand offers an abundance of food choices for those who want easily read ingredients. Now there are plenty of added sugars to go around (not an ungodly amount) within their brand, but I can't resist their Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla or their Coconut Chia Granola. I'll even occasionally treat myself to their Frosted Cherry Pomegranate Toaster Pastries--but as a snack. As long as you're not cramming sugar down your throat throughout the day, having the occasional sugary cereal won't do you any harm. Their Sunrise Crunch Vanilla contains about 6g of sugar per serving, which is pretty good considering it is a sweetened cereal.
Back to Nature is a brand that contains cereal, cookies, crackers, granola, soups, nuts, and juices. I enjoy their nuts, crackers, soups, and granola--especially their Stoneground Wheat Crackers. I love to eat these crackers with cheese, but they are also delicious all by themselves. Their Fudge Mint cookies are also amazing, a perfect replacement for Thin Mints when it isn't Girl Scout cookies season.
I can rave all day about these Whenever Bars, especially my most-loved flavor, Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much when I decided to give these bars a chance, but, oh, was I horribly wrong! These are the perfect blend of chocolate and coconut with a smooth, chewy texture. Don't let the wheat-free, gluten-free, and non-dairy throw you off. Most people assume products devoid of these ingredients are lackluster, but you could easily over-indulge on these if you don't keep your eating habits in check. Now I've only been able to find them at my grocery store on the military base, but you might be able to find these at places like Whole Foods or Earth Fare or Trader Joe's.
I love this brand primarily for its mac & cheese, mostly because they actually use real cheese. For those of us too lazy to make it from scratch, Annie's has plenty of its cheesy pasta. It also has soups, snacks, yogurt, cereals, frozen foods, baking products, and dressings. I do plan to try more of their products, but I can tell you that this is a brand to go to if you need foods already prepared for you--just stick it in the microwave, set the time, and press start. (There's also no high-fructose corn syrup in their Cheesy Ravioli!)
These are the only fig bars I will eat anymore. Nature's Bakery contains a ton of different snack foods, their fig bars being their only product I've had so far. Yet, these treats have a variety of flavors to try. These are thick, chewy, and not too sweet but tempting enough that you'd want more than one pack. I actually had to fight with my fiance to keep him from eating so much.
I don't care that Pepsi owns this brand. These fruit smoothies and juices are delicious with a myriad of flavors to suit anyone's desires at the moment. They even have fruit smoothies packed with vitamins and minerals. I love to enjoy one either before or after a workout since they contain rapidly digesting carbohydrates, which are perfect for those glycogen stores in the body. You don't want to entirely replace your whole-fruit intake with one of these juices--and diabetics need to be careful--but these juices are perfect for those of us on-the-go.
This is an amazing brand for those who want to have a guilt-free night of binging on ice cream. Despite what is depicted here, Arctic Zero ice cream does have products with 150 calories PER PINT! This means you can eat the entire thing and only consume 150 calories. Now these ice creams do not pack the sweetness you've come to expect from ice cream, but their flavors are nonetheless delicious and satisfying--and, again, guilt-free. My favorite flavor so far is Cake Batter. This brand of ice cream is pricey, but being able to eat the whole thing without feeling horrible after is invaluable.
What are some of your favorite food brands? Let me know in the comments!
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