The Best New Healthy Groceries of 2022, According to a Nutritionist
These are the products worth adding to your pantry now.
Looking for healthier options at the grocery store can be daunting — especially if you’re not sure how to determine a good-for-you packaged food from an imposter. At this year’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), we saw tons of new products hitting store shelves this year and many of them are worth adding to your shopping cart and healthy diet. Whether you’re on the hunt for lower-carb options, high-protein snacks or ways to get more fruits and vegetables in your daily routine, we found a healthy food option perfect for your needs.
This line of egg white wraps is an easy way to add more protein to your meals. They’re available in original, sweet Cinnamon, Italian light, southwest style, and everything bagel. One Original Wrap contains 25 calories and 5g protein. Plus, it’s free of carbs and saturated fat. These wraps are also dairy free, sugar free, soy free, and keto- and paleo-friendly.
This omega-3 fruit smoothie provides more than 1600 mg of omega-3s (EPA and DHA), complete protein, and a variety of antioxidants from fruits and berries. One 8.45-ounce serving provides 252 calories, 8g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 25g total carbs, 1.5g fiber, 23g total sugar, 0g added sugar, and 20g protein. It’s also an excellent source of vitamins D and E and iodine.
This new yogurt by Oikos is made with ultra-filtered milk and contains 20g protein per 5.3oz container. It's a great high-protein option for athletes and active individuals who need a boost. Oikos Pro is also a good source of calcium and vitamin D (per 5.3oz). It’s available in banana, cherry, strawberry, vanilla, peach, mixed berry, and plain.
These pouches combine seasoned grains, veggies, and wild caught tuna that you can enjoy directly from the pouch or in a wrap or sandwich. The Zesty Lemon made with pasta and beans provides 180 calories, 4.5g fat, 1g saturated fat, 24g carbs, 5g fiber, 2g sugar, and 12g protein per pouch. Additional flavors include Tomato Basil made with barley and beans, Spicy Pepper with rice and beans, and Latin Citrus with quinoa and beans.
Campbell’s has expanded their Well Yes! line to include on-the-go soups that can be microwaved in their original container. One single size container of the Southwest Style Chicken Soup provides 170 calories, 2g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 25g carbs, 6g fiber, 5g sugars, and 12g protein. Additional flavors include Power Spiced Chickpea Soup, Harvest Vegetable with Butternut Squash and Quinoa Soup Bowl, and Veggie Chili.
This new cereal is mighty tasty with some great nutritional value. One serving (3/4 cup) of the blueberry vanilla flavor provides 240 calories, 7g fat, 1g total fat, 43g carbs, 4g fiber, 11g sugar, and 5g protein. It’s also available in Apple Cinnamon flavor. It tastes great with milk or sprinkled over yogurt.
One of the latest products from Veggies Made Great is a line of stuffed cauliflower bites that can be easily made in your air fryer. We loved all the flavors: Margherita, Mushroom & Swiss with aramelized Onion, Roasted Vegetable & Four Cheese, and Spinach & Ricotta. One serving (about five bites) of the Margherita variety provides 200 calories, 9.5g fat, 26g carbs, 4g fiber, 2g sugars, 8g protein, and 410mg sodium. Enjoy as a snack or as fun appetizer for lunch or dinner.
One serving of this certified gluten-free margherita four cheese cauliflower crust pizza provides 360 calories, 15g fat, 9g saturated fat, 33g carbs, 2g fiber and 20g protein. Additional varieties include four cheese, uncured pepperoni, and roasted vegetable.
If you’re going to indulge in higher fat meats, Applegate has the perfect way to do it — in small bites. Their organic Genoa Salami is packaged in a resealable pouch and made from humanely-raised pork with no antibiotics and no nitrates or nitrites added. A 1-ounce serving provides 100 calories, 7g fat, 3g saturated fat, 1g carbs, 7g protein, and 420mg sodium.
Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.
*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.