The Best New Healthy Groceries of 2020, According to a Nutritionist

These are the products worth adding to your pantry now.

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December 14, 2020

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Every year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has an annual meeting where more than 10,000 registered dietitians meet up at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. This year both the conference and expo hall were virtual which made it possible for me to check out the latest healthy products that you can now find at your local grocery store or online. Here the six best groceries worth adding to your pantry.

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Ripple is a plant-based milk made from pea protein, sunflower oil and cane sugar. It is fortified with vitamins B12, A and D. It is vegan, dairy free, nut free and gluten free. The flavor is rich and creamy with each 1 cup serving providing 8 grams of protein. Ripple now has frozen dessert (pictured) that is rich and creamy like ice cream. It’s available in vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon churro, mint chip and cookies and creme. One (2/3 cup) serving of the vanilla provides 250 calories, 14 grams of fat, 30 grams of carbs, 20 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

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These bite-sized rice cakes are made with organic whole grain brown rice. They’re crafted to be thin, with a subtle crunch. They are available in 5 ounce bags in a variety of flavors including Sea Salt, White Cheddar, Apple Pie, Buffalo Ranch and Ginger Seaweed. Top with cheese for an easy snack, dunk into your favorite dip, or top with pico de gallo for a fancier finger food for the holidays.

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$23.88 for 12

These packets of wild caught tuna are combined with hearty grains like quinoa or barley and savory vegetables. To cook, tear the pouch and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Available flavors include Latin Citrus, Tomato Basil, Spicy Rice and Beans, and Thai Green Curry. Each packet is between 160 to 170 calories and 10 to 12 grams of protein.

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Plant-based dairy alternatives are very trendy right now. Silk Dairy Free Heavy Whipping Cream Alternative is a plant-based heavy whipping cream made from coconut oil, sunflower oil, and faba bean protein that you can whip, cook and bake with just like its dairy counterpart. You can swap it cup-for-cup alternative in cooking and baking recipes. It has 0 grams of sugar per serving and is vegan and Non-GMO Project Verified.

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Prunes have made a comeback and are a hip, nutritious snack. Eating 4 to 5 prunes a day can help support bone health due to the magnesium and potassium they provide and help with digestive health thanks to the high amounts of fiber and other nutrients that help nourish your gut. Sunsweet now sells individually wrapped prunes dusted in cocoa or with berry essence which are delicious. They are perfect to stash in your purse or grab when you are on the go.

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Light & Fit Nonfat Yogurt with Collagen & Antioxidants is the first brand to add collagen to its yogurt. It’s made using their Icelandic-style nonfat yogurt as a base, and offers 15 grams of total protein, including 2 grams of collagen, as well as 20% daily value of Vitamins A and E per 5.3 ounce serving. It’s available in four flavors: Kiwi Mango, Cherry Black Currant, Tangerine Grapefruit, and Raspberry Lime.

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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.

** Toby Amidor is a member of the the Dannone Essential Dairy and Plant Based Advisory Board.

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