You’ve gotta hand it to ad execs. They can turn a sugary snack into a source of “wholesome” energy or “real fruit.” Or reinvent processed meat as “healthy protein.” Or spin salt-laden refined grains as “real meals.” Here’s how not to fall for what they’re pushing.
What’s in your yogurt cup? Cultured milk? Oats? Almonds? Soy? Coconut with pea protein? Our 8-step guide to the best yogurts applies to them all. Keep reading for our take on the latest probiotic, lower-sugar, and plant-based yogurts.
Could you use a few more healthy snacking ideas? We have 6 tips to get you started.
1. Consider “calorie density.“
Foods lower in calorie density have fewer calories per bite. For example, here’s 100 calories’ worth of a dozen snacks. It’s easy to see how you’ll fill up on more food with fresh (not dried) fruits or vegetables because they’re lower in calorie density than most other snacks. Don’t like your vegetables plain? Scroll down to number 3.
“We’ve taken real fruits like Strawberry, Peach, and Blueberry, and blended them with our low-fat Greek yogurt to create a perfectly balanced sweet taste without the added sugar or sweeteners,” says Fage about its new TruBlend Greek Yogurt.
What’s new—and what’s good—at Starbucks, Panera, and other coffee shops? Here’s how to pick or customize your way to better sandwiches, boxes, bowls, bites, beverages, and more. Our examples are from chains, but the advice should hold up pretty much anywhere.
What makes your product stand out? Surely, your marketing department can think of something. You could add veggies, almond butter, probiotics, or protein...or take away something like grain or gluten. So what if it doesn’t actually make the food much healthier, as long as you make the sale? Thanks to the hype, these items look healthier than they are.
Five years ago: regular or Greek?
Today: Greek or Icelandic? Almond or “cashewgurt”?
Whole or “ultra-filtered“ milk? With or without toppings to “flip” and mix into the tub?
The dairy aisle features a growing herd of yogurts. But it’s still tricky to spot a good-tasting ‘gurt that’s not sugar laden. Here’s our take on the latest yogurt trends...and some can’t-miss newbies.