25 Best Packaged Foods of 2014

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As a busy mom to 3 kids I don’t always have the time to cook a meal. If I were rich I would hire a chef, but a girl can keep dreaming right? In the mean time I just try to feed my kids the healthiest choices I can find on the market. Sometimes it’s packaged and sometimes it’s not. The problem with packaged foods is that they seem to typically have a high sodium content.

Parents magazine today revealed its picks for the “25 Best Packaged Foods of 2014.” After scouring the supermarkets for new, family-friendly items that contain reasonable levels of fat and sodium and contain no artificial colors or flavors, the Parents team asked more than 75 kids and parents to partake in a taste test and chose their favorites. The full list of winners — divided by Kitchen Staples, Meals & Sides in Minutes, Better-for-the-Family Desserts, and Quick Snacks — appears in the March 2014 issue of Parents magazine and online at www.parents.com/packaged-foods.

“Families are so busy that it’s more important than ever to ensure that our kids eat quality, healthy foods at home and on-the-go,” said Dana Points, Editor-in-Chief, Parents magazine. “We were impressed by the variety of packaged-food options at the supermarket that tasted great and had a good nutritional profile.”

Divided by category, the 25 Best Packaged Foods of 2014 according to Parents magazine are:


Mrs. Dash Salt-Free, All Natural Taco Seasoning Mix

Ortega Fiesta Flats

Smucker’s Natural Concord Grape Fruit Spread

Marzetti Simply Dressed & Light Balsamic Vinaigrette

Jif Whips Creamy Peanut Butter


Birds Eye Recipe Ready Grilling Blend

Dole Chopped Asian Blend Salad

Lisa’s Organics Sweet Peas in Parmesan Herb Broth

Ore-Idea Simply Olive Oil & Sea Salt Homestyle Wedges

Earth’s Best Organic Mini Pancakes (Homestyle flavor)

Tyson Fun Nuggets

Applegate Naturals Uncured Reduced-Sodium Sunday Bacon


Roba Dolce Ocean Spray Honey Fig Gelato

Newtons Fruit Thins (Cherry Vanilla)

Ruby’s Rockets (Rock-It Red flavor)

Keebler Simply Made Butter Cookies



Amy’s Bean & Cheese Burrito Snacks

Dannon Oikos Yogurt Dips (Cucumber Dill)

Pearls Olives to Go!

Simply Balanced Sweet Corn Freeze-Dried Vegetables

Wholly Salsa Avocado, Black Bean & Roasted Corn Dip

Chobani Champions Flyin’ Dragon Fruit Yogurt Tubes

Cascadian Farm Crunchy Oats & Honey Granola Bars

Rudi’s Organic Bakery Multigrain Organic Soft Pretzels

The Laughing Cow Light White Cheddar Flavor

For more information about Parents, visit www.parents.com

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