We’re always looking out for the newest, tastiest, and most forward-thinking health foods on the market. And year after year, we tear through hundreds of packages trying out the best of the best to ensure what we recommend not only is good for your health but also tastes great.
Testers from the Prevention Test Kitchen tried over 150 new food products that were launched nationally between January 2021 and April 2022. Additionally, testers also included some products they’ve adored over the last several years, creating a new list of noteworthy and long-lasting winners. Our panel of food experts tasted products out of the packing and followed any reheating or serving directions per the package’s instructions.
How we tested
Not only did these products have to wow tasters with craveable flavor, but they also needed to fit into most healthy diets by meeting strict nutritional standards. The criteria we used to choose our best products includes:
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✔️ Clean Ingredients. Testers ensured that all packaged foods have real, recognizable ingredients.
✔️ Nutritionally sound. Every food product’s nutrition label was checked for no trans fats, they must include additional nutrients like fiber, protein, or vitamins and minerals, and meal makers had no more than 300 calories per serving.
✔️ Appropriate serving sizes. Gone are the days of picking out three chips as your snack. Our staff ensured an individual-sized pouch listed one serving or suggested serving sizes really fed our needs.
✔️ Limited added sugars. We capped added sugar to six grams per serving and allowed for some wiggle room with desserts up to 10 grams per serving.
✔️ Minimal salt. Most items on our approved list clock in under 400 milligrams of sodium per serving.
From the best cereal and oatmeal for breakfast to the best enchilada sauce and baked BBQ tofu to make dinnertime a snap, we’ve named the items you have to try this year. After extensive snacking, tasting, and reading labels, see our 40+ winners that deserve a place in your pantry, freezer, refrigerator, and dinner plate ASAP.
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Arielle Weg is the associate editor at Prevention and loves to share her favorite wellness and nutrition obsessions. She previously managed content at The Vitamin Shoppe, and her work has also appeared in Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Cooking Light, MyRecipes, and more. You can usually find her taking an online workout class or making a mess in the kitchen, creating something delicious she found in her cookbook collection or saved on Instagram.