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SmartSweets Featured in Muscle & Hers Cleanest Packaged Food Awards


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SmartSweets Featured in the 2016 Muscle & Hers Cleanest Packaged Food Awards

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SmartSweets Featured in Muscle & Hers Cleanest Packaged Food Awards

  1. 1. The fastest way to your fitter-body goals starts in the kitchen. Beyond piling high the fruits and vegetables, stock up on these higher-protein, lower-calorie packaged foods from every aisle and step up your grocery-shopping game. BY CAT PERRY & KRISTIN MAHONEY MUSCLEANDFITNESS.COM/HERS | 113112 | M&F HERS | MONTH/MONTH 2016 2016 HERS CLEANEST PACKAGED FOODS GUIDE
  2. 2. 114 | M&F HERS | SEPT/OCT 2016 GOOD CULTURE ORGANIC COTTAGE CHEESE Organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, low-sugar On-the-go packs of organic cottage cheese come in a variety of sweet and savory flavors like Blueberry Acai Chia and Sundried Tomato. One of the best high-protein, low-calorie foods you can eat, this is a staple in any clean kitchen. Available at Whole Foods CALIFIA FARMS FULL SHOT COLD BREW Vegan, non-GMO Get your energy boost while you’re on the go. One 10.5 oz serving provides you with your daily dose of caffeine, but also 6 grams of protein. Whole Foods ORGANIC VALLEY GRASSMILK Gluten-free, protein Milk, like this one from grass-fed cows, has five times more heart-healthy conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs) than milk from grain-fed cows. MUSCLEEGG EGG WHITES High-protein, low-calorie These pasteurized 100% liquid egg whites come in nine flavors like Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Caramel, or Original that are ready to drink but can also be cooked to create your favorite protein-packed recipes, with 26 grams of protein per serving. SARGENTO BALANCED BREAKS Protein, healthy fats Nut and cheese packs make an ideal craving calmer, with protein and healthy fats in a perfect portion. Dairy & Eggs Meat & Seafood CHOBANI SIMPLY 100 CRUNCH High-protein, gluten-free, lower-sugar A better breakfast (or snack) is served. Get 10 grams of protein plus a small sweet crunch of granola in only 100 calories. SWEET EARTH GET FOCUSED! FUNCTIONAL BREAKFAST BURRITO High-protein, vegetarian, whole grains These multigrain wraps are a clean eater’s dream, filled with rich proteins like egg whites, tofu, peas, and quinoa, plus chunky vegetables, balanced perfectly with the right amount of spices. Skip the same-old omelet and have one of these instead. EPIC BONE BROTH High-protein, Paleo-friendly, gluten-free So much tastier than plain bone broths, these artisan blends are made homestyle with garlic and herbs. Each cup has 9–10 grams of protein, collagen, and minerals. Sip it post-workout or as a mashed sweet potatoes stock. TRADER JOE’S USDA CHOICE FILET MIGNON High-protein, gluten-free, Paleo Premium protein with a choice, tender cut of meat like filet mignon ensures that you get the nutrition you need to build stronger muscles and recover stronger with every bite. UDI’S CHICKEN MAPLE SAUSAGE BREAKFAST SANDWICH Gluten-free, high-protein With egg whites and chicken sausage and a bit of sweet maple syrup, this break­ fast sandwich is a strong start to your day if you don’t have time to make your own. APPLEGATE GRILLED CHICKEN STRIPS Dairy-free, gluten-free, low-fat, sugar-free These grilled chicken strips are tender and precooked. So just heat and eat! Convenience doesn’t get any healthier. Available at Target TRADER JOE’S SRIRACHA TUNA SALAD Low-calorie, healthy fats, high-protein Perfect for an on-the-go meal, this spicy tuna blend from Trader Joe’s is high in protein and low in calories and fat. AL FRESCO UNCURED CHICKEN BACON Nitrate-/nitrite-free, gluten-free, 100% natural Chicken bacon is a healthier pork alternative, with 70% less fat and just 30 calories per serving. alfrescoall MUSCLEANDFITNESS.COM/HERS | 115
  3. 3. 116 | M&F HERS | SEPT/OCT 2016 Breads, Grains, Pasta & Cereal SEVEN SUNDAYS BLUEBERRY CHIA BUCKWHEAT MUESLI Protein, gluten-free, non-GMO, high-fiber A delicious blend of chewy blueberries and apples, crispy coconut, and superfood chia seeds, it has 6 grams of protein and only 7 grams of sugar per half cup. MODERN TABLE MEALS CREAMY MUSHROOM PASTA KIT Gluten-free, high-protein, high-fiber Protein-filled comfort food? Feel free to have a second serving. These healthier pasta kits are made from beans and legumes— like black beans and red lentils—offering 21 grams of protein per cup and tons of potassium, vitamin C, and iron. ALTER ECO HEIRLOOM QUINOA Whole-grain, gluten-free This quinoa has a unique nutty flavor which makes it perfect for shaking up your grain game. KASHI GO LEAN CLUSTERS CEREAL IN VANILLA PEPITA Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan This sweet and crunchy cereal is made from plant-powered ingredients that give you 9 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber, leaving you full and satisfied until lunchtime. Whole Foods ARNOLD EXTRA GRAINY BREAD This bread has 18 grams of whole grains that are visible inside and out, along with 4 grams of fiber per slice. A healthier, less-processed option for sandwiches and toast. Available at Walmart MINUTE RICE MULTI-GRAIN MEDLEY Gluten-free, whole grains This medley of quinoa, brown, thai red, and wild rice, is 100% whole grain and ready to eat in just 10 minutes. BFREE BREAD Gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO Every gluten-free bread wants to taste as soft and satisfying as this one. BFree makes bagels, multigrain loaves, sliced, and pita. So satisfying, you won’t miss the other stuff. GRAINFUL STEEL CUT MEALS IN UNSTUFFED PEPPER Gluten-free, whole grains A fast, flavorful, and macro-friendly frozen dinner (18 grams protein, 260 calories) provides you with hearty veggies, turkey, and grains in just minutes. Comes in a ton of flavors, including Porcini Mushroom Chicken and Tuscan Bean & Kale, proving that oats are more than just a breakfast food. SIMPLE MILLS PANCAKE & WAFFLE MIX Gluten-free, non-GMO, grain-free, soy-free Delicious lower-carb pancake and waffle mix made with almond flour is ideal for clean eating (18 grams of carbs per two cakes). Just add in a dash of your favorite protein powder when mixing, for a healthy silver dollar that’s free of refined sugars and grains. NOR- WEGIAN PROTEIN MAGIC WAFFLES Gluten-free A single waffle is packed with 24 grams of protein and only 2 grams of sugar. It’s a perfect combo of macros to create a healthy and tasty breakfast or post-workout snack. MUSCLEANDFITNESS.COM/HERS | 117
  4. 4. 118 | M&F HERS | SEPT/OCT 2016 Sauces, Spreads, Butters, Spices & Dips NUTS ‘N MORE SALTED CARAMEL PEANUT BUTTER High-protein This intensely delicious Salted Caramel peanut butter has added whey protein isolate and flaxseed for muscle-building protein and healthy omega-3s that are ideal for smoothies, fruit toppers, and so much more. RICH & CREAMY MELT ORGANIC SPREAD Dairy-free, MCT oils A creamy fruit-and-nut-oil-based butter alternative that includes virgin coconut oil, which offers plenty of fat-fighting medium-chain triglycerides. It has no trans fats and a balanced ratio of 2-to-1 of omega-6s to -3s, plus only half the calories and saturated fat of butter. It also comes in flavors like Honey and Chocolate in addition to original. SAN FRANCISCO SALT CO. SMOKED SEA SALT Zero-calorie Gourmet salts with deep, smoked flavors like hickory and cherrywood, these make your meat and veggie dishes pop, without adding any calories. SIX PACK FITNESS HOT SAUCE Gluten-free Add intensity with zero-calorie serrano mango hot sauce. Use on chicken, beef, and veggies for guilt-free flavor. SABRA VEGGIE FUSIONS GUACAMOLE GARDEN VEGETABLE Healthy fats Made famous by its hummus, Sabra is whipping up guacamole with a healthy addition of carrots, bell peppers, and squash, which boost the vitamins and lower fat with every bite. Sweets BARNANA High-potassium Chocolate-coated banana bites are a great sweet-tooth satisfier and have tons of potassium to boot. CRUNCHIES FREEZE-DRIED PINEAPPLE Gluten-free You don’t need a special reason to snack on these tasty dried-fruit bites. These healthy, low-calorie Crunchies can be tossed into granola or yogurt to add a little burst of tang. I HEART KEENWAH DARK CHOCOLATE HIMALAYAN PINK SALT Vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO Cheat foods don’t have to be so bad for you. Crunchy quinoa puffs are coated in just- sweet-enough dark chocolate with a dash of pink salt, with 3 grams of protein per serving. IL MORSO COFFEE CHOCOLATE BAR Low-sugar Coffee and dark chocolate wrapped in one bar—what’s not to love? These low-calorie morsels have 15–18 grams of caffeine from fair-trade coffee and only one gram of sugar. SMART SWEETS Low-sugar, high-fiber, sugar-/ alcohol-free Part ways with sugar cravings as you pop SmartSweets into your mouth. These tangy gummy bears have 5 grams of protein per pack and 24 grams of a soluble-fiber blend, with only 2 grams of sugar. MUSCLEANDFITNESS.COM/HERS | 119