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The Complete Package: Healthy <i>and</i> Delicious

A certain amount of trade-off is expected when we make healthier food choices. A low-fat cereal bar is not the same as a double fudge brownie — no matter how you slice it. But if you are going to sit down to that cereal bar instead of the brownie, you want it to be the best-tasting cereal bar around, right?
That’s the idea behind “America’s Healthiest Food Buys 2009” from the folks at Health magazine. They tested more than 500 new products before creating their annual list of the healthiest, tastiest and most convenient foods. Here’s the rundown of this year’s winners in categories including breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, frozen appetizers and dinner:

Frozen breakfast: Weight Watchers Smart Ones Morning Express English Muffin Sandwich with Egg Whites and Cheese
Cereal: Kashi U
Grab-and-go breakfast: Eggology Certified Organic Hardboiled Eggs

Salsa: Wholly All Natural Salsa, Medium (also available in mild and hot)
Popcorn: Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn, Natural Lime and Salt
Cracker: Kellogg’s Special K Snack Crackers, Multi-Grain
Snack bar: All Natural Attune With Daily Probiotics bar in Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola
Chips: Riceworks Parmesan and Sundried Tomato Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps
Nuts: True North 100% Natural Pecan Almond Peanut Clusters
Fruity snack: Nabisco Newtons Fruit Crisps Snacks, Apple Cinnamon
Ice cream: Ciao Bella Sicilian Blood Orange Sorbet, Single Serving
Cookie: Kellogg’s All-Bran Rolled Fiber Wafers, Chocolate
Yogurt: Siggi’s Icelandic Style Skyr Nonfat Strained Yogurt, Pomegranate and Passion Fruit

Grab-and-go: Helen’s Pinto Bean and Two-Cheese Burrito
Bread: Flatout Flatbread Healthy Grain Multi-Grain With Flax
Soup: Campbell’s V8 Garden Broccoli Soup

Frozen entrée: Healthy Choice All Natural Entrées, Pumpkin Squash Ravioli
Quick-and-easy side dish: Seeds of Change Dharamsala Aromatic Indian Rice Blend

Frozen appetizer: Blue Horizon Organic Spring Rolls With Cilantro and Lemongrass
Frozen pizza: Kashi All-Natural Thin Crust Frozen Pizza, Roasted Vegetable
Frozen vegetarian entrée: Amy’s Light in Sodium Indian Mattar Paneer

Bottled tea: Honest Tea, Organic Peach White flavor
Juice: Naked Açai Machine
Sparkling beverage: Ooba Hibiscus
Alternative beverage: Revolution 3D Blueberry

From “America’s Healthiest Food Buys,” Health magazine,