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Parents magazine names top 25 family-friendly, packaged foods

I’m always interested in quick and easy meals, whether I’m fixing dinner after work, preparing lunches for the kids or trying to find snacks.

It’s even better if what  I’m giving my children is healthy.

So, I was really interested in reading Parents magazine’s “25 Best Packaged Foods of 2014.”

Parents reports it selected food items with “reasonable levels” of sodium and fat with no artificial colors or flavors. Then, the magazine asked more than 75 children and adults to taste-test and pick their favorites.

Some of the items listed are already in my pantry or refrigerator, but I might be willing to try some of the other suggestions that were selected.

Here’s the list for you to glance through, too. Items are separated into categories:


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


You can read more in the March 2014 Parents magazine.

–Linda Lynn

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Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›