15 Best Healthy Ice Creams

30 Best Healthy Whole-Grain Cereals to Add to Your Grocery List

But Wait, How Can You Tell If a Cereal Is Healthy?

All cereals should have a 100% whole grain as the first ingredient (like whole-grain oats, wheat, corn, buckwheat, or rice) and a hearty combination of protein and fiber (aim for 3g of each per serving). Make sure there’s less than 2g of saturated fat, 10g or less of added sugar, and about 200mg or less of sodium. To make it suitable for a standalone meal, scoop out a 250 to 300 calories serving, or combine it with yogurt, milk, fruit, a tablespoon of nuts or nut butter, or seeds that are about 100 to 200 calories per serving.  

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Whether you’re drizzling it over pasta or tossing it with your salad, extra virgin olive oil is the foundation for countless delicious recipes. Plus, olive oil is packed with antioxidants and helps to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and more. Read on for our faves!

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Nothing says spring like a gorgeous green side dish. To ensure the asparagus and peas stay extra-green, we blanched ’em before tossing with onions, lemon juice and sesame.

[link href=»https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a43200/lemony-asparagus-beans-peas-recipe/» link_updater_label=»external_hearst» target=»_blank»]Get the recipe for Lemony Asparagus, Beans and Peas »

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Looking to mix up your weeknight dinner routine? Flavorful andinexpensive, pork is the underrated, jack-of-all-meats that works in all kinds of dishes — from stir-fries to salads, sandwiches and more. Here’s proof!

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Edible flowers even make booze better. Take this floral spirit, for instance, that pairs perfectly with ice-cold lemonade for a cocktail that tastes exactly like a summer day.

Get the recipe for Lavender Vodka »

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BEST FOR: Big families or those who are entertaining

PLAN: $57 for one meal for four (order regularly to get $7 off). Pick up to 12 servings of any dish.

PROS: Simple instructions. «My 9-year-old followed them easily,» bragged one mom. The only company that lets you order for as many as 12 people.

CONS: Not particularly Southern, though it claims to be.

SAMPLE DISH: Chicken Breast, Walnut, and Snow Pea Salad

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Tasting Category: Mexican

Everything about this sauce — the spiciness, flavor, consistency — was “just right” for most of our volunteers. Not everyone was crazy about it though, Cholula lost points with some testers for its vinegary flavor.

($3.25 for 5 oz.)

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Sweet, refreshing and laced with vitamin C, this pop is the perfect companion for summer’s dog days. Six 2.7-oz. bars, $4

60 calories, lactose-free

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Popcorn, Indiana completely nails the Thai sriracha flavor in its new, addictive, makes-your-nose-run snack. The popcorn kernels are a smidgen on the chewy side, but it’s forgivable given how spot-on the flavors are.

Popcorn, Indiana Sriracha Popcorn,popcornindiana.com

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Amstel Light

Even our lowest-rated beer had its fans, with one reviewer complimenting Amstel Light’s «rich, earthy, full flavor.» The majority, however, did not like the bitter and dry taste, and one taster compared the flavor to that of medicine. ($8.59-$10.23 for a 6-pack)
Calories per bottle: 95

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Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain 15 Grain ($4.29 for 24 oz.)

According to our volunteers, Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain 15 Grain tasted very natural, but «in a good way.» Tasters enjoyed the «oat-y» flavor that had a «touch of honey,» but what tasters really liked were the whole seeds (like flax and sunflower), which add great texture. The large, hearty slices would make it «great for sandwich making,» one volunteer noted.

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Tasters’ Favorite: Lake Champlain Old World Drinking Chocolate

Lake Champlain Old World Drinking Chocolate ($13.50 for 9.5 oz., amazon.com) tastes “homemade,” “dark,” and “decadent,” reminding some of “the center of a molten lava cake.” Consisting of shavings of chocolate melted into hot milk, it’s no wonder this hot cocoa “tastes more like melted chocolate than hot cocoa.”

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Lärabar Über in Coconut Macaroon (220 calories*)

On afternoons when lunch was skimpy and dinner is still hours away, this «filling, hearty» bar will help tide you over (but note the higher calorie count). With a natural ingredient list that includes almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews, pecans, and toasted coconut, the bar is like a serving of trail mix in a wrapper.

*Nutrition info based on manufacturers’ serving sizes.

It’s officially ice cream season! That’s why the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Nutrition Lab tested hundreds of pints, bars, pops, sandwiches, and other frozen treats to bring you only the best of the best. All of our picks hit the mark when it came to taste, quality of ingredients, packaging claims, and yes, even nutritional value (because consciously indulging is key to a healthy diet!).

When you’re scanning the aisles at the supermarket, follow these buyer’s tips:

Aim for about 150 to 250 calories per serving: Too low in calories? That’s sometimes a good indicator that it won’t be as filling, which can put you at high risk for whole pint consumption!

Choose single-serve indulgences: The best way to treat yourself is by avoiding «diet» ice creams and opting for single servings of more satisfying desserts instead.

Ignore lame product claims: Ice cream that sounds a little too good to be true is often marketing fluff and not worth the added cost.

Fruit flavors aren’t always the healthiest option: Look for water and fruit as the first ingredients in any pop or bar. Many are made from concentrated forms sugar, a.k.a. juice.

Hydrate before you dive in for seconds: When it’s hot out, we’re extra likely to confuse thirst for hunger — and ice cream is often the number one item we crave when we’re parched. So before you beeline back to the freezer, have a glass of water first.

And now, drumroll, please! Here are our top picks for savoring to the last bite:

35 Healthy Meals and Snacks for Weight Loss

Roasted Cauliflower Enchiladas

Enchiladas get a bed reputation, but these healthy, cauliflower-based enchiladas from Gimme Some Oven are totally good for you (and awfully pretty, too). To make them vegan, get rid of the cheese and add nutritional yeast. To make them gluten-free, use gluten-free tortillas. And for some extra protein, add in meat, like chicken, shrimp, carnitas, or steak. There are tons of possibilities!

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“Meal planning works because there’s built-in portion control as you prep and divide meals,” says Moon. It also prevents you from running to your nearest fast food restaurant to grab a convenient meal when you’re pressed for time or don’t have anything on hand. (Most of those orders won’t help you lose weight.)

“It’s easier to make healthy decisions when you plan ahead,» she says. «When hunger hits and you’re caught without a plan, you’re more likely to reach for what’s nearest, quickest, and may not be the healthiest.»

To make meal-prepping as easy as possible, try batch-cooking «grains and pastas, soups and stews, and hearty vegetables that will reheat well like brussels sprouts, carrots, and kale,” Moon says.

Another hack: «Use a portion of one night’s dinner for the next day’s lunch and then transform that meal into something a little different for the next day’s dinner,” she says. For example, grilled salmon with sorghum and roasted bell peppers for dinner can turn into fish tacos with bell pepper-tomato salsa the next night.

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You can have anything from the grilled fish section, and add pesto or lemon butter for healthy fats. This includes the Ahi Tuna Steak, Atlantic Salmon,and Chilean Sea Bass. A non-seafood option: the Wagyu Beef Burger with avocado, but without the bun.

Ahi Tuna Steak: 220 calories, 4g total fat (1g saturated fat), 160mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 46g protein

Atlantic Salmon (small): 300 calories, 18g total fat (3.5g saturated fat), 160mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 35g protein

Chilean Sea Bass (small): 340 calories, 28g total fat (6g saturated fat), 105mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 21g protein

Herb Pesto: 130 calories, 14g total fat (2g saturated fat), 230mg sodium, 1g carbs, {amp}lt;1g fiber, 0g sugar, {amp}lt;1g protein

Lemon Butter: 140 calories, 16g total fat (10g saturated fat), 35mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugar, 0g protein

Wagyu Beef Burger (half pound, with bun): 1,080 calories, 75g total fat (27g saturated fat), 1,470mg sodium, 54g carbs, 4g fiber, 14g sugar, 48g protein

This recipe is drooling with flavors and textures: Swiss cheese, pear, lean ham, yogurt-dill sauce, and pumpernickel bread. And it’s loaded with filling fiber! One sandwich provides nearly one-third of your recommended daily intake of fiber, with the pear alone providing 15%.

Tip: Don’t peel the skin; that’s where most of the fiber-goodness is found. If you’re looking for a hot meal, lightly spray the outsides of the bread with olive oil spray and press in a pan to make a grilled panini.

Try this recipe: Ham, Sliced Pear and Swiss Sandwich

A 7-Day, 1,200-Calorie Meal Plan

What You Should Know About Meal Plans

While 1,200 may be the right number for some people, it can be super restrictive for others, says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. That’s why we’re using 1,200 as our base, and encourage you to build upon these meal and snack ideas by doubling (or tripling, quadrupling …you get the point!) up on veggies at any opportunity — and adding more fruit at snack time, too. You can also add 1-5 ounces of protein at all meals if at any point you’re feeling like it’s just not enough food to keep you satisfied. The combo of fiber from produce and lean protein makes this an adaptable strategy that’ll help you lose weight safely — one meal (and snack) at a time!

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From leafy greens to cruciferous veggies, produce is a little gift from nature to us humans. Filled with crucial immune-boosting antioxidants, fiber, B-vitamins, and minerals, they’re the «real deal» that can make a big impact on your health. The beauty of vegetables? The more you eat of all of them, the better off you are. Countless studies have linked the benefits to greater veggie intake to decreased risk of chronic disease, including heart disease, diabetes, and lifestyle-related cancers. Plus, observational data has linked adequate produce intake (at least five servings per day) to better mood and self-reported feelings of happiness and satisfaction.

Since they contain lots of water, vegetables are also essential for hydration and digestion while also providing fuel for your body’s beneficial bacteria to survive and thrive. The only thing to keep to a minimum? Breading and deep-frying your veggies, which turn a nutritious staple into a vehicle for extra refined carbs and saturated fat. That can add up if you’re preparing them with those methods frequently. Otherwise, choose a variety of veggies to bulk up your meals with nutritious flavor. Cook fresh and frozen produce by steaming, grilling, sautéing, or roasting — or enjoy it raw. If you go the canned route, pick types without added sugar or sodium. Here are a list of our top favorite vegetables, but keep in mind: Any veggie can belong on yourmenu, so choose what you love and use the rest as inspo for future meals and snacks you can enjoy in flavorful ways.

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No single food in isolation of everything else you eat is going to make you gain (or lose!) weight. But often, the same barrier stumps so many people when it comes to weight loss and healthier eating: sneaky sources of added sugar or saturated fat lurking throughout the pantry, fridge, or freezer.

Many times these foods are marketed as healthier options, leading you to buy them for their purported benefits — but actually, you might’ve been much more satisfied if you’d chosen the real thing instead. Other times, they’re foods that have replaced the calories coming from one type of nutrient with another. For example, keto snacks swap sugar for high-fat coconut oil or butter; low-fat foods swap fat for added sugar. Read labels carefully — especially anything with a «free,» «low,» or «less» claim — to make sure you’re making a choice that works best for you.

My best tip: Prioritize real, wholesome foods in their closest-to-intended state as often as possible. (The only ingredient in your peanut butter should be peanuts!) The fewer the ingredients, generally the better it is for you. This helps you get super picky about what you’re really in the mood to eat, while helping you determine what choices will maximize your enjoyment and minimize self-sabotage.

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Need a quick bite to eat? Many fast food chains have upped their nutrition game in recent years, making good-for-you choices easy. By introducing more veggie-filled meals like salads and bowls, these restaurants have expanded beyond the typical cheeseburger-and-fries fare. From steak to sandwiches, we asked our resident nutritionist, Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, to give us guidance on how to order.

In general, load up on as many vegetables as possible, whether it’s extra peppers on your pizza, mushrooms on your burger, or salsa in your burrito bowl. Ask for apple slices or a side salad with your meal instead of the usual add-ons. Brush up on each chain’s ordering hacks to lighten up your dish even further. For example, request to make your Taco Bell order «fresco» and you’ll nix the calorie-laden dressings, cheese, and sour cream, or go straight to its health-conscious Power Menu. Denny’s dubs its best choices Fit-Fare, Papa John’s calls them Lighter Choices, Dunkin’ uses DDSMART, and so on. Getting the low-down on the best menu items before you step up to the register could help you avoid the extra calories, fat, and sodium found in other choices. The next time you’re on the road or only have five minutes for lunch, go ahead and order with confidence. These breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices all get the thumbs up from a registered dietitian.

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Flavor foods with herbs and spices whenever you can. It’ll help you cut back on condiments high in saturated fat while maximizing flavor. Spices and herbs also pack antioxidants, which can help improve cholesterol levels when combined with veggies. Ones we love: basil, cilantro, rosemary, sage, ginger, garlic, tarragon, black and red chili pepper, mint, and oregano.

RELATED: 10 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round

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Citrus fresh fruits

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Add these heart-healthy picks to your grocery cart to meet your daily quota for potassium, the mineral that keeps your nerves and muscles operating at tip-top shape in addition to helping lower blood pressure. This all-important nutrient is hiding in more places than you think, including vegetables, beans, seafood, and even yogurt.

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About the Mediterranean Diet

What makes the Mediterranean diet so great is that it’s a lifestyle, not a traditional weight-loss plan that has you counting calories or measuring portions (snooze). You’ll fill up on tons of veggies, fruit, 100% whole grains, and beans; choose lean protein like seafood and eggs; and enjoy sweets and alcohol (red wine anyone?!) as indulgences. The benefit of eating this way is that it emphasizes real, whole foods and limits ultra-processed ones, which tend to be higher in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar. Since the Mediterranean eating style prioritizes the fun and enjoyment of your whole dining experience, flavorful ingredients are at the forefront — so you’ll never feel deprived.

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Day 6: Lunch

To make a lemony tuna salad, toss half of a 5-ounce can of water-packed lower-sodium tuna with 2 cups chopped romaine, 1/3 cup chopped jicama, 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 1/3 cup canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained), 1/2 cup edamame, 1/4 cup avocado, and 6 cherry tomatoes. For a dressing, add lemon juice to taste.

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Freshé Gourmet Aztec Ensalada Canned Tuna

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Spice up your green salad with a pre-prepped mix of skipjack tuna, red beans, corn, sweet red peppers, and simmered onion. Freshé is also certified by nonprofit Friend of the Sea as sustainably caught seafood. 

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Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables With Chicken

Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, toss 2 red peppers, quartered, 2 green peppers, quartered, 2 red onions, quartered, 2 zucchinis, cut into 4-inch sticks, 2 tomatoes, quartered, 1 medium sweet potato, cut into 1-inch cubes, and 4 cloves of garlic, whole with the peel on. Spread the vegetables onto a large roasting pan. Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, and 2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning. Cook 15 minutes. Remove from oven and toss the vegetable mixture. Return to the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and beginning to caramelize. Remove the garlic cloves. Remove the cooked garlic from its skin and mash with a fork. Toss the mashed garlic with the vegetable mixture. Slice 1 (3-ounce) cooked chicken breast and serve with 1/3 of the vegetables and 1 cup of mixed greens. Divide the rest of the vegetable mixture in half. Store half of the mixture in a container for lunch on Day 4. Store the other half in a container for lunch on Day 6.

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Health Benefits of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient for red blood cells, nerve function, and DNA synthesis. It’s basically brain food! «Getting B12 daily is crucial as we age, since a deficiency is linked to cognitive decline and impaired nerve function,» says Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. «You can think of it as being in all animal products and some fortified grain and bean products.» If you’re concerned about reaching the minimum Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of 2.4 micrograms, talk to your physician about further testing.

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summer superfoods

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When the temperature rises, you’re craving lighter, crisper, fresher fare. We tapped Good Housekeeping Institute’s Nutrition Director, Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, for boost-your-health, good-for-you, yummy picks that’ll make this season your best.

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Revamp your takeout order.

You love Chipotle, but you don’t love the fact the average order can top 1,000 calories. Get your Mex-fest fix guilt-free (whether you’re at Taco Bell or home) by ordering up to three soft corn tacos with grilled shrimp, chicken, fish, or steak and loads of veggies. Skip rice too, but go for the beans and as many types as salsas as your heart desires. Top with a spoonful of guac and cheese for a filling, mostly plant-based meal.

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Upgrade Your Greens

Yes, we want you to eat more veggies, but it’s okay to experiment a little! Fresh or frozen, more is always more when it comes to veggies. Some colorful suggestions: yellow and orange peppers, purple cabbage, spinach, kale, arugula, eggplant, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts. Your scale will thank you. A six-month study led by Pennsylvania State University researchers showed that people who filled up on produce ate an average of 511 fewer calories each day than those who consumed less.

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Day 6: Lunch

Rethink tuna salad and toss half of a 5-ounce can of water-packed lower-sodium tuna with 2 cups chopped romaine, 1/3 cup chopped jicama, 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 1/3 cup canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained), 1/2 cup edamame, 1/4 cup avocado, and 6 cherry tomatoes. For a dressing, add lemon juice to taste.

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Emily Puglielli

When Emily Puglielli saw a picture of her 300-pound self at a wedding, the image totally shocked her. «That was my ‘okay, I’ve got to do something’ moment,» she told TODAY. «Something» started off as a low-carb diet, meal prepping, and walking regularly, but she later added running and strength training and lost more than half her bodyweight along the way. «Not only am I able to do more physically, but I’ve gained an enormous amount of confidence,» she told GoodHousekeeping.com. 

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dr. oz diet meals

Thanks to the master batches of veggies, grains, and protein you cooked on Prep Day, these recipes for Dr. Oz’s weight-loss breakthrough will only take you minutes to put together.

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How do I love thee, quinoa? Let me count the ways: One, you have almost twice the protein of brown rice; two, your chewy texture and nutty flavor make everything else in the bowl taste better; and three, all that protein and fiber, along with complex carbs and a small dose of healthy fats, keep my blood sugar steady.

Better yet, you cook faster than a pot of rice—quinoa is ready in about 15 minutes. For a quick weight-loss recipe, throw together this farmers’ market quinoa salad from Epicurious, which also features green beans, snap peas, broccoli, and pistachios in a Dijon dressing.

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