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:
✔️ 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.
Whether you’re cutting down on your animal proteins or not, these mung bean-based egg bites are a filling and flavorful morning meal. Each bite is rich with mushrooms, furikake, and hearty sweet potatoes to bring a super fluffy breakfast anyone will love.
For a creamy, dreamy snack or protein-packed breakfast (14 grams per serving!), this lactose-free cottage cheese is our favorite pick. The best part? Cottage cheese can go sweet with sliced berries and a drizzle of honey—or savory with a glug of olive oil and crispy cucumbers—to meet your tastebuds where they’re at.
Lightly sweetened with honey and apple juice, this gluten-free bar is a perfect breakfast treat with a crunchy texture from brown rice crisps. Each bite is protein-packed to fuel you up while reminding you of your favorite oatmeal cookie
Cauliflower can be anything it sets its heart to, and it makes a darn good waffle! These gluten and grain-free breakfast staples are made with cauliflower, cage-free eggs, tiger nut flour, and fava bean powder to bring five grams of protein and three grams of fiber to your breakfast table.
Made with whole grain rolled oats and lightly sweetened with date powder, this granola won us over. With its crunchy clusters of tart freeze-dried berries in every bite, it’s the ideal fiber–and–protein–filled way to start your morning.
Without any added sugar, this super simple frozen fruit blend of bananas, mangoes, and strawberries takes your smoothie game up a notch. Just blend with your favorite milk and it’s an easy, on-the-go treat to kick off your morning.
Pair with veggies for delicious, high-protein lunch, or take on the go for easy snacking anywhere, anytime. The snack kit contains 17 grams of protein from gourmet, wild-caught skipjack tuna that is lightly marinated in olive oil and lemon zest and is packaged with olive oil and sea salt crackers with a sweet caramel for the perfect treat.
It may not “bleed,” but this plant-based burger has us opting for veggie-centric meals over meat. Mushrooms bring an ultra-meaty texture to the patty while a very mild seaweed flavor adds a pleasant, earthy taste without feeling like you bit into the ocean.
With a delicate sweetness balanced with a hint of spice, this is a perfect meal starter for those who think tofu isn’t for them. Each pre-seasoned serving of organic extra firm tofu packs 14 grams of protein and is versatile enough to pair with any side dish.
This ready-to-eat meal has 21 grams of protein to keep you full and satisfied. Each individually portioned salad contains sustainable tuna, white beans, chickpeas, carrots, red pepper, and olives for a light and healthy lunch you can enjoy on the go.
Delicate black beans are simmered and seasoned with garlic, onion, and sea salt to bring authentic Mexican flavors straight to your dinner table. Just 90 seconds in the microwave, flavor however you wish, and serve alongside your favorite grain for a quick weeknight meal.
Best Meal Makers and Side Dishes
These freezer-friendly bags of ready-made side dishes are perfect for easy weeknight meals. Each bag contains nutty quinoa and big chunks of kale lightly seasoned with garlic and olive oil. It’s great as a dinner base, paired with your favorite protein.
Cauliflower has changed how we eat pizza, rice, gnocchi, and more, but now Caulipower has revolutionized how we dig into a bowl of pasta. This gluten-free noodle has a pasta-like texture that provides almost 20% of your daily fiber in just one serving. Pair with your favorite sauce for a veggie-forward, easy dinner.
Choose from your favorite classic shapes (like spaghetti, lentil, rotini, casarecce, and more) and these chickpea and lentil-based pastas are a healthier twist on your favorite weeknight staple. Each serving provides a punch of protein and fiber for a boost of nutrition pasta lovers will adore.
For a ready-to-eat soup, the low sodium content is impressive for how flavorful each spoonful is. Savory heirloom tomatoes melt into a spice blend of fennel, turmeric, cardamom, fenugreek, and other mild curry spices for a delicious bowl.
A blend of seven grains including wheat berries, quinoa, barley, and more, make this bread super hearty. We love that it’s high in fiber and protein, but low in carbs. Plus, a touch of brown sugar keeps the added sugar lower than many competitors.
These pasta pillows are stuffed with cashew-based cheese seasoned with Italian herbs that even a die-hard cheesy pasta fan will devour. These are exceptional for those looking to cut down on dairy with totally recognizable ingredients.
Best Sauces, Condiments, and Toppers
Your favorite pasta sauce just got an upgrade with 10 organic veggies that bring a ton of vitamins and minerals (like 20% of your daily vitamin A) to your bowl. Made with real vodka and cashew butter for plant-based creaminess, you’ll want pasta night every night.
Tasters particularly love the sweet po-thai-to and morockin’ carrot varieties but felt any of the exceptional flavors of these veggie and spice-packed dips would be a great addition to your condiment spread. Just add a dollop to your plate for instant flavor.
Just a drizzle of this sauce over your meal brings some big flavor (and heat!) to your favorite dishes. The smoky, savory sauce contains a blend of hot peppers, caramelized onions, tomatoes, herbs, and a seafood base for flavor you can count on.
The classic combination of aromatic vegetables is a popular base for Latin American dishes, but this version has all the flavor with a fraction of the usual sodium content. Use the blend of tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, lemon, and more as a starter for dinner, a marinade for proteins, or a sauce on prepped dishes.
Top salads, soups, toasts, dips, roasted veggies, and more with this ultra-savory blend of nuts, seeds, and spices. Bonus: just two tablespoons of the mixture contains five grams of protein and four grams of fiber.
For those who crave a sweet and spicy flavor with a satisfying, rice cake-like crunch—this is for you. Each crispy serving of chips is loaded with protein (nine grams per serving!) from peas and lentils to keep you satisfied and fueled through your midday slump with a slightly vegetal, spicy flavor from bell peppers, tomato, jalapeno, and cilantro.
Boost sandwiches and your gut with these fermented pickles with live and active cultures. Each crisp bite is flavored with a mix of seasonings like garlic, herby dill, mustard seeds, and allspice without any added sugars or preservatives.
These aren’t your classic dried fruit, but a crispy, crunchy, and tangy thin-cut slice of dried kiwi without any added sugar. These vitamin-C-rich and fiber-packed crisps are perfect to snack straight out of the bag but spread with a scoop of yogurt and a squeeze of honey for a flavor explosion.
Crunchy dry roasted almonds are tossed in a savory concoction of sesame oil-infused seaweed, mushroom powder, and salt without any of the fishy flavor. Each pack serves up 50% of your daily vitamin E requirements, three grams of fiber, and seven grams of protein for a well-balanced snack.
Go crazy for this creamy, spicy, and super-rich feta-based dip. Jalapeño peppers are whipped into feta cheese for a twist on the classic Greek dip. Just grab your favorite veggies or pita chips to get dipping, or even add on top of bowls, sandwiches, salads, and more.
Everything you want out of a bag of sour cream and onion chips without the dairy, gluten, or additives. These light, poppable chips contain three grams of protein from watermelon and pumpkin in each serving of 45 plant-based puffs.
Bring this bag to your next movie night for a flip on popcorn we can’t get enough of. Each partially popped corn kernel has a satisfying crunch and salty flavor popcorn lovers will adore. Plus, with only three ingredients, each serving boasts 4% of your daily iron and two grams of fiber.
Charcuterie boards have met their new essential cracker. Chunks of almonds, whole dried blueberries, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds make for a sweet, savory, and hearty cracker. Pair with blueberry jam and a slice of sharp cheddar for a sensational snack.
A blend of cauliflower and bell peppers gets a cheesy kick from nutritional yeast with a bonus of two grams of protein per serving from almonds and chia. Grab your favorite veggies and chips because the texture and flavor are wildly reminiscent of your favorite cheese dip without the dairy.
For a unique twist to crush your crunchy cravings, these chips are made with ingredients like amaranth, pea protein, cactus powder, chia seeds, and more aimed to amp up the protein and fiber without anything artificial. If you’re craving salty, we recommend the Mexican Lime and the Churro Cinnamon is great for a sweet tooth.
Ice cream lovers—listen up. This poppable dessert contains a chocolate duo layer that provides a richness that coats the tart frozen raspberries for the perfect bite. It’s reminiscent of your favorite ice cream treat with a fraction of the calories and sugar.
Perfectly balanced hibiscus and dried strawberries bring a sweet and sour flavor to this otherwise rich, chocolatey bar. With low added sugar and a boost of real cacao powder, these creamy milk chocolate bars are perfect for your evening indulgence.
Though they call themselves smoothies, these single-serve cups are truly the decadent dessert you’ll want to end your day with. Sweetened with dates, extra creamy from blended cashews, and just 100 calories per serving you’ll want to stock the freezer, stat.
Super soft, chewy, and decadent, these brownies are everything you want from the classic dessert but made with seven recognizable, gluten-free ingredients. The avocado oil, almond flour, coconut sugar, cocoa, and egg are all ingredients you’re probably familiar with but baked into a convenient, little square for an anytime sweet.
Fruit snack fans, listen up! These sweet-tart treats are perfect for adults and kids alike. Made without any added sugar and just three wholesome ingredients—mango, orange extract, and vitamin C they’re an immune-boosting dessert delight.