These healthy, easy-to-prepare dinner and lunch options will keep you full and satisfied 'till your next meal.
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You know the basics of buying meat, dairy, and produce—"lean," "fresh," and "colorful" are pretty much the words to live by. But which frozen pizza should you get? What kind of cracker isn't awful for you? And why are there so many damn boxes of cereal—and are any of them really nutritious?
Yes, it's when you step away from teh good stuff and start looking at anything processed that buying healthy becomes the biggest challenge. But fear not. Men's Fitness is here to help. Relying on extensive taste tests, expert picks, and a final review with some of the country's most trusted nutritional advisers, we've put together a list of 50 fantastic guy foods you can throw in your cart without feeling an ounce of guilt.
So, pile up your pantry, and load your shelves with the rest of the terrific-tasting, nutritionally stellar winners of our 2015 Men's Fitness Food Awards.
First, check out the following seven choice entrees. Then, add the rest of these picks to your shopping list:
Applegate founder Stephen McDonnell lived as a vegetarian in a hippy commune—till he realized he could feel good about eating meat if it didn’t contain ingredients he knew he shouldn’t be putting in his body. Twenty-five years after its creation, Applegate Farms is still producing the highest-quality deli meats available.
“Wild Planet uses special processing that helps to preserve levels of brain-building omega-3 fat in the fish,” says Men's Fitness nutrition advisor Elizabeth Ward, M.S., R.D. “The brand boasts at least twice as much per can as regular tuna as well as nearly 28 grams of protein.”
“These dogs have raised the bar on wieners,” jokes MF nutrition advisor Chris Mohr, Ph.D., R.D. “They’re free of nitrates, chemical preservatives, artificial ingredients, and GMO ingredients. They’re also lower in fat than most other supermarket dogs. At 70 calories and 6 grams of protein each, you can have two. Or three. Guilt-free.”
PER HOT DOG: 70 calories, 6g protein, 0g carbs, 6g fat, 0g fiber
Ground beef itself is actually a “processed” food, but we give Organic Prairie the nod here because of the way the animals are raised: on family farms instead of in factories; synthetic hormone-free; grazing in pastures instead of feedlots; and with humane animal care—all so you can fire up your grill without worrying about where your burger came from.
Best Sandwich Roll - Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats Soft 100% Whole Wheat Thins
A wise choice when you’re watching carbs but still trying to include whole grains in your diet, says Mohr. “A 100-calorie deli flat also has an impressive 5 grams of fiber—a great amount when you think about how chronically low most guys’ fiber intake really is.”
Best Sausage - Al Fresco Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage with Onions and Herbs
Most sausage is fatty, salty mystery meat. Not so this brand, made with skinless chicken. This sausage’s lower fat content leaves more room to pack in protein—15 grams per link. “Sauté up some red peppers and onions, brown these sausages, and voilà, instant dinner,” says Mohr.