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More of the Best Foods

Posted Jun 18 2009 1:48pm

I'm dying to read some more from the list... so you'll just have to endure with me. Lets get through the dairy section and the drinks... (Am I driving ya'll crazy yet?) Seriously - this is just as much for my benefit so I can know exactly where to go back and find this information!

BEST SLICED CHEESE
Sargento Deli Style Swiss
This nutty, full-flavor cheese makes any sandwich taste better.
Per slice: 70 calories, 5 g protein, 0 g carbs, 5 g fat

BEST COTTAGE CHEESE
Friendship Cottage Cheese
Packed with protein, with half the carbs of other brands. Perfect as a pre-bed snack.
Per ½ cup: 110 calories, 15 g protein, 3 g carbs, 5 g fat

BEST CREAM CHEESE
Kraft Philadelphia Light
Make flavored spreads by adding fresh blueberries, or chopped olives and sun-dried tomatoes, to softened cream cheese.
Per 2 Tbsp: 70 calories, 2 g protein, 2 g carbs, 5 g fat

BEST ALL-PURPOSE CHEESE
Cypress Grove Chevre
Crumble on top of hot pasta tossed with pesto, or try it as a snack with a really ripe pear.
Per oz: 70 calories, 4 g protein, 6 g fat

BEST SECRET TOPPING
Vermont Butter and Cheese Co. Crème Fraîche
Try this milder alternative to sour cream on your next baked potato or bowl of chili.
Per oz: 110 calories, 11 g fat

BEST PLAIN YOGURT
Fage Total
Mix four parts yogurt with one part sriracha and a handful of chopped scallions for a spicy-cool sauce to drizzle over grilled lamb or chicken.
Per cup: 300 calories, 15 g protein, 7 g carbs, 23 g fat

BEST FLAVORED YOGURT
Fage with Honey
The honey isn’t an empty-calorie sweetener; it provides a healthy dose of powerful antioxidants. Per cup: 250 calories, 8 g protein, 28 g carbs, 12 g fat

BEST KEFIR
Lifeway Lowfat Blueberry
Think of this fermented milk product as liquid yogurt. It's packed with protein as well as “good” bacteria.
Per cup: 174 calories, 14 g protein, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 2 g fat

BEST EGGS
Eggland’s Best
Each egg contains 100 milligrams of heart-healthy omega-3 fats.
Per egg: 70 calories, 6 g protein, 0 g carbs, 4 g fat

BEST BUTTER
Lurpak
This Danish import is more expensive than domestic brands, but you can taste the difference. Look for it in the gourmet dairy section.
Per Tbsp: 100 calories, 11 g fat

BEST SOUR CREAM
Breakstone All Natural
Go for the richer tasting, full-fat variety. Sure it has a few more calories than the low-fat kind, but how much are you going to eat?
Per 2 Tbsp: 60 calories, 5 g fat

BEST FLAVORED WATER
Aquafina FlavorSplash Grape
When you want a sweet drink without the sugar.
No calories—it's artificially sweetened

BEST SPORTS DRINK
Accelerade
Unlike many other sports drinks, it contains protein, which not only helps build muscle, but may also speed rehydration.
Per cup: 80 calories, 4 g protein, 15 g carbs, 0 g fat

BEST ORANGE JUICE
Tropicana Grab-n-Go with Calcium and Vitamin D
The small container keeps the juice fresh and makes it easy to down on the run.
Per 8-oz carton: 110 calories, 26 g carbs

BEST FRUIT JUICE
R.W. Knudsen Family Just Blueberry
Take it like medicine: Just 2 ounces a day will give you an antioxidant boost without a sugar overload.
Per 8 oz: 100 calories, 24 g carbs

BEST VEGETABLE JUICE
Low Sodium V8
Great for traveling, since vegetables are hard to come by in an airport.
Per 8 oz: 50 calories, 2 g protein, 10 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 0 g fat

BEST BOTTLED TEA
Honest Tea Green Dragon
We found this to have the highest antioxidant content of any commercial green tea we tested.
Per 8 oz: 30 calories, 8 g carbs

BEST BAG TEA
Stash Premium Green Tea
A USDA analysis found that Stash products had higher levels of antioxidants than several other popular brands.
No calories

BEST COFFEE
Illy Espresso Coffee (Medium Grind)
As deep and rich as store-bought coffee gets. Plus, the grounds work great mixed with chili powder and smoked paprika, and rubbed on steak.
No calories

BEST BOTTLED COFFEE DRINK
Starbucks Double Shot Light
Many coffee drinks have as much sugar and as many calories as regular soda. Not this stuff.
Per can: 70 calories, 6 g carbs, 4 g fat

BEST HOT CHOCOLATE
Bellagio Sipping Chocolate
Made with 100 percent cocoa powder, which is why each cup is packed with fiber.
Per oz: 90 calories, 3 g protein, 22 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 1 g fat

BEST BEER
Guinness Draught
There may be better-tasting beers out there, but do any of them have fewer calories than this Irish stout? So far, we haven’t found one.
Per bottle: 125 calories

BEST LIGHT BEER
Amstel Light
Smooth, but doesn’t taste watery like most light beers.
Per bottle: 95 calories

BEST RED WINE UNDER $20
Tenuta di Arceno PrimaVoce 2004, Italy
This is known as a supertuscan—a fusion of Italian and French winemaking. Expect black cherry, dark chocolate, exotic spice flavors, and a powerful but silky finish.
Per 4-oz glass: about 100 calories

BEST WHITE WINE UNDER $20
Montes Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Chile
Zesty lime and pink grapefruit notes lend the acidity that goes perfectly with summer foods.
Per 4-oz glass: about 90 calories

BEST DESSERT WINE
Symington’s Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port 2001, Portugal
Great for special occasions. Pair it with dark chocolate.
Per 3.5-oz glass: about 150 Calories

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