Healthy Foods in the Center Aisles

Old-Fashioned Oats

Whole rolled oats
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There are a ton of health benefits to adding oats to your diet. They're heart healthy, full of fiber, and packed with vitamins and nutrients.

No time to cook? Use old-fashioned oats to make an overnight oatmeal parfait for breakfast. Old-fashioned oats are also good in pancakes and baked goods too (just keep the other ingredients on the healthy side), or you can opt for an old-fashioned diet-friendly bowl of oatmeal

1/2 cup: 150 calories, 2.5g fat, 0mg sodium, 27g carbs, 4g fiber, 1g sugars, 5.5g protein

Canned Beans

Hungry Girl's Healthy Center-Aisle Foods: Canned Beans
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Canned beans get a bad rap due to their high sodium count, but you can shave off around 35 percent of the number listed on the can by thoroughly draining and rinsing them. Save even more by choosing no-salt-added types.

Canned beans are convenient, full of nutrients, and a great addition to many dishes: chili, soups, DIY veggie patties, salads, and plenty of other weight-loss friendly foods. So stock up on black beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), kidney beans (white and red), and chili beans. 

1/2 cup, average, drained and rinsed: 110 calories, 0.5g fat, 231mg sodium, 19.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 1.5g sugars, 7g protein

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Hungry Girl's Healthy Center-Aisle Foods: Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
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Almond milk is becoming pretty popular and with good reason. It's lower in calories than dairy milk, yet it's richer and creamier.

The unsweetened vanilla variety is a common favorite. It's flavorful and delicious, perfect for smoothies, cereal, coffee drinks, and practically any place you’d use dairy milk. Plus, it comes in shelf-stable containers, making it an ideal pantry staple.

1 cup: 35 calories, 2.5g fat, 178mg sodium, 2g carbs, 0.5g fiber, <0.5g sugars, 1g protein

100-Calorie Packs of Almonds

Hungry Girl's Healthy Center-Aisle Foods: 100-Calorie Packs of Almonds
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I'm obsessed with almonds in portion-controlled packs. They're satisfying and great on the go. Plus, 100-calorie packets take the guesswork out of guilt-free snacking.

Rather save cash by buying in bulk? Just break that multi-serving bag down into individual portions. You can have about 14 almonds for 100 calories. More of a pistachio fan? Those are great too. Have 25 for about 100 calories. If you do buy in bulk, it's best to divvy up those single servings as soon as you get home from the supermarket. Otherwise, you could be looking at a 1,500-calorie pack!

1 pack: 100 calories, 8.5g fat, 50mg sodium, 3.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 3.5g protein

Freeze-Dried Fruit

Hungry Girl's Healthy Center-Aisle Foods: Freeze-Dried Fruit
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While fresh fruit is fantastic, sometimes you want to change things up. Regular dried fruit (think raisins, banana chips, and dried cranberries) has about 100 calories per quarter-cup serving. That is a small amount! You can have four times as much freeze-dried fruit for the same number of calories.

What's the difference? Freeze-dried fruit has essentially been zapped of all its moisture, leaving you with a light and crispy treat similar in size to its original state. Regular dried fruit, on the other hand, is dense and often chewy. It's typically a shriveled version of its former self. No matter which type you get, check the ingredient list: Avoid anything with added oil or sugar. 

1/2 cup: 40 calories, 0g fat, 5mg sodium, 10g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 6.5g sugars, <0.5g protein

Pouched Albacore Tuna in Water

Hungry Girl's Healthy Center-Aisle Foods: Pouched Albacore Tuna in Water
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Need a quick, protein-packed snack? Grab a tuna pouch. They're dependable and easy to take anywhere. Want to take a basic bed of greens to the next level? Keep pouched tuna in your kitchen and office. Classic albacore is a staple, but tuna pouches also come in pre-seasoned varieties. Check out StarKist Tuna Creations in flavors like Ranch and Sweet & Spicy. 

One 2.6-oz. pouch: 80 calories, 1.5g fat, 210mg sodium, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 16g protein  

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