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Healthy Commercial Food Products

Meats | Cheeses | Protein Powders | Protein Bars | Nuts, Chips, Crackers and Crumpets | Sweet Stuff | Miscellaneous

Website Reference

The United States Department of Agriculture has an easy to use nutrient database to help you determine the nutritional breakdown of virtually any kind of food. The website address is


Louis Rich Grilled Chicken Breast Strips – a2 serving package, sold in the butcher shop or meat area of grocery stores. (a 3 oz. serving has 110 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 19 grams of protein). Dip in mustard, wrap up in low fat cheese slices or put in salads, soup or chili.

The Turkey Store, Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast ( 4 oz has 120 cal,26gm protein, 1.5mg fat and 45mg cholesterol; great as patties, meat loaf or meat balls.

Hormel Smoked Pork Chops – a 3 oz. serving has 4 grams of fat and 15 grams of protein; patients who need to watch sodium should avoid this product. Extra lean fresh pork cuts are comparable to skinned chicken breast meat in fat and cholesterol content.

Ball Park Smoked White Turkey Breast Fat-Free Franks- to get more flavor than other fat-free franks. Available in most grocery stores. Only 2 grams fat per serving.

North American Bison Steaks ( Buffalo steaks for those people who can’t give up their “red meat”; much lower in fat than beef.

Morningstar Farms Better ‘n Burgers all vegetable patties, only 70 calories and 11 grams of protein in a serving; spice the burger up with mustard, ketchup, lettuce, and tomato.

Hillshire Farms Deli Select Honey Roasted Turkey Breast 99% fat free; 10 calories per slice; in the lunch meat section of most grocery stores

Morningstar Grillers Veggie Crumbles- total fat 2.5gms; 2/3 cup 80 calories and 10 grams protein. Great to use as a meat substitute in sauces and soups. Available in frozen section-HEB,Central Mkt. And Randalls. (by Wini Lipsey)

Beef or Turkey Jerky- available in lots of places but fat content may vary. Robertson’s Quality Smoked Meat Products provides fast mail orders 1-800-654-4012 Convenient to carry and high in protein. Cut up into small pieces for easier chewing.

Wolf Brand Turkey Chili (in a can)

Aqua Cuisine Salmon Burgers-made with pure Alaska Salmon 1.5g fat and 21 gms protein per serving. Available at Sam’s Club and Whole Foods

Jones Dairy Farm Lean Choice Sliced Canadian Style Bacon-3 slices/3 grams fat,11 grams protein. Good chopped up in egg white omelette or in place of ham or bacon in recipes.

Jennie-O Extra Lean Turkey Bacon baked on an oven pan at 400 degrees for ten minutes tastes great with very low fat.


Sargento Light Natural String Cheese( convenient to carry low fat mozzarella cheese sticks. (2.5 grams fat and 6 grams protein each)

Jahrsberg Lite Swiss cheese, very good; 1 oz has 70 cal, 3.5 gm fat, 9gm protein, 10mg cholesterol.

Cabot Vermont Cheddar cheese, 75% light; 1 oz has 60 cal, 2.5gm fat, 9gm protein, 10mg cholesterol.

Sapsago Cheese-small, hard, green cone to be grated; has always been made from skim milk & flavored with cloves; made in Switzerland- not in many stores, so ask your cheese buyer to order it.

Lifetime Natural Fat Free Cheese 40cal/1 oz serving; 8grams protein per ounce

President Fat Free Crumbled Feta Cheese 30 calories / ounce; 6 gms protein/oz. (from Donald Jones) Distributed by Lactalis USA, Belmont, WI 53510

Frigo Cheese Heads Light String Cheese Sticks-available at Kroger;3gms fat/6gms protein each

Protein Powders

There are many on the market; look at the label for number of the protein grams and choose those with no added carbohydrate or less than 4 to 6 grams of carbohydrate if you need to lose weight. Salt content tends to be higher in soy derived protein, less in dairy derived protein and least in egg derived protein.

Naturade All Natural Vegetable Protein- Serving is 25gms protein and only 1 gram of carb.

MET-Rx Protein Powder- 37 grams of protein and 24 grams carbohydrate per serving

Perfect Zero Carb Isopure Whey Protein- 50 grams of protein per serving

Gen-Soy Soy Protein Powder-25grams protein; 100 calories per serving

Natures Life Pro 96 Soy Protein Powder- 25gms protein, 110 calories per serving

Whole Foods Soy Protein Powder- 24 gms protein/ 110 calories/ serving

Body Fortress- Whey Protein-(Vanilla Flavor) 17 grams protein and only 1 gram carb per serving

Science Labs Nutrition- Protein Powder Dietary Supplement-10 grams carbs and 19 grams protein per serving

Protein Bars

EAS Advant Edge Carb control Nutrition Bar-26 grams of protein and only 2.5grams of carbs; 210 calories

PowerBar Protein Plus- 16 grams Protein and 19 grams Carbs; 170 calories

Genisoy Delicious Soy Protein Bars- 14 grams of protein, tastes delicious; available in different flavors. Really cuts your appetite when eaten before a meal.

Nuts, Chips, Crackers and Crumpets (limit volume and calories)

Soy Nuts- by Genisoy ( 1-888-genisoy Lightly salted, crunchy, roasted soy beans in different flavors including BBQ. 120 calories in a serving with 12 grams protein (replacement for peanuts)

Roasted Soy beans are sold at most health food stores.

Zesta Fat Free Crackers (Donald Jones)

Reduced Fat Triscuit Whole Wheat Crackers-7 crackers/ 3 grams fat

Sweet Stuff (limit volume and calories)

Splenda At last, SPLENDA (sucralose) a granular or liquid sweetener made from sugar, tastes like sugar, looks or bakes like sugar, has no calories and no side effects. Check it out at http://

Genisoy- Chocolate Soy Nuts-as an alternative to chocolate covered peanuts. Watch the fat content and the serving size. 5gms protein per serving

Soy Rocks- by Dixie Diner ( 1-800-233-3668

-a crunchy chocolate snack low in fat and high in protein-1/2 bag serving has about 100 calories and 10 grams protein (excellent replacement for chocolate candy)

Healthy Choice Low Fat Ice Creams- taste very good so be sure to stick to the 1/2 to 1 cup serving size. Available in most grocery stores.

No Pudge Fat-Free Fudge Brownie Mix-1-888-667-8343( Great tasting brownies with no fat but 90 calories each

Blue Bunny Fat Free Frozen Yogurt (Chocolate Fudge Fantasy is delicious)

Barry’s Bakery French Twists- sweet puffed pastry-available at Central Market. Only 2 grams of fat per twist, but be careful, hard to eat just one.

CocoaVia Chocolate Crunch Bar - a heart healthy chocolate crunch bar (2.5gms fat; 2 grams protein

Guylian Belgian Dark Chocolate has half the fat content of most chocolate. One strip of 4 squares contains 4.5gm of fat and 60 calories. Each bar contains 6 strips or 24 squares so that eating the whole bar is a no-no and requires restraint to make it last 6 days. Rice and Central Market, as well as most Groceries carry it.

GenSoy Cafe Mocha Fudge Bar with 4 gm fat, 14gm protein and 230 calories.


Land O Lakes- Fat Free Half & Half 20 calories per 2 tbsp. (Donald Jones)

Kraft Free Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing 40 calories per packet (Donald Jones)

Nakam Seasoned Rice Vinegar (salad dressing) 20cal/tbsp. (Donald Jones)

Blue Bunny Health Smart Frozen Ice Cream Bars –non fat, 1 gram of protein and 70 calories Orange and Vanilla Swirl and Raspberry and Vanilla Swirl flavors.

VIACTIV- Soft Calcium chews- tastes like a tootsie roll with 500mg Calcium and only 20 calories.

Knorr Gravy Classics gravy Mix -a Rich Fat Free Gravy in different flavors. Use for meats, vegetables, stews, dips. No fat and very few calories.

Land O Lakes Fat Free Half &Half- good to use in recipes calling for milk or cream or to give a creamy texture to sauces, etc.

Breakstone 2% milk fat low Fat cottage Cheese- 4 oz. snack size 2 gms fat/12 grams protein

I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter Spray- no fat or calories; good on steamed vegetables,

Nutlettes Cereal- a single 1/2 cut serving provides 25 grams of soy protein; and only 140 calories- order from or 1-800-233-3668

These products are suggestions tried by our staff and our patients.