The HEALTHY FOOD GUIDE AWARDS are the credible and definitive guide to the most nutritious food products on supermarket shelves, brought to you by Healthy Food Guide magazine.
Finding healthy food products in the supermarket can be a tricky business. So, we’ve done the hard work for you! Our team of dietitians have closely analysed hundreds of brands across 13 major food categories to discover the most nutritious and best value-for-money products.
All of the winners, including the Readers’ Choice, will be revealed in the November issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine – on sale Monday 5 October!
Best packaged sweet snack
The ideal snack satisfies in-between meal cravings and gives you sustained energy. While minimally processed foods, like whole fruit, vegetables and nuts are exceptional snacks, sometimes you need the convenience of a packaged snack. Our finalists will satisfy your sweet tooth, and provide nutrients such as fibre, calcium and protein. They’re also impressively low in added sugar, and are well portioned.
Best packaged savoury snack
Research shows that the combination of salt and fat is incredibly moreish, making savoury snacks like salty chips and crackers easy to overeat. Our finalists are healthy alternatives, loaded with hunger-busting fibre thanks to the goodness of nuts, seeds or grains. Enjoy these snacks on their own, or add crunchy vegetable sticks for a balanced between-meal bite. They’re even great for next time you have guests!
Best packaged kids' lunch box snack
Snacks are important to help kids refuel throughout the day, but it can be tricky to find nutritious packaged snacks that the kids love, too. To make it easy for busy mums and dads, we’ve found the healthiest store-bought snacks to pop into school lunch boxes.
Best allergy-friendly snack
The health food aisle has exploded with a wide variety of gluten-, dairy- and nut-free snacks, but not everything your find there is healthy. We’ve looked particularly closely at their fibre and sugar content, to help you pick a snack that will fill you up without a sugar spike.
The supermarket chiller has exploded with dips recently, so you’re spoilt for choice. Many can be a surprising source of kilojoules, fat and sodium. So we’ve looked at ready-to-eat spreads and dips, particularly the sodium content, to help you pick ones that have less than 400mg per 100g.
Nine out of ten Aussies aren’t eating enough dairy, putting us at risk of weak and brittle bones. Yoghurt is a tasty way to eat more dairy foods, but some can be high in sugar. Not only are our finalists rich in bone-strengthening calcium, but they’re low in added sugar (less than 10g total sugar per 100g).
Best breakfast cereal
There are more than 450 cereals on supermarket shelves, so you can be forgiven for being confused about making the best choices. To help you start the day right, we’ve picked six finalists with exceptional nutritional profiles that represent the different types of breakfast you may enjoy, from porridge and muesli to granola and flakes.
Best sandwich base
Long gone are the days when we has just two bread options: white and wholemeal. Now, there’s a variety of sandwich bases to tickle your taste buds, but not all are equal in the nutrition department. Our finalists came out on top thanks to their high wholegrain and fibre content (at least 5g fibre per serve).
Best milk/milk alternative
With so many milks and dairy-free alternatives on the supermarket shelves, making a healthy choice can feel confusing. That’s why we’ve compiled the best chilled or shelf-stable milk or dairy-free alternatives to make your breakfast as nutritious as possible.
Best ready-made meal
There’s nothing wrong with keeping a few convenience meals on hand for those nights when you don’t feel like cooking. In fact we’re excited by how far these meals have come nutritionally. Our finalists are made with nutritious, high-fibre ingredients such as whole grains and legumes, so they will really satisfy your appetite, and they all have less than 700mg sodium per serve. Some you will find in the freezer, others will be in the chilled section.
Best pantry staple
Our mission at HFG is to make healthy eating easy, so if you’re trying to save time in the kitchen, add our finalists to your shopping trolley. These staples will make healthy cooking a breeze, plus they offer big nutritional benefits, from heart-healthy fats to satisfying fibre. Don your apron!
Best snack bar
With hundred of snack bars on shelves, it’s no wonder people are overwhelmed! We’ve compiled the top packaged snack bars, muesli bars, nut bars, and dried fruit/nut bars.
Best vegetarian/plant-based food
Evidence shows that swapping meat for other forms of protein a couple of times a week has huge benefits for your health. So whether you’re a full-time vegetarian, or just looking for tasty options for meat-free Mondays, this year’s finalists are all versatile ingredients that will boost the nutritional value of any meal.