12 Healthy Processed Foods You Should Be Eating, According to Dietitians



3. Canned chickpeas

Healthy snack - baked spicy chickpeas in a glass jar, top view, copy space. Healthy vegan food concept.

Canned beans are often loaded with salt to help preserve them, but you can offset this by rinsing the beans under water before adding them to your dish. Moon says doing this cuts sodium by 40 percent.

“For those nights when you just don’t have it in you, canned beans are a lifesaver and a staple in my pantry. Chickpeas are one of my favorite plant proteins, and work especially well in Mediterranean- and Middle Eastern-inspired meals,” says Moon. They’re a plant-based protein that doubles as an excellent source of fiber, too.


4. Matcha green tea powder

Green tea matcha latte cup on white background from above flat view.

People are adding matcha to their smoothies, cookies, and overnight oats, and for a good reason. Matcha is a powdered tea that derives from finely grinding whole green tea leaves, which means you’re taking in the benefits from the entire leaf. You can find matcha powder in the tea and coffee aisle of your grocery store, and some health food stores might also carry it.

“All green tea has benefits for focus and memory, but matcha green tea powder leads to a greater concentration of the beneficial compounds in green tea,” Moon says. A review of 49 human trials from the journal of Current Pharmaceutical Design suggests that phytochemicals like L-theanine and caffeine found in matcha improve mood, cognitive performance, and sharpness.