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



9. Chocolate milk

Cold Chocolate Milk

Who says chocolate milk is just for kids? In fact, many dietitians recommend chocolate milk as a post-workout snack because it has the perfect ratio of carbs and protein. Plus, it’s a rewarding treat after a tough sweat sesh.

“Chocolate milk isn’t only for kids; it’s actually a great recovery drink for active people. The 3:1 carb to protein ratio in chocolate milk has been studied extensively and has been found to help tired muscles recover and prevent muscle soreness,” Rizzo says.

Rizzo loves Horizon’s single-serve chocolate milk for portion control and nutrition. Instead of opting for an expensive protein shake after a workout, try a glass of chocolate milk.


10. Pumpkin puree

Pumpkin cream soup with seeds in a black bowl.

Buying canned pumpkin puree will make your life a whole lot easier when you want to enjoy the festive gourd. Just be sure you’re buying 100 percent canned pumpkin puree and not a canned pumpkin pie mix that includes sugar and other ingredients.

“I love using pumpkin to add moisture and sweetness to baked goods or flavor soups and casseroles, but buying, peeling, chopping and roasting a pumpkin is a pain in the butt. Instead, I buy Libby’s canned pumpkin, which is made with 100 percent pumpkin and no additives or sweeteners,” says Rizzo. It’s also a great source of vitamin A and antioxidants, she says.