I really like Oprah and I was excited to receive a sampling of her new foods because I wanted them to taste great— and be good for you too. The good news is that they are delish, the bad news is that they miss the mark when it comes to nutrition.
Here’s what you need to know before buying:
Oprah’s line of refrigerated food, O, That’s Good!, is available now at supermarkets nationwide. The line was designed to be healthier versions of traditional comfort foods, but the current line-up fails to deliver on its nutrition proposition.
Since Oprah is a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and collaborated with the Kraft Heinz company (the same company that manufactures the Weight Watchers foods) to create the foods, I expected them to be more nutritious and at least have the Weight Watchers Points on packages. No such luck.
In fact, none of the current soups or side dishes meet the FDA’s definition for “healthy” which is why that word is not used to describe the dishes. Instead, the marketing materials use the word “nutritious,” which is not currently defined by FDA.
The initial offerings include mashed potatoes, cheesy pasta and creamy soups. All have a so-called “twist” of additional veggies. For examples, the mashed potatoes also include cauliflower and the Broccoli Cheddar soup has added butternut squash. However, the veggie twist isn’t enough to drown out the calories and fat from some of the main ingredients, which include cream and cheese. And, like most packaged foods, sodium counts are sky-high and they contain a sneaky added sugar, dextrose.
I sampled most of the line and what they lack nutritionally is made up in taste. I would recommend them in place of eating out, if you don’t have the time — or energy — to cook. The basil creamy tomato soup is the healthiest item in the line. Round them out with a salad and lean protein and remember to keep the portions in check as calories will add up quickly. For example, a one-cup serving of the Three Cheese Pasta has nearly 300 calories and 7 grams of saturated fat or 35 percent of your daily limit.