Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Product Review-Whole Grain Helpers

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This week I will be reviewing the new Whole Grain Helpers from Hamburger Helper. The Whole Grain Helper Meals are: Cheeseburger Macaroni, Honey Mustard Chicken, Lemon and Herb Chicken and Stroganoff. Two of these are orginial Hamburger Helpers: Cheeseburger Macaroni and Stroganoff. The difference seems to be the Whole Grain Helpers have whole grain pastas in them.

This is the ingredient label for the Classic Cheeseburger Macaroni:


This is the product information for the Whole Grain Helper version of Cheeseburger Macaroni:


Product Details:
100% whole wheat pasta and naturally flavored cheesy sauce mix. No artificial flavors, artificial preservatives or MSG. Add hamburger. 100% whole grain pasta at least 16 grams of whole grain per serving. Skillet prep. Makes about 1 cup servings. Provides at least 16 grams of whole grain per serving. 48 grams recommended daily. No artificial flavors. No artificial preservatives. No MSG. Whole grains are good for you. In fact, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage Americans to eat more whole grain - at least 3 servings a day. Whole Grain Helper provides the great taste your family will love, with the goodness of whole grains. One pound. One pan. One tasty meal.

Pasta (Whole Wheat Flour), Corn Starch, Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Add), Salt, Sugar, Ricotta Cheese (Dried) (Whey, Milkfat, Lactic Acid, Salt), Potassium Chloride, Yeast Extract, Onion (Dried), Tomato (Dried), Dextrose, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Garlic (Dried), Citric Acid, Paprika, Mono and Diglycerides, Natural Flavor, Nonfat Milk, Whey, Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking Agent), Rosemary Extract (Preservative), Colored with Paprika, Annatto and Turmeric Extract.

Contains wheat, milk; may contain egg and soy ingredients.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 0.25 cup
Servings Per Container: 5


1 cup prepared
Calories 90 310
Calories from Fat 5 120


Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*


Total Fat .5 g (1%) 13 g (20%)
Saturated Fat 0 g (0%) 5 g (27%)
Trans Fat 0 g 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg (0%) 60 mg (21%)
Sodium 570 mg (24%) 670 mg (28%)
Total Carbohydrate 19 g (6%) 24 g (8%)
Dietary Fiber 2 g (10%) 2 g (10%)
Sugars 1 g 6 g
Protein 3 g 23 g


Vitamin A 0% 4%
Calcium 0% 10%
Iron 4% 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g


We have actually tried both of these products. The classic version is very salt to me and heavy. The whole grain version was tasty though, but not something I would typically buy. But a big plus for me is, other than the fact it is whole grain, there are no food dyes in the Whole Grain Helper Version. It may not be the best product out there but it certainly is a step in the right direction!

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  1. I agree with the classic version tasting salty. I haven't tried the whole grain one though. I have been buying a lot less processed foods. I have a couple rice/noodles in the pantry for times we need something really quick.

  2. You could totally make this yourself though. I think most convience foods are a scam. All you need for this is hamburger meat and macaroni. You could add your own twist on it and control the sodium.