Two years ago when I started this Lifestyle Plan, I had a real hard time in the pasta sauce aisle of the supermarket. I remember Charles and I spending a hour there one day just reading all the labels, searching for something that had a reasonable amount of sodium in it.
In the end we came away with Classico Mushroom and Olive Pasta Sauce, which has 60 calories and 360 mg. of sodium per ½ C serving. And I have to admit once we found this product we didn’t ever look for a replacement. After all, it’s tasty and well within our allowable sodium range.
But then one day the sample lady at Costco had some Prego Heart Smart Traditional Sauce on her little table, so of course I gave it a try. It was tasty enough on that tiny piece of pasta in a paper cup, so I took a gander at the label — after all “heart smart” has a wide variety of definitions. I was surprised to see that it had the same amount of sodium as my Classico favorite, and an additional 10 calories per serving. I wanted to give it a try, but I didn’t want to buy the big vat available at the big box store.
Still I was curious on how it would taste on real pasta, so I searched for it at my local grocery store. I finally located it last week and had it for dinner last night. I have to say that I love the rich tomato taste of it, and even though it has 10 more calories than my Classico favorite, I will probably buy it again.
That said, the Classico is still number one for me, as I’m a mushroom and olive gal, and their sauce certainly is heavy on those flavors. Prego does have a Mushroom sauce which has the same calorie and sodium content as their Traditional variety, so I might give it a try if I see it in the store.
Either way, I’m glad that Prego went the extra mile to put out a Heart Smart line. In addition to the Traditional and Mushroom flavors, they also have Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic, and Ricotta Parmesan Heart Smart varieties. Give them a try and let me know what you think.