Walmart isn’t known as a health food store. But, surprisingly, the superstore carries good-for-you food options for those who know where to look. Keep reading to find out what should be in your cart next time you visit Walmart.
Great Value deluxe stir-fry veggies
According to Eat This, Not That!, “the frozen Deluxe Stir-Fry comes with carrots, broccoli, Italian green beans, water chestnuts, red peppers, and baby corn for only 25 calories a serving.” Compared to other stir fry mixes, the Great Value brand is the healthiest choice. As a rule of thumb, steer clear of canned vegetables. Some cans contain BPA but even in cans labeled as BPA free, reach for fresh or frozen veggies. They don’t contain preservatives and salt like their canned counterparts, Eat This, Not That! says.
Wild Garden snacks to go
According to Self magazine, “Alissa Rumsey M.S., R.D., owner of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness, loves them because they’re filled with protein, fiber, and healthy fat, which means they’ll keep you feeling satisfied and happy for hours.” Walmart.com sells Wild Garden snacks for $1.85. At that price, you can stock up on lots of portable snacks. Walmart also carries dips and spreads from Wild Garden, according to their website.
Beanitos white bean chips
When a craving for chips hits your tastebuds, reach for Beanitos White Bean Chips. “Most chips are low in protein and fiber, but these have 4 grams of plant-based protein per serving,” Rumsey told Self. Walmart sells these bean chips in a variety of flavors. Flavors include sea salt, bbq, and cheddar.
For those who haven’t tried quinoa or know how to pronounce it (it’s pronounced “keen-wah”), Walmart is a good place to try the grain. A 32 ounce bag of organic quinoa costs $8.22, which works out to 26 cents per ounce. Walmart has tri-color quinoa too. Prepare to be full longer when eating quinoa. According to Women’s Health, a “quarter-cup serving contains a whopping four grams of fiber and six grams of protein.”
Amy’s organic lentil soup
Canned soups can be loaded with sodium. For those who want the convenience of canned soup without the added sodium, pick up Amy’s organic lentil soup at Walmart. Women’s Health says this “soup keeps the sodium content down to just 340 milligrams per serving (stopping bloat in its tracks), while providing six grams of fiber and seven grams of protein in the form of nutrient-dense veggies and lentils.” Bonus: collect barcodes from cans of Amy’s soup to redeem coupons from the manufacturer.
Great Value oatmeal
Eat This, Not That! recommends buying oatmeal from Walmart’s own line of groceries. Stock up on the Great Value brand oatmeal for a healthy breakfast food option. According to Eat This, Not That!, “At only 100 calories a packet, the GV Oatmeal boasts dried fruit and 4 grams of protein with zero sugar.” The publications cautions against extras like brown sugar.
Wild Oats branded items
“Look for any product from the Wild Oats brand,” blogger Kristin, says on her site. “I was pleasantly surprised at the price, clean ingredient list, and large selection of organic products,” Kristin wrote. She isn’t exaggerating about the large product selection. Organic pastas, salads, dressings, hummus, and bread describes only a small portion of their products.
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