When you’re trying to eat healthy, shopping for groceries can seem like a nightmare. This brand of cereal has too much sugar! You’ve tried that one, and it’s practically tasteless. There’s definitely a balance when it comes to choosing foods that are good for you. The first step, however, is to avoid buying foods that aren’t. These are the unhealthiest foods you can buy at Sam’s Club.
1. Annie’s Organic White Cheddar Popcorn
Popcorn is generally considered a healthy snack — without butter and extra flavoring, that is. Sam’s Club carries a variety of popcorn flavors and brands, including organic options. “Organic” doesn’t always mean healthy though, especially when it comes to processed snacks. A single serving of this popcorn adds 170 calories, 13 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbs, and 250 milligrams of sodium to your day. Salt is an ingredient throughout — and that’s without lightly salting it yourself (don’t do that).
Next: Fish is usually healthy. Not this fish. This fish is bad.
2. Sea Cuisine Panko Crumb Wild Cod
Fish, even frozen fish, is usually good for you. However, breading any kind of seafood adds a lot of extra (and unnecessary) carbs. One of the biggest problems with foods like these is that many people misinterpret, or completely disregard, the serving size. Three ounces of fish is a lot, but it’s very tempting to eat more than one serving at a time. Your sodium and fat intake can really start to add up as a result.
Next: Some pizzas are worth the calories, but not all of them.
3. Deluxe Take ‘n Bake Pizza
Looking for a quick and delicious dinner? Not all pizza is terrible for you, but this one definitely is. For just $9.00 you can pick up a family-size sausage pizza that only takes about 15 minutes to bake. Unfortunately, while it’s high in protein and low in sugar and salt per serving, each piece includes a high amount of saturated fat and carbs.
Next: There’s way too much salt in this soup.
4. Campbell’s Chunky New England Clam Chowder
Soup is great for warming up and incorporating more vegetables into your diet, but be mindful of the amount of salt in each serving. Unfortunately, this and many other canned and microwavable soups are extremely high in sodium. A serving can contain just a little less than half of the amount of sodium you’re supposed to eat throughout the entire day.
Next: Some side dishes should stay out of your refrigerator forever.
5. Stonemill Kitchens Red Potato Salad
Put simply, potato salad is not a healthy side dish. Red potatoes themselves are extremely nutritious, but that’s not all that goes into a creamy potato salad. If you’re not concerned about the saturated fat and sodium content of foods like these, you won’t be disappointed. However, there’s a lot of mayonnaise in here — more than any person needs in a single meal.
Next: Is the convenience of this frozen meal really worth the calories?
6. Zatarain’s Blackened Chicken Alfredo
When it comes to frozen meals, it’s easy to pick what sounds most appealing without paying much attention to whether or not there are healthier options. Just one cup of this chicken dinner costs you 340 calories, 7 grams of saturated fat, and 800 milligrams of sodium. If you’re looking for a frozen meal that’s good for you, choose something that includes protein, vegetables, and a minimal amount of sauce.
Next: Trail mix isn’t as healthy as it wants you to think it is.
7. Kar’s Nut & Fruit Mix Variety Pack
Trail mix just happens to be one of those sneaky snacks everyone thinks is healthy — even though it isn’t. At Sam’s Club you can buy a variety pack of Kar’s trail mixes, none of which provide much nutritional value. The Sweet & Salty mix, for example, contains 140 calories, 9 grams of saturated fat, and 10 total grams of sugar per 1 ounce serving. Peanuts, raisins, and chocolate pieces definitely create a sweet and salty experience, but it’s just not worth the added sugar.
Next: Is a granola bar the right snack food for you?
8. Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey Crunchy Granola Bars
Granola bars aren’t the healthy snack you’re looking for, especially flavored varieties. Their fat content usually isn’t a huge concern, but the amount of sugar you’ll get isn’t worth the convenience, taste, or price. There are 11 grams of sugar per bar — which is a lot, considering Healthline recommends a maximum of 25 grams daily for women and about 37 grams daily for men.
Next: Not all canned foods are unhealthy, but stay away from this chili.
9. Hormel Chili No Beans
A serving of this bean-free chili provides 990 milligrams of sodium, about half of the daily recommended amount in just one bowl. You might be able to get away with the occasional bowl of chili if it had beans to add more protein and fiber, but this product doesn’t even have that. It’s not much better than soup when it comes to sodium — you’re much better off making your own chili at home.
Next: Flavored oatmeal isn’t worth the sugar.
10. Quaker Instant Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — don’t ruin it with a bowl full of added sugar. Flavored instant oatmeal is high in both sugar and sodium, and has an extremely low fiber and protein content. Eating this for breakfast will leave you feeling hungry within hours. The best way to consume oatmeal is to make it yourself with oats and water or milk, adding your own toppings later.
Next: Beware of frozen appetizers.
11. Tyson Buffalo Style Hot Wings
Serving an appetizer for family and friends? Stay away from the buffalo-style hot wings. A single serving provides over 700 milligrams of sodium and 13 grams of fat, even though there are less than 200 calories per 3 ounces of wings. Frozen appetizers usually aren’t healthy, but if you make your own, you might be able to serve something semi-healthy.
Next: Don’t let these dates fool you.
12. Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates
Sam’s Club offers a variety of snacks — and many of them are healthy. Many of them, like these dates from Natural Delights, aren’t. This is one of those instances where paying attention to serving size matters. Just two dates equal 137 calories and 30 total grams of sugar. They do include some fiber and protein, but that’s a lot of sugar for a very small, not all that filling snack.
Next: They’re the foundation of a great s’more, but you shouldn’t eat them often.
13. Nabisco Honey Maid Honey Graham Crackers
The occasional s’more won’t destroy your health, but too many graham crackers gives you a lot of calories, sodium, and sugar without much else to offer. These snacks are low in protein and fiber, which means you can eat a lot of them in one sitting and still feel hungry afterward. Crackers, especially flavored ones, aren’t very nutritious, even the ones made with whole grains.
Next: Beware of sauces — they’re usually packed with salt.
14. Prego Traditional Italian Sauce
You can’t have pasta without pasta sauce, but it’s very easy to go overboard with something so lacking in essential nutrition. There are only 70 calories per 1/2 cup serving — and there isn’t any saturated fat — so at a glance, this sauce might appear healthy. However, there are also 480 milligrams of sodium and 10 grams of sugar within the same small portion. If you’re generous with your sauce portions, you’ll probably end up consuming way more salt than experts recommend.
Next: Just because it’s made with real fruit doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
15. Mott’s Medley Assorted Fruit Flavored Snacks
Fruit snacks are some of the most deceiving convenience foods you can buy. These Mott’s snacks are made with real fruit — but don’t think you can substitute them for fresh produce. Corn syrup and sugar are the first two ingredients listed on the box, which already isn’t a good sign. Look closely at the nutrition facts panel and you’ll notice each pouch offers 10 grams of sugar — and not much else. Just because it’s fat-free and “made with natural flavors” doesn’t mean it belongs in your pantry.