The Healthiest Packaged Foods You Can Buy at Target
Market Pantry Wild Blueberries
Stock up on these Market Pantry Wild Blueberries for smoothies, overnight oats, and more. "These are a great choice, especially if blueberries are out of season," says Megan Ware, R.D., owner of Nutrition Awareness. "Most frozen produce is frozen when the fruit or vegetable is at its peak ripeness, so don't worry about it containing less nutrients than the fresh version. Just make sure there aren't any added ingredients. The ingredient label should only include fruit." Bonus: "Wild blueberries have a higher amount of antioxidants than traditional," she adds.
Nature's Path Organic Old Fashioned Oats
Nature's Path Organic Old Fashioned Oats are easy to whip up and seriously healthy. "Oats are high in fiber and a complex carbohydrate," Ware says. "I mix old-fashioned oats (uncooked) with Greek yogurt and milk (any kind), then add whatever I'm in the mood for: cinnamon, chia seeds, hemp seeds, vanilla protein powder, and fresh or frozen fruit in a big casserole dish and leave in the fridge overnight. I usually pour more milk over them in the morning. You could also make them in single servings to make it easy to grab and go."
(Need a little inspo? Check out these 20 overnight oats recipes that will change mornings forever.)
Aloha True Vanilla Bean Protein Powder
Target carries a ton of different protein powder options, but Aloha True Vanilla Bean Protein Powder is Ware's pick since the nutrition is on point—and it actually tastes good.
Simply Balanced Sea Salt Roasted Chickpeas
"Most on-the-go snacks in a bag have only carbohydrates, but these Simply Balanced Sea Salt Roasted Chickpeas have 5g of protein per serving, meaning you are less likely to have a crash or cravings shortly after eating them," Ware points out. "If you're feeling the common 3 p.m. slump, grab some of these and pair them with a few nuts or a piece of Babybel cheese."
Green Giant Riced Cauliflower
Green Giant Riced Cauliflower is a great way to reduce your carb intake, according to Ware. Sub this in for regular rice for an added serving of veggies at any meal.
(Not sure how to cook this stuff? Scope these cauliflower rice recipes you can make in less than 15 minutes.)
Archer Farms Unsalted Raw Almonds
Keep these Archer Farms Unsalted Raw Almonds at your desk for a burst of added energy when you need it, Ware suggests.
Rxbar Chocolate Sea Salt Protein Bar
Ware loves the Rxbar Chocolate Sea Salt Protein Bar's simple ingredient list, which makes it the perfect choice for a quick snack when you're short on time.
Silver Hills Bakery Mack's Flax Sprouted Grain Bread
"The best type of bread you can buy is sprouted bread, also known as 'Ezekiel.' They can be made from a variety of grains and legumes and often have a higher protein content for fewer calories than their processed bread cousins, as well as less added sugar and sweeteners," Ware explains. "The protein boost from the sprouted grain products like Silver Hills Bakery Mack's Flax Sprouted Grain Bread will help keep you satisfied and also slow the carbohydrate breakdown so you will have less of a rise in blood sugar than with typical bread." Since many sprouted products don't use preservatives, it's a good idea to keep them in the fridge or freezer to make them last longer, she adds.
Pressed By Kind Mango Apple Chia Fruit Bar
Need to satisfy a craving for something sweet? Try the Pressed By Kind Mango Apple Chia Fruit Bar. Ware points out that the only ingredients are real fruit and chia, which makes them a healthier choice than other fruit snacks.
Banza Chickpea Pasta Rotini Pasta
Banza Chickpea Pasta Rotini Pasta has 25g of protein per serving. "This is a great way for vegetarians, vegans, or anyone following a plant-based diet to add in some hidden protein to their pasta dishes," Ware says.
Archer Farms Steam-In-Bag Edamame
Archer Farms Edamame is easy to make in the microwave when you need a quick snack, says Ware. "Edamame is one of a few foods that has all your essential macronutrients: carbs, protein, and fat."
LaCroix Apricot Sparkling Water
Simply Balanced All Natural Creamy Almond Butter
The only ingredient in Simply Balanced All Natural Creamy Almond Butter is roasted almonds, making it a much better choice than products with added ingredients like palm oil and sugar, Ware says.
Simply Balanced Organic Rainbow Quinoa
Simply Balanced Organic Rainbow Quinoa can be swapped in for rice in any dish for an added protein boost, Ware says.