The 16 Most Underrated Items at Your Favorite Grocery Chains
Did you know there are secret ways you could be purchasing more nutritious, higher-quality food at your favorite grocery store—and often for a discount? We asked registered dietitians all over the country to share their most-loved purchases.
Walmart: Lantana Hummus
“I like how Walmart has a large selection of Lantana brand hummus, which comes in flavor-packed, unconventional flavors like white bean dip and spicy black bean dip,” says Michelle Dudash, RDN, author of Clean Eating for Busy Families.” The hummus is made with canola oil, olive oil, and lots of beans.” Find out the top-selling Walmart products in every state.
Walmart: Pop & Cook Crushed Garlic Cubes
“These Pop & Cook Crushed Garlic Cubes are a cooking staple in our house,” says Bannan. “With a two-year shelf life, we have ‘fresh’ garlic year round in our freezer. There is no chopping or measuring since each cube is equal to one garlic clove. We add the garlic cubes to just about anything we are cooking—sauces, vegetables, soups, and grain or meat dishes. Garlic is thought to contain potent medicinal properties that support heart, brain, and bone health.”
Safeway: Deli Rotisserie Chicken
“I love picking up a rotisserie chicken from the deli for a quick and healthy meal when I don’t have time to cook or prepare something,” says Brynn McDowell, RD, a private practice dietitian in Livermore, California. “It’s a great source of lean protein, and it makes a great addition to meals. I also like having it on hand in the fridge to toss into salads or to use on sandwiches, in soups, or to throw together a simple chicken salad. As an added bonus, on Fridays many Safeway stores have a special during which rotisserie chicken is only $5, making it really budget friendly.”
Safeway: O Organics Mediterranean Style Quinoa with Brown Rice
“I really like Safeway’s O Organics line, which is a high-quality, nutritious line at a more affordable price,” says Dudash. “I like the frozen, fully cooked quinoa made with simple ingredients. It’s easy to sprinkle over salads, adding fiber and protein.” Add quinoa to a grain bowl or a green salad.
Kroger: Dr. Praeger’s All American Veggie Burgers
“These new veggie burgers are just hitting shelves and are currently only available at Kroger and Whole Foods,” says Rizzo, a nutrition partner with Dr. Praeger’s. “These flavorful, soy-free, gluten-free, plant-based burgers are made with pea protein and boast an impressive 28 grams of protein per patty. Look for them in the frozen aisle to whip up dinner in a snap.”
Kroger: Kroger Black Beans
“I usually get the store brand of canned beans,” says Jessica Gust, MS, RDN, a private practice dietitian in Arroyo Grande, CA. “The store brand is nearly 50 percent cheaper than many of the name brands, and it has an almost identical nutrition profile. Canned beans are one of my pantry staples because they go in a variety of recipes and dishes, from chili and soups to tacos and even desserts. Beans are a great source of plant-based protein, iron, and fiber.” Next, check out the top-ranked grocery stores in America.
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