9 Super-Healthy Food Finds at Walmart
Massive retailer Walmart has a reputation for being a store where you can find just about anything — from appliances to beauty supplies, lawn furniture, clothes, car parts, and more — especially inexpensive, mass market products. It also happens to be the largest grocer in the U.S. With all the space dedicated to food in Walmart stores, you can find some great deals on healthy products, from snacks to produce, proteins, and even ready-made meals.
We walked all the aisles to find you some of the best super healthy food finds on the shelves at Walmart.
Wholly Guacamole Classic Minis
There can be a lot of excess ingredients in store-bought guacamole – but not Wholly Guacamole Classic Minis. These pre-packaged guacamole cups contain just four healthy ingredients: avocados, jalapeños, onion, and garlic. The guac comes in six single-serving containers, so you can just grab and go.
The Only Bean Roasted Edamame
When a craving for a salty snack hits, reach for protein- and fiber-rich roasted edamame instead of chips. “They’re crunchy, flavorful, and absolutely addictive,” says Catherine Rall, a registered dietitian at Happy V. “They’re also packed with protein and fiber, meaning that this is a snack that’s going to fill you up quickly and help you feel full for longer.” Choose your favorite flavor at Walmart: Buffalo, sriracha, or sea salt.
The Only Bean Roasted Edamame, $13 for 10 .9-ounce bags
Known for its peel-off wax coating, Babybel is a favorite for adults and kids alike. Walmart sells the cheese in a 12-pack of the brand’s original flavor, Edam. Each round contains 4 grams of protein and a good dose of iron and calcium. “With plenty of protein and some fat, they’ll keep you full between meals, and also give you the pleasure of unwrapping the little wax packaging,” Rall says.
Babybel cheese, $7 for 12 .7-ounce rounds
Walmart offers plenty of fresh produce, but it’s also worth perusing the store’s frozen fruit selection.
“A common misconception exists that fresh fruit and vegetables are healthier than frozen or canned versions,” says registered dietitian Trista Best. “This has primarily risen from the fact that some frozen fruit and vegetables are manufactured with extra sodium and sugar to enhance taste, texture, and stability. However, many manufacturers are turning to healthier alternatives and leaving those practices behind.”
In fact, especially for out-of season items, like berries in winter, frozen may be a better choice. “In many cases frozen fruit and vegetables are just as nutrient dense as fresh,” Best says. “This is because frozen fruit and vegetables are harvested and processed at their peak. This equates to their nutrient profile being more dense as some fresh produce loses some nutrients during packaging and transport.”
Frozen fruit, prices vary ($2 to $4 for a 16-ounce bag of Walmart’s Great Value house brand)
Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala
Frozen meals don’t have a great reputation for being super healthy, but Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala, sold at Walmart, is an exception. With 17 grams of protein and only 300 calories, it’s also gluten-free and made with just a few recognizable ingredients. Warm one up for a quick, budget-friendly WFH lunch or dinner on a busy weeknight.
Saffron Road Chicken Tikka Masala, $4.40 for one
Jolly Time White Popcorn Kernels
Popcorn and movies just go together – but movie theater popcorn and even many microwave varieties are loaded with artificial ingredients and excess sodium. Still, popcorn on its own is a healthy, nutritious snack. Pick up a bag of non-GMO Jolly Time white popcorn kernels on your next trip to Walmart and pop them on your stovetop (it’s easy, we promise).
“If you need a nutritious and filling snack, popcorn is your best option,” says Michelle Saari, a registered dietitian at EHealth Project. “In 5 cups there are only 100 calories, 6 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. Eating popcorn is called volume eating; you can eat large amounts that fill you up, but the calories are low and fiber is high.”
Jolly Time White Popcorn Kernels, $14 for a 32-ounce bag
Two Good Vanilla Yogurt Cups
Yogurt on its own can be a healthy option, with protein, calcium, and gut-friendly probiotics. But many varieties are loaded with sugar, artificial flavors and dyes, and other less-than-optimal ingredients. That’s why Two Good’s vanilla yogurt is a good choice: It’s low in sugar, high in protein, and packed in convenient single-serve 5.3-ounce cups. Each has 12 grams of protein, just 80 calories, and only 2 grams of sugar.
Two Good Vanilla Yogurt Cups, $4.20 for 4 5.3-ounce cups
Amy’s Kitchen Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup
With 11 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber per can, Amy’s Kitchen’s lentil vegetable soup is a quick and easy, nutrient-dense option for a light lunch or dinner. Or, have it alongside a salad or open-face sandwich for a heartier meal.
“Unlike many other popular canned soups, these soups can provide you with a good serving of fiber and protein, which will keep you feeling full,” says registered dietitian Alyssa Pacheco. It’s also a good source of iron and potassium.
Though, like many canned soups, Amy’s has a significant amount of sodium, it’s lower than many other well-known brands.
Amy’s Kitchen Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup, $3.70 for a 14.5-ounce can
Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa
Salsa is great for snacking – especially if you dunk in vegetables instead of chips – and it also adds flavor and color to grain bowls, salads, quesadillas, and loads of other dishes.
Made with just a few wholesome ingredients, Fresh Cravings salsa would go nicely with the Wholly Guacamole.
Not only is this salsa delicious, and low in fat and calories, it’s also packed with healthy ingredients, like tomatoes. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a carotenoid that gives the fruit its vibrant color. Research has found that a diet rich in lycopene is linked with a lower risk of cancer and some cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.
Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa, $3.45 for a 16-ounce container