Food & Nutrition

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.

Target: Archer Farms Simply Trail Mix

Simply Trail Mix - 36oz - Archer Farmvia target.com

This store-brand Simply Trail Mix combines peanuts, raisins, M&Ms, almonds, and dried cherries. “I love this trail mix for snacking post workout or to fight off hunger in between meals,” says Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, author of Healthy, Quick & Easy Smoothies. In addition to trail mix, you can find quality nuts in Target’s aisles. “The nut we eat most of is Archer Farms Unsalted Raw Almonds,” says Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RDN, a private practice dietitian in Boston. “It’s available in an economical and convenient 32-ounce jar. Nuts are packed with heart-healthy fat, as well as important nutrients such as vitamin E and magnesium.”

Target: Archer Farms Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup 16oz - Archer Farmsvia target.com

“The Chicken Tortilla Soup is perfect for a hot meal on the go,” says White. “It comes in a microwaveable, re-sealable container and is filled with flavor. I try to bulk it up by adding extra beans for a protein boost or some more vegetables. I like to wilt in some spinach when it’s hot.” See what other things you should always buy at Target.

Aldi: SimplyNature Peanut Butter Powder

Peanut Butter Powder on a White BackgroundP Maxwell Photography/Shutterstock

“This is my go-to market to pick up my favorite kitchen staples at an affordable price,” says Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CPT, a dietitian in San Diego. “The powdered peanut butter is a great option for people looking to add a little more protein and flavor to their smoothies without a lot of fat. Powdered peanut butter is essentially peanut butter with 85 percent of the oil removed.” In addition to smoothies, you can also make vegan chocolate pudding with powdered peanut butter.

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