25+ Healthiest (Packaged!) Foods You Can Buy

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You don’t have to make everything from scratch to feed your family right! Take the pressure off with these healthy packaged foods that nourish you right out of the bag or box.

healthy packaged foods for kids

Serving home-cooked meals for your kids is super important. We’ll never tell you otherwise!

But that doesn’t mean you have to make every single item in your kitchen from scratch to eat well and raise healthy kids. In truth, the supermarket is filled with healthy products that come in a bag, box, or can. You don’t have to feel like you’re settling for less when you buy them.

The key to making healthy packaged-food choices is knowing what’s really good for your family, and what’s masquerading as health food, but really isn’t.

And actually, it’s not really so complicated! Here are a few guidelines to help you know the difference.

Healthy Packaged Foods Have LESS (or None) of These:

Sugar or artificial sweetener

Refined grains

Rambling ingredient lists

Healthy Packaged Foods Have MORE of These:

Protein

Whole Grains

Fruits and veggies

That’s it. Pretty simple, right? With a little forethought, you can feel proud knowing the packaged foods you buy are improving your family’s nutrition.

AND helping you be a better home cook. (Huh?!)

Really! I can’t tell you how many times having a good stash of packaged food has saved me when I’m trying to get a healthy meal on the table last-minute. (When you’ve got beans, rice, and salsa in your pantry, you’re halfway there!)

If you’re ready to stock your own pantry with some healthy essentials, check out our list of healthiest packaged foods:

healthy whole grain packaged foods

25+ Healthy Packaged Foods

  • 100% whole wheat spaghetti
  • Peanut butter
  • Cheese sticks
  • Raisin boxes
  • Whole wheat mac and cheese
  • Granola (lower sugar)
  • Applesauce pouches
  • Larabars
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned lentil soup
  • Beef jerky
  • Popcorn
  • Coconut chips
  • Salsa
  • Dried fruit (look for unsweetened)
  • Corn tortillas
  • Canned beans
  • 100% whole grain crackers
  • 100% whole grain bread, buns, pitas, and rolls
  • Jarred marinara sauce
  • Dry-roasted nuts
  • Brown rice cakes
  • Whole milk yogurt
  • Hummus
  • Freeze-dried fruits and veggies like apple chips, carrot chips, and peas
  • Baby carrots, apple slices, and other pre-cut fresh produce
  • Any bag of frozen fruits
  • Any bag of frozen veggies

Recipes Featuring Boxed and Bagged Foods

30 Quick and Easy Last Minute Dinner Ideas
Ultimate Guide to Healthy, Kid-Friendly Wraps
Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Energy Balls

That’s our list! Do you have a favorite healthy packaged-food staple that we didn’t mention? Share in the comments.

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Appreciate this list! Wanted to point out Annie’s products and Triscuits have shows to include a high amount of Glyphosate(weed killer) so wanted to pass along.

Actually Heather, lots of items on this list will have high glyphosate levels because they aren’t organic. If anyone wants to avoid glyphosate they must also avoid non-organic foods.