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31 Delicious Packaged Foods That Actually Aren't Terrible For You

Pass the chips, please. And the cookies. And the microwave pizza.

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Fun fact: It is possible to eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes processed and packaged foods.

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The key is to know how to choose the healthiest options from what's available. And btw, BuzzFeed Health reported on how to eat healthier processed foods here.

Here is the criteria we considered when choosing items for this list:

• Calories per serving

• Reasonability of serving size

• Ratio of carbs to fiber (ideally no more than 10 grams of carb for every 1 gram of fiber)

• Ratio of protein to fat (ideally no less than 2 grams of protein for every 1 grams of fat)

• Amount of added sugar

• Amount of sodium

• Number of ingredients (the fewer, the better)

• Recognizability of ingredients (the more familiar/pronounceable, the better)

And some items were specially chosen by our experts: registered dietitians Jessica Jones, of Food Heaven Made Easy and co-author of 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot, and Abby Langer of Abby Langer Nutrition.

So if you're short on time and/or motivation, here are some convenient snacks and meals that really aren't terrible for you.

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FYI: Obviously not everything on this list perfectly fits all of the criteria above. But they all meet several of the criteria, so it's kinda up to you to decide how well each one fits into your overall diet, happiness, and wallet.

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2. Popchips

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Example: Sea salt

Serving size: 23 chips

Ingredients: Dried potato, rice flour, sunflower and/or safflower oil, potato starch, sea salt, salt.

Calories: 120

Total carbs: 19 grams

Fat: 4 grams

Protein: 1 grams

Fiber: 1 grams

Sugar: 0 grams

Sodium: 190 milligrams

4. Garden of Eatin' Baked Blue Tortilla Chips

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Serving size: about 19 chips

Ingredients: Organic blue corn, organic brown flaxseed, organic soy grits, organic canola oil and/or organic safflower oil and/or organic sunflower oil, sea salt.

Calories: 120

Total carbs: 20 grams

Fat: 3 grams

Protein: 3 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Sugar: 0 grams

Sodium: 120 milligrams

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5. Triscuit Thin Crisps

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Example: Original

Serving size: 15 crackers

Ingredients: Whole grain wheat, vegetable oil (soybean or canola oil), sea salt.

Calories: 130

Total carbs: 21 grams

Fat: 4.5 grams

Protein: 3 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Sugar: 0 grams

Sodium: 170 milligrams

7. Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas

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Example: Sea Salt

Serving size: 1/4 cup

Ingredients: Organic chickpeas, organic expeller pressed canola and/or organic sunflower oil, sea salt, organic rosemary extract, ascorbic acid.

Calories: 130

Total carbs: 18 grams

Fat: 4 grams

Protein: 6 grams

Fiber: 5 grams

Sugar: 1 grams

Sodium: 230 milligrams

8. Special K Cracker Chips

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Example: Sea Salt

Serving size: 28 chips

Ingredients: Potatoes, potato starch, canola oil with TBHQ for freshness, rice flour, oat fiber, degerminated yellow corn meal, sugar, contains 2% or less of sea salt, salt, monoglycerides, whole wheat flour, soy flour, whey.

Calories: 120

Total carbs: 21 grams

Fat: 4 grams

Protein: 2 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Sugar: 1 grams

Sodium: 220 milligrams

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10. Newman's O's

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Example: Original

Serving size: 2 cookies

Ingredients: Organic unbleached wheat flour, organic powdered, organic sugar, organic palm fruit oil, sunflower oil, cocoa, organic invert syrup, natural flavors, sodium bicarbonate (leavening), unsweetened chocolate, salt, soy lecithin.

Calories: 130

Total carbs: 20 grams

Fat: 5 grams

Protein: 1 gram

Fiber: <1 gram

Sugar: 11 grams

Sodium: 110 milligram

11. Oreo Thins

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Example: Mint

Serving size: 4 cookies

Ingredients: Sugar, unbleached enriched flour, palm and/or canola oil, high fructose corn syrup, salt, soy lecithin, baking soda, peppermint oil, artificial color, artificial flavor.

Calories: 140

Total carbs: 21 grams

Fat: 6 grams

Protein: 1 grams

Fiber: <1 gram

Sugar: 12 gram

Sodium: 95 milligrams

13. Edy's Slow Churned Ice Cream

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Example: Mint Chocolate Chip

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Ingredients: Non-fat milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, chocolaty chips, whey protein, buttermilk, molasses, acacia gum, carob bean gum, guar gum, yellow 5, blue 1, carrageenan, natural flavor

Calories: 120

Total carbs: 17 grams

Fat: 4.5 grams

Protein: 2 grams

Fiber: 0 grams

Sugar: 13 grams

Sodium: 35 milligrams

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15. Clif Organic Trail Mix bars

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Example: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter

Serving size: 1 bar

Ingredients: Organic peanuts, organic tapioca syrup, organic almonds, organic dark chocolate, organic coating, organic roasted soybeans, organic rice crisps, organic peanut butter, organic inulin, organic sunflower oil, sea salt, mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E compounds).

Calories: 200

Total carbs: 18 grams

Fat: 13 grams

Protein: 6 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Sugar: 8 grams

Sodium: 130 milligrams

16. Quest Protein Bars

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Example bar: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Ingredients: Protein blend, soluble corn fiber, almonds, water, unsweetened chocolate, natural flavors, erythritol, cocoa butter, palm oil, sea salt, calcium carbonate, sucralose, Stevia

Calories: 190

Total carbs: 20 grams

Fat: 9 grams

Protein: 21grams

Fiber: 14 grams

Sugar: 1 grams

Sodium: 210 milligrams

17. KIND bars (Nuts & Spices line)

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Example bar: Honey Roasted Nuts & Sea Salt

Serving size: 1 bar

Ingredients: Almonds, cashews, peanuts, honey, glucose syrup, chicory root fiber, rice flour, sea salt, soy lecithin, sugar.

Calories: 200

Total carbs: 15 grams

Fat: 15 grams

Protein: 6 grams

Fiber: 4 grams

Sugar: 5 grams

Sodium: 135 milligrams

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18. Fage Total 2% Split Cup

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Example: Strawberry

Serving size: 1 container

Ingredients: Strained yogurt, live active cultures, strawberries, cane sugar, water, corn starch, strawberry juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate, natural flavors.

Calories: 140

Total carbs: 17 grams

Fat: 2.5 grams

Protein: 12 grams

Fiber: 0 grams

Sugar: 16 grams

Sodium: 40 milligrams

19. Stonyfield Organic Greek Whole Milk Yogurt

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Example: Vanilla Bean

Serving size: 1 container

Ingredients: Cultured pasteurized organic whole milk, organic cane sugar, non-GMO corn starch, organic natural vanilla flavor, organic carob bean gum, organic vanilla bean, gellan gum.

Calories: 140

Total carbs: 13 grams

Fat: 4.5 grams

Protein: 13 grams

Fiber: 0 grams

Sugar: 12 grams

Sodium: 85 milligrams

20. Dannon Whole Milk Yogurt

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Example: Cherry

Serving size: 1 container

Ingredients: Cultured grade A milk, cane sugar, water, corn starch, cherries, less than 1% of fruit juice and vegetable juice, natural flavor, carob bean gum, lemon juice concentrate, vitamin D3, milk calcium.

Calories: 140

Total carbs: 20 grams

Fat: 4.5 grams

Protein: 5 grams

Fiber: 0 grams

Sugar: 15 grams

Sodium: 70 milligrams

21. Special K Protein

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Serving size: 3/4 cup

Ingredients: Whole grain wheat, wheat gluten, sugar, rice, soy protein isolate, wheat bran, defatted soy grits, contains 2% or less of salt, cinnamon, malt flavor, L-lysine monohydrochloride, soy lecithin, sucralose, BHT for freshness. Vitamins and Minerals: Reduced iron, niacinamide, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin B2, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D3. .

Calories: 120

Total carbs: 19 grams

Fat: 1 grams

Protein: 10 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Sugar: 7 grams

Sodium: 190 milligrams

22. Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal

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Serving size: 3/4 cup

Ingredients: Whole oat flour, degerminated yellow cornmeal, invert cane syrup, oat fiber, honey, salt, cinnamon*, expeller pressed canola oil, ginger, cardamom, natural flavor, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) for freshness.

Calories: 120

Total carbs: 26 grams

Fat: 1.5 grams

Protein: 3 grams

Fiber: 4 grams

Sugar: 5 grams

Sodium: 85 milligrams

23. Kix

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Serving size: 1.25 cups

Ingredients: Whole grain corn, corn meal, sugar, Corn bran, salt, brown sugar syrup, trisodium phosphate, vitamin E.

Calories: 110

Total carbs: 25 grams

Fat: 1 gram

Protein: 2 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Sugar: 3 grams

Sodium: 180 milligrams

24. Luvo frozen meals

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Example: Chicken Chile Verde

Serving size: 1 meal

Ingredients: Cooked white meat chicken, water, cooked black beans, tomatoes, tomatillo, queso quesadilla, tomatoes, yellow corn meal, corn, red bell peppers, cilantro, citric acid, coriander, cumin, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, garlic, green bell peppers, green chili pepper, green onion, guar gum, jalapeño peppers, onions, orange juice concentrate, oregano, paprika, paprika extract, parmesan cheese, parsley, poblano peppers, potato starch, red onions, roasted pumpkin seeds, seasoning, spices, sunflower oil, thyme, tomato paste, xanthan gum, yellow corn masa flour.

Calories: 300

Total carbs: 27 grams

Fat: 11 grams

Protein: 25 grams

Fiber: 6 grams

Sugar: 5 grams

Sodium: 490 milligrams

25. Amy's Single-Serve Spinach Pizza (Light in Sodium)

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Serving size: 1 pizza

Ingredients: Organic unbleached wheat flour with organic wheat bran and organic wheat germ, filtered water, organic tomato puree, part-skim mozzarella cheese, organic spinach, extra virgin olive oil, feta cheese, organic onions, organic tofu (filtered water, organic soybeans, nigari, honey, organic garlic, spices, sea salt, expeller pressed high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic evaporated cane syrup, black pepper, yeast.

Calories: 440

Total carbs: 54 grams

Fat: 18 grams

Protein: 19 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Sugar: 5 grams

Sodium: 390 milligrams

26. Newman's Own Roasted Vegetable Thin & Crispy Pizza

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Serving size: 1/3 pizza

Ingredients: Multigrain crust, sauce, low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese, fire roasted bell peppers, mushrooms, fire roasted red onion, parmesan cheese.

Calories: 240

Total carbs: 33 grams

Fat: 9 grams

Protein: 11 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Sugar: 3 grams

Sodium: 550 milligrams

27. Lean Cuisine Thin Crust Margherita Pizza

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Serving size: 1 pizza

Ingredients: Enriched flour, water, sugar, soybean oil, yeast, olive oil, salt, tomatoes, tomatoes, reduced fat mozzarella cheese and cornstarch, low moisture part skim mozzarella cheese, onions, tomato paste, 2% or less of garlic puree, seasoning, garlic powder, spices, natural flavor

Calories: 320

Total carbs: 48 grams

Fat: 7 grams

Protein: 16 grams

Fiber: 3 grams

Sugar: 7 grams

Sodium: 525 milligrams

28. Saffron Road Frozen Bowls

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Example: Sesame Ginger Salmon

Serving size: 1 meal

Ingredients: White rice: white rice, water. Ginger vegetable mix: snow peas, carrots, water chestnuts. Salmon filet: wild Alaska salmon. Sesame ginger sauce: water, tamari, cane sugar, ginger puree, native corn starch, toasted sesame oil, garlic puree, expeller pressed canola oil, lemon juice concentrate, sesame seeds, cayenne pepper.

Calories: 280

Total carbs: 39 grams

Fat: 6 grams

Protein: 17 grams

Fiber: 2 grams

Sugar: 7 grams

Sodium: 410 milligrams

29. EVOL Foods Single Serve Meals

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Example: Fire Grilled Steak

Serving size: 1 bowl

Ingredients: Cooked black beans, cooked white rice, bell peppers, grilled beef, cilantro, corn, cheddar cheddar cheese, canola oil, lime juice from concentrate, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, garlic, spices.

Calories: 400

Total carbs: 40 grams

Fat: 18 grams

Protein: 20 grams

Fiber: 8 grams

Sugar: 3 grams

Sodium: 520 milligrams

30. Amy's Tofu Scramble With Vegetables & Hash Browns

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Serving size: 1 meal

Ingredients: (Vegan) organic tofu, organic hash browns, organic tomatoes, organic spinach, organic zucchini, organic onions, organic mushrooms, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic carrots, sea salt, organic garlic, nutritional yeast, spices, organic black pepper.

Calories: 320

Total carbs: 19 grams

Fat: 19 grams

Protein: 22 grams

Fiber: 4 grams

Sugar: 4 grams

Sodium: 580 milligrams

31. Lean Cuisine Marketplace Chicken With Almonds

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Serving size: 1 meal

Ingredients: Blanched enriched long grain parboiled rice, cooked chicken tenderloin, water, green beans, broccoli, brown sugar, yellow carrots, almonds, 2% or less of soy sauce, modified cornstarch, sugar, dehydrated soy sauce, ginger puree, soybean oil, brown sugar syrup, apple cider vinegar, caramel color, citric acid.

Calories: 290

Total carbs: 44 grams

Fat: 5 grams

Protein: 16 grams

Fiber: 4 grams

Sugar: 8 grams

Sodium: 490 milligrams

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