10 Healthiest Prepackaged Whole Foods Products

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Whole Foods Markets are part of a large chain of stores featuring organic, natural, and whole foods. Each has a produce section, deli, a prepared foods section, fresh meat and seafood sections, several aisles of packaged foods, and a frozen foods section.

Clearly, fresh products are best. But sometimes you need something easier and more convenient. Plus, not all processed foods are unhealthy. Here's a look at ten healthy processed and prepackaged Whole Foods brands products.

Whole Foods Markets offer several brands, but they also have their own store brands under the names Whole Foods Markets and 365 Everyday Value. As with any other brand, the nutritional value varies from product to product.

Whole Foods Market Brand

Some of the healthy, processed foods available at Whole Foods Market are sold under the brand named after the store itself.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Fried rice makes for a delicious main meal or side dish, but it can often be high in fat and calories. One cup of Whole Foods Market Vegetable Fried Rice has only 150 calories and 1 gram of fat.

This rice also covers 8% of your daily need for fiber, 4% of your requirement for iron, 25% of the vitamin A your body needs every day, and a bit of potassium. It's not low in sodium, but Whole Foods Market Vegetable Fried Rice is lower in sodium than many other brands.

Artichoke, Kale, and Swiss Chard Bites

Sometimes you need a quick and easy appetizer and Whole Foods Market Artichoke, Kale, and Swiss Chard Bites are perfect. Just pop them in the oven!

One serving is three pieces and has only 70 calories. You'll also get 8% of your daily recommendations for calcium and fiber, 20% of a day's need of vitamin A, and some vitamin C.

This product does have a little saturated fat but isn't high in sodium. All in all, these bites are much healthier than typical high-calorie and high-fat spring rolls, pot-stickers, and other fried, frozen, heat-and-eat appetizers.

Gnocchi Quattro Formaggi

Here's a quick and easy pasta dish that only needs a side salad to become a full meal. One cup of Whole Foods Market Gnocchi Quattro Formaggi is about 230 calories and gives you 7 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber (8% of your daily recommended amount).

This is actually impressive for a pasta dish as they rarely offer fiber. It also has a moderate amount of sodium and some saturated fat, but much less than many other brands of ready-to-eat pasta dishes.

365 Everyday Value Brand

There are also a selection of processed foods under Whole Foods' 365 Everyday Value brand that could be considered healthier choices.

Vegetable Medley Soup

Soup makes for a quick and easy meal: just heat and eat. One cup of 365 Everyday Value Vegetable Medley Soup provides 71 calories, no fat, 16 grams of carbohydrate, and 2 grams of protein. It also has almost 3 grams of fiber and less than 4 grams of sugar.

The 365 Everyday Value brand is an excellent choice because it's fat-free, high in vitamins and minerals, lower in sodium than most soups, low in calories, and offers almost 3 grams of fiber per serving. A serving is about one cup but this soup is so good for you, it's fine to call for seconds.

Frozen Stir-Fry Blend

Stir-frying is a smart way to prepare a meal and having frozen stir-fry-friendly vegetables ready to go makes it fast and easy. The 365 Everyday Value Stir-Fry Blend is made with organic broccoli, carrots, green beans, onions, red bell peppers, and mushrooms.

One cup satisfies 2% of your daily needs for iron and 30% of your daily vitamin C needs (based on a 2,000-calorie per day diet). That cup of veggies has only 25 calories, too! Serve your stir-fry as a side dish or add chicken or tofu and your favorite stir-fry sauce to make it a meal.

Canned Mandarin Oranges

Little mandarin oranges are sweet and delicious, so they're perfect for picky eaters who need to eat more fruit. Fresh may be best, but the canned 365 Everyday Value Mandarin Oranges are just as delicious as other brands.

Here's the bonus: they're sweetened with a little bit of pear juice (from concentrate) rather than sugar water. A one-half cup serving has 80 calories and provides 4% of your daily needs for fiber and iron. It's also low in sodium, has no fat, and has 10% of the daily recommendation for vitamin C.

Blueberry Cereal Bars

There's no need to skip breakfast when you can grab a blueberry cereal bar from 365 Everyday Value.

Each bar has 140 calories and gives you 20% of your daily recommendation of folate, 10% of your daily recommendation for iron and 15% of your daily calcium needs, and about 4% of the fiber you need. It's also low in fat and even has a little vitamin A.

Whole Wheat Bread

Whole grains are essential for a healthy diet. 365 Everyday Value Whole Wheat Bread is an excellent whole grain source.

One slice supplies 11% of your daily need for fiber and 6% of the iron you need. It also has 5 grams of protein. Use this whole wheat bread to make a healthy sandwich at lunchtime.

Fruit and Nut Granola

Sure, you can find all kinds of granola or maybe even make your own, like gluten-free coconut granola or almond and buckwheat applesauce granola. But what sets the 365 Everyday Value Fruit and Nut Granola apart is that it's a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

It's not low in calories (one-half cup has 270 calories), but it has 18% of your daily need for fiber, 10% of your daily recommendation for iron, and has some calcium too. This granola is perfect for a hearty breakfast or sprinkled on top of some plain Greek yogurt.

Pea Crisps

This snack is perfect when you have a craving for potato chips but don't want all the grease and calories. One serving, or about 25 crisps, gives you 18% of your daily need for fiber, 6% of the iron you need, is low in fat, and has only 110 calories.

It's also lower in sodium than most snack chips. They're perfect to eat alone or served with a light veggie dip.

A Word From Verywell

There are a number of reasons why a consumer may choose Whole Foods Market products and it's important to know that just being sold under this label doesn't automatically mean the product is healthy. It's essential to read ingredient lists and Nutrition Fact labels and keep in mind the number of servings per package. 

As with any brand of processed, prepackaged foods, look for products that are low in fat and calories, nutrient-dense, high in fiber, and made with healthful ingredients. Words and phrases such as GMO-free, gluten-free, and no artificial preservatives don't mean the food is automatically more nutritious.

10 Sources
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  1. Whole Foods Market, vegetable fried rice. U.S. Department of Agriculture. FoodData Central. Modified July 31, 2018.

  2. Whole Foods Market, artichoke, kale & swiss chard bites. U.S. Department of Agriculture. FoodData Central. Modified June 26, 2018.

  3. Whole Foods Market, gnocchi quattro formaggi. U.S. Department of Agriculture. FoodData Central. Modified July 18, 2018.

  4. Vegetable medley soup, vegetable medley. U.S. Department of Agriculture. FoodData Central. Modified April 8, 2020.

  5. Stir-fry blend broccoli, carrots, green beans, onions, red bell peppers & mushrooms, stir-fry blend. U.S. Department of Agriculture. FoodData Central. Modified Jan 23, 2021.

  6. Canned fruit, mandarin oranges in pear juice from concentrate, 10.5 oz. Whole Foods Market.

  7. lueberry cereal bar, 6 count. Whole Foods Market.

  8. Sandwich bread, whole wheat (17 slices), 24 oz. Whole Foods Market.

  9. Organic fruit & nut granola, 17 oz. Whole Foods Market.

  10. Organic pea crisps, lightly salted, 3.3 oz. Whole Foods Market.

By Shereen Lehman, MS
Shereen Lehman, MS, is a former writer for Verywell Fit and Reuters Health. She's a healthcare journalist who writes about healthy eating and offers evidence-based advice for regular people.