6 Healthy Prepared Foods Worth Paying For

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Bagged kale

Price: $1 to $2 more than a head

Kale is the queen of greens, packing vitamins A, C and K, as well as manganese and cancer-fighting flavonoids. But it's probably the most difficult green to deal with, says Ansel. Its curly leaves trap dirt so it needs a thorough washing. Ansel buys kale pre-prepped, often opting for baby kale, which is less bitter than full-size leaves.

Keep in mind that while a head of kale looks like a lot more than what you get in a 10-ounce bag, once you've removed the stems and any bruised leaves it ends up about the same.

Try this recipe: Whole-Wheat Pasta with Kale and Roast Chicken

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