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6 Healthy Prepared Foods Worth Paying For

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Fancy-cut bagged veggies

Price: $1 to $3 more than whole produce

Packages of sliced mushrooms or broccoli florets are a waste because they don't save that much time—and, in the case of broccoli, aren't as healthy. (You're missing out on the mild, fiber-rich stems.) But some specialty-cut bagged produce, like sweet potato fries or julienned carrots, is worth the premium price, says Heidi McIndoo, RD, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to 200-300-400 Calorie Meals.

"Besides not having to peel the sweet potatoes, you also get the benefit that they are uniformly sliced so they cook evenly," she points out.

Try this recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges

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