6 Healthy Prepared Foods Worth Paying For

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Cooked fresh beets

Price: $2 to $3 more than raw

Sure, these antioxidant powerhouses are pricey—about $4 for an 8-ounce shrink-wrapped package. "But it's worth every penny not to spend an hour cooking them and have your fingernails and countertops turn pink" from peeling them, McIndoo says.

Try this recipe: Beet Salad With Yogurt Dressing

Next: Frozen cooked whole grains