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The Best & Worst New Grocery Store Items on the Shelves—Ranked!

Here's what to add to your shopping cart and what to leave behind.
FACT CHECKED BY Meaghan Cameron

Discovering a new item at the grocery store is part of the fun of scanning the aisles, especially if it's so much different from the same old things that have been on store shelves for years. While you may have hit the culinary jackpot, new items can sometimes be a flop in terms of flavor and nutrition. We've rounded up 20 of the hottest new grocery store items and ranked them from worst to best so you can figure out which newcomers to toss in your shopping cart and which to stroll on by.

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Cappello's Five Cheese Ravioli

cappellos five cheese ravioli

PER 4 RAVIOLI (140 G): 410 calories, 25 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 700 mg sodium, 32 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 17 g protein

This grain-free stuffed pasta could be part of a tasty dinner, just beware of how many you eat because one serving is loaded with sodium and very high in calories. On the plus side, the amount of protein per serving is pretty high so these will keep you full throughout the night.

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19

Cappello's Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

cappellos spinach cheese ravioli

PER 4 RAVIOLI (140 G): 390 calories, 23 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 730 mg sodium, 32 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 16 g protein

This spinach and cheese version of this ravioli is still high in calories and sodium, but it has the added nutrition from the spinach.

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18

KIND Frozen Smoothie Bowls Almond + Triple Berry Acai

kind frozen smoothie bowl almond triple berry acai

PER 1 BOWL (130 G): 350 calories, 20 g fat (4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 290 g sodium, 37 g carbs (4 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 7 g protein

Smoothie bowls are a trendy breakfast and the new KIND version is an easy grab-and-go meal. However,  bowls are high in sugar, so try balancing it out with some eggs or another high-protein, low-sugar snack later in the day.

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17

Cappello's Butternut Squash Ravioli

cappellos butternut squash ravioli

PER 4 RAVIOLI (140 G): 340 calories, 18 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 710 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (4 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 9 g protein

If you really want grain-free ravioli for dinner consider the butternut squash variety, which has fewer calories and less fat compared to the cheese-laden variety.

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16

Blue Diamond Tasty Little Cup Chocolate Cake

blue diamond tasty little cup chocolate cake

PER CUP: 230 calories, 13 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 340 mg sodium, 27 g carbs (4 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 7 g protein

Microwave mug cakes are a fun treat, and this pre-measured cake is easy to make. It does have a decent amount of protein thanks to the almond flour, but it's also high in fat and calories so this should be just a once-in-a-while treat.

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15

Beckon Ice Cream Snack Cups Mint Chip with Chocolate Creme Cookie Crumble

beckon ice cream snack cups mint chip

PER 1 CONTAINER (76 G): 210 calories, 12 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 60 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (less than one g fiber, 18 g sugar), 2 g protein

Pre-portioned ice cream cups are a great way to ensure you're actually sticking to the suggested serving amount. This ice cream cup isn't the best nutritionally, but sometimes you just need to treat yourself.

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14

Beckon Ice Cream Snack Cups Dark Chocolate Brownie with Chocolate Cookie Gems

beckon ice cream snack cups dark chocolate brownie

PER 1 CONTAINER (76 G): 200 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 95 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (1 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 3 g protein

We're all for anything dark chocolate brownie, including ice cream cups. These from Beckon are pre-portioned so you don't have to worry about overloading a bowl and guessing the serving size. Turns out people really aren't good at eye-balling serving size.

13

Perdue Simply Smart Organics Gluten-Free Breaded Chicken Strips

perdue chicken breast strips

PER 3 OUNCES (84 G): 180 calories, 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 480 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 13 g protein

Chicken strips are a freezer staple for most people, and now you can get them with gluten-free breading. These pack a punch in the protein department with 13 grams per serving.

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12

Beckon Ice Cream Snack Cups Vanilla with Rainbow Sprinkles

beckon ice cream snack cups vanilla

PER 1 CONTAINER (76 G): 150 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 25 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (0 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 2 g protein

The best of the pre-portioned ice cream on the list is the Beckon vanilla flavor with rainbow sprinkles. It has just 150 calories per serving and helps to curb that sweet tooth craving.

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11

Pillsbury Garlic Bread Pull-Apart Kit

pillsbury garlic bread pull-apart kit

PER 6 PIECES (52 G): 150 calories, 6 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 430 g sodium, 21 g carbs (1 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 3 g protein

One tasty addition to the refrigerated section is the Pillsbury Garlic Bread Pull-Apart Kit. The bread is high in sodium, so keep that in mind if you go in for seconds.

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10

Terra Sour Cream & Onion Chips

terra sour cream and onion chips

PER 1 OUNCE (28 G): 140 calories, 8 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 190 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 1 g protein

We are so psyched that Terra Chips now come in sour cream-and-onion flavor. While these are still deep-fried, the different types of root vegetables will give you more nutrition than standard potato chips.  As always, watch the serving size because one ounce can turn into ten faster than you think!

9

Lundberg Family Farms Organic Rice Cake Minis – White Cheddar

lundberg family farms organic rice cake minis

PER 13 PIECES (30 G): 140 calories, 6 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 160 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 2 g protein

Rice cakes are making a comeback as a snack, and we can't get enough of these white cheddar ones. At 140 calories for 13 pieces, it is a little high in calories, but worth it for a filling, crunchy snack.

8

Enlightend Caramel Fudge Pretzel Pint

enlightened caramel fudge pretzel

PER 2/3 CUP (92 G): 130 calories, 3.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 17 mg sodium, 27 g carbs (8 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 7 g protein

If you want ice cream without the guilt, consider trying the new Enlightened Caramel Fudge Pretzel pints. The ice cream has 130 calories, is super low in fat at 3.5 grams, and packs eight grams of fiber per serving!

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7

BFree Avocado Wraps

b free avocado wraps

PER 1 WRAP (42 G): 107 calories, 3.1 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0.5 g sodium, 11 g carbs (6.7 g fiber, 0.8 g sugar), 7 g protein

If you're looking for a wrap alternative that has fewer carbs and more protein than traditional sandwich wraps, consider the BFree Avocado Wrap, which has seven grams of protein and nearly seven grams of fiber.

6

Welch's Juicefuls Mixed Fruit

welchs juicefuls mixed fruit

PER 1 POUCH (28 G): 90 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 15 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (0 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 1 g protein

If your kids like snacks they can grab after school the Welch's Juicefuls are a new snack that will satisfy the need for a sweet, gummy snack. The first ingredient is fruit puree, unlike some other gummy treats. Just be sure they brush their teeth after!

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5

Carbonaut Low-Carb Seeded Loaves

carbonaut low carb seeded loaves

PER 1 SLICE (34 G): 80 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 140 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (6 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 6 g protein

Sandwiches just got better with the Carbonaut Low-Carb Seeded Loaves. With just eight carbs per slice and six grams of protein this is a bread almost anyone can enjoy.

4

Crepini Grande Egg Wraps With Gluten-Free Grains

crepini grande egg wraps

PER 1 WRAP (20 G): 30 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 90 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 3 g protein

Another wrap alternative is the Crepini Egg Wrap, which has just 30 calories per wrap and three grams of protein.

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3

Chameleon Organic Cold Brew Concentrate Churro Coffee

chameleon organic cold brew concentrate churro coffee

PER 6 OUNCES (180 ML): 20 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 55 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), less than one g protein

Coffee that tastes like churros? Sign us up, especially since it has zero fat and just 20 calories per serving.

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2

Cleveland Kitchen Classic Kimchi

cleveland kitchen classic kimchi

PER 1 OUNCE (28 G): 10 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 270 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

Fermented foods like kimchi have become very popular. At just 10 calories this is one of the best new foods on the market. Just be sure to stick to the serving size to keep the sodium levels down.

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1

Cleveland Kitchen Dilly Garlic Pickled Spears

cleveland kitchen dilly garlic pickled spears

PER 1 OUNCE (28 G): 5 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 210 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Pickles are a kitchen staple, and we love these pickle spears because they are low in everything from calories to fat and sodium. They are also made without added sugar and preservatives.

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Megan duBois is a food and travel journalist with bylines at Forbes, Insider, Delish, Popsugar, SmarterTravel, Travel and Leisure and more. Read more