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It may be inexpensive—and oh so easy to buy—but don’t assume it’s all healthy.

Jaime Milan
December 12, 2017

The perks of Amazon Prime seem to get better every day, and now Prime members can treat themselves to Amazon’s new Wickedly Prime label. Wickedly Prime offers a variety of tempting convenience foods that can be shipped (as always) just a few feet away from your couch, and it includes tasty options like roasted seaweed snacks, plantain chips, pea crisps, sweet spreads, dry roasted almonds, tortilla chips, boxed soups, and even tea.

As Amazon’s ad copy explains, “Our passion for seeking out the best flavors on earth has inspired us to put our twist on delicious with a line of distinctive food and beverages available for fast, convenient shipping across all Prime delivery services.”

Everything is super affordable (think three bucks for a family-sized bag of chips or five for a luxe cookie spread), and they’re all eligible for that sweet free two-day shipping.

But before you go clicking “add to cart”, you may want to take a beat. Though many of these sound like things you’d find in the natural food section of a grocery story, the nutrition information sometimes tells a different story. We did  some digging to find the snacks worth picking and ones you might want to swipe past.

SKIP: Roasted and Salted Plantain Chips

These plantain chips seem pretty innocuous at first—only 150 calories for 40 chips? Awesome, right? Well, 40 chips only equals an ounce (the same recommended serving for any kind of chips) so they’re not terribly large. They are large in fat, however: There are 7 grams in each serving, 3 of which are saturated. The sat fat pushes the boundaries of our nutritional guidelines, so we vote to skip this snack and opt for something less fried, such as Miss Marjories packaged plantain chips—they pack the same salty crunch with only 1 gram of sat fat in each serving.

SKIP: Cocoa Truffle Spread

The recommended serving is for 2 tablespoons (read: so easy to overdo), and there are 220 calories, 14 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, and a whopping 18 grams of sugar in each serving. While a spoonful of this spread may be “better” nutritionally than a restaurant brownie, we recommend satisfying your sweet tooth with one of our healthy dessert recipes instead (hello, molasses crinkle cookies!)

SKIP: Masala Butternut Squash Soup

We’re cool with the 210 calories per serving, but the 9 grams of saturated fat and 850 mg of sodium (that’s 35% of your daily recommended value at one go) make us want to pass. Instead, try our nutritionist-approved beer cheese soup (made with butternut squash!).

TRY: Bagged or Loose-Leaf Teas

Matcha is a great way to get a natural, steady caffeine boost, and we love any kind of tea because it’s a great way to hydrate when the weather cools down.

TRY: Organic Tortilla Chips, Stone Ground Blue Corn

This salty snack is a winner in our book. A 1-ounce serving has just 140 calories, 1 gram of sat fat, and 80 mg of sodium.

TRY: Organic Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips

These tortilla chips have just 140 calories and only 1 gram of saturated fat per serving. They also get a nutritional boost from flax and chia seeds.

TRY: Maui Onion Seaweed Snacks

These onion-flavored seaweed snacks look like a delicious umami bomb—but we like that they have just 25 calories, 2 grams of fat, and 70 grams of sodium. Who said all pre-packaged snacks are unhealthy?

TRY: Pea Crisps

Unlike other veggie crisps, Wickedly Prime's pea crisps are actually made with peas. With only 90 calories, 4 grams of total fat, and 55 grams of sodium, they look perfect for a quick snack or as a replacement for croutons on your favorite salad.

TRY: Lightly Salted Almonds

Go ahead and add some of these baggies to your Amazon cart. They make it easy to portion control your snacks—and, bonus, they’re perfect for eating on-the-go. Almonds are a good source of vitamins, plant-based protein, and heart-healthy fats, so we’re giving this snack a nutritional thumbs-up.