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Nutrition Test how Kroger meal kits stack up to rivals

SHRIMP SCAMPI

Kroger's Prep + Pared Shrimp Scampi has 210 milligrams of sodium, or 9 percent of recommended daily values based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Olive Garden's Lighter Fare Scampi has 1,800 milligrams, ranking last in this category. Red Lobster's Shrimp Your Way packs 580 milligrams while Garlicky Shrimp Scampi from Hello Fresh has 411 milligrams of sodium.

Kroger also ranked best in total fat, saturated fat and protein; Worst in cholesterol, with 235 mg or 73 percent of daily values.

CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

Kroger's Chicken Enchiladas Rojas has 930 calories per serving, higher than Don Pablo's Fiesta to Go Enchilada Platter (640 calories), Seasoned Chicken Enchilada Plate from El Fenix Restaurant (660 calories) and Old El Paso's Enchilada Dinner Kit, prepared with Chicken (390 calories).

Kroger ranked best for protein and fiber, worst for total fat, cholesterol and sugar. In fact, its 17 grams of sugar was more than the three other dishes combined.

PORK CHOPS

Kroger's Crispy Pork Chop with Creamed Spinach has 18 grams of saturated fat, or 90 percent of daily values. That's three times more than Cracker Barrel's Pork Chop with a side of Green Beans. The Cowboy Pork Chops at Longhorn Steakhouse delivers 12 grams of saturated fat, while Hello Fresh tucks 6 grams into its Dijon Pork Chops with Crispy Potato Cakes and Asparagus.

Kroger also ranked last in this group for total fat, cholesterol and sugar, with 6 grams.

BLACKENED FISH

Kroger's Island Blackened Cod with Pineapple & Coconut Milk has 75 milligrams of cholesterol, better than Red Lobster's Cod Dinner with Blackened Seasoning (95mg) or Quaker Steak & Lube's Pan Seared Blackened Cod (110mg). We couldn't find a blackened cod dish at Hello Fresh but its Blackened Catfish with Roasted Potatoes has 115 milligrams of cholesterol.

The loser in this category by far was Quaker Steak & Lube, which packs 61 grams of total fat (94 percent of daily values) and 4,850 milligrams of sodium (202 percent) into its recipe.

CHIMICHURRI STEAK

Kroger's offering in this category had the lowest total fat, with 21 grams, or 32 percent of daily values. Trader Joe's finished second with 29 grams followed by Ram Restaurant & Brewery's Gluten Free Chimichurri Sirloin at 41 grams and Cumin Chimichurri Skirt Steak from Hello Fresh with 61 grams of total fat.

Hello Fresh had the worst numbers on several fronts, including 880 calories, 14 grams each of saturated fat and sugar.

This numbers in this comparison came from nutrition labels on Prep + Pared packaging, supplemented by labels and nutrition data from the following web sites: Nutritionix.com, MyFitnessPal.com, HelloFresh.com, LonghornSteakhouse.com and RedLobster.com.

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