What to Buy at Trader Joe’s

March 14th, 2018 Posted by Advice 0 thoughts on “What to Buy at Trader Joe’s”

If you’re planning to stop at Trader Joe’s on the way home from work – this one’s for you! Trader Joe’s has a lot of superfans, and rightly so. They’re known for their budget-friendly prices and fun snacks, but they have some great options for health-minded individuals as well. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite, nutrient-dense items for quick dinners and office snacks.

RXBAR

A straightforward protein bar without added sugars or flavors. Great for workout fuel or a quick snack.

UNSULFURED DRIED FRUIT

Dried fruits are an easy addition to a snack at your desk or on-the-go. Be sure to choose “unsulfured” varieties as fruits treated with sulfur dioxide can cause breathing problems, stomach upset, or skin rash. Sulfur dioxide acts as a preservative that maintains the beautiful color of the fruit, so unsulfured varieties are more brown and shriveled, but they taste just as good!

STEAMED LENTILS

Pre-cooked lentils are a great resource for desk lunches and quick dinners. Mix with other veggies and vinaigrette for a simple salad, add to a bowl of soup for extra protein and fiber, or include as a side dish to your main course.

KOMBUCHA

Kombucha is a fermented tea drink which is fantastic for gut health, helping you maintain a healthy gut flora balance. Fizzy and refreshing, you can drink it in place of soda or juice, or mix with sparkling water for a light drink.

GREEN GODDESS SALAD DRESSING

This, along with their carrot-ginger-miso and almond butter-turmeric flavors is a great pre-made salad dressing. Containing only fresh ingredients and no sugar, these dressings are a wonderful addition to your salads or as a dip for veggies.

WILD ALASKAN SOCKEYE SALMON

Wild fish is hard to find, and pricey too. Trader Joe’s typically carries frozen wild salmon – grab it when you can!

CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST

Upgrade your pizza night with this frozen cauliflower pizza crust. Top with your favorite sauce, veggies, and meats for a low-glycemic, delicious dinner.

MIXED NUT BUTTER

If you’re a peanut butter fan, consider upgrading your spread to this mixed nut variety. Each nut has a unique nutrient profile with different types of vitamins, minerals, oils, and antioxidants. Regularly consuming a variety of different nuts will round out your nutrient intake nicely.

SPROUTED QUINOA

Quinoa is a high-protein grain that can be used as a side dish, salad base, or as a substitute for rice in many recipes. When quinoa is sprouted, the phytic acid is reduced, making it’s nutrients (especially B vitamins) more available to your body. More B vitamins = more energy!

COCONUT AMINOS

Coconut aminos are a great substitute for traditional soy sauce. They have the same umami flavor, but are soy- and gluten-free (good news for those sensitive to soy or gluten!) as well as low-sodium.

ORGANIC KING COCONUT WATER

Coconut water is full of electrolytes and is a wonderfully hydrating during or after-workout drink.

What are your favorite nourishing Trader Joe’s finds?

 

 

Drew Parisi

Drew Parisi

Drew Parisi, NC is a certified nutritionist, foodie, and amateur gardener, helping entrepreneurs and other busy people develop nourishing food habits to fuel their dreams. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, son, and 1,000 paper cranes.

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