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.
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!
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 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.
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 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?