Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil
By now you're probably aware that most of the corn crops in the U.S. are genetically modified. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to avoid corn and we don't yet know the long-term effects of GMOs. Consume consciously when you can, like with this batch of organic popcorn.
Super Seed Blends
These blends are a great addition to your morning cereal, oatmeal, yogurt or salad. The Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend comes with chia, flax, hemp, red quinoa, amaranth and sprouted grains, like buckwheat and millet. Each 2-tablespoon serving gives you 2,000 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids and 4 grams of fiber as well as 4 grams of protein. The Super Seed Blend With Cranberry & Coconut Chips mixes seeds like chia, hemp and buckwheat with dried cranberries and coconut chips. A single 2-tablespoon serving delivers 1,000 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids and 5 grams of fiber.
Contemplates Inner Peas
Next time you're craving something crunchy, reach for this baked green pea snack. Made from whole green peas still in their pods, they've got the texture of a chip, but the hints of both salt and sugar will kill two cravings with one bite.
Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli
Pasta is pretty much devoid of any nutritional value, which is why this substitute is so stellar. Made from 20 percent organic quinoa and 80 percent organic brown rice, expect a nutty, hearty flavor and firm texture along with protein to actually deliver some nutritional punch.
Organic Whole Green Figs
If you're craving some ice cream, throw a few Organic Whole Green Figs in a blender with a little bit of ice and some almond milk or eat them straight out of the freezer after letting them thaw for a few minutes.
Mochi Ice Cream
If frozen fruit isn't doing it for you when it comes to sweet cravings, try mochi, which Trader Joe's offers in a number of different flavors. While a serving does have sugar (11 grams), it's significantly lower than your run-of-the-mill Ben & Jerry's. It's also markedly lower in cholesterol and saturated fat.
Roasted Seaweed Snack
Each of these $0.99 cent packages of seaweed chips have a mere 30 calories. They're also nearly fat-free, totally sugar-free, have no carbs or cholesterol and barely any sodium.
Steamed & Peeled Baby Beets
Slice and pop them in a salad or snack on them on their own because these flavorful beets are rich in dietary fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B, magnesium and iron, while being low in calories.
Peeled & Cooked Chestnuts
Sure, roasting chestnuts sounds great in theory, but in practice said roasting process takes a long time and often ends in a dry result. Peeled & Cooked Chestnuts are pre-shelled, cooked, ready to eat and super flavorful. With zero additives, they're a great healthy snack.
Finally, risotto minus the rice! This creamy, risotto-like dish replaces white rice (aka empty calories) with a grain called spelt. The mix also has garbanzo beans, which adds to both the fiber and protein content.
Kefir is a probiotic-rich, yogurt-like drink and Trader Joe's has a number of low-fat and flavored options. Probiotics are key for keeping the gut healthy and the consistency of kefir makes it easy to enjoy on its own or in recipes or smoothies.
Small and seedless Persian Cucumbers are flavorful enough to eat on their own and WITH their skin intact. That's right, no peeling required.
Asian Vegetable Stir Fry
We all know you can save a lot of money if you cook yourself (not to mention control fat, salt, sugar and calories more effectively), but the task can be arduous especially when time crunched. While you'll pay a slight premium for this blend, it's still way cheaper and healthier than buying a pre-made meal and the convenience factor of washed and cut fresh vegetables that you can cook in a wok or skillet with very little effort is hard to beat.
Frozen (as in they will last forever) and quick to warm, these shelled edamame are high in both fiber and protein.
Sauerkraut with Pickled Persian Cucumbers
Fermented foods like sauerkraut are having a moment and for good reason; they're not only delicious and typically low in calories, they'll boost your gut health, which will improve everything from your digestion to your complexion.
If you can meander your way passed the Pound Plus bars of chocolate, tubs of cookies and all the deceptively healthy, sodium-filled frozen dumplings without succumbing to temptation, Trader Joe’s is the perfect place to start stocking your home with healthy foods, especially if you’re on a budget. Not only can you find more modestly priced basics (at least compared to places like Whole Foods), but there’s a wide variety of them. Leafy greens — many of which are pre-washed and pre-cut — vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, spices, virgin olive oils, hummus variations and countless other fresh produce are all widely available. You’ll also find surprisingly healthy packaged foods, many of which you probably never thought to add to your diet.
Here’s a look at 16 such delicious additions to your supermarket cart — all of which you can indulge in with a clear conscience.