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Trader Joe's Products That Help You Eat Healthier

Updated: Dec 21, 2021



Do you struggle with eating healthier because you don't like cooking or don't have time to cook? If you have a Trader Joe's in your neck of the woods, read on. (If you don't have Trader Joe's nearby, there are sure to be similar products you can keep look for in your area.)


We all know that it's best to eat whole foods that you cook from scratch on a regular basis. The problem is that not everyone has the cooking skills or time to make this happen. And, even if you eat whole foods most of the time, everyone could use a back up plan when time is in short supply. Some of the products I talk about below are convenience products that are just as good an option as ones from scratch. Others are not the absolute healthiest things you can eat, but can be a start or a plan B. The products that are more processed are on the lower end for added sugar, but the sodium in some of these products is not ideal if you have been advised to eat a low salt diet. Read the labels if you have specific dietary issues.


In the spirit of "don't let perfect be the enemy of good", let's look at some products that can save you loads of time and help support your efforts to eat better.


Breakfast






Most granolas are calorie dense with a fair to high amount of added sugar. At less than 10g of sugar and 11 g of protein per serving, this is a better choice. Sprinkle a cupped handful over some plain greek yogurt mixed with berries to add some crunch to a quick breakfast.

















If you've ever made steel cut oats, you know that it takes a long time to cook, and who has time for that in the morning? This version takes just a few minutes to heat in the microwave. Most quick oatmeals come in packets and have a lot of added sugar. This one has only 7g. Add some fresh or dried fruit for more flavor, fiber, and vitamins; some milk for more protein; and sprinkle with some sliced toasted almonds (also can be found in the store) for a some healthy fats, and you've got a balanced breakfast!












When you don't even have time to hard boil eggs in advance, Trader Joe's has done the work for you. This can be a convenient way to up the protein factor for any meal.





Snacks







If you're burnt out on hummus, start expanding your repertoire with this. Made with the usual tzatziki ingredients: Greek yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, dill, and mint, plus some avocado for some healthy fat. I was actually looking for regular tzatziki the day I found this, but it tastes like regular tzatziki. It has half the calories of hummus and is a great way to change things up.









Lunch & Dinner







For winter salads, I love these already prepped and cooked beets. The lentils are a great way to add some protein to a vegetable soup, like the carrot ginger soup from Joy the Baker's site. They also make a great salad in the warmer months, mixed with some thinly sliced red onion and tossed with a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper, served on a bed of greens and sprinkled with some Feta cheese.









These next two products are pre-cut mixed vegetables that can help you quickly pull a meal together.











































When you're feeling a bit more ambitious, but also tired, this can help you clear the hurdle of having to chop. Mirepoix, also known as the holy trinity, provides the base for a number of soups, stews, braised meat dishes, and sauces.
















The next four products could work together for a healthy and easy oven roasted dinner. Start with mixing or drizzling olive oil over the squash























and the potatoes, spreading them over two sheet pans, and roasting them in the oven at 450F. After about 20 minutes,





















add the broccoli and cook for another 20 minutes.





















Mix the chicken into the pan of veg to

warm up a bit and you're ready to enjoy your healthy dinner. Any leftover veg can be used to supplement a salad or quinoa for a meal or can be used as a side to supplement lean protein for another meal.













This broccoli slaw can be added to a salad and is a wonderful filling for tacos or taco bowls. There is another product called Cruciferous Crunch that can also serve this purpose, but it was out of stock on the day I was shopping.



















Broth is a key ingredient for many hearty dishes, likes soups, stews, and chilis. Bone broth offers a way to up the nutrients and protein. If salt intake is a concern, the turkey broth has less added sodium.



















These roasted peppers are a great way to add flavor to spaghetti sauce.




















Ditto for these cherry tomatoes.














Frozen

Sometimes you need something that you can just heat and eat. Enter the frozen dinner.




If you add some of the "Just Chicken", (described above) to this you've got some protein and carbs. Add a salad of greens and baby carrots, dressed with a little olive oil, salt & pepper, and a squeeze of lemon, and you've got a even healthier option.












This already has a decent amount of protein. Add a salad or some snack size veg to round this out. There are lots of raw snacking veg at the store, including snap peas, snow peas, grape tomatoes, and baby carrots.














This also has a good amount of protein and omega 3 fats from the salmon. Round it out with leftover vegetables, some raw veg, or a salad.








Many of these product can be kept on hand, frozen, or are shelf stable. Stock up on some healthy products that you can throw together in a pinch to stay consistent with healthier eating.

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