Louise’s Fave [Healthy] Foods at Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is known for their specialty items, fairly priced organic selection, and the blacktop nightmare they call a parking lot. Literally every store has a terrible parking situation… it’s almost comical… almost. But it’s worth the car shuffle game once you get in the door. There are a few items I always find myself coming back to… like cookie butter. But seriously, we are trying to keep it healthy. Whether it’s a part of my weekly meal prep or a staple in my kitchen, a few things always pop into my cart. These are my favorite grocery staples when I go shopping at Trader Joe’s.

Acai Puree Packets

These are a must for the smoothie bowl lover! Perfectly portioned, these packets are packed with pureed acai berry which is rich in antioxidants. I take one to mix in my smoothies post-run. Want my favorite recipe? It also adds peanut butter and blueberries for a delicious treat- find it right here!

Almond Butter

Whether you are into creamy or crunchy, TJ has one for you. Especially when some sweet treat recipes call for several tablespoons, you can’t beat the price! I love to mix this in with my overnight oats or add a spoonful to my smoothie bowl.

Mini Avocados

Do you ever only need half an avocado? Or you don’t have a roommate to share it with? Maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t eat the whole thing? At least I know it’s weird. I hate when they turn brown 12 seconds after you slice it! These mini guys come in a pack of 5 so you can scoop it onto your toast, slice it on top of taco salad, and not worry about wasting any creamy goodness.

Cruciferous Crunch

Kale, red cabbage, green cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. Basically this one is a slaw minus the dressing. I love to use this as a base for my salads- satisfies that crunch and goes nicely with all the mix-ins.

Quinoa Bread

Rewind about 3 years, where one of my clients kept writing this in his weight loss journal. I had no idea what he was talking about until I was gifted a loaf. ❤ You guys, this whole grain bread is packed with protein and comes in at about 110 calories for 2 slices. Smash some mini avocados on top with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning and you have an awesome breakfast!

Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

For someone who loves everything bagels, even the name is low carb. Maybe I sound like the old woman in the hot sauce commercials, but “I put that sh*t on everything!” My top two go-to’s for EBTBS are both for breakfast. Season some avocado toast with this and add some red pepper flakes for some kick! Or if you’re making little egg muffins, sprinkle some on top before you put them in the oven.

Chicken Sausage

From breakfast style to Italian seasoning, this leaner choice for sausage is delish. And the price can’t be beat compared to other grocery chains. Try the Italian style or garlic & herbs with a tomato sauce, spinach and pasta. Serve the chicken apple sausage at breakfast time for some protein to start your day!

What are you favorites? What do I have to try?! Share in the comments below!

❤ Louise

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