Trader Joe’s Finds: January

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You guys loved my Trader Joe’s post in December, so I decided I’m going to put these together for you at least once a month to keep you updated with the fun products that they have available.  I will never stop ranting & raving about Trader Joe’s because it’s great for so many things.  Shopping on a budget?  TJ’s got you covered.  Need something quick & easy for dinner?  TJ’s got you covered.  Looking for exciting & delicious snacks for your busy days and traveling?  TJ’s got you covered.

 

 

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I am so impressed with these dressings.  Many store-bought dressings are full of added sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.  These dressings are incredibly simple.  The almond butter one includes water, almond butter, lemon juice, ginger puree, garlic, sea salt, lemon zest, ground turmeric, black pepper, and yes, some cane sugar…but only 1 g of added sugar per serving. Not bad!  Plus disease-fighting antioxidants and LOTS of flavor!

 

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Who doesn’t love pomegranate-flavored everything during the winder months?!  This pomegranate vinegar is ah-mazing and perfect for making your own delicious salad dressing at home.  Simply combine 1 tbsp pomegranate vinegar + 3 tbsp olive oil and you’ve got yourself a yummy dressing to enjoy with just about anything.

 

 

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Hi, convenience food.  We all have those days and nights when we do not have enough time to cook a healthy meal.  These black bean & corn enchiladas are a great back-up to keep in your freezer for busy days.

 

 

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Ancient grain & super seed oatmeal – this contains oats, quinoa, amaranth, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seed, hemp seed…and the list goes on.  Basically ALL the grains and seeds you could ever need aka a great source of fiber and healthy fats.  This makes for an excellent breakfast.  Just combine it with some milk and fruit & you’ve got yourself a balanced meal!

 

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I can’t leave Trader Joe’s without grabbing myself a booch – they’ve really been stepping up their game in the kombucha department lately.  This pomegranate & hibiscus kombucha is so refreshing AND a good source of probiotics to keep your gut bugs healthy!

 

 

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Following a dairy-free diet?  These almond “mozzarella-style” shreds make a great cheese alternative!

 

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Starfruit-flavored sparkling water?! Count me in…this stuff is delicious!

 

 

 

Flaxseed meal!  Flaxseed is an awesome source of fiber and healthy fats.  I love adding it to oatmeal and yogurt.  I recently used flaxseed meal to help with binding in a lentil “meatballs” recipe, which will be coming to the blog soon!

 

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If you’re a smoothie lover, these coconut chunks are for you.  Just blend them in with your other smoothie components for a dose of fat, which is important for so many things including your BRAIN health and for keeping you full & satisfied after meals.

 

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This whole-grain crispbread is made with sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, wholemeal rye flour, oat bran, oatmeal, flaxseed, spelt bran, wheat bran, water, sea salt, oregano and thyme.  Pretty simple ingredients, great source of fiber, and pairs well with hummus and nut butter!

 

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Farro is an ancient wheat grain with a nutty flavor & chewy texture.  It’s high in vitamins & minerals, fiber and antioxidants.  What really makes it shine is its PROTEIN content. There are 6 grams of protein in a 1/4 cup serving, so it makes an excellent protein source for those of you who follow vegetarian or vegan diets.

 

 

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Pasta made from brown rice & quinoa?!  Count me in.  This is an awesome gluten-free alternative to regular pasta.

 

 

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Peanut butter is a healthy source of fat by itself, but THIS version has added flax and chia seeds….making it even HIGHER in healthy fats.  Yay for healthy fats!

 

 

 

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Walnuts are a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for preventing inflammation in your body.  Trader Joe’s now carries raw RED walnuts, which I actually had never seen before.  Apparently red walnuts are sweeter, have a less acidic taste, and higher oil content than brown walnuts.  These would make a great addition to salads, yogurt or oatmeal.

 

 

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This would make for a tasty snack or treat – nothing but dates, hazelnuts and cacao.  Yum!

 

 

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Persimmons are are a type of fruit, sort of similar to a tomato.  The fresh variety is in-season during the fall, but you can get them dried year round!  These are unsweetened, which means they don’t contain any added sugars.  Another great snack to incorporate into your regime 🙂

 

 

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Trader Joe’s always has something new & exciting in their pre-prepped veggie department, including these sweet potato ribbons.  These would be great for some sort of “sweet potato pasta,” or a stir fry.

 

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I love seeing yogurts made with whole-milk on the market, because FAT IS YOUR FRIEND.  Even though this one does have some added sugar (because it’s flavored), it’s certainly lower in sugar than many fat-free varieties that are out there.

 

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Riced cauliflower has been all the rage lately, but I hadn’t seen riced broccoli in stores until this.  This is great for if you don’t have time to “rice” your broccoli on your own – it would make a great low-carb alternative to rice in a variety of dishes.

 

 

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Another yummy snack – these bars are made with chia seeds, cranberries and pumpkin seeds, which are sure to keep you full & satisfied until your next meal.

 

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Mmmmmm, you can’t go wrong with cocoa-flavored anything.  This cocoa almond cashew “beverage” would make a great treat or post-workout snack!

 

That’s all I’ve got!  Have you found anything interesting at Trader Joe’s lately?

 

 


St Paul Minnesota Registered Dietitian

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