The 14 Healthiest Things You Can Buy At Trader Joe's
1. Coconut creamer
2. Stir-fry vegetables
I always buy Trader Joe's frozen stir-fry vegetables. It has a mix of carrots, water chestnuts, edamame, snap peas, and mushrooms and, unlike other frozen veggie mixes, it tastes great when sautéed and is super-versatile. I pair it with brown rice or quinoa and soy sauce for an easy and flavorful meal.
3. Coconut chips
4. Cauliflower gnocchi
5. Riced vegetable medley
I am newly obsessed with the riced vegetable medley from Trader Joe's and can't stop eating it! It's a blend of cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, onions, and scallions. It's honestly so delicious I don't think I can ever go back to plain cauliflower rice again!
—Allison (Aaron) Gross, M.S., RDN, CDN, founder of The Nutrition Curator
6. Ground pepper
7. Red lentil sedanini
A reader of my blog recommended this gluten-free pasta to me. I think it's one of the better varieties of pulse-based pastas out there, in a fun shape to boot! While there are so many great options out there now for gluten-free brands, there still tends to be much less variety in the shape department. I love the color of these tubes too when I really want to jazz up my pasta night.
8. Yuzu hot sauce
9. Lentil soup
If I step foot in Trader Joe's, I am guaranteed to step out with their pre-made lentil soup! It's a good source of fiber and protein, has clean ingredients, and tastes delicious. All I have to do is heat it over the stove and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast on top, and I have a two-minute meal!
10. Frozen raspberries
Organic frozen raspberries always find their way into my shopping basket. They're one of my favorite high-fiber foods (9 grams per serving!) and also provide vitamin C and antioxidants. Because they're frozen, you don't have to worry about them going bad before you can use them. Thaw if you like, but I often eat them still frozen over Greek yogurt. They're also delicious in a smoothie or ice cream bowl.
11. Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
Trader Joe's offers some amazing produce "shortcuts" to make food preparation a lot easier (riced cauliflower and butternut squash fries, for example). The one item I never leave the store without, however, is their Everything But the Bagel Seasoning blend. Spices are everything when it comes to making food taste good (pun intended) and this particular mix is my favorite!
12. Organic maca powder
I am always sure to grab a bag or two of their organic maca powder. At only $4.99 for an 8 oz. package, it's a great deal for a powdered adaptogen. Since it can help restore energy, I love to add it to my morning cup of Earl Grey tea if I need an extra boost, especially if I am returning to the office after traveling to spread the word about functional medicine.
13. Mixed greens
I love to buy a variety of mixed greens to add to smoothies, stir-fries, curries, and the like, rotating them with the season. In the winter I like more warming mustard greens and hearty kale while in the summer I go for cooling arugula and lettuce. A girl can never have too many greens!
14. Steamed lentils
They are perfect for busy weeknight meals. They are cooked perfectly and loaded with fiber, iron, and other nutrients. I love mixing them with veggies (chopped carrots, cucumbers, onions, etc.) and adding a Dijon vinaigrette to it.
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Liz Moody is an author, blogger and recipe developer living in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody has written two cookbooks: Healthier Together: Recipes for Two—Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships and Glow Pops: Super-Easy Superfood Recipes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best. She also hosts the Healthier Together Podcast, where she chats with notable chefs, nutritionists, and best-selling authors about their paths to success. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Glamour, Food & Wine & Women’s Health.