Favorite healthy Trader Joe’s items

I love reading through these lists to get ideas for new items to try at Trader Joe’s and getting a glimpse into what other people eat 🙂 There are a few items I won’t list out since they’re well known Trader Joe favorites, like 19-cent bananas, wine, fresh flowers and cheeses, but they’re definitely favorites of ours too.

Here are a few of our favorite Trader Joe’s items and how we use them:

Toasted Plantain Chips: I love that these have just three ingredients and I feel like I’m indulging because they crunch like chips and they also have a subtle sweet and saltiness to them. These are delicious with mashed avocado, or even instead of chips in a taco salad.

Trader Giotto’s Traditional Marinara Sauce: I recognize all the ingredients in this tomato sauce and it has no added sugar, win, win. We use this as pizza sauce for our homemade pizzas, or with added veggies with whole wheat pasta.

Pineapple Juice: This one is made from 100 percent fruit and not from concentrate, both really important to me when it comes to picking a juice. Every morning, I fill a small glass with about 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup pineapple juice and chug it. The pineapple juice masks some of the intense vinegar taste, but still gives me the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar. This definitely takes some getting used to but I notice an immediate burst of energy after drinking it.

Clarified Butter (Ghee): This has become my butter substitute, for toast or on top of pancakes, and it tastes richer, more buttery than the regular block butter. Because of that, you use much less ghee than you would of oil or butter. It’s also preservative-free.

72% Cacao Dark Chocolate: Some dark chocolate can have a bitter taste, but this one is the perfect sweetness. I like how the serving size is the full 1.65-ounce bar, so I feel better about indulging if I eat just a few squares after dinner. Yum. And it’s especially good with a spoonful of peanut butter. 🙂

Ready-to-eat veggies: I love their selection of some of the harder-to-prepare veggies. My favorites are pre-cooked and peeled beets and cut butternut squash. Both are great roasted for a side of veggies, and the beets taste delicious in salads.

Corn and Wheat Tortillas: These little guys are perfect size for tacos and they’re soft like flour tortillas. I use these also for enchiladas, egg tacos and kiddo quesadillas.

Unsweetened Organic Acai Puree Packets: I’ve found it tough to find acai berry juice that isn’t sweetened so when I found these I had to give them a try. They’re great for making your own acai bowl or smoothie at home.

These are just a few of our favorites. We have so many more I’ll be sharing in other posts.

Have you tried any of these items? What are some of your healthy TJ finds? 

 

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How I meal prep for a family of four

For a couple hours a week, I meal prep. It’s something I’ve actually come to enjoy. I usually put on some music, (sometimes pour a glass of wine too — when I’m not pregnant 😉 ), and prepare for a healthy week ahead. When I don’t make time to meal prep, I’m more likely to turn to quick, unhealthy dinners and lunches, which can get expensive too. I know myself, and know that meal prepping and planning ahead are key to staying healthy.

I thought I’d share how I meal prep for a family of four. This is what a typical Sunday meal prep looks like, plus a few tips that make it easier for me. 

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Mediterranean Salad

This salad is one of our favorites, we make it at least a few times a month. I love the colors, the flavors, the textures, how healthy it is, and how quickly it comes together. Plus, it’s really great as leftovers for lunches.

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Small healthy food tips & swaps that make a big impact

Three years ago, I had never heard of quinoa (and I had no clue how to pronounce it). I had never cooked a beet. The idea that people crave veggies was crazy to me. We ate fairly healthy and didn’t eat fast-food every night, but we also had so much room to improve. I came across small healthy food swaps I incorporated easily into our routine, that made a BIG impact on our health. 

I started really making nutrition a priority just after my second daughter was born. No diets, just eating whole, from-the-ground foods, made with ingredients I could pronounce. Here are five healthy changes or swaps we made to kick-start our focus on nutrition. Three years later, and we still do all of these things, and we’ve never looked back. 

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