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:

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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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