Trader Joe’s is a market found in almost every town, and if you are rushed, on-the-go, and in need of healthy options, Trader Joe’s has quite a few of my favorites. It may not be the only store you shop, but some of their meals on the go, pre cut veggies and healthy salads are quick, easy and healthy to grab for lunches or snacks. Here are my top 10 Healthy Trader Joe’s Snacks when you’re on the go.
1. Trader Joe’s Almond or Cashew Butter (1 Tbsp) with (2) Brown Rice Cakes
Nut butters are high in Omega 3’s and those Omega 3’s are so essential for good health. Not only are they anit-inflammatory to
the body, they are great for brain function, joint lubrication, hormonal balance, and provide healthy fats that help raise your healthy HDL cholesterol. Brown rice cakes are small, low calorie, crunchy and gluten free! This is one of my favorite, satisfying snacks!
2. Trader Joe’s Nitrate free Turkey Jerky (delicious) (1/2 bag)
Turkey Jerky is an easy to grab snack for on the go. You could add it to a piece of fruit or eat it plain. We are always on the go; things like this are helpful to have around when you are hungry in the afternoon. Just make sure to watch the sugar grams in jerky (shoot for less than 5 grams per serving), and the nitrates. Nitrates have been linked to cancer for years. The package will say “No nitrates or Nitrites added”.
3. Trader Joe’s Organic Frozen Edamame (1/2 cup=100 cal)
These delicious little soy pods are such an easy snack for you or the kids. Adding a little sea salt to them makes them so satisfying for that salty craving and are surprisingly filling. ½ cup provides 17 grams of protein.
4. Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurt
Add your own berries or Make a snack ahead of time: ¼ cup Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurt, ½ cup Almond Milk, 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds, ½ cup Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats (raw). Place in fridge and let sit overnight. Eat in the AM.
Greek yogurt is so much higher in protein than regular yogurt. Some brands like Fage or Trader Joe’s brand give you 19 grams of protein! That is a lot of protein for a snack! The biggest problem with a lot of yogurts is the sugar content, so try to get it plain and add your own fruit. This will help cut the sugar but not the taste! This could be used as a snack or meal and will keep you satisfied for hours!
5. Trader Joe’s Cage-Free Hard Boiled Eggs(1) with fruit or Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Crisp Bread and ¼ avocado
I love the already cooked Hard Boiled eggs! Although hard boiled eggs are simple to make, sometimes time is not on your side and it’s easier to buy pre-cooked for quick no-brainer snacks on the go. Hard boiled eggs are a great, protein-packed breakfast smashed on a slice of Ezekiel toast or English Muffin. Eggs are also great for protein to throw on a salad for lunch.
6. Seaweed Squares (1 package)
This is great for you or the kids! I pack these in my kids lunch, they love them! They are salty and delicious plus provide Iron, Iodine, Vitamin A and C. This little packet of goodness is only 30 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 0 grams of sugar!
7. Nitrate free turkey (2oz.) with (7) Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Black Bean chips and 2 Tbsp. Salsa
Quinoa is the new super grain. Packing a solid 5 grams of protein per serving and wholesome, low glycemic, gluten free carbohydrates, you are bound to be much more satisfied by this snack rather than your typical corn chip. You also have added protein and fiber with the black beans. Adding a couple of slices of nitrate free turkey is going to help you stay satisfied for much longer and help you keep to your one serving of this delicious treat. This snack offers 15 grams of protein total and 18 grams of whole grains all for only 200 calories!
8. ¼ cup Hummus with 5 baby carrots, 1 stalk celery and ¼ cup cucumber
This snack is a great way to sneak in more veggies in the day. We all struggle to get enough vegetables in so by snacking on them in the afternoon with hummus is a great thing to do! Hummus is made from a bean which provides a little bit of protein (about 3 grams), but packed with fiber and tastes wonderful. With this cup of veggies you are getting high amounts of vitamin A, C, Magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and B6.
9. Trader Joe’s Low fat Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt dip with whole grain crackers
This dip is high in Protein using the Greek yogurt and high amounts of vitamin A, C, Iron and Calcium. Adding the whole grain crackers makes this a delicious balanced snack!
10. Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Chips (7 chips) with Spicy Guacamole (1/4 cup)
This tasty snack is loaded with vitamin A. Being a better substitute from your typical Lay’s Potato Chips that are drenched in hydrogenated oils, these chips do not use any hydrogenation and are made of three, simple ingredients: sweet potato, canola oil and salt. Adding the healthy fat in guacamole will help you stay satisfied for longer and be able to stick to one serving. The avocado in the Trader Joe’s guacamole also provides those healthy fats that will help to raise your healthy HDL and lower your LDL.