If you’re a fan of exotic and whole foods, you’re probably delighted every time you walk into Trader Joe’s. While the grocer does stock many scrumptious and minimally processed dishes, not everything on their shelves is considered “healthy.” While extremely delicious, their fancy bags of chips and frozen meals might not always be the best for your waistline. Their brightly colored hippie-dippie packaging might signify that’s it’s healthy or even organic, but it’s not always the case.
Know what you’re eating
A lot of the stuff at Trader Joe’s looks so good that it will make your mouth water. But that treat might also be more carbs than you bargained for. If you are looking for some healthy snacks that deliver on taste, Trader Joe’s is definitely the place to go. You just need to know what to shop for. Here the Trader Joe’s pre-packaged snacks that will help you look after your health.
Beet chips for antioxidants
Trader Joe’s Just Beets chips are just that. They take beet slices and put them through a slow, low-heat dehydration process. Though there is no oil or salt added to the process, these beet chips don’t disappoint on flavor. Beets are packed with antioxidants and betaine and are high in fiber. University of Exeter Professor of Sport and Health Sciences Dr. Andrew M. Jones told Consumer Reports that eating beets can also improve endurance and muscle contraction.
Organic string cheese for something savory
Trader Joe’s Organic Light String Cheese is perfect for when you’re in the mood for a savory snack. Lots of storebought string cheeses are overly processed and made with low-quality ingredients. And you can tell by the taste. But Trader Joe’s uses organic pasteurized milk to create their 80 calorie cheese sticks that are packed with 8 grams of protein.
Lightly fried broccoli florets
When we think of snacking, broccoli is probably one of the last things that come to mind. But Trader Joe’s worked some serious magic with their Crispy Crunchy Broccoli Florets. They turned raw broccoli pieces into lightly fried broccoli chips. They will instantly put an end to your crispy cravings while giving you a dose of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Seaweed in crunchy snack form
Trader Joe’s Organic Roasted Teriyaki Seaweed Snacks are seriously satisfying. The light seaweed wafers that practically melt in your mouth. Each pack is only 30 calories and come filled with vitamin C-15. They provide us with a tangy gluten-free treat.
Big bowls of organic popcorn
The best thing about Trader Joe’s Organic Popcorn With Olive Oil is that you can pour yourself a big ole’ bowl of it. A two-cup serving is just 130 calories. This crunchy snack skips out on the butter. Instead, it’s made with olive oil and a touch of salt. “If you’re looking for a snack that fills up a big bowl, this is it,” Jackie Newgent, R.D.N., culinary nutritionist, author of The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook, told SELF. “And eating popcorn is a super fun way to boost whole grain intake.”
Omega Filled Trail Mix
Trader Joe’s Omega Trek Mix packs a lot of punch when it comes to its health benefits. It comes already portioned in single-serve packs so you don’t overindulge. The mix is made of seeds, nuts, and berries to fill you with fiber, plant-based fats, and protein. This snack will energize you and keep you full.
Sweet and crunchy freeze-dried fruit
Trader Joe’s freeze-dried fruits do double duty when it comes to your sweet and crunchy cravings. They offer red seedless grades and raspberries with no extra additives and a whole lot of fiber.