Whether it’s snacks for the kids or ourselves, we know healthy is the way to go. But easy or affordable options aren’t always within reach when that bag of chips is! Enter Trader Joe’s. The cult-status market has stocked its shelves with several new healthy snack options, and we rounded out our picks with a few tried-and-true classics. See them all below.
Organic Fruit & Seed Granola
For this new granola option, Trader Joe’s decided to think outside the cereal box. Instead of relying on oats, which are a granola staple, this version is heavy on sunflower, sesame, flax, chia, and hemp seeds as well as coconut, dried cranberries, and raisins. In addition to being organic, it’s also grain and gluten free and vegan. Grab these clusters by the handful, or top yogurt or oatmeal for energy that will get you to lunch. TJ’s also recommends it in trail mix or even on a salad!
Citrus Melody Greek Whole Milk Yogurt
Speaking of yogurt, the latest Greek yogurt flavor is sure to satisfy and refresh our palettes heading into summer. If you’re a fan of lemon and lime, grapefruit and blood orange, this is the protein-packed yogurt for you.
Creamy Tomato Soup Seasoned Crackers
Anyone who fondly remembers Trader Joe’s adventurous Pumpkin Soup Crackers will be pleased to know they’re at it again with these gluten-free soup crackers, made of brown rice, rolled outs, and seasoned like your favorite tomato soup. And just as a bowl of creamy tomato soup goes perfectly with a grilled cheese, these crackers and sliced cheddar may well have been made for each other.
Coconut Sesame Seed Clusters
When hunger strikes between meals, we usually crave something sweet and easy—which doesn’t always lead to the healthiest choices (a whole bag of chocolate bark, anyone?). Trader Joe’s new Coconut Sesame Seed Clusters deliver sweetness and lasting energy in a convenient snack bag you can throw in your bag or keep in the car—and this yummy concoction won’t melt as the days warm up!
Crunchy Maple Ladders Cereal
A bowl of cereal with milk makes a well-rounded after-school snack. Hearty and healthy (not to mention gluten free and kosher certified), this new addition to Trader Joe’s cereal aisle may well climb to the top of your grocery list. Chickpea, yellow corn, and rice flowers combine with maple syrup and cane sugar for a subtly sweet snack that revs up kids and parents alike—without the dyes or empty ingredients that many kinds of cereal rely on.
If the kids (or you) can’t get enough French fries, try out this simple snack version. Comprised only of U.S. Russet potatoes, canola oil and salt, you know what you’re getting (rather than the additives often on regular fries these days, including gluten.). The package alone is too adorable not to try.
Crispy Crunchy Okra
Many parents may already know that Trader Joe’s Crispy Crunchy Broccoli Florets are an awesome way to get greens into the kids, but the store is now serving up a new okra version. Eat them plain or substitute for crackers with your favorite dip.
Reduced Guilt Spinach Kale Greek Yogurt Dip
While we're on the subject of dip, with 50% less fat than regular spinach dip, this party mainstay can easily become a daily favorite. Dip carrots, hearty bread, or Trader Joe’s Just Beets ($2.99), a super healthy snack in its own right, for extra nutritious goodness.
Organic Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars
Sometimes, everyone just needs some chocolate. Getting it with only eight grams of sugar is a good deal, one for which you can thank these organic and kid-approved granola bars.
Organic Fruit Wraps
If you’ve been known to grab one of the kid’s fruit leathers stashed in your bag, these are truly 100% fruit, making them healthy and delicious for all. Flavor options include fruit juices or purees from apples, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and wild berries. And as popular as they’ve become over the last decade they’ve been making them, Trader Joe’s hasn’t raised their price once.
If you have a kid who prefers fruit crunchy, you likely already know that Trader Joe’s offers an amazing assortment of freeze-dried options—strawberries, blueberries, banana, Fuji apples, and raspberries are usually in stock. While the water may be gone, all that fruity nutrition remains. And they’re always in season!
Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole
For everything you know and love to top with guac—from tacos to tortilla chips—this version is made with low-fat Greek yogurt, adding up to only two grams of fat per serving. It’s chunky too, thanks to tomatoes, onions, cilantro and jalapeños, so this makes a hearty dip to sink a chip into. Or go even healthier with some bell peppers.
— Jennifer Massoni Pardini