It’s a fresh new year, which means a fresh new start, and many people will be planning healthier choices. Whether you’re looking for a way to detox safely, add in more healthy snacks for kids or lose weight, there are plenty of choices at your fave neighborhood market. Keep reading to see some of the best Trader Joe’s products that are here for your New Year’s resolutions and beyond.
Organic Rice & Quinoa Hot Cereal
Tired of oatmeal? You'll want to try the tasty rice and quinoa hot cereal in the breakfast aisle! It has 42 grams of whole grains per serving, which reduces the risk of heart disease and constipation.
Peanut Butter Protein Granola
While you have to be careful when consuming granola, since it's normally high in sugar and fat, this peanut butter protein granola has 11grams of protein per serving! Enjoy in small amounts atop yogurt for that extra protein serving your body is craving.
Organic Rolled Oats
When it comes to a dense, nutritious breakfast, you can never go wrong with oatmeal. It packs a healthy portion of carbs and fiber, is rich in antioxidants, can help lower your cholesterol and improve blood sugar control. Plus they are super tasty in homemade protein bars and in a smoothie, too!
Oh My! Omega Trek Mix
Trail mix has long been a go-to for healthy snacking, and when you grab the Oh My! Omega Trek Mix you're not only getting lots of fiber and protein but also tons of ALA Omega 3s! This fatty acid promotes eye health, fights depression and anxiety and decreases risk factors for heart disease.
These dried cranberries are perfect for snacking and are fortified with Cranberry seed oil. They have 200mg Omega 3ALAs per serving, and would be super tasty on a salad, in oatmeal or enjoyed by the handful!
Seasoned Kale Chips
We all need a snack now and then, even on a journey to eating healthy. The next time you have that salty craving, grab a bag of these seasoned kale chips, which are gluten free. The kale is loaded with powerful antioxidants, Vitamin A, C and helps lower cholesterol.
Crispy Crunchy Broccoli Florets
Forget waiting until dinner to enjoy broccoli, grab a handful of these crispy crunchy broccoli florets instead! Broccoli is packed with, vitamin K calcium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamins A and C––all nutrients vital for healthy bones as well. Plus, we bet these smell way better than your house does after steaming broccoli!
Raw Shelled Hemp Seed Hearts
Hemp Seed Hearts are great for smoothies and topping off your açaí bowl. They are high in both Omega 3 and 6s, as well as protein, which help to lower cholesterol and reduces cancer risks.
Maca powder can be added to smoothies so you can reap the copious benefits, like increased energy levels, vitality and endurance, healthy sexual function and libido, reduced anxiety and stress, healthy brain function and balancing healthy hormone levels to help relieve symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes. What mom couldn't use a scoop of this?
Organic Acai Puree Packets
Acai is a superfood! These pre-made puree packets are loaded with antioxidants and low in sugar for a fruit (when fruit are usually high in natural sugars). Perfect for that morning smoothie!
Whole Flax Seed
Flax Seed is easy to add to your yogurt, homemade protein bars and smoothies for a nice, nutty taste and texture. It's rich in Omega 3s, fiber and lignans, which block the effects of estrogen and could potentially help reduce the risk of hormone-associated cancers such as breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate.
Organic Chia Seed
Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids (that help raise your "good cholesterol"), fiber, antioxidants, iron and calcium. They also help with reducing inflammation and weight loss and are easy to throw in a smoothie.
Just Beets Cold Pressed Juice
Get a sip of this: beets are a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate and vitamin C. They also contain nitrates and pigments that may help lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance. A great afternoon pick me up!
Kefir & Cultured Milk
This kefir and cultured milk combo has 12 live and active cultures, packs a lot of protein and is full of vitamin D. Kefir is a powerful probiotic, can improve bone health and can aid with digestive problems.
Kefir Water Tea
Meet kombucha's better-tasting cousin, Kefir Water Tea. It contains a greater number of bacteria strains than those found in kombucha, and grains that are known to contain a variety of bacteria and yeasts. All those things mean a healthier gut!
Super Antioxidant Green Tea
Anti-aging green tea is a must for healthy living! It helps regulate glucose levels, reduces bad cholesterol and high blood pressure and helps with aging and wrinkles.
Organic Coconut Aminos Seasoning Sauce
Made with just coconut water, sap and sea salt, Organic Coconut Aminos Seasoning Sauce is the perfect swap for sodium-laden soy sauce. The gluten-free, kosher sauce contains no soy, but 13 aminos that make this product a must for stir-fries, fried rice, veggies and more.
Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds
Curb your cravings with Trader Joe's Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds. The fancy PB packs 300 milligrams of Omega-3 fats per serving and comes in at a low 170 calories. Great for snacks or by the spoonful!
Everything but the Bagel Seasoning
Add flavor without all the carbs a tasty bagel usually brings when you use TJ's coveted Everything but the Bagel Seasoning. The blend is made with poppy seeds, minced garlic and onion, sea salt flakes and sesame seeds and is a great addition to anything! Try on hardboiled eggs, avo toast and even your fave dinners.
KerryGold Grass Fed Butter
Kerrygold grass-fed butter is not only better for baking, but it also possesses properties that are anti-inflammatory, is an excellent Vitamin A source, is energy-boosting and has appetite-suppressing MCTs. Perfect for bulletproof coffee!
Sunflower Seed Butter
Sunflower butter is not only an alternative to peanuts, but is also an excellent source of protein, vitamin E, magnesium, and lots of other healthy fats. It's also great for kiddos who attend schools with a "no nut policy."
If you're short on time and can't whip up a batch of your own riced cauliflower, you'll want to keep a stash of TJ's frozen version on hand. The low-carb food is a great swap for traditional rice and works great in stir-fries, burritos and as a side with meat.
Organic Green Vegetable Foursome
Whether it's the Organic Green Vegetable Foursome like pictured above or another bag of fruit or veggies, Trader Joe's has the market cornered when it comes to frozen foods. The grocery freezes at peak freshness which keeps vital nutrients intact, and make dinner and smoothies a breeze.
Frozen Brown Rice
Brown rice far surpasses its white rice cousin when it comes to nutritional value, but it takes forever to cook. This box of three frozen brown rice packets make eating healthy a cinch––microwave for three minutes and enjoy perfectly cooked rice (and no rice cooker cleanup!).
Organic & Sprouted TriColor Quinoa
Quinoa is referred to as a superfood and is higher in fiber than most other grains. It also has tons of protein, is low on the glycemic index and is gluten free!
Small Whole Green Lentils
Lentils are high in fiber and therefore lower your cholesterol and chances of heart disease. Toss into a soup, and enjoy increased energy, stabilized blood sugar and a healthy gut.
Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend
Two tablespoons of TJ's Super Seed and Ancient Grains blend means 2,000mg of Omega 3's, and a tasty serving of chia, flax, hemp, red quinoa, amaranth and sprouted grains like buckwheat and millet. Consuming sprouted grains is believed to increase the bioavailability of nutrients, which means all the goodness they have to offer.
Carrot & Pea Vegetable Patties
If you're trying to avoid meat, consider trying these tasty carrot and pea vegetable patties. Carrots are chock full of Vitamin A, antioxidants and plenty of other minerals, while peas are low in calories but high in antioxidants, vitamin C and folate.
Riced Cauliflower Bowl
Cut the carbs by substituting cauliflower "rice" for its white counterpart. When you use this easy, pre-made version from Trader Joe's, you'll get all the benefits of cauliflower, like tons of fiber, cancer-fighting properties, improved blood pressure and kidney function and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Vegan Jackfruit Cakes
If you're swearing off meat for a while, check out the jackfruit! The South American fruit is packed with lots of protein and antioxidants, and may even help with blood sugar control. Enjoy these crab cake look-alikes!
All photos courtesy of Karly Wood for Red Tricycle/Feature photo: Trader Joe’s via Instagram.