Cauliflower Pizza Crust
via traderjoes.comGluten-free pizza, anyone? "I love this low-calorie pizza crust made from cauliflower and corn flour, as it is a great substitute for a typical high-calorie food," says Amy Goodson, RD, a sports dietitian in Dallas, TX. "With only 80 calories a slice, you can decorate it with whatever veggies and toppings you want to give it a nutrient-rich twist. My favorites are spinach, mushrooms, and pesto." Here are more healthy pizza crusts that won't kill your diet.
Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend
via traderjoes.comThis seasoning has so many uses beyond the bagel. "I just discovered this, and I can't believe I didn't find it sooner," says Jennifer Bowers, PhD, RD, a dietitian in Tucson, AZ. "It contains white and black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion, dried garlic, and salt. My favorite way to enjoy this seasoning is atop mashed avocado toast." Also use it to flavor air-popped popcorn, roasted chickpeas, grilled tofu, and more. Get the inside scoop on things Trader Joe's employees want you to know.
Vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil Pesto
via traderjoes.com"I love this pesto as a dip, marinade, or tossed with whole-grain penne pasta," notes Angie Asche, MS, RD, owner of Eleat Sports Nutrition in Lincoln, NE. "It's so flavorful and a great time saver when I don't have the time to make my own sauce from scratch." Pesto also tastes great tossed with zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or these other healthy pasta alternatives.
Will Thomass/Shutterstock"Trader Joe's sells some of the best frozen fruits and veggies—they often look like they did while they were fresh, and they are flavorful," says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, author of Read it Before You Eat It. The frozen raspberries have just one ingredient: raspberries. "It's best to read labels carefully to be sure you're not buying items that have added sugar," says Taub-Dix. (These are the Trader Joe's foods to never buy.)
Organic Grass Fed Ground Beef
via traderjoes.comThis 85 percent lean meat is a favorite of Kate McGowan, RDN, a dietitian in Brooklyn, NY. "There are leaner options sold at Trader Joe's, but to me how the cattle are treated is more important," she says. "This ground beef comes from cattle that are never given antibiotics or artificial growth hormones," McGowan says. "They are 100 percent grass-fed, which contributes to full-flavored, well-marbled beef. This beef makes delicious burgers, so fire up the grill!" Score more grocery shopping secrets everyone should know.
via traderjoes.com"Bruschetta is a fantastic sauce to put over most proteins like chicken, fish, pork, and steak," says Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN, author of 365 Snacks for Every Day of the Year. Also use it to flavor vegetables like roasted asparagus or zucchini, or sautéed green beans. "The sauce is very low in calories and high in flavor, while also providing antioxidants and vitamin C," she says.
Organic Sprouted Tricolor Quinoa
Nedim Bajramovic/Shutterstock"I always have a bag of this quinoa in my pantry," says Asche. "It's so easy to boil a pot of quinoa and use it in a variety of different recipes!" One of Asche's favorite recipes to whip up is a grain bowl with quinoa, tofu, and roasted veggies. Check out these other creative quinoa recipes.
Trader Giotto's Balsamic Glaze
Nattika/Shutterstock"One tablespoon of this balsamic glaze adds just 40 calories and goes a long way, whereas one tablespoon of oil contains around 130 calories," says Taub-Dix. She enjoys decoratively drizzling the glaze on a large salad or atop melon. It's also delicious atop grilled peaches.
Mini Brie Bites
via traderjoes.comEver stared at the cheese section at TJ's? Then you've seen many, many options. "Trader Joe's does some pretty amazing things with cheese, like packaging brie into mini-single serve bites," says Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, author of Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging. "Not only are these mini bites already portion controlled, but they're individually packaged so you can toss them in your bag for smart snacking on the run."
Cut Beets in Vinaigrette
oksana2010/Shutterstock"I am obsessed with these beets, which are packaged in a glass jar," says Therese Bonanni, MS, RDN, a nutritionist at Navesink Wellness Center in Rumson, NJ. "They're a simple, sneaky way to add a pickled food into my lunch salad for an added probiotic benefit, and a serving contains less sodium than a traditional pickle or sauerkraut. Their deep hue also means they're full of antioxidants that fight inflammation." Wine also has antioxidants—and here's how Trader Joe's can sell wine for $2.