Trader Joe's favorites from a nutritionist

I ventured out to Trader Joe's this morning, pre-blizzard, to grab a few things. While they don't always carry everything I need, they do have some specialty items that you can't get anywhere else and some items with superior quality and a better price than the competition.   Here is a list of my TJ's favorites:

  • 50% less salt Pistachios: 5.99 for 16oz isn't bad, but I like the low salt alternative.  Pistachios are a good source of fiber, protein and heart healthy fats.  They're also surprisingly high in antioxidants!
  • Chili Pepper Sauce: a great low salt addition to meats or beans for tacos or enchiladas.  Spicy but not too much.
  • Indian Fare Madras Lentil and Palak Paneer: YUM.  These dishes are high in fiber, good sources of iron, contain no artificial colors or preservatives and are a decent source of vegetarian protein.  FYI, the sodium content in the Palak Paneer is a little high for anyone closely watching their sodium intake.
  • Black Bean & Corn Enchilada: wheat and dairy free and low calorie, this frozen meal makes a great lunch in a pinch when topped with diced red onion, avocado and a bit of the chili pepper sauce.  You can also add an egg to up the protein content.
  • Raw Creamy Unsalted Almond Butter: nearly 1/2 the price of the competition and just as tasty.  Almond butter is high in heart healthy fats, fiber, protein and calcium.
  • Crumbled Feta: a fair price, like all of their cheeses, and tastes good.  This one is guaranteed from cows not treated with hormones...important, especially for children!
  • Sweet & Spicy Pecans: last but not least...this is probably my favorite unique to TJ's item.  The sweet isn't too much and the spice is just right.  Eat them alone (careful the whole bag doesn't disappear), atop salads, yogurt, oatmeal or with a dollop of peanut butter for true delight!

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