Registered dietitians dish on healthy foods to buy at Trader Joe’s.
From soup to nuts (literally), these are their picks.

The Birmingham (Alabama) community has been in celebration mode for months since the announcement that Trader Joe’s was FINALLY coming to our hometown. October 13, 2015 marks the opening of the Alabama store so in honor of the big day, I reached out to my fellow dietitians to share their favorite healthy products. Who knew registered dietitians would get so giddy when asked to dish on their favorite healthy foods to buy at Trader Joe’s. From soup to nuts (literally), these are their picks. Their lists spanned the aisles and no one could share just one top item because they couldn’t narrow down their tops.

Overall, the general consensus was that the prices for dried nuts, unsweetened dried fruits, cheeses, salad mixes, wine, and produce couldn’t be beat.

Below, you’ll see their favorites but as a newbie Trader Joe’s shopper, I want to know even more! Leave your favorite healthy foods in the comments so I’ll know what to check out!

DRIED FRUIT, NUTS, SNACK MIX

  1. Dried Blueberries
  2. Unsalted and Unsweetened Fuji Apple Slices
  3. Dried Unsweetened Mango Slices
  4. Whole Dried Unsweetened Cherries
  5. Golden Raisins
  6. Dried Mandarin Orange Slices
  7. Omega Trek Mix (Dried Cranberry & Roasted Nut Blend)
  8. 50% Less Salt Roasted Almonds
  9. Raw Pepitas
  10. Lightly Salted Cashews
  11. Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  12. Pine Nuts

READY-TO-EAT/CONVENIENCe

  1. Premade Salad: Spinach Power Salad
  2. Premade Salad: Kale Salad with Edamame
  3. Precut and/or Preshredded Brussels Sprouts
  4. Precooked Beets
  5. Precut Frozen Mango
  6. Frozen Dumplings
  7. Reduced-Guilt Chunky Guacamole
  8. Fresh Corn and Bean Salsa
  9. Pre-Prepped Pork Tenderloin
  10. Pre-Prepped Chicken
  11. Frozen Stuffed Poblano Peppers
  12. Frozen Rice and Quinoa
  13. Bruschetta Sauce
  14. Broccoli and Kale Slaw
  15. Riced Cauliflower
  16. Julienned Root Vegetables

PROTEIN-PACKED (SEAFOOD, MEAT, DAIRY, LEGUMES)

  1. Nonfat Greek Yogurt (plain and honey)
  2. Cranberry-Coated Goat Cheese
  3. Reduced-fat Brie, Blue Cheese and Feta Cheeses
  4. Crunchy Almond Butter
  5. Organic Nut Butters
  6. Canned Salmon
  7. Frozen Wild Salmon
  8. All Natural Ground Turkey
  9. Nitrite-free Chicken Sausage
  10. 100% Grass Fed Beef
  11. Lentils (Small Whole Green)
  12. Lentils (Red Split Lentils)
  13. Steamed Lentils
  14. Organic Black Beans
  15. Frozen Turkey Burgers
  16. Organic Free-Range Whole Chickens
  17. Salmon Croquettes
  18. King Salmon Jerky

WHOLE GRAINS

  1. Frozen Superfood Quinoa Pilaf
  2. Quinoa Pasta
  3. Tri-colored Quinoa
  4. Corn tortillas
  5. Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
  6. Organic Brown Basmati Rice
  7. High Fiber Cereal
  8. Whole Wheat Tortillas
  9. Organic Olive Oil Popcorn

BEST BUYS

  1. Toasted Sesame Oil
  2. Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  3. “Just a Handful” Products
  4. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  5. Coconut Flour
  6. Chia Seeds
  7. Flax Seeds
  8. Dried Seaweed
  9. Organic Unsweetened Flaked Coconut
  10. Marinated Olives

SWEETS

  1. Green Tea Mochi Ice Cream Balls
  2. Frozen Lime Pops
  3. Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Seeds
  4. Dark Chocolate with Caramel
  5. Pound Plus Dark Chocolate Bars

EXOTIC/UNUSUAL PRODUCE

  1. Jazz Apples
  2. Kale Sprouts
  3. Galia Melons
  4. Organic Tri-Color Carrots
  5. Kabocha Squash

THANK YOU

Dozens of registered dietitians contributed their expertise to this article including:

ofSheila Weiss, RDN
Katie Serbinski, MS, RD of Mom to Mom Nutrition
Heather Caplan, RD of ‪Spright.com
Dena Norton, MS, RD, LD of Back To The Book Nutrition
Angie Asche, RD
Austin Dana, RD of Keystone Nutrition, LLC
Courtney Stinson, RD
Rachel Wallace Hartley, RD
Marisa Moore, RD of Marisa Moore Nutrition
Allison Schaaf, MS, RD, LD of ‪PrepDish.com
Karman Meyer RD, LDN of ‪TheNutritionAdventure.com
Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD of ‪http://teaspoonofspice.com
Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN of ‪Nutritioulicious.com
Danielle Cushing, RD
David Grotto, RD
Danielle Omar, RD of Food Confidence
Alanna Waldron, RD
Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN of ‪www.NutritionStarringYOU.com
Kelli Shallal, RD of ‪www.hungryhobby.net
E.a. Stewart, RD
Jamila René MS, RD of No Nonsense Nutritionist
Noaa Bujanover, RD
Heather Goesch, MPH, RDN, LDN of heathergnutrition.com
Jenny Shea Rawn, MS, MPH, RD of My Cape Cod Kitchen
Jill Castle, RD

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