Happy Friday, friends!
Where the HECK did this week go? Is it just me, or did it completely fly by?
As you’ve probably noticed, my posting schedule around here has been a little up in the air. I’ve been busy working on a couple projects behind the scenes! One of them, as you know, is my Trader Joe’s Hacks e-Book–which is NOW LIVE!
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Anyway, great serendipity happening over here in today’s post, because, a few weeks back, I asked you guys to weigh in on some new post ideas that were unrelated to clothes. (?This was during peak Nordstrom sale fatigue.)
I had multiple responses requesting, “HEALTHY SNACKS!” Which, as luck would have it–there is a whole easy healthy snack section of my Trader Joe’s Hacks e-Book! So I pulled a couple of ideas out of there to share with you today!
Trader Joe’s Healthy Snacks
TJ’s plantain chips, mashed avocado + chili lime seasoning:
Potentially the easiest, most delicious snack ever. (And one you can even keep stashed in your desk at work!) Mashup a little bit of avocado, sprinkle some TJ’s Chili Lime seasoning over the top, and eat it with TJ’s plantain chips! (They have plain, but I love the new jerk kind for a little spice!) It’s crunchy, salty, and a great serving of healthy fat to curb your cravings!
TJ’s crackers or veggies + hummus + zhoug sauce:
I am kind of hard to please when it comes to hummus. Regular old hummus doesn’t have enough flavor for me, so I have to mix things up.
First, let’s start with dippers:
Right now, I am LOVING TJ’s 3 Seed Beat Crackers! They’re small and bite sized, extra crunchy, and happen to be gluten-free too! Want more fiber? TJ’s Norwegian Crispbread crackers are a life-saver for filling you up. (More on those below!)
If you’re trying to pack in more veggies, grab a bag of prepared veggies, like snap peas, TJ’s Les Petite Carrots, or Broccoli + Cauliflower to dip! Dump them all in a rectangular glass container to make your own weekday veggie tray, so you have them ready to pull out of the fridge for easy snacking.
Now, the hummus:
If you’re sick of the same old hummus, this is the best, easiest hack to make hummus more delicious–mix it with TJ’s Zhoug sauce! It gives it a fresh, spicy twist! (My favorite TJ’s hummus is the Mediterranean hummus, by the way!)
Not into spicy? Grab TJ’s White Bean Hummus, and top it with your favorite fresh pesto for an Italian twist!
If you aren’t near a TJ’s, look for my other favorite, Lantana Yellow Lentil hummus! It’s SO GOOD. You don’t need to add anything to it! It’s a little bit sweet and the lentils make it so creamy!
Norwegian Crispbread (or GG crackers) + nut butter:
Have you tried TJ’s Norwegian Crispbread crackers? (They come in gluten free, too!) They’re basically TJ’s version of the infamous GG Crackers. They are really dense and filling, so I typically only eat like half of one at a time–so they last forever.
My go-to: Spread your favorite nut butter on top and you’ve got a great snack with a good amount of fiber and a bit of fat!
Which nut butter to go with? I, for one, am still a stickler for peanut butter even though it’s the most frowned upon of nut butters–I just make sure to buy the kind without added sugar, and especially love the Flax and Chia seed PB from TJ’s! I also just bought the honey cinnamon RX Bar peanut butter for the first time and OMG–it is so good! (Expensive? Yes, but I use it sparingly!)
1/2 sliced banana or apple + spoonful of peanut butter:
Not rocket science, but I feel like sometimes we forget what a great snack bananas and peanut butter are (throwback to circle time snack hour in Kindergarten!) Bananas are especially good as a pre or post-workout snack because they are a healthy source of carbs and sugar for pre-workout fuel, and contain essentials like magnesium and potassium, which need replenishing after a hard workout.
Watching your sugar and carbs? A handful of raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries + scoop of peanut butter are also a good alternative.
Hard-boiled egg + olive oil + ETBTB seasoning:
Make a batch of hard-boiled eggs, OR you can buy cage-free fresh hard-boiled eggs already peeled at Trader Joe’s!
Slice them in half, drizzle with olive oil, and zap in the microwave for a couple seconds–the olive oil sinks into the egg and makes it softer and creamier. (Sounds weird, but it’s so good. There’s a whole page dedicated to them in my TJ’s cookbook, haha!)
Top with Everything But the Bagel seasoning! Great for breakfast or a snack anytime! With the egg and olive oil combination, this snack is a good combination of protein and good fat to keep you going!
Rice cake with mashed avocado, salt, pepper + chili flakes:
Not necessarily a TJ’s specific snack, but delicious none the less! Actually–my favorite rice cakes aren’t found at TJ’s–they’re Lundburg Farms Organic Brown Rice Thins–you can get them at most grocery stores in the health food aisle! Mash some avocado on top, and if you’re feeling extra fancy, add some sliced tomatoes, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze! It feels indulgent, but not at all!
Feels like a snack and dessert all at the same time! You can get dried mango a LOT of places, not just TJ’s! Just make sure you’re keeping an eye on the sugar–you don’t want dried fruit with added sugar! (Warning: You’ll probably be tempted to eat the whole bag, but don’t do that–it’s a lot of sugar, even with no sugar added–naturally occurring sugar is still sugar, so watch the serving size!)
Nuts or trail mix:
Any trail mix or nut mix is a great snack to keep in your purse or at your desk when you get hungry. (My go-to snack back at my 9-5 was a 3pm LaCroix and some trail mix!) I love TJ’s trail mixes, but especially their flavored mixed nuts–like Chili Lime cashews or Wasabi almonds. Don’t live near a TJ’s? You can totally make your own nut mix as well–this paleo spiced nuts recipe looks delicious and so easy!
I hope this gives you some great ideas for weekday snacks next time you head to the grocery store!
For more Trader Joe’s Inspiration, check out these posts:
More What I Buy At TJ‘s.
A TJ’s Weekday Salad Bowl Hack.