Walking into Trader Joe's is like how a kid walks into a candy store—but you know, just way healthier for you. Not only does TJ's have great prices, but there are tons of unique and unusual finds for wholesome prepared foods, cheese, wine, frozen foods—the list goes on. But that really stands out is the snack selection.
A brief walk down the aisles, and you'll quickly notice the store is stocked with plenty of nutritious non-perishable or pre-packaged snacks, as well as healthy dips, crackers, and other hearty snacks that can satisfy those midday munchies fast. Without sabotaging your weight-loss goals, either!
So which ones should you stock up on? Here are some dietitians' favorite picks, all of which are super versatile, taste delicious, and most importantly, are good for you. Check out the full list of healthiest Trader Joe's snacks so you know what to have on hand as you try out the 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time!
Dried Apple Rings
PER 1 SERVING (10 rings): 110 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (4 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 0 g protein
Dried apples are great for adding to yogurt or oatmeal bowls, as you can pack them with you for on the go and they have a ton of fiber to keep you full. "They are naturally sweet and a delicious and easy to digest pre-workout snack," says Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD.
Go Raw Trek Mix
PER 1 SERVING (1 bag): 210 calories, 14 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (3 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 7 g protein
One handful of this raw mix will keep the munchies at bay and they aren't perishable, so you can store them in your bag when you're on-the-go. This mix comes in single-serve bags of raisins, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and filberts.
"I like that these are portion-controlled and easy to put in your purse or bring with you on a hike, and the protein and healthy fats will keep you full for hours," says Rizzo.
Everything but the Bagel Yogurt Dip
PER 1 SERVING (2 tablespoon): 60 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 95 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 1 g protein
This yogurt dip is versatile, as it really is so good on everything, including veggies, sandwiches, and crackers.
"It's made with 2% milk, so it's low in calories, which is good because it's easy to eat more than the 2-tablespoon serving size," says Rizzo. Try it out if you're trying to eat more low-carb snacks—slathering some on cucumber slices with smoked salmon is a game-changer.
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Just Mango Slices
Per 1 SERVING: 140 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (2 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 0 g protein
Looking for the perfect sweet treat? Go for some mango slices that are made up of just mango and nothing else.
"These have been a go-to after-dinner treat or pre-workout snack for me for years. There's no added sulfites or sugar, but they still manage to have a great texture and flavor," says Kelly Jones MS, RD, CSSD, LDN.
Some Enchanted Crackers
Per 1 SERVING: 140 calories, 6 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 3 g protein
The best crackers at Trader Joe's are definitely enchanted. See, they're made with multigrain and a variety of seeds, like sesame, poppy, and flax. "They're good enough to enjoy on their own or pair with your favorite cheese or dip, like hummus, says Jones.
Per 1 SERVING: 140 calories, 7 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 40 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), <1 g protein
The plantain chips at Trader Joe's are thicker than standard chips and have a heartier texture, which makes a handful of these more filling and satisfying. "Plus, they're great with everything from salsa, guac and cheese dip to peanut butter," says Jones.
Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip
PER 1 SERVING (2 Tablespoons): 30 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 1 g protein
"I LOVE this dip! The first ingredient is Greek yogurt and it pairs well with veggies, rice cakes, pita chips and so much more," says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, and author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club. If you have any left over, use it on sandwiches, wraps, grilled chicken or fish.
Cold Brew Latte Dessert Bars
PER 1 SERVING (1 bar): 40 calories, 1.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (0g fiber, 7 g sugar), 0 g protein
When you want a small, refreshing snack that's not too sweet, these bars hit the spot. "Get your latte in a frozen treat for 40 calories each—just make sure to let it soften for a couple of minutes for a perfect texture," says Harris-Pincus.
Crunchy Curls Lentil and Potato Snack
PER 1 SERVING (31 curls): 130 calories, 4.5 g fat (.5 g saturated fat), 380 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (4g fiber, 0g sugar), 3 g protein
These super crunchy snacks have a great texture and are a little addictive—so you might want to buy a couple bags during one shopping trip.
"Plus, the serving size is huge at 31 curls for 130 calories," says Harris-Pincus. "I also love that this tasty, salty nosh has 3 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber thanks to the lentil flour."
And now you can stock up on all the best tasting, good-for-you snacks during your next TJ's run!