My Favorite Things: Trader Joe's

I know, I know, the title of this post seems like a no-brainer. Who doesn't love Trader Joe's? Over the last few weeks, my husband and I have really been trying to eat healthier. I had to get rid of every treat in our house! Yes, even the beloved Oreo Thins. (Those things are AMAZING if you've never tried them) It can be difficult to find healthy snacks or replacements for higher calorie staples like rice or pasta. I thought it might be fun to share my go-to items of the moment, the ones I just can't live without.

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Roasted Coconut Chips                                                                                                                                             I am ADDICTED to these. I just discovered them and have been eating them literally every day. If you are a coconut fan, you will love these too! They have the most perfect crunch and are sweet without going overboard. I love eating them by themselves or adding them to my yogurt and granola in the morning...YUM! I highly recommend giving these a shot. (160 Calories for half a bag!)

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Riced Cauliflower                                                                                                                                              While it is super easy to make your own cauliflower rice at home with a food processor, I love how this eliminates the mess. I like sautéing this with some garlic salt and using it as a base for taco bowls (ground turkey, black beans, and corn) or PF Chang's inspired turkey bowls. Totally worth having a bag (or two) on hand as a quick and incredibly healthy replacement for rice.

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Spicy Black Bean Dip                                                                                                                                          This stuff is amazing and so versatile! It goes amazingly well with an egg white omelet, pretzel sticks, or even vegetables. Be warned, once you start you can't stop. The good news is that two tablespoons of this stuff is only 30 calories -- that's crazy!

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Chicken Sausage                                                                                                                                                        These come in a number of flavors including: Sweet Italian Style, Spicy Jalapeño, Sweet Apple, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Sweet Basil Pesto. I love chopping this up, grilling some onions, and pairing it with cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash. Super yummy and a great alternative to traditional proteins like steak, chicken, or fish.

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Organic Fruit Wrap                                                                                                                                                    If you want a sweet treat without the calories, these are awesome. They are 100% fruit, vegan, and gluten-free (if you're into that sorta thing) My one suggestion for eating this is to peel back the wrap and eat rather than touching it with your fingers. These are super sticky, but oh-so-yummy!

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Gone Bananas                                                                                                                                                 Frozen chocolate covered bananas are the most amazing ice cream replacement! If you love getting these at Disneyland like I do, then these are a dream! They are bite sized pieces, so less mess, but don't let their size fool you! These babies taste just like their bigger brother - the full banana. (That sounded odd, but you know what I mean!)

If you haven't tried some of these, DO IT! I don't think you'll regret it. Can't wait to see what other discoveries I make at Trader Joe's on our journey to healthier eating. Until next time, friends!

xo, Nicole