I went to Trader Joe’s and picked out 9 plant-based products that I think you should try! Each item on the list is delicious and nutritious, and I guarantee you’re going to love them!
A little reminder: this list was put together in April 2021, and Trader Joe’s rotates their stock frequently. If you listen to this episode later or live elsewhere, you may not be able to find everything on this list.
1. Greek Chickpeas with Parsley & Cumin ($1.79)
This can of chickpeas has just a few simple ingredients, including salt, garlic, lemon juice, cumin and oil. It’s a great ready-to-eat plant-based protein to add to a salad or main dish.
2. Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Ground Flax & Chia Seeds ($3.29)
Take your traditional nut butter up a notch with seeds. This roasted peanut butter has ground flax and chia seeds mixed in, for a boost of unhealthy fats and protein.
3. Crispy Broccoli Florets ($2.99)
Want more veggies in your life? Try these dehydrated broccoli florets, made with just broccoli, oil and salt. They are a great salty snack option for anyone who doesn’t like the texture of cooked broccoli or someone looking to up their snack game.
4. Vegan Caesar Dressing ($3)
Plant-based folks can finally have a tasty vegan Caesar dressing. This Trader Joe’s variety is made with a mix of tofu, capers, mustard and miso to create a creamy, savory and peppery dressing.
5. Chocolate Hummus ($1.99)
Dessert is getting an upgrade with chocolate hummus. This simple mixture of chickpeas, sugar, cocoa, oil and salt creates a light and fluffy sweet hummus that you will want to eat with a spoon. Be careful not to eat the entire container in one sitting!
6. Roasted Green Beans ($4.29)
For those who are short on time after a long training session or don’t want to spend their free time in the kitchen, these roasted green beans are microwave ready. They are pre-cooked green beans in olive oil and salt and pepper, so all you need to do is open them up, heat and serve. Might I suggest serving them with #1 on the list?
7. Sauerkraut ($3.99)
Sauerkraut is a fermented food that is packed with good-for-you probiotics. It’s made by combining shredded cabbage and salt to create a brine. The cabbage sits in the brine over time and slowly ferments into a crunchy and sour slaw that is good for the gut.
If you don’t eat sauerkraut now, think about adding it to sandwiches, wraps or as a side with protein. This version is especially yummy because it has cabbage, persian cucumbers, salt and garlic.
8. Seed & Grain Crispbread Norwegian Crackers ($2.99)
These sturdy crackers have sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, rye flour, oat bran, oatmeal, flaxseed and spelt. Just one cracker is incredibly hearty and filling, with 130 calories, 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Top it with hummus, tapendar, nut butter or anything you want!
9. Just A Handful Of Olives Snack ($0.99)
This shelf stable packet of olives is a great on-the-go salty snack, especially for those with intense training demands who need a little extra sodium in their diet. Each packet has 50 calories per pack and 220 mg sodium (10% daily value). If you workout in hot conditions or are training for a long distance event, olives are a great snack to munch on.