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Top 15 Trader Joe’s Products for Weight Loss, according to our Nutritionist


Losing weight in a healthy, sustainable manner is not about tediously counting calories or restricting yourself to boring diet foods.

It’s about nourishing your body well with healthy, well-balanced meals & snacks in the right portions.

But if it’s too time-consuming to prepare your healthy meals & snacks, it can be very challenging to stay on track.

So, to help you be consistent with your healthy eating habits our nutritionist Narina Minassian has put together a list of the Top 15 Trader Joe’s Products for Weight Loss. She selected these foods for their nutritional benefits, great taste, and ease of preparation. 

Below are our Top 15 Trader Joe’s Products for Weight Loss.



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1. Grilled White Meat Chicken Strips (prepared section)

Adding lean protein to your meals doesn’t get any easier than this! Protein is essential for weight loss because it makes you feel full longer & helps preserve muscle as you lose fat. Because this chicken is already cooked, you can simply chop it up & add to salads, soups, pastas, or stir-fries.




2. Organic Brown Rice (frozen)

No need to spend 45 minutes cooking brown rice on the stovetop! It’s ready in three minutes and the taste & texture are great. It’s such a convenient way to add whole grains to your meals and boost your intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.




3. Fire Roasted Bell Peppers & Onions (frozen)

These delicious veggies are a great way to bulk up your meals, increase satisfaction, and add flavor for very few calories.




4. Very Cherry Berry Blend (frozen)

This delicious berry blend makes it so easy to add fruit to your day, especially toward the end of the week when you’ve already eaten your fresh fruit. Add these berries to oatmeal, smoothies, or yogurt.




5. Steamed Lentils (produce section)

These ready-to-eat legumes are a great source of vegetarian protein. Simple and delicious, they’re easy to add to salads, soups, dips, or protein bowls. 




6. Baby spinach

These triple-washed greens are super convenient. Boost your veggie intake by adding them to smoothies, salads, soups, pastas, stir-fries, or sandwiches.

  • Pro Tip: If you’ll be cooking the spinach or adding it to smoothies, toss the bag in the freezer. If using in salads or sandwiches, pour the leaves into a container between paper towels to keep them fresh in the fridge all week.




7. Mini 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bars

Part of the fun of shopping at Trader Joe’s is their selection of treats! And even if you’re on a weight loss journey, it’s important to treat yourself weekly so your cravings don’t build up. When you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, these yummy 100-calorie bars do the trick!




8. Premium Salmon Burger (frozen)

The American Heart Association recommends that we eat fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, at least twice a week for heart health. These burgers really do taste great & are an easy way to get your seafood. Made with wild Alaskan salmon and seasoned with carrots, celery, and onions, they’re juicy, and have a mild, non-fishy taste.




9. Vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil Pesto (prepared section)

This delicious sauce is made with fresh, healthy ingredients and we love using it as a flavor booster in egg dishes, veggie stir fries, pasta, or as a marinade for fish. When your healthy food tastes this good, it’s easy to stay on track.




10. Unsweetened Instant Oatmeal

We absolutely love this oatmeal because it has zero added sugar and is made with whole grain oats, quinoa, amaranth, flax seeds, and chia seeds. High in both protein & fiber, it’s filling, satisfying and super quick & easy to make. Top it with nuts & fruit for a well-balanced breakfast.




11. 100% Liquid Egg Whites

Starting your day with a healthy breakfast boosts your energy, keeps you satisfied & helps your brain & body function at their best. For an easy well-balanced breakfast, sauté some veggies with these egg whites, and enjoy a slice of whole grain toast on the side.




12. Dry Toasted Unsalted Slivered Almonds

Eating small amounts of nuts can help with weight loss because the unsaturated fat, fiber & protein make them filling & satisfying. Sprinkle a tablespoon of slivered almonds on your salads, bowls, parfaits, and cereal for the crunch & flavor as well as the nutritional benefits.




13. Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt

High in protein & low in sugar, nonfat plain Greek yogurt is a great way to boost your gut health. The probiotics in yogurt feed your good bacteria and contribute to a healthy microbiome, which has been linked with achieving a healthy weight.




14. Crisp Crunchy Crisps

We like to include crackers & chips in moderation to satisfy our desire for crunchy textures. Add a handful of these crisps to your lunch or afternoon snack and enjoy the crunch!




15. Mediterranean Style Salad Kit

Don’t waste money, calories, and sodium eating out for lunch! Instead turn this delicious salad kit into two easy lunches. Just add your own protein (like grilled chicken strips) & healthy fat (like avocado) and then divide it into two containers and lunch is ready or the next two days!



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