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14 Healthy Trader Joe’s Snacks To Add To Your Cart

Emma Simpkins, MS, RDN

Published in Nutrition

8 min read

January 30, 2024
someone shopping at trader joe's
someone shopping at trader joe's

If you find yourself struggling to maintain a balanced and health-conscious diet, having nutritious and filling snacks on hand can make all the difference. Fortunately, on your next trip to Trader Joe's, you can easily stock up on a variety of high-quality products that strike the perfect balance between taste and nutrition.

If you enjoyed our guide to our favorite healthy Costco snacks, you’ll love this curated list of 14 of our nutrition team’s favorite snacks that deserve a spot in your shopping cart on your next shopping trip. From protein-packed options to flavorful treats, these Trader Joe’s snacks not only taste delicious but also boast nutritional benefits that align with your health goals!

1) Plain Greek Yogurt

Trader Joe’s Plain Greek Yogurt is a versatile and protein-rich snack that’s great to keep on hand for when you need an easy snack. With 17 grams of protein per serving and 0 grams of added sugar per ¾ cup, this Greek yogurt can keep you full all afternoon!

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein and probiotics, which support a healthy gut. Personally, I love to make a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruits and a sprinkle of granola or raw nuts for a protein-packed mid-day snack.” - Randi Yow, RDN, LDN

2) Trader Joe’s Grainless Tortilla Chips

trader joe's grainless cassava chips

These grainless chips cater to a diverse range of dietary preferences.Packed with nutrient-dense ingredients like cassava flour and avocado oil, these chips also contribute healthy fats that are beneficial for heart health.

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"Trader Joe's Grainless Tortilla Chips are a great option for anyone in need of a gluten-free and grain-free snack. The cassava flour is a source of resistant starch, supporting gut health, while avocado oil is a great source of monounsaturated fats. I love to pair these chips with salsa or guacamole for a tasty, balanced snack that satisfies both taste buds and nutritional needs." - Marie Funk, MS, RDN, LDN

3) Organic Dehydrated Carrots

For a convenient and nutritious snack, reach for Trader Joe’s Organic Dehydrated Carrots. With carrots and sea salt as the only two ingredients, these tasty bites are a perfect choice for on-the-go munching. 

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"Dehydrated carrots retain their vitamins and minerals, making them a convenient and antioxidant-rich snack. Enjoy them solo or pair with a protein-rich dip to keep you satiated.” - Katrina Larsen, MS, RDN, CDCES

4) Barebells Protein Bars

barebells protein bars

Packed with 20 grams of protein per bar,  Barebells are a healthy option to satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising on nutrition. You can even choose from a variety of flavors for a delicious high-protein snack!

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"These protein bars are a tasty way to curb cravings while providing essential amino acids for muscle repair. They're convenient and I love to toss one in my gym bag for a great post-workout snack, or snack on one for a midday pick-me-up at work!” - Amanda Donahue, MS, RD, CD

5) Mediterranean-Style Hummus

Trader Joe’s Mediterranean-Style Hummus is a flavorful and wholesome dip that pairs perfectly with fresh veggies, grainless or flaxseed chips, or as a spread on whole-grain crackers. As a source of healthy fats and plant-based protein, it’s a delightful addition to your snack repertoire.

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"Hummus is a versatile and heart-healthy dip. The combination of chickpeas and olive oil in this Mediterranean-style version provides a good dose of fiber and monounsaturated fats, supporting both digestive and cardiovascular health." - Katrina Larsen, MS, RDN, CDCES

6) Organic Peanut Butter Salted Valencia

organic peanut butter trader joe's

A classic favorite, Trader Joe’s Organic Peanut Butter is a nutritious source of healthy fat for all types of snacking. With only two ingredients (organic peanuts and sea salt), this peanut butter is great to keep on hand–plus, it contains eight grams of protein per two tablespoons.

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"Peanut butter is a staple for a reason. It's a source of healthy fats and protein, promoting satiety and providing a sustained energy release. Pair it with whole grains,  apple slices or celery for a balanced and delicious snack."  - Randi Yow, RDN, LDN

7) Papadums Lentil and Chickpea Crisps

These crisps, crafted from a blend of lentil and chickpea flours, offer a satisfying crunch paired with the nutritional benefits of legumes. With only six ingredients, these gluten-free legume crisps offer five grams of plant-based protein per 14 chips and are great for any kind of dip.

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"The combination of lentils and chickpeas provides a protein boost to these crisps, making them a flavorful and healthy alternative to traditional chips. I love having them with a refreshing cucumber yogurt dip or guacamole!” - Amanda Donahue, MS, RD, CD

8) Chomps Sticks

chomps sticks trader joe's

For a protein-packed snack on the go, don’t forget to stock up on Chomps Sticks on your next grocery store trip. Made with grass-fed beef or free-range turkey, these sticks are a flavorful and convenient option for a quick protein boost.

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"Chomps Sticks are a great source of clean protein without unnecessary additives. Their portability makes them a convenient option for everything from a road trip snack to a post-workout boost, ideal for those looking to support muscle growth and recovery." - Payton Baker, RD, MS, LMNT

9) Roltini Singles

Roltini Singles are another great on-the-go snack to stock up on while doing your TJ’s shopping. These bite-sized meat and cheese sticks are a great low-carb option to have on hand and are made from all natural ingredients.

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"Just like Chomps sticks, Roltinis offer a tasty combination of protein and flavor with 12 grams of protein per stick. They also come portion-controlled which is great for mindful enjoyment." - Victoria Eaton, RDN, LDN, IFNCP

10) Chunky Guacamole

trader joe's chunky guacamole

Trader Joe’s Chunky Guacamole is a delightful blend of avocados, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Scoop it up with chopped veggies, grain-free crisps, or whole-grain tortilla chips for a nutritious and satisfying snack loaded with healthy fats.

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"Guacamole is a nutrient-rich dip, and this chunky version offers a mix of vitamins, minerals, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats! Avocados are a great source of fiber, vitamins K, E, and C, and also possess antioxidant properties." - Marie Funk, MS, RDN, LDN

11) Trader Joe’s Olive & Herbs Mixed Nuts

This Trader Joe’s nut mix packs a delicious combo of your favorite trail mix ingredients. Packed with almonds, pecans, olives, cashews, and more, this heart-healthy blend is an energy-boosting snack for any time of the day. 

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"This trail mix is a great blend of protein, healthy fats, and savory flavor. The combination of nuts provides sustained energy, making it an excellent choice for an on-the-go snack. Enjoy this mix on its own while out on a hike or sprinkle it over Greek yogurt for a wholesome sweet treat." - Emma Simpkins, MS, RDN

12) Spicy Kosher Dill Pickles

trader joes spicy kosher dill pickles

Add a tangy kick to your snack routine with Trader Joe’s Spicy Kosher Dill Pickles. These crunchy pickles are a low-calorie snack option and can be enjoyed on their own or as a zesty side to complement your favorite cheese or protein snack.

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"Pickles are a hydrating, blood sugar and gut health-friendly snack. The spiciness adds an extra kick if you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional pickle flavor.” - Victoria Eaton, RDN, LDN, IFNCP

13) Peanut Butter Protein Granola

Packed with the goodness of whole grains, nuts, and peanut butter, this granola is a delightful way to boost your protein intake, with 11 grams of protein per serving. It does, however, contain nine grams of added sugar per serving, so be sure to stick to small portion sizes or use it as a snack to fuel your body before an intense workout.

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"This granola provides a tasty blend of protein and complex carbohydrates, making it a filling and energizing snack. While granola does tend to contain added sugar, this high-protein alternative can be a great topper for plain Greek yogurt or even cottage cheese in small portion sizes!” - Emma Simpkins, MS, RDN

14) Cage-Free Fresh Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs

trader joe's hard cooked peeled eggs

These pre-cooked, peeled eggs are a hassle-free and nutritious snack option. Rich in high-quality protein and essential nutrients, eggs make for a quick and satisfying on-the-go snack. Enjoy them solo, as a topping for a cracker, or slice them into salads for an instant boost of protein. 

Thoughts from A Nutritionist

"Eggs are a complete protein source, and the convenience of these hard-cooked, peeled eggs makes them an easy and nutritious snack. Packed with essential nutrients, they provide a quick and satisfying option for those in need of a protein boost." - Payton Baker, RD, MS, LMNT

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