Trader Joe's Good for You Foods

Written by sonyast (sonya) on 2/26/2012 1:23 PM | COMMENTS (20)


Yesterday at my WW meeting, my Leader did a Trader Joe’s show and tell. She had a couple of dozen of items all from TJs and all pretty healthy and low in points. She had told us last week that she had been authorized to do this by WW corporate since they opened a new high-tech facility in a nearby city and this was one of the presentations they were going to make at the grand opening. Our center is soon moving around the corner to a bigger facility and will have all the high-tech WW gizmos too. Since I knew she was doing this, I brought her a couple of my TJs favorites in case she hadn’t known about them. She didn’t, so she added them to her show.

Several of you asked that I post some of my favorites, so here they are, along with some of hers. I’ve taken a photo >> so you can see some of the packages. Not everything in the below list is photographed, but a few are. Keep in mind, there are tons of fresh fruits and veggies at TJs to add to this list, but I won’t list them as you already know these are freebies.

Dry Goods
- Savory Thin Mini Crackers 3pts for 35 crackers (great for topping soups or dipping in the Bean or Queso dip below)
- FF Spicy Black Bean Dip 1pt per 2Tbl
- Queso Cheese Dip 0pts for 2Tbl (Really! ZERO pts)
- Blue Corn Baked Tortilla Chips 3pts for 14-17 chips
- Crunchy Curls (Lentil Potato) 3pts for 31 curls
- Kettle Corn (6 bags per pkg) 3pts bag
- Café Twists (4 twists for 3pts) great served w/ coffee
- Triple Berry Bran Muffin Mix (I made these for breakfast this morning and added 1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries to the mix before baking) 3pts
- Better N’ Peanut Butter 2pts 2Tbl (great low pt PBJ w/ no sugar jam & lite bread)
- Better N’ Peanut Butter Chocolate 2pts 2Tbl (I smother a banana with this for a filling snack)
- Double Roasted Salsa 0pts (nice smoky flavor and not too hot – personal fav)
- Various premade “boxed” soups (Black Bean, Roasted Pepper) low pts
- Popped BBQ Potato Chips 3pts

Frozen Goods
- Rice Medley (3 microwavable bags per pkg) 5pts per ½ bag
- Organic Brown Rice (3 microwavable bags per pkg) 4pts per ½ bag
- Checkerboard Mousse Cake (delish and reasonable for a dessert) 6 pts
- Triple Cheese Pizza 11pts for ½ pie (I add chopped veggies before cooking and it makes a satisfying serving of pizza)
- Paneer Tikka Masala 9pts (I have this for lunch, it is Indian and has a spinach rice and paneer – an Indian cheese – in an incredible sauce)
- Black Bean & Corn Enchiladas 7pts for 2 enchiladas (the whole pkg!)

Refrigerated Goods
- Baby Brie (comes in a netted pkg in individual servings like Baby Bells) 3pts
- Egg White Salad 1pt per ½ container (great between low cal bread)
- Reduced Fat Greek Salad (toss the dressing that comes with and use the Pear Gorgonzola Dressing below) 2 pts w/o dressing, 3pts w/ dressing below
- Pear Champagne Gorgonzola Dressing 1pt for 2Tbl (to die for!)
- Butternut Squash Ravioli 6pts per 1/3 pkg (Outrageously good - I usually eat ½ the pkg for 9pts and use a lite alfredo sauce to top)
- Steamed Lentils 2pts for ½ cup (nice mixed w/ the Rice Medley and some cumin)
- Roasted Beets 0pts (cooked and seal-packed. Great on salads or w/ a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and 1Tbl gorgonzola cheese)

There are far too many more to name here. You'll also note that I have not listed any meats or fish as I am a Vegetarian. But I do get them sometimes for DH and there are plenty points-friendly choices there. I know TJs doesn't have stores everywhere, but if you're lucky enough to have one nearby, I suggest you get there and start exploring! BTW, the WW points+ barcode scanning App does not work on TJs stuff - bummer.

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  • Post Image anamorph (lyle )

    2/20/2013 3:54 PM
    Trader Joe's has now posted WW points for the recipes included in its most recent cookbook. The points are not in the cookbook, but can only be found at their website. Lots of good looking recipes with low points! http://www.cooktj.com/weight-watchers-points


  • Post Image masonnickey80 (nicole)

    5/19/2012 1:25 AM
    I remember you posting this blog and recently I went to Trader Joes and wish I had this list with me, however I did get the queso dip!!! Yummy!!!


  • Post Image txqltr (shannon)

    3/1/2012 3:21 AM
    Have you tried Tofu Shirataki?? My new go-to food for pasta!! LOVIN' it!! With some stir-fried veggies - it's killer!!


  • Post Image nanamerri

    3/1/2012 12:17 AM
    Cheese Dip for 0 points? :0


  • Post Image nanamerri

    3/1/2012 12:16 AM
    I love Trader Joes! You gave me some great ideas, and things to look for next time I go. Thanks!


  • Post Image tracylynne6 (tracy)

    2/28/2012 11:29 AM
    I live in Walmart country (wink) no TJ's nothing like that. FYI, I was able to get an app to calculate points (protein, fat, fiber, carb) i think it's generic but works accurately. Just takes longer at store. I have been learning to shop alone with no time constraints, at least once in a while. Thx for the ideas, Sonya!


  • Post Image mccool10

    2/27/2012 11:32 AM
    I love Trader Joes. My fav is the 0% fat greek yogurt - 3pts for 1 cup. I am definitely going to try the Pear Champagne gorgonzola Dressing. I like to get their Carne Asada and serve it on a salad with the Low Fat Cilantro dressing.


  • Post Image alconz (arlene)

    2/27/2012 11:26 AM
    omigod! i want a trader joe's by me!!!!


  • Post Image linalb03

    2/27/2012 8:43 AM
    Wow! what a fantastic blog! Thanks for all the awesome information! I love Trader Joe's! What did we do with out them all these years!!! Thanks Lindy


  • Post Image addey1123

    2/27/2012 7:51 AM
    I LOVE TJ's, just wish there was one closer. They have an awesome tomato soup that's very reasonable and their hummus (most flavors) is a personal fave.


  • Post Image masonnickey80 (nicole)

    2/27/2012 12:19 AM
    Thanks for the tips!


  • Post Image alzabees

    2/26/2012 11:12 PM
    I have not been in a Trader Joe's much since becoming a WW. I might have to give them another chance. Mostly my memories are of buying their Challah bread and overdoing it, so I kind of steered clear of them. I like how you have it broken down on your list. Oh, and BTW - if that is your home in the background - it looks totally wonderful! So cozy and comfortable.


  • Post Image bellagirl44

    2/26/2012 9:41 PM
    We have a TJs, but I've never shopped there. We'll have to look into it. Thanks for the great information.


  • Post Image skelso5

    2/26/2012 8:48 PM
    The egg white salad is delicious. I usually will eat the entire container and not feel guilty. One of my co-workers actually suggested that I find just egg salad with no bread and it was that day my leader had talked about the Egg white salad. IT is a perfect solution and so low in points. I am also bumbed that the barcode scanner does not work.


  • Post Image theresat57 (theresa)

    2/26/2012 7:47 PM
    I have only been in a TJ's once with a friend when we were visiting Raleigh NC. I LOVED it! Unfortunately, I live in the middle of nowhere FL....so can't get these delightful goodies anywhere close to me!


  • Post Image kberube52

    2/26/2012 7:46 PM
    sounds nice, but no Trader Joes in my neck of the woods!


  • Post Image buckjw2525 (buckley)

    2/26/2012 7:25 PM
    i have not been to a Trader Joe's for about two years. I will take your list with me. The Queso for zero points is worth the trip.


  • Post Image rcdisneyfan

    2/26/2012 6:54 PM
    I love Trader Joe's. I think they have the best tasting eggs, hummus and I looove their chocolate yogurt!


  • Post Image haligus (mary)

    2/26/2012 6:33 PM
    TJ's is one of the few places that came out 100% on target with the "sting" the Boston Globe did not that long ago about how fish is being mislabelled. Many stores/suppliers are charging for a more expensive fish than what you are actually purchasing. TJ's came out as OK. Works for me!


  • Post Image haligus (mary)

    2/26/2012 6:30 PM
    I didn't know that Better 'n peanut butter came in chocolate. Hmmm. I like the regular flavor so probably can't go wrong with chocolate. I find their deli meats to be kind of pricey but I do like getting frozen fish there. I live alone (except for the cats!) and it's just so easy to decide the night before that I want fish the next day. Take it out of the freezer and let it defrost overnight.




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