Many people believe that eating healthy foods has to be expensive — but if you know where to look, that doesn’t have to be the case. Staples like beans, peanut butter and frozen foods can help you eat well on a budget. For more proof, here’s how a nutritionist spends $50 at Trader Joe’s. When it comes to snacks, TJ’s can be overwhelming — with its plethora of fun chip flavors and unique options.
However, we’ve rounded up 10 smart options to help you narrow down the choices and stock up:
Why it made the cut: These trail mix packs are perfectly portioned for on-the-go snacking. With natural sweetness from dried fruit (and zero added sugar) you won’t get the same sugar crash many trail mix blends can cause. Plus, since they come in pre-packaged single-servings, you don’t have to worry about eating the right portion size.
Why it made the cut: This snack helps satisfy cravings for a ranch-flavored, crunchy, salty chip — without the junk-food guilt. A quarter cup packs 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber into 130 calories, so they’ll fill you up more than a bag of regular chips, despite tasting similarly.
Why it made the cut: Dried fruit is a great snack to keep in your bag or desk drawer, but the calories can add up fast if you mindlessly go through a bag. These individual packs keep portion size in check for a portable snack with just 130 calories and 4 grams of filling fiber.
Why it made the cut: Granola bars are notorious for being loaded with sugar but this one, made with fig and dark chocolate, contains just 6 grams sugar; a surprisingly low amount. They also have 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein to keep you going until your next meal.
Why it made the cut: These umami-rich snacks are very tasty and super low in calories. Each serving contains 30 calories, so they’re a great option for when you’re craving something salty but don’t need a substantial snack. They also pair surprisingly well with sliced apples.
Why it made the cut: This combination packs plenty of protein for a great post-workout snack. A cup of plain Icelandic Style Yogurt provides 22 grams of protein with no added sugar. To make it extra hearty, top it with Peanut Butter Protein Granola, which adds a whopping 11 grams of protein per serving.
Why it made the cut: Eggs are packed with 6 grams of high-quality protein and 9 essential amino acids, making them a substantial and filling snack. These pre-cooked ones take the work out of prep. Pair them with chopped veggies for an extra fiber boost.
Why it made the cut: Olives are a delicious, savory snack thanks to their salty, briny flavor and meaty texture, but they’re not always the most convenient. However, these individually-packaged olives are a game-changer. For 50 calories you can enjoy a serving at home, work or on-the-go.
Why it made the cut: This gluten-free option is high in protein (one serving has 14 grams), so you can feel good about opting for a slice between meals. Compared to most traditional pizzas, this version is packed with veggies (thanks to the cauliflower) and much lower in calories, sodium and fat.
Why it made the cut: This frozen blend mixes lentils, chickpeas and veggies for a smart snack option to keep in your freezer. It’s pre-seasoned and serves 11 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein per serving, so it’s great for filling you up when you’re looking for a warm, plant-based snack.