The 39 Trader Joe’s Items You Need in Your Life

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls and written by Jenn, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

We’re big-time TJ’s fans. Like, big time big time. And, with our Trader Joe’s super-fan status, we like to consider ourselves a bit of an expert on what to buy there. But, if there’s anything we’ve learned since the site started, sharing is caring. And the best thing to share, when it comes to food, is what’s good! So, in order to compile the ultimate list of what to buy at Trader Joe’s, we put our fit foodie heads together and then reached out to you on social media for your favorite things to buy there. The result is pretty epic.

What to Buy at Trader Joe’s

    Organic arugulaOrganic chopped kaleBeetsSmoked salmonNuts of any and all kinds, but especially the single-serving packages of almondsNut butters, also of all kinds!Creamy polenta with spinach and carrotsPopcorn (really, any kind of it)Cilantro and chive yogurt dipVeggie and flaxseed chipsSweet basil pesto sausageYoung, fresh turkey at ThanksgivingCoconut oilCoconut oil sprayAlmond mealBalsamic vinegarDark chocolate ¡ª all of it100% Jamaica Blue Mountain CoffeeCanned beans (no additives or other ingredients!)Brussels sproutsBalsamic glazeHard-boiled eggsGoat cheeseSpelt risottoFrozen brown riceLight coconut milkWine (all of the wine, but especially this wine)Arrabbiata sauceApple cider vinegarPomegranate white teaFrozen seafood medleySteamed lentilsMahi-mahiGreek yogurtAlmond milkHearts of palm (in the jar)Organic tomato and roasted red pepper soupSea salt and turbinado sugar dark chocolate almondsFrozen naan

To learn more about these picks, check out the post on Fit Bottomed Girls.

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The 39 Trader Joe’s Items You Need in Your Life

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls and written by Jenn| who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

We’re big-time TJ’s fans. Like| big time big time. And| with our Trader Joe’s super-fan status| we like to consider ourselves a bit of an expert on what to buy there. But| if there’s anything we’ve learned since the site started| sharing is caring. And the best thing to share| when it comes to food| is what’s good! So| in order to compile the ultimate list of what to buy at Trader Joe’s| we put our fit foodie heads together and then reached out to you on social media for your favorite things to buy there. The result is pretty epic.

What to Buy at Trader Joe’s

    Organic arugulaOrganic chopped kaleBeetsSmoked salmonNuts of any and all kinds| but especially the single-serving packages of almondsNut butters| also of all kinds!Creamy polenta with spinach and carrotsPopcorn (really| any kind of it)Cilantro and chive yogurt dipVeggie and flaxseed chipsSweet basil pesto sausageYoung| fresh turkey at ThanksgivingCoconut oilCoconut oil sprayAlmond mealBalsamic vinegarDark chocolate ¡ª all of it100% Jamaica Blue Mountain CoffeeCanned beans (no additives or other ingredients!)Brussels sproutsBalsamic glazeHard-boiled eggsGoat cheeseSpelt risottoFrozen brown riceLight coconut milkWine (all of the wine| but especially this wine)Arrabbiata sauceApple cider vinegarPomegranate white teaFrozen seafood medleySteamed lentilsMahi-mahiGreek yogurtAlmond milkHearts of palm (in the jar)Organic tomato and roasted red pepper soupSea salt and turbinado sugar dark chocolate almondsFrozen naan

To learn more about these picks| check out the post on Fit Bottomed Girls.

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13 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas to Eat Clean Every Morning

On days when you need a quick breakfast, try one of these healthy cereal recommendations from Self!

While we’ll always have a soft spot for the nostalgic, cartoon-covered cereals of childhood, our grown-up selves are wise enough to know by now that the sugary stuff doesn’t cut it anymore. Thankfully, a host of innovative companies have come out with artisan protein- and fiber-packed cereals and muesli worth exploring (lentils in your cereal? It’s a thing). And if you need another reason to pour yourself a bowl, the latest research connects whole grain and cereal fiber consumption with lower risk of chronic disease. “A cereal should have no more than 6 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup or 100 calories and have a whole grain listed as the first ingredient,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, nutrition expert and author of Read It Before You Eat It. Armed with these parameters, we braved the ever-expanding cereal aisle to round up the best new clean eating options that you can feel safe spooning up, guilt-free.

Seven Sundays Bircher Unsweetened Muesli

The husband and wife team behind this new brand discovered muesli on their honeymoon to New Zealand. They couldn’t find anything like it back home, so they made their own. Yummy hot or cold, this Swiss-style muesli made with oats, barley and rye is raw and sweetener-free, but that doesn’t mean it’s flavorless. Almonds, apples, dates, currants, plus flax and sunflower seeds, pepitas, brazil nuts and banana chips, all coated in a heavy dose of cinnamon, equal yummy, filling, and amazing with almond milk. Their Vanilla Cherry Pecan is also delish and a little higher in sugar (9g for 1/2 cup).

240 cal, 8g fat, 7g fiber, 6g sugar, 8g protein per 1/2 cup. $4.99 for 12 oz.; available nationwide at Target, The Fresh Market, select Whole Foods stores and other retailers (find a store here)

18 Rabbits Jr. Organic Granola Cereal

These new blends from artisan organic granola maker 18 Rabbits were made exclusively for Target. They were also made for kiddies, but hey, we aren’t above borrowing from the kids’ aisle. Made from organic and non-GMO ingredients, this better-for-you line comes in two delicious flavors, Caramel Apple and Chocolate Banana, both surprisingly low in sugar.

Chocolate Banana, 140 cal, 6g fat, 3g fiber, 5g sugar, 3g protein per 1/2 cup; Caramel Apple, 130 cal, 5g fat, 2g fiber, 6g sugar, 3g protein per 1/2 cup. $4.99 for 8 oz.; available at Target stores nationwide

Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Organic 6-Grain Hot Cereal

There’s a new ancient grain in town and it’s in this cereal from Purely Elizabeth. Kaniwa is a cousin of quinoa and has similar nutrition stats: gluten-free, high in protein, fiber, amino acids, iron and zinc. Blended with organic gluten free oats, buckwheat groats, millet, quinoa, amaranth, chia, hemp and flax, this is a superstar super-grain line-up if we’ve ever heard one. They also have quick-cooking apple cinnamon pecan version that has less than 1 gram of sugar per serving.

170 cal, 3.5g fat, 5g fiber, 0g sugar, 7g protein per 1/3 cup dry (about 1 cup cooked). $6.39 for 14 oz.; available at natural food stores nationwide, including Whole Foods and at purelyelizabeth.com

Food for Life Baking Co. Flourless Flake Cereal

Ezekiel Bread has long been a fave of healthy eaters, and their brand new line of cereal is just as cult-worthy. Made of lentils, soybeans, and grains that have been soaked in water until they sprout (this makes them low glycemic and easier to digest), the hearty flakes are lightly sweetened with agave, delicious, and contain all 9 essential amino acids (a.k.a. a complete protein). You also get a healthy dose of omega-3s with the Flax + Chia flavor.

105 cal, 1g fat, 3g fiber, 3.5g sugar, 4g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 3/4 cup). $5.49 for 16 oz.; available in natural food stores nationwide Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Muesli

This hearty mix of extra-thick rolled oats is packed with the good stuff: plump, juicy raisins, sweet-tart dried cranberries, raw sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, almonds, brown rice crisps, dry roasted soybeans, and unsweetened coconut flakes.

220 cal, 6g fat, 4g fiber, 10g sugar, 6g protein (recommended serving size is 1/4 cup). $6.29 for 16 oz.; available in most grocery stores nationwide and online at BobsRedMill.com

Ancient Harvest Ancient Grain Hot Cereal

Quinoa, millet, amaranth, and rolled oats pump up the protein in this earthy hot cereal. And just like your regular oatmeal, all you have to do is pour it into a bowl, add water or milk, stir and microwave for a few minutes. It comes in flavors like Banana and Brown Sugar, but we say stay with the lower-sugar plain version and add fresh fruit yourself.

180 cal, 3g fat, 4g fiber, 0g sugar, 7g protein per pouch. $6.99 for box of 6 single-serve pouches; available at natural grocers nationwide (buy online or find a store here)

Love Grown Foods Power O’s & Mighty Flakes

Cereal made with navy beans, garbanzo beans and lentils? Whaaaa? Yep. This brand brings to mind two classics (cough, Cheerios and Wheaties), but with more fiber and protein thanks to the legumes.

Power O’s, 65 cal, 1g fat, 2g fiber, 1g sugar, 3g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 1 cup); Mighty Flakes, 110 cal, 1g fat, 2g fiber, 4g sugar, 4g protein per 1/2 cup. $4.99 for 10 oz. Power O’s and 12 oz. Mighty Flakes; available at Kroger, Sprouts, select Whole Foods and lovegrownfoods.com

Great Grains Protein Blend

Crunchtastic whole grain flakes (cracked wheat and whole kernel barley) sweetened with molasses and honey, topped off with pumpkin seeds, almonds and sunflower-seed-studded clusters make for one satisfying mix.

110 cal, 2.5g fat, 3g fiber, 4.5g sugar, 4g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 1 cup). $4.99 for 13.5 oz.; available at grocery stores nationwide, including select Walmart stores

GrandyOats Real Granolas

Based in rural Maine, GrandyOats is committed to making real food. Translation: hearty, wholesome, organic, non-GMO, no refined sugar or artificial sweeteners, and lots of healthy fats from nuts, seeds, and coconut. Classic Granola and Swiss-Style Muesli are their two lowest sugar options, but the Mainely Maple is really tasty, too, and not outrageously high in sugar (9g for 1/2 cup).

Classic Granola, 260 cal, 13g fat, 5g fiber, 7g sugar, 7g protein per 1/2 cup; Swiss-Style Muesli, 210 cal, 5g fat, 6g fiber, 5g sugar, 8g protein per 1/2 cup. $6.99 for 13-15 oz.; $15.99 for 48-oz. value pack; available at grandyoats.com and select natural food stores

Back to the Roots Stoneground Organic Flakes

Back to the Roots founders/entrepreneurs Nik Arora and Alex Velez, the people who made it possible to grow organic mushrooms from a box of recycled plant-based soil, are getting into breakfast biz with an impressively minimalist (and tasty) 3-ingredient organic cereal made of non-GMO stoneground wheat from California, cane sugar from Florida and a pinch of sea salt from the San Francisco Bay.

80 cal, 0g fat, 2.5g fiber, 2.5g sugar, 3g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 1 cup). $4.99 for 11 oz.; available in select Whole Foods and Costco stores, via Amazon Prime or at backtotheroots.com

Peace Cereal Maple Buckwheat Hemp Supergrains

This non-GMO brand delivers a protein- and fiber-packed cereal that tastes like a crunchy version of soul-satisfying buckwheat pancakes with organic maple syrup. Plus, they make a contribution to non-profit causes for every box of cereal sold.

120 cal, 2.5g fat, 2.5g fiber, 4g sugar, 4.5g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 3/4 cup). $5.49 for 9 oz.; available at select grocery stores and PeaceCereal.com

ThinkThin Original Sprouted Grains Oatmeal

Get your fiber and protein on-the-go with this new whole grain hot cereal¡ªa mix of rolled oats, steel cut oats, sprouted buckwheat and sprouted quinoa with a hint of brown sugar.

200 cal, 3g fat, 5g fiber, 7g sugar, 10g protein per packet. $5.49 for box of 6 packets; available at select grocery stores, including Sprouts and Kroger Stores or thinkproducts.com

Pereg Quinoa Cocoa Pops

Cuckoo for cocoa¡­quinoa pops? A yummy alternative to puffed rice or corn cereal, these itty bitty gluten-free puffs are made by popping whole grain quinoa under high pressure and a bit of heat (like popcorn). With only three other ingredients¡ªsugar, cocoa powder and vanilla¡ªthey’re super-chocolately, but a little light on fiber and protein, so enjoy in small portions with milk or Greek yogurt and fruit.

80 cal, 1g fat, 1g fiber, 5g sugar, 1g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 25g, about 5/8 cup). $4.99 for 3.53 oz.; available at select grocery stores including Giant Foods and Fairway or pereg-gourmet.com

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13 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas to Eat Clean Every Morning

On days when you need a quick breakfast| try one of these healthy cereal recommendations from Self!

While we’ll always have a soft spot for the nostalgic| cartoon-covered cereals of childhood| our grown-up selves are wise enough to know by now that the sugary stuff doesn’t cut it anymore. Thankfully| a host of innovative companies have come out with artisan protein- and fiber-packed cereals and muesli worth exploring (lentils in your cereal? It’s a thing). And if you need another reason to pour yourself a bowl| the latest research connects whole grain and cereal fiber consumption with lower risk of chronic disease. “A cereal should have no more than 6 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup or 100 calories and have a whole grain listed as the first ingredient|” says Bonnie Taub-Dix| nutrition expert and author of Read It Before You Eat It. Armed with these parameters| we braved the ever-expanding cereal aisle to round up the best new clean eating options that you can feel safe spooning up| guilt-free.

Seven Sundays Bircher Unsweetened Muesli

The husband and wife team behind this new brand discovered muesli on their honeymoon to New Zealand. They couldn’t find anything like it back home| so they made their own. Yummy hot or cold| this Swiss-style muesli made with oats| barley and rye is raw and sweetener-free| but that doesn’t mean it’s flavorless. Almonds| apples| dates| currants| plus flax and sunflower seeds| pepitas| brazil nuts and banana chips| all coated in a heavy dose of cinnamon| equal yummy| filling| and amazing with almond milk. Their Vanilla Cherry Pecan is also delish and a little higher in sugar (9g for 1/2 cup).

240 cal| 8g fat| 7g fiber| 6g sugar| 8g protein per 1/2 cup. $4.99 for 12 oz.; available nationwide at Target| The Fresh Market| select Whole Foods stores and other retailers (find a store here)

18 Rabbits Jr. Organic Granola Cereal

These new blends from artisan organic granola maker 18 Rabbits were made exclusively for Target. They were also made for kiddies| but hey| we aren’t above borrowing from the kids’ aisle. Made from organic and non-GMO ingredients| this better-for-you line comes in two delicious flavors| Caramel Apple and Chocolate Banana| both surprisingly low in sugar.

Chocolate Banana| 140 cal| 6g fat| 3g fiber| 5g sugar| 3g protein per 1/2 cup; Caramel Apple| 130 cal| 5g fat| 2g fiber| 6g sugar| 3g protein per 1/2 cup. $4.99 for 8 oz.; available at Target stores nationwide

Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Organic 6-Grain Hot Cereal

There’s a new ancient grain in town and it’s in this cereal from Purely Elizabeth. Kaniwa is a cousin of quinoa and has similar nutrition stats: gluten-free| high in protein| fiber| amino acids| iron and zinc. Blended with organic gluten free oats| buckwheat groats| millet| quinoa| amaranth| chia| hemp and flax| this is a superstar super-grain line-up if we’ve ever heard one. They also have quick-cooking apple cinnamon pecan version that has less than 1 gram of sugar per serving.

170 cal| 3.5g fat| 5g fiber| 0g sugar| 7g protein per 1/3 cup dry (about 1 cup cooked). $6.39 for 14 oz.; available at natural food stores nationwide| including Whole Foods and at purelyelizabeth.com

Food for Life Baking Co. Flourless Flake Cereal

Ezekiel Bread has long been a fave of healthy eaters| and their brand new line of cereal is just as cult-worthy. Made of lentils| soybeans| and grains that have been soaked in water until they sprout (this makes them low glycemic and easier to digest)| the hearty flakes are lightly sweetened with agave| delicious| and contain all 9 essential amino acids (a.k.a. a complete protein). You also get a healthy dose of omega-3s with the Flax + Chia flavor.

105 cal| 1g fat| 3g fiber| 3.5g sugar| 4g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 3/4 cup). $5.49 for 16 oz.; available in natural food stores nationwide Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Muesli

This hearty mix of extra-thick rolled oats is packed with the good stuff: plump| juicy raisins| sweet-tart dried cranberries| raw sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds| almonds| brown rice crisps| dry roasted soybeans| and unsweetened coconut flakes.

220 cal| 6g fat| 4g fiber| 10g sugar| 6g protein (recommended serving size is 1/4 cup). $6.29 for 16 oz.; available in most grocery stores nationwide and online at BobsRedMill.com

Ancient Harvest Ancient Grain Hot Cereal

Quinoa| millet| amaranth| and rolled oats pump up the protein in this earthy hot cereal. And just like your regular oatmeal| all you have to do is pour it into a bowl| add water or milk| stir and microwave for a few minutes. It comes in flavors like Banana and Brown Sugar| but we say stay with the lower-sugar plain version and add fresh fruit yourself.

180 cal| 3g fat| 4g fiber| 0g sugar| 7g protein per pouch. $6.99 for box of 6 single-serve pouches; available at natural grocers nationwide (buy online or find a store here)

Love Grown Foods Power O’s & Mighty Flakes

Cereal made with navy beans| garbanzo beans and lentils? Whaaaa? Yep. This brand brings to mind two classics (cough| Cheerios and Wheaties)| but with more fiber and protein thanks to the legumes.

Power O’s| 65 cal| 1g fat| 2g fiber| 1g sugar| 3g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 1 cup); Mighty Flakes| 110 cal| 1g fat| 2g fiber| 4g sugar| 4g protein per 1/2 cup. $4.99 for 10 oz. Power O’s and 12 oz. Mighty Flakes; available at Kroger| Sprouts| select Whole Foods and lovegrownfoods.com

Great Grains Protein Blend

Crunchtastic whole grain flakes (cracked wheat and whole kernel barley) sweetened with molasses and honey| topped off with pumpkin seeds| almonds and sunflower-seed-studded clusters make for one satisfying mix.

110 cal| 2.5g fat| 3g fiber| 4.5g sugar| 4g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 1 cup). $4.99 for 13.5 oz.; available at grocery stores nationwide| including select Walmart stores

GrandyOats Real Granolas

Based in rural Maine| GrandyOats is committed to making real food. Translation: hearty| wholesome| organic| non-GMO| no refined sugar or artificial sweeteners| and lots of healthy fats from nuts| seeds| and coconut. Classic Granola and Swiss-Style Muesli are their two lowest sugar options| but the Mainely Maple is really tasty| too| and not outrageously high in sugar (9g for 1/2 cup).

Classic Granola| 260 cal| 13g fat| 5g fiber| 7g sugar| 7g protein per 1/2 cup; Swiss-Style Muesli| 210 cal| 5g fat| 6g fiber| 5g sugar| 8g protein per 1/2 cup. $6.99 for 13-15 oz.; $15.99 for 48-oz. value pack; available at grandyoats.com and select natural food stores

Back to the Roots Stoneground Organic Flakes

Back to the Roots founders/entrepreneurs Nik Arora and Alex Velez| the people who made it possible to grow organic mushrooms from a box of recycled plant-based soil| are getting into breakfast biz with an impressively minimalist (and tasty) 3-ingredient organic cereal made of non-GMO stoneground wheat from California| cane sugar from Florida and a pinch of sea salt from the San Francisco Bay.

80 cal| 0g fat| 2.5g fiber| 2.5g sugar| 3g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 1 cup). $4.99 for 11 oz.; available in select Whole Foods and Costco stores| via Amazon Prime or at backtotheroots.com

Peace Cereal Maple Buckwheat Hemp Supergrains

This non-GMO brand delivers a protein- and fiber-packed cereal that tastes like a crunchy version of soul-satisfying buckwheat pancakes with organic maple syrup. Plus| they make a contribution to non-profit causes for every box of cereal sold.

120 cal| 2.5g fat| 2.5g fiber| 4g sugar| 4.5g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 3/4 cup). $5.49 for 9 oz.; available at select grocery stores and PeaceCereal.com

ThinkThin Original Sprouted Grains Oatmeal

Get your fiber and protein on-the-go with this new whole grain hot cereal a mix of rolled oats| steel cut oats| sprouted buckwheat and sprouted quinoa with a hint of brown sugar.

200 cal| 3g fat| 5g fiber| 7g sugar| 10g protein per packet. $5.49 for box of 6 packets; available at select grocery stores| including Sprouts and Kroger Stores or thinkproducts.com

Pereg Quinoa Cocoa Pops

Cuckoo for cocoaïquinoa pops? A yummy alternative to puffed rice or corn cereal| these itty bitty gluten-free puffs are made by popping whole grain quinoa under high pressure and a bit of heat (like popcorn). With only three other ingredients sugar| cocoa powder and vanilla they’re super-chocolately| but a little light on fiber and protein| so enjoy in small portions with milk or Greek yogurt and fruit.

80 cal| 1g fat| 1g fiber| 5g sugar| 1g protein per 1/2 cup (recommended serving size is 25g| about 5/8 cup). $4.99 for 3.53 oz.; available at select grocery stores including Giant Foods and Fairway or pereg-gourmet.com

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After Eating 40 Bowls of Gluten-Free Pasta, We Found the Top 8

With so many gluten-free pastas available, it’s hard to know which ones deliver on flavor. This extensive taste test from GFF Magazine will help make your next visit to the grocery store a breeze!

We noodled over and noshed on more than forty bowls of plain spaghetti, penne, tagliatelle, rigatoni, and more to bring you our picks for the best ?fresh and dried gluten-free pastas on the market. Chosen for taste, texture, and national availability, these are the ones that won’t string you along when you’re hankering for the classic carb fix.

Rustichella d’abruzzo Gluten-Free Organic Corn Orzo Pasta: Imported from Italy, organic, and 100-percent corn with good texture, tasty corn flavor, and a shape that’s great ?for soups. ($9)Ronzoni Gluten-Free Rotini Multigrain: With corn, quinoa, and white and brown rice, neutral flavor, and reliable texture. ($3)Schar Bont¨¤ d’italia Naturally Gluten-Free Spaghetti: A great regular-pasta impersonator with a slight white rice flavor and a buttery finish. ($4)RP’s Fresh Gluten-Free Fettuccine: Fresh pasta with excellent, slightly eggy flavor and thick, classic texture. ($6) Jovial Brown Rice Tagliatelle: Imported from Italy and organic, the best of the brown-rice pastas, with great texture and mild wheat flavor. ($5)Barilla Gluten-Free Penne: Neutral flavor, classic texture, about as close as it gets to pasta just like you remember it. ($3)Ancient Harvest Supergrain Quinoa Penne: Organic and non-GMO with a slightly nutty flavor. ($4)Cappello’s Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Fettuccine: Fresh, grain-free, almond-based, and slightly salty with light almond taste. ($44 for four 9-ounce boxes)

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After Eating 40 Bowls of Gluten-Free Pasta, We Found the Top 8

With so many gluten-free pastas available| it’s hard to know which ones deliver on flavor. This extensive taste test from GFF Magazine will help make your next visit to the grocery store a breeze!

We noodled over and noshed on more than forty bowls of plain spaghetti| penne| tagliatelle| rigatoni| and more to bring you our picks for the best ?fresh and dried gluten-free pastas on the market. Chosen for taste| texture| and national availability| these are the ones that won’t string you along when you’re hankering for the classic carb fix.

Rustichella d’abruzzo Gluten-Free Organic Corn Orzo Pasta: Imported from Italy| organic| and 100-percent corn with good texture| tasty corn flavor| and a shape that’s great ?for soups. ($9)Ronzoni Gluten-Free Rotini Multigrain: With corn| quinoa| and white and brown rice| neutral flavor| and reliable texture. ($3)Schar Bont¨¤ d’italia Naturally Gluten-Free Spaghetti: A great regular-pasta impersonator with a slight white rice flavor and a buttery finish. ($4)RP’s Fresh Gluten-Free Fettuccine: Fresh pasta with excellent| slightly eggy flavor and thick| classic texture. ($6) Jovial Brown Rice Tagliatelle: Imported from Italy and organic| the best of the brown-rice pastas| with great texture and mild wheat flavor. ($5)Barilla Gluten-Free Penne: Neutral flavor| classic texture| about as close as it gets to pasta just like you remember it. ($3)Ancient Harvest Supergrain Quinoa Penne: Organic and non-GMO with a slightly nutty flavor. ($4)Cappello’s Gluten-Free| Grain-Free Fettuccine: Fresh| grain-free| almond-based| and slightly salty with light almond taste. ($44 for four 9-ounce boxes)

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10 Packaged Foods That Are Surprisingly Healthy

If you’re looking for an easy snack that’s also healthy, take this advice from Shape on store-bought snacks to stock your kitchen with.

Food shopping can make your head spin, especially when it comes to packaged foods: What’s healthy and what’s not? For example, recently, Kraft Singles gained a seal of approval from Kids Eat Right¡ªan initiative from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation¡ªbut not all nutrition professionals agree that this packaged dairy food is the healthiest or tastiest choice. That’s why we rounded up 10 top picks for packaged foods that won’t derail your diet. (And next time you go grocery shopping, consider stocking up on The 50 Best Snacks for Weight Loss.)

Funky Monkey Freeze-Dried Fruit

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee report pointed out that Americans don’t eat the recommended daily servings of fruit. Freeze-dried fruit are made by a simple process of just that, freezing and then drying the fruit. It tastes a bit sweeter because the water is removed, so the fruit is more condensed. Funky Monkey doesn’t use added sugar, sweeteners, or any artificial stuff. What you taste comes from the fruit.

Whole Grain Barilla Pasta

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making half your daily grains whole. Although wheat has gotten a bad reputation in the gluten-free world, it’s filled with fiber, iron, and B-vitamins. Bulk it up with delicious veggies and grilled chicken for a quick weeknight meal.

Sargento Sliced Mild Cheddar Cheese

Cheese is an excellent way to take in a serving of dairy, but if you’re going to pick up slices, I recommend natural cheeses like Swiss, cheddar, or mozzarella. Not only are they tastier and less processed, they’re also well priced.

Eden Foods Canned Beans

Although you may steer clear of canned goods, Eden Foods offers a variety of these legumes in BPA-free containers with no-salt added. You’re left with the goodness of beans brimming with fiber, protein, iron, calcium, and folate all ready to eat in minutes. (Then get cooking with these 10 Quick and Creative Recipes Using Canned Food.)

KRAVE Jerky

This isn’t your father’s jerky brimming with preservatives and additives. These tasty snacks are low in calories and high in protein. They don’t contain nitrates and artificial flavors and are made using lean cuts of domestic meat. They’re also much lower in sodium and cholesterol than many competing brands. Flavors include Basil Citrus Turkey, Garlic Chili Pepper Beef, and Black Cherry Barbecue Pork.

Crazy Richards Peanut Butter

Not all peanut butters are created equal. Many have added oils and salt and/or sugars, but not Crazy Richards. You’ll find one ingredient listed on the label: peanuts. A two tablespoon portion will give you a healthy dose of energy-boosting niacin and antioxidants like vitamin E and resveratrol, which you can also find in red wine.

Applegate Cold Cuts

Just like peanut butter, some cold cuts are just better than the rest. Dietitian Dana Angelo White, R.D. teamed up with Applegate as an advisor on their “Sandwich Board” and says: “I am proud to be affiliated with Applegate products¡ªthey are simple, clean, and produced with the environment in mind. Cold cuts are made from humanely raised pork, beef, and poultry and they are free of hormones and added nitrates and nitrites.”

Royal Harvest Nature’s Maraschino Cherries

You can enjoy maraschinos again! These babies use fruit and vegetable concentrates, instead of any artificial stuff. They’re also made with real sugar, but just enough to give flavor. Each cherry has 10 calories and 2 grams sugar. Enjoy them over yogurt, to flavor your sparkling water, or in a green salad. (Learn more about Mystery Food Additives and Ingredients from A to Z.)

Lara Renola

Granolas are heavy on the calories and many mixes are laden with sugar. Lara uses simple, wholesome ingredients and packages them into 200 calorie single-serve bags, which help keep calories in check.

Dole Frozen Fruit

Stock up on frozen fruit when fresh is out of season, or when you just can’t get to the market. Studies have found that fruit that is flash frozen at peak ripeness to maintain their nutritional goodness. Choose frozen fruit that doesn’t have added sugar (check the ingredient list). At home, store in your freezer in a tightly sealed bag to ensure safety and quality.

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10 Packaged Foods That Are Surprisingly Healthy

If you’re looking for an easy snack that’s also healthy| take this advice from Shape on store-bought snacks to stock your kitchen with.

Food shopping can make your head spin| especially when it comes to packaged foods: What’s healthy and what’s not? For example| recently| Kraft Singles gained a seal of approval from Kids Eat Right an initiative from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation but not all nutrition professionals agree that this packaged dairy food is the healthiest or tastiest choice. That’s why we rounded up 10 top picks for packaged foods that won’t derail your diet. (And next time you go grocery shopping| consider stocking up on The 50 Best Snacks for Weight Loss.)

Funky Monkey Freeze-Dried Fruit

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee report pointed out that Americans don’t eat the recommended daily servings of fruit. Freeze-dried fruit are made by a simple process of just that| freezing and then drying the fruit. It tastes a bit sweeter because the water is removed| so the fruit is more condensed. Funky Monkey doesn’t use added sugar| sweeteners| or any artificial stuff. What you taste comes from the fruit.

Whole Grain Barilla Pasta

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making half your daily grains whole. Although wheat has gotten a bad reputation in the gluten-free world| it’s filled with fiber| iron| and B-vitamins. Bulk it up with delicious veggies and grilled chicken for a quick weeknight meal.

Sargento Sliced Mild Cheddar Cheese

Cheese is an excellent way to take in a serving of dairy| but if you’re going to pick up slices| I recommend natural cheeses like Swiss| cheddar| or mozzarella. Not only are they tastier and less processed| they’re also well priced.

Eden Foods Canned Beans

Although you may steer clear of canned goods| Eden Foods offers a variety of these legumes in BPA-free containers with no-salt added. You’re left with the goodness of beans brimming with fiber| protein| iron| calcium| and folate all ready to eat in minutes. (Then get cooking with these 10 Quick and Creative Recipes Using Canned Food.)

KRAVE Jerky

This isn’t your father’s jerky brimming with preservatives and additives. These tasty snacks are low in calories and high in protein. They don’t contain nitrates and artificial flavors and are made using lean cuts of domestic meat. They’re also much lower in sodium and cholesterol than many competing brands. Flavors include Basil Citrus Turkey| Garlic Chili Pepper Beef| and Black Cherry Barbecue Pork.

Crazy Richards Peanut Butter

Not all peanut butters are created equal. Many have added oils and salt and/or sugars| but not Crazy Richards. You’ll find one ingredient listed on the label: peanuts. A two tablespoon portion will give you a healthy dose of energy-boosting niacin and antioxidants like vitamin E and resveratrol| which you can also find in red wine.

Applegate Cold Cuts

Just like peanut butter| some cold cuts are just better than the rest. Dietitian Dana Angelo White| R.D. teamed up with Applegate as an advisor on their “Sandwich Board” and says: “I am proud to be affiliated with Applegate products¡ªthey are simple| clean| and produced with the environment in mind. Cold cuts are made from humanely raised pork| beef| and poultry and they are free of hormones and added nitrates and nitrites.”

Royal Harvest Nature’s Maraschino Cherries

You can enjoy maraschinos again! These babies use fruit and vegetable concentrates| instead of any artificial stuff. They’re also made with real sugar| but just enough to give flavor. Each cherry has 10 calories and 2 grams sugar. Enjoy them over yogurt| to flavor your sparkling water| or in a green salad. (Learn more about Mystery Food Additives and Ingredients from A to Z.)

Lara Renola

Granolas are heavy on the calories and many mixes are laden with sugar. Lara uses simple| wholesome ingredients and packages them into 200 calorie single-serve bags| which help keep calories in check.

Dole Frozen Fruit

Stock up on frozen fruit when fresh is out of season| or when you just can’t get to the market. Studies have found that fruit that is flash frozen at peak ripeness to maintain their nutritional goodness. Choose frozen fruit that doesn’t have added sugar (check the ingredient list). At home| store in your freezer in a tightly sealed bag to ensure safety and quality.

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The 12 Best Vegan Finds at Trader Joe’s

Whenever I walk into Trader Joe’s, I feel a sense of excitement because I am always discovering a new vegan item on its shelves. It’s hard not to do a little inner dance when I skim the list of ingredients or see the little “V” for “vegan” on the package.

From almond milk and hummus to its creative dried fruit and nut mixes and all the (fresh and frozen) fruits and veggies, Trader Joe’s is full of vegan options.

    Vanilla soy yogurt tubs: Many companies sell individual six-ounce containers, but if you eat these every day, or like to use them in smoothies or baking, having larger-sized tubs is awesome. Dark chocolate nutty bits: Not all their dark chocolate is dairy-free, but these chocolate covered nutty gems are! Their sea salt and turbinado-sugar dark chocolate almonds are pretty delicious too. Mini peanut butter sandwich crackers: Originally bought as a snack for my kiddos, this bite-size crunchy-salty-sweet snack is perfect to grab before a workout. Gone bananas: A simple frozen treat of chocolate-covered sliced bananas, these are perfect when you’re craving a little something sweet.Cherry chocolate chip soy ice cream: Forget Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ¡ª this is way better. It’s creamier, fruitier, and dairy-free!

    Frozen falafel: Bake these in the toaster oven instead of frying to save on calories, pop them in a pita with diced cukes, cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing (also vegan!), and you’ve got a quick and tasty lunch or dinner.Frozen pakoras: For a quick appetizer or dinner, these potato-filled pakoras have a peppery spice that hardly tastes like you found it in the freezer section. Vegetable masala veggie burgers: I love that the Indian spices add a twist to the basic boring veggie burger. These even stand up to grilling.Chicken-less mandarin orange morsels: While I’m not usually a fan of fake chicken, serve this over rice, and you’ll feel like you ordered Chinese takeout. It’s very tasty!Chicken-less crispy tenders: These are great on their own or chopped up on a salad or in a stir-fry. Three pieces offer a quick 12 grams of protein.Meatless meatballs: I’m also not a huge fan of products that mimic beef, but after two different salespeople at Trader Joe’s suggested them, I had to give these soy meatballs a try. I’m so glad I did, because I pick up a bag of these every time I’m there now. An awesome substitute if you crave spaghetti and meatballs, these are so flavorful and so perfectly spiced with herbs. They also taste delicious all on their own.Curry simmer sauce: These are totally dairy-free. Add a few spoonfuls to a can of coconut milk in a saucepan. Simmer with a cup of crushed tomatoes, a can of chickpeas, some diced sweet potato, red pepper, and mushrooms, and serve over rice. This is one of my favorite go-to vegan meals at home.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jenny Sugar

The 12 Best Vegan Finds at Trader Joe’s

Whenever I walk into Trader Joe’s| I feel a sense of excitement because I am always discovering a new vegan item on its shelves. It’s hard not to do a little inner dance when I skim the list of ingredients or see the little “V” for “vegan” on the package.

From almond milk and hummus to its creative dried fruit and nut mixes and all the (fresh and frozen) fruits and veggies| Trader Joe’s is full of vegan options.

    Vanilla soy yogurt tubs: Many companies sell individual six-ounce containers| but if you eat these every day| or like to use them in smoothies or baking| having larger-sized tubs is awesome. Dark chocolate nutty bits: Not all their dark chocolate is dairy-free| but these chocolate covered nutty gems are! Their sea salt and turbinado-sugar dark chocolate almonds are pretty delicious too. Mini peanut butter sandwich crackers: Originally bought as a snack for my kiddos| this bite-size crunchy-salty-sweet snack is perfect to grab before a workout. Gone bananas: A simple frozen treat of chocolate-covered sliced bananas| these are perfect when you’re craving a little something sweet.Cherry chocolate chip soy ice cream: Forget Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ¡ª this is way better. It’s creamier| fruitier| and dairy-free!

    Frozen falafel: Bake these in the toaster oven instead of frying to save on calories| pop them in a pita with diced cukes| cherry tomatoes| and a drizzle of Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing (also vegan!)| and you’ve got a quick and tasty lunch or dinner.Frozen pakoras: For a quick appetizer or dinner| these potato-filled pakoras have a peppery spice that hardly tastes like you found it in the freezer section. Vegetable masala veggie burgers: I love that the Indian spices add a twist to the basic boring veggie burger. These even stand up to grilling.Chicken-less mandarin orange morsels: While I’m not usually a fan of fake chicken| serve this over rice| and you’ll feel like you ordered Chinese takeout. It’s very tasty!Chicken-less crispy tenders: These are great on their own or chopped up on a salad or in a stir-fry. Three pieces offer a quick 12 grams of protein.Meatless meatballs: I’m also not a huge fan of products that mimic beef| but after two different salespeople at Trader Joe’s suggested them| I had to give these soy meatballs a try. I’m so glad I did| because I pick up a bag of these every time I’m there now. An awesome substitute if you crave spaghetti and meatballs| these are so flavorful and so perfectly spiced with herbs. They also taste delicious all on their own.Curry simmer sauce: These are totally dairy-free. Add a few spoonfuls to a can of coconut milk in a saucepan. Simmer with a cup of crushed tomatoes| a can of chickpeas| some diced sweet potato| red pepper| and mushrooms| and serve over rice. This is one of my favorite go-to vegan meals at home.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jenny Sugar