10 Diabetes-Friendly and Affordable Finds at Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is a great resource for people looking for convenient and affordable food that is diabetes-friendly and healthy.

The first Trader Joe’s was opened in 1967, and the business has grown to over 500 stores across the United States. They are known for their affordable branded products and offer great customer service, with a full refund guarantee if you are not satisfied with your purchase. The atmosphere is light and friendly with store managers referred to as “captains” and employees are “crew members”. Their Hawaiian shirts and friendly service make this a place you want to go back to.

I have a Trader Joe’s in walking distance from my house but do not take advantage of it enough. There are delicious frozen meals, fresh fruit galore, and tasty desserts all that won’t put you over budget. They also offer great wine and fresh flowers, making this a great place to run in and accomplish more than just picking up dinner.

I reached out to the diabetes online community and the Diabetes Daily forum members to get their recommendations on what to try next. Here are some healthy and affordable options to check out on your next visit.

1. Turkey Burgers

These turkey burgers are made with a combination of white and dark meat, rosemary, and salt, and contain 0 carbs and a whopping 22 grams of protein. They are also extremely convenient as you can cook them without defrosting them. These burgers come in a pack of 4 (think ahead, make two and throw the second over salad for lunch) and cost only $3.29, which makes for a few cheap meals. Be sure to check out their salmon and shrimp burgers too!

2. Mexican Style Riced Cauliflower

This flavorful spicy riced cauliflower makes for a great side dish next to your favorite protein or a great base for a burrito bowl. You can get creative and add grilled shrimp and have a delicious and healthy dinner that only contains 5 grams of carbs!

Cauliflower Gnocchi

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3. Cauliflower Gnocchi

Don’t be fooled by the fact it is made with 75% cauliflower. This delicious entree is made for Trader Joe’s in Italy, giving it a little more clout. For 16 net carbs, you can enjoy an authentic tasting pasta-like dish.

4. Oven-Baked Cheese Bites with Summer Truffle

I debated including this one because it is a seasonal item, but keep this on your radar for next year. With only 1 carb, this delicious snack packs a great amount of flavor, with a rare hint of ultra-gourmet truffles, and can be used to make a creative and healthy snack at your next celebration. The recipe attached suggests turning this into a luxe snack mix by adding nuts and pretzels.

5. Butternut Squash Mac N’ Cheese Bites

These bites are made from butternut squash, macaroni, a blend of cheddar and gouda cheese, and some seasonal spices. They are fried and make for a delicious appetizer or side. Coming in at only 18 carbs, this is a unique treat you can definitely sink your teeth into.

6. Egg Frittata with Swiss Cheese and Cauliflower

This is one of my favorite recommendations, to which a store employee agreed, as she excitedly told me she eats them 2-3 times a day!  Coming in at only 10 grams of carbs and 25 grams of protein for 2, this is a great low-carb, high-protein way to start your day that will keep you satiated until your lunch break.

Chewy Chocolate & Peanut Butter Protein Bars

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7. Chewy Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Bars

With only 12 net carbs, this Trader Joe’s protein bar rivals its competitors in taste and in price too. It can be tough to find good (and affordable) lower-carb snacks to eat on the go. This great snack on the go packs 10 grams of protein, making it a worthwhile snack to keep on hand.

8. Organic Freeze-Dried Berry Medley

If you are looking for something sweet without a ton of sugar to add to your smoothies, shakes, yogurts, and such, look no further. One entire bag only contains 29 carbs (along with 9 grams of protein), so you can feel free to use this sparingly to add some sweet flavor and healthy goodness to any of your favorite protein-filled snacks.

9. Jicama Sticks

This raw root vegetable is ready-prepared for you into small sticks so you can throw over a salad, or get creative and turn it into jicama french fries. Simply sprinkle with olive oil and any seasoning of your choosing and roast or air fry for about 10 minutes at 425 degrees (just double the time if you are using a conventional oven) for a crispy, tasty alternative to french fries.

10. Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This low-carb, high-fiber alternative to the real thing will keep your blood sugars stable and is quite tasty. Top this base with any of your favorite pizza toppings to make a delicious meal for you or your family.

This list just scratches the surface of what healthy finds Trader Joe’s has to offer. Please keep in mind that their offerings do change seasonally and while some of these are not linked to their website, I spoke with a manager who confirmed they are all still offered. Please be sure to also check out their dips, cheese spreads, and fresh produce.

Have you found any healthy good finds at Trader Joe’s? Be sure to share and comment below!

Source: diabetesdaily.com

10 Low-Carb Products I Am Eating Now

I find that sticking to a low-carb lifestyle is easier when I have delicious healthy products at home. Luckily, there are plenty of great companies catering to those who eat low-carb. Each of these foods and snacks has a low-carb count and doesn’t spike my blood sugar. It is nice to have these foods as options so I can keep my blood sugars in check and stick to my nutritional goals.

Here are the 10 low-carb food products I am eating now. While they aren’t the most inexpensive options, they are all made with the healthiest ingredients possible and still manage to deliver on taste, which isn’t an easy feat!

Only Bean

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Only Bean

This is a delicious pasta substitute made with edamame, black bean, or soy. My favorite is the edamame spaghetti, which packs in 44 grams of protein, 19 grams of fiber, and 16 net carbs. Top this dish with ground beef, chicken meatballs, or grilled shrimp, and add even more health benefits to this dish!

choc zero

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Choc Zero

This is low-sugar chocolate that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Choose from peanut butter cups, chocolate bark, chocolate baking chips, syrups, and more. This company boasts avoiding artificial sweeteners and uses monk fruit instead. My favorite is the chocolate baking chips, as they are extremely versatile and can be paired with greek yogurt, an acai bowl, thrown into your protein shake, or used to make a delicious low-carb treat. Their baking chips come in milk chocolate, white chocolate, and dark chocolate. I love using dark chocolate, which only contains 1 g net carbs, to top a Too Good Yogurt for a healthy protein-packed treat!

NGR Bites

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NRG Bites Protein Snack Bar

Made by Paul Kahan, a fellow person living with type 1 diabetes, this is a perfect low-carb and high-protein snack on the go. I love to grab one on my way to the gym or pair it with coffee for a delicious and blood sugar-friendly start to my day. Offered in chocolate chip brownie, peanut butter, birthday cake, Strawberry Frosted Donut, and vegan chocolate chip banana bread, NRG Bites are a great choice for anyone looking for a healthy snack.

chicken burrito bowl real good

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Real Good Food

A diabetes online community favorite, Real Good Foods promises low-carb, high-protein, and delicious foods that can be made in minutes. Aside from their new ice cream (which is out of this world!), my latest favorite is their chicken burrito bowl. This is a perfect lunch or dinner and comes in at 9g net carbs and 15g of protein. I highly recommend checking out their website as they have an extensive list of products to choose from.

swee2ooth

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Swee2ooth

This is a whey protein powder created with people living with diabetes in mind. Their blend contains 20 grams of protein, between 2-3.5g net carbs depending on the flavor, and offers plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals. These super wholesome nutrients could help reduce glucose spikes, keep you fuller for longer, lower blood pressure, and help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease — to name a few! Use Swee2ooth in smoothies, add to iced coffee, or use it for baking some of your favorite high-protein desserts.

legendary foods

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Legendary Low-Carb Toaster Pastry

It is hard to find a low-carb, high-protein breakfast that isn’t mostly just eggs and bacon. Thanks to Legendary, you can enjoy a tasty breakfast pastry that contains only 3g net carbs and 170 calories. Compare that to a regular toaster pastry at 35 g net carbs and 210 calories. It also is packed with 9 grams of protein, which you can’t get from any other kind of morning pastry! I found these to be absolutely delicious and they didn’t put me on a blood sugar roller coaster.

keto enlightened ice cream

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Enlightened Ice Cream

I have tried many different types of low-carb ice cream, and Enlightened is my number one. I always look forward to this dessert and enjoy knowing that my blood sugars won’t get out of whack.  With a great variety of flavors, they have something for everyone. All of the Enlightened products, both bars and pints, are sweetened with monk fruit and erythritol, which are all-natural, zero-carb sweeteners. The keto collection is made with real cream and zero-carb sweeteners. They come out to 1 g net carb per serving once you factor in their high fiber content. They all were rich and creamy, and the bits of flavor were plentiful, a delicious surprise inside every bite.

Chipmonk Baking

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Chipmonk

These low-carb, high-fat bite-size snacks come in an assortment of flavors and are made with almond flour, butter, and eggs, and include allulose and monk fruit as the sweeteners. I think they taste great, and with only 1g net carb and 80 calories per serving, this is a great sweet treat that won’t impact your blood sugar levels. They also offer a variety of other goods, including keto bites, dry mixers, sweeteners, and more, so be sure to check them out.

perfect snacks

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Perfect Bar Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Peanut Butter Cup

I first tried Perfect Bar’s original refrigerated protein bar a few years back and gave it rave reviews, so I was pleasantly surprised to see they have a new product offering.  The dark chocolate and sea salt peanut butter cup puts the original peanut butter cup to shame thanks to its generous sprinkling of crunchy sea salt, rich peanut butter, and chocolate goodness. Coming in at 7 grams of protein and 13g net carbs, this is a decadent treat that will also keep your blood sugars stable.

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Skinny Dipped Almonds

This is a delicious tasty treat that contains no artificial flavors and also no sugar alcohols, which can cause an upset stomach. Coming in an assortment of flavors, Skinny Dipped offers not only regular size but single sized packets allowing you to exercise portion control which will help prevent a blood sugar spike. All their flavors range from 11-16 grams of carbs and 5-6 grams of protein per serving. I highly recommend trying their new products, the Skinny Dipped Chocolate Bars and Peanut Butter Cups.

Having healthy store-bought snacks makes sticking to my nutrition goals much easier. I highly recommend giving some of these suggestions a try. Have you found any great products to share? Like and comment below!

Source: diabetesdaily.com

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