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Food Finds: My 8 Top Trader Joe’s Favs

trader joe's favorites Trader Joe’s has been creating food especially for me. Well not officially, but that’s how it feels these days. Inspired by this post from The Kitchn, I thought it was high time I shared some favorite finds from my neighborhood TJs.

Here goes:

The raw, fermented sauerkraut is my most recent find and probably the most exciting.  Why do I love thee? Well for one, this ‘kraut tastes fantastic. A long time fan of Bubbies, I have to admit, it’s a little…shall I say…pungent.  But not this sauerkraut! It’s the delicious addition of Persian cucumbers that has me eating half the container in one sitting. I think the cucumbers make it a bit less crunchy and gives it a slight sweet taste. It’s also fermented and raw. This means there’s no vinegar or cultures added and it’s not cooked or pasteurized. I love the delicious just-right combination of cabbage, cucumbers, sea salt and garlic – naturally preserved and a great source of probiotics (which are good for you, remember?).

I discovered TJ’s miso paste in April and was delighted. Hey, that’s one less trek to the Asian grocery store for this girl. This miso is a mild yellow type and I pretty much use it every single day. In case you’re wondering, the Japanese have been fermenting soybean into miso paste for over 1,000 years. It gives food that delicious umami flavor that you probably love, even if you don’t know it. Added bonus: Trader Joe’s uses organic soybeans and their miso is vegan and gluten-free.

I don’t have to tell you that I love my green juice. I mean geez, I even wrote a book about juicing. So you can imagine how excited I was to see that Trader Joe’s now has their own line of green juice. The best part? The price tag. Only $4.99 (other juice brands charge twice that). And it’s tasty, too. Only 10 grams of natural sugar and 100 calories in the whole bottle; it’s a perfect pick me up any time of the day. Their Green Juice contains seventeen kale leaves, a whole pound of spinach, a quarter of an English cucumber, one stalk of celery, one lemon, and two inches of ginger!!  And only one apple, which I think is the perfect sweetness. They press out the juice using a slow hydraulic press (the mack daddy of all juicers) and then preserve it using a cold water pressure method called High Pressure Processing (HPP). The companies that use this process (pretty much all of the juicing brands) claim it does not reduce the drinks nutritional value or flavor. Did I mention it’s only $4.99?

I got hooked on roasted seaweed snacks when I started my Clean Eating Detox. On the lookout for snacks that were detox-friendly and nutrient rich (high in vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as iodine and fiber) I fell in love with the odd but addictive flavor of these snacks. I buy 5 of these bags at a time. They’re only  60 calories for the entire package. I like the plain flavor but they also have a spicy wasabi. They’re the perfect side to a sandwich at lunch or a nice mid-day snack with some almonds. I also make mini nori rolls with them for Norah by wrapping them in cooked rice.  So good!

It’s no secret I’m a peanut butter fan first, but I do love Trader Joe’s Almond Butter…..mostly because it’s such a great value. It’s the least expensive option for any nut butter lover! It’s also natural and minimally processed, no sugar or anything added. Yes, you can make your own almond butter pretty easily but if you don’t have the time or the inclination, this is a great second-best!

The coconut milk at Trader Joe’s is a staple in our house. We use it in smoothies, oatmeal, my DK Cereal Swag, chia pudding, etc. I love TJ’s version because it doesn’t contain carrageenan and it tastes pretty good. It’s dairy free, soy free and vegan. They’ve got unsweetened plain and vanilla as well as the sweetened versions.

The organic virgin coconut oil is another great TJ’s find. Again, the price point can’t be beat and the product is so versatile. I use it mainly in the kitchen, but there are many other uses for coconut oil…I know people who use it on their hair, as soap, as shaving cream, as hand and body lotion and even toothpaste! I will admit I’ve slathered it on my very dry heels in the winter but other than that, I am not so adventurous. TJ’s coconut oil is cold pressed, raw filtered and unpasteurized — pretty good stuff for just $5.99.

And finally my latest obsession is white balsamic vinegar. For someone who makes their own salad dressing, I tend to get overly excited about vinegar. I love the delicate flavor of this white balsamic, it has the perfect balance of flavor without overpowering my salad. I whisk a  few tablespoons of this with a tablespoon of miso and some olive oil and I’m set to go…delish!

So now it’s your turn, what are YOUR favorite Trader Joe’s finds? 

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Food Finds: Time Saving Kitchen Gadgets

It’s Friday, friends.  Time for some fun food finds for you. Today I’m talking kitchen gadgets. Things that make your life easier in the kitchen. I kinda love gadgets…but only truly useful ones.  That’s why I’m sharing a few favorites I turn to every day to store, cook, and prep food easier.

Here you go:

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This lemon squeezer is what I get asked about the most in my Detox Kitchen cooking classes.  It never fails that someone will ask where to find this. You either love using it or you don’t, and I love it!  I also have one for oranges and limes. You can find it on my Amazon store here;  but I’ve seen it at World Market, Bed Bath and Beyond, and TJ Maxx.

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These fridge coasters are the best, they literally are “fashion for your fridge.”  They keep your drawers and shelves clean and they look pretty, too. I recently got a new fridge and I couldn’t wait to put these puppies on every shelf!  Learn more about fridge coasters here.

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This Simple Human sensor soap dispenser is the best. I wash some serious dishes in my house and I love not having to use both hands to add soap onto my sponge. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but once you’ve tried this baby, there’s no going back.  Just place your sponge under the spout, and out pours the perfect amount of soap…every time.

peppershaker

Okay, I admit it.  This one I don’t have personally…my sister has it.  But I LOVE it and I totally want it. I mean, who wouldn’t want an automatic one-handed pepper grinder, right?

What’s your favorite time-saving kitchen gadget?

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Food Finds: Great Smoothie Add-Ins

It’s Friday Food Finds!  Today I’m happy to share awesome smoothie-making food finds with you.  Just a few fun things you can add to your smoothies to increase the nutritional value, the flavor and overall deliciousness!

Here we go:

PB2Peanut butter powder is great to use when you want the flavor of peanuts but not texture or volume of peanut butter itself.  You can also sprinkle some on top for garnish!

 

macqui

The purple Chilean maqui berry is a great shot of superfood power!  It’s antioxidant-rich and contains vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium, and other anti-inflammatory compounds. It’s tart fruity flavor will sweeten up your smoothie.

ginger

Ginger is a tasty addition to your smoothie and great for a “warming” effect on chilly days.  Try adding one teaspoon of freshly grated ginger at first, then add more to taste! Blends well with pineapple!

hemp

Hemp seeds add a little protein to your smoothie.  Sometimes I don’t want the bulk of protein powder in my drink and hemp seeds hit the spot!

 

What’s YOUR favorite smoothie-add in?

 

Danielle Omar is a nutritionist for busy men and women, focusing on creating personal eating strategies through her signature approach, “Learn it, Live it, Love it.” She loves helping working parents, busy families, and stressed out professionals change the way they think about food. Join Danielle’s newsletter for inspiration and tips to help you become a confident eater.
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Food Finds: Energy Bars

I went to the Natural Foods Expo East last weekend.  All I can say is…wow.  What an amazing experience speaking with the developers and creators of so many different products.  I could have spent the entire day on the exhibitor floor but had only three short hours to get it all done. Needless to say, I missed out on a lot, but what I did see was pretty fun.  Being a natural foods show, the trend I spotted most was the *free* trend — almost every product was free something — dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, wheat free, nut free, soy free, etc.

My favorite highlights were the energy/snack bars.  I discovered a few new options for you to add to your repertoire.

These Simple Squares are right up my alley.  What I love most is they aren’t sickly sweet or fake tasting.  They’re clean.  They’re made using just five  ingredients:  organic nuts, organic honey, organic vanilla, sea salt and organic herbs.  Of course they’re also free of wheat, gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugars.  I was also able to test their newest flavor…coffee.  It was quite perfect.  Check out their site here.

These 22 days bars were also a pleasant surprise and I was psyched to find them at my Whole Foods this week. If you’re looking for a little something different in terms of flavor, these organic bars are great.  I really liked the gojimate firecracker and got to taste their newest flavor, pineapple chocolate chip cookie, which was amazing! A few of their flavors have 10 grams of protein (and still taste real) and of course they’re gluten, dairy and soy free. I think these are a great mid-day snack to keep you going until dinner. Check them out here.

And finally, these cute as can be Delights from Kur Organic Superfoods.  These little bites — and they are literally just a bite at about one inch round — were so fun. I loved the idea that it was just a taste, since sometimes you don’t want to eat an entire bar.  These are also raw, vegan and organic with no added sugars, so it’s just like you made them yourself.  Might be perfect to have these on hand in your desk drawer instead of M&M’s?

If you’re looking to try these bars you might have to shop online, as they aren’t mainstream…yet. But they can be if you just ask your grocer to stock them!  :-)

 

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Food Finds: Highlights From The Fancy Food Show

This is a guest post from my intern, Laura Malick.  She’s a dietetic student at the University of D.C. studying to become a dietitian.  She recently attended the Fancy Food Show in DC and offered to share her experience with you.  Enjoy!

The Fancy Food Show is a trade show featuring delicious culinary finds from all over the world. Usually held in NYC, the show came to DC this year and last, and I had the good fortune of volunteering in the Caribbean Pavilion booth both years with the fabulous guys at Eve Sales.

For three days, foodies and food industry types convened and sampled from over 100,000 different new and known food products. Anything and everything you can imagine you could eat or drink were present. During my breaks I walked around the expansive two floors of the show, which was held in the convention center, and ate everything from savory rosemary, raisin, and pecan crisps (delicious), pomegranate lentil chips (just so, so), dried golden berries (amazing!) and lemon-hibiscus frozen fruit bars (too tangy). I ate my way through Asia, Europe, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean without leaving DC.

This year I noticed a lot of “gluten-free” products, Greek yogurt brands and products, plus a number of new foods featuring lentils. Interestingly, although these new foods contain healthy ingredients, most were still heavily processed and pretty far from their natural state.

Both years I swore I was going to make it down every aisle, and both years I failed, making it through only a quarter of the booths. There was just too much! However, a few fun healthy products caught my eye and I was able to snag samples to take home. Unlike other food shows, you are not allowed to home samples of food products unless you are an exhibitor which, luckily, I was.

Look for these fun foods on the grocery shelf soon!

Bird’s eye view of the floor

Lentil chips, hemp hearts, ginger powder, and blended fruit

Banana Chips

Chia shots (love this!)

Golden Berries

Have you ever been to the Fancy Food Show?  What was your favorite new food item?

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Food Finds: My Favorite Protein Powders

I’m always recommending smoothies and shakes to my clients.  I also love them myself, I have one for lunch or breakfast almost every day.  The protein part of the shake can come from dairy sources like yogurt, milk or even cottage cheese, but most people prefer a powder of some kind. Indeed, the protein you choose can make all the difference in taste and texture.  I’ve tried many, and like a select few. Below are some of my favorites:

 

Teras Whey is a great choice for an organic whey protein powder.  Although a bit pricey, it tastes great and mixes well.  They also offer a rBGH-free/hormone-free line…all made with ethically treated cow milk sources, paired with high antioxidant super fruits like wolfberry, acai berry, and yumberry (sweetened with stevia).  They also have a goat milk option.

Jay Robb whey protein is a good pick if you’re looking for great taste.  He claims his product is the “best tasting protein powder on the planet” and  I usually recommend it for those just starting out with protein powders.  Also sweetened with stevia, Jay uses cold-processed cross-flow microfiltered whey protein isolate from farm-raised, pasture-grazed, grass-fed cows not treated with hormones.   He also has an egg protein powder in his line.

Manitoba Harvest makes a lovely Hemp protein for those looking for an easy to digest, single ingredient, plant based protein (also soy and gluten free).  Hemp Pro 50 is perfect for blending in smoothies, adding to cereal or to your homemade energy bars!   It also contains 4 grams of fiber and 1200 mg of omega 3.

Vega One is also a plant-based protein powder but it’s got much more in the formulation than just protein powder.  It’s protein blend includes pea, hemp, and brown rice and contains fiber, omega-3, antioxidants, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and a shot of greens.  It’s an all-in-one shake that tastes great with little added to it.  Lots of flavors, too.

Sun Warrier makes a great raw, vegan protein powder using bio-fermented raw sprouted whole grain brown rice protein.  Great for those who have issues digesting protein, need a hypoallergenic formula, and want to eat a clean, raw food diet.  It’s also very low calorie at just 70 calories/15 grams protein.

I’m always finding new brands to try and will keep you posted.  All of these powders can be found on my Amazon.com online store, and a few of them can be found at Whole Foods, Wegman’s, and  WOW Organic Markets, although I find them much less expensive online.

Tell me, what’s your favorite protein powder?  

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Food Finds: Kitchen Helpers

It’s Friday Food Finds!  Time for some fun food/kitchen finds that will make your life a bit easier (and tastier)!

This kitchen gadget might be the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while.  I’m always getting on my husband for microwaving food either right in the baggie it comes in or in a cheap plastic container.  Unlike me, he has no fear of chemicals leaching into his food.  That’s why these bags from Lekue are pretty awesome.  You can store, freeze, reheat, and cook in these cool silicone, resealable bags.  Basically, you can pull your food straight from the freezer and toss into the microwave.  Super simple and solves the “how do I freeze this?” problem.  Shop around for the best price.  I found mine at Amazon, but fair warning, they are not cheap.  :)

Since Trader Joe’s stopped selling my beloved Tongol Tuna, I’ve had to find a replacement.  This Wild Planet pole-caught skipjack light tuna is sustainably caught and hand packed raw into BPA free cans without added oil, water, or fillers.  It’s super rich in omega 3 fatty acids and because it’s light tuna, the mercury levels are low.

Every time I use my Baggu bags the grocery clerk asks me about them or makes a comment.  They really are the best reusable shopping bag.  They hold so much (up to 25 pounds!) and fold down into little squares that fit in my purse.  They’re made of durable non-rip nylon (that you can put in washing machine).  I can’t say enough about my baggu bags. They now have 50+ colors and designs…order a few of these and you will be hooked.

I’ve tried every stevia product on the planet and have yet to find one I like.  Until I was introduced by a friend (thanks Lisa!) to Nu Naturals liquid stevia.  This stuff is awesome.  It’s concentrated so you only need a few drops.  I’m not a baker and don’t really add sugar to my foods, so I only use it for liquids (tea/coffee and smoothies).  If you were going to use it on cereal or for baking, I would suggest the Nu Naturals Stevia powder.  You can find both on my Amazon store or at Whole Foods and Wegmans!

Enjoy!

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Food Finds: Food & Nutrition Expo Edition

I promised to let you all know about the fun new foods and products I saw at the Food and Nutrition Expo in San Diego last week.   I found a few diamonds in the rough and also fell in love again with some old favs.  Hope you find something new to try!

My love affair with Chobani yogurt continues.  Especially after I met Executive Chef Jason Duckworth and tried his yogurt hummus.  So creamy and delicious, all with no added oil.  He also shared this Chobani-Wasabi sauce recipe, the perfect topper for salmon.  However, the very best part of visiting the Chobani booth was tasting their upcoming new flavors:  blood orange, passion fruit, and apple cinnamon.  The passion fruit had real passion fruit seeds inside and was the perfect combination of sweet and sour.   Definitely my favorite.  No pics of the new flavors because they aren’t available until January.

 

Another old favorite representing at FNCE was Australis Barramundi.   Not only did I learn more about the company’s sustainability practices and “green” fish farming,  I also got to meet the lovely Kate Geagan (RD spokesperson for them) and grab a signed copy of her book.  Bonus.

I found a few interesting things for those of you who find it hard to drink plain water. Nordic Naturals has a mix-in Omega 3 supplement with Vitamin D.  And it’s bubbly.  Just pour into your water bottle and shake.

The other is from Sunsweet.  It’s a fiber supplement called Supra Fiber that you can also mix in water or juice.  It’s fruit flavored and contains 5 grams of fiber per packet.  Try adding some to your smoothies or stir into your oatmeal.

Sunsweet also had these tasty Plum Amazins.  They’re cute little diced dried plums that you can throw into yogurt, oatmeal, salad, meat dishes or cookies.  They have more fiber, less sugar, and fewer calories than raisins.

Always on the lookout for good protein powder options, I was really impressed with Tera’s Whey.  I like their cool packaging and clean ingredients.  Each scoop provides 24 grams of organic whey protein and little else.   All organic and made with whey from cow, goat, and sheep cheese, this company takes pride in their practices and uses only ethically sourced dairy.  Also, with flavors like goji berry, bourbon vanilla, and pomegranate-cranberry, what’s not to love?

I know a few clients who may love this next product (Amy G. are you listening?). Apparently they’ve been around for a while, but I’m just discovering Hooray Puree.   Probably best known for hiding veggies in kids meals, you can use these all-natural vegetable purees in almost anything.  Carrot, butternut squash, and spinach purees can be added to shakes, baked into muffins, meatloaf, or bread, or used in sauces to replace the fat or to thicken soups.

One of my favorite products has to be the Crispy Green freeze-dried fruit.  These crispy little fruit bites were awesome.  These are not just dried fruit…these are freeze-dried fruit…which means you get a crispy, light bite of flavor without the chewy texture of dried fruit. I loved the crispy cantaloupe….addictive and delicious with no added sugar, sweeteners or preservatives.

I can’t end this post without sharing with you my ultimate find….Sunland Peanut Butter, made with 100% Valencia peanuts.   First off, Valencia peanuts are naturally sweeter than other peanuts, so the peanut butter has a natural sweet taste. But these guys went a step further and they created amazing flavors of peanut butter to please almost any palate. I could not get enough of the Organic Crunchy Chipotle Chili, Thai Ginger and Red Pepper or the Cherry Vanilla.  Amazingly delicious and easy for me to replicate at home.  ;-)

 

Food Finds: Healthy Eats

Here’s a little of what I’m loving right now!

I just can’t get enough of Drew….Drew’s Rosemary Balsamic Salad Dressing, that is! I buy this stuff in bulk.  I crave it.  You can use it as a marinade or a salad dressing.  Amazon even sells it in single serving packs to carry in your lunchbox.   I get my fix at Whole Foods…haven’t found it anywhere else.   

For protein shakes and smoothies I’ve been on a Jay Robb kick these days.  It really is “the best protein powder on the planet.”  The powder is so light, you can just stir it right into water. I blend mine up with unsweetened almond milk, some frozen fruit and a spoonful of almond butter.   Find it on my Amazon online store or at Whole Foods.

Speaking of almond milk….have you tried almond creamer?  My mom discovered this one at a health food store in Alexandria.  You can use it anywhere you would use creamer — in coffee (yum!), in recipes and of course in desserts.  It’s lactose/dairy free, gluten free, and soy free.  I added it to my online store at Amazon.  

Chef salt is my latest addiction!  I’ve been using these chef-created salt blends on everything from salmon to soup to ground beef dishes.  A little goes a long way and with flavors like Bamboo Curry and Tunisan Fire, you really don’t have to add much else!  I bought a 3-pack here, straight from the chefs!

Enjoy!

Danielle Omar, MS, RD
www.foodconfidence.com

Food Finds: Healthy Fats Edition

This week’s finds focus on healthy fats!  These are a few of my go-to healthy fats for fueling my body and my brain.  No diet is complete without fat and these are the types that should make it onto your plate.

Not a huge salmon fan?  Try Barramundi….it’s the other salmon!  Barramundi is a low fat, very versatile, mild flavored fish that is rich in omega 3 fats. It’s great any way you prepare it, but my favorite fish prep is the pan sear.  With a side of fresh veg, this is one of my favorite dinner meals.  You can find it at Giant, Whole Foods and Safeway.

Avocado is my go-to salad staple.  My day isn’t complete without avocado in it somewhere!  I love it plain, in salads, spread onto sandwiches or as a guacamole.  I buy mine almost exclusively at Costco.  I find that grocery store avocado tends to ripen way too fast.  Costco sells in bulk and they are always perfect.

I love the unique taste of  Pumpkin seeds (aka Pepitas).  I add them to granola, oatmeal, trail mix, and toss into my salads.  My favorite compliment to Pepita is a hot and creamy dish…try toasting them first and then sprinkle onto butternut risotto.  They add great flavor and balance to meals and are a healthy, delicious fat!

I can’t have a healthy fats list and not include my all-time favorite….PEANUT BUTTER!  PB is chock full of healthy fats and makes my day complete.  :)  I’ve been telling my clients to buy Crazy Richard’s for years.  It simply is the best tasting natural peanut butter on the planet.  You can find it at Giant and Safeway.

My next pick may be somewhat controversial. I don’t subscribe to the “eggs are bad” school of thought, so they are pretty much a staple in my house. I like Eggland’s Best because they’re also high in healthy omega 3 fats.  My husband makes a killer egg white omelet and we enjoy it best with spinach, mushrooms, and black beans.

That’s it for this week.  Here’s to enjoying healthy fats!  Until next time….

Healthy regards,

Danielle
www.foodconfidence.com

Food Finds: Tuna, Lentils & Crackers

It’s Friday Food Finds!

I’m always recommending Chunk Light “Tongol Tuna” to my clients and most of them have never heard of it.  It’s a perfect substitute for albacore (which most of us shouldn’t be eating due to its high mercury levels) because it doesn’t look or feel like chunk-style tuna. I like to think of it as premium quality Chunk Light…it has great texture, it’s moist, and it doesn’t look like cat food!  I buy it at Trader Joe’s, but you can find it at Whole Foods, too.

Lentils are a staple in my house.  I grew up eating my mom’s lentil soup so it’s definitely a comfort food for me.  These vacuumed sealed lentils are a great find!  Thank you to Trader Joe’s for doing the cooking for me!  I saute chopped carrots, onions, and garlic in a little olive oil until soft, add the lentils and a container of  vegetable broth, and I’m set.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!

These are an old favorite. There are many substitutes, but Genisoy is the maker of the original soy crisp! What do I love about them?  They come in salt and vinegar flavor for starters.  Also, one serving (which is almost 20 chips!) is about 100 calories and has 1 oz of protein.  I like to dip them in hummus.

Lastly are my beloved Ak Mak crackers.  I’ve been eating these for years!  They’re a simple stone ground sesame cracker  – high in fiber and pretty clean eating with less than 10 ingredients.  A very generous serving of 5 of crackers is just over 100 calories.  I eat them mostly with tuna salad and soup.

Happy shopping!  Until next time…

Danielle Omar
www.foodconfidence.com

Food Finds: Costco Edition

It’s Friday — and that means I’ve got some supermarket treasures for you to stock your healthy pantry.   Below are a few picks from the warehouse stores, Costco and BJs.

Having a husband who was brought up eating Middle Eastern food, I had to make friends with Pita. Not my usual go-to bread of choice, I had to try a lot of brands before I settled in on Demascus Bakeries Pita from Costco.  Now, I eat it every day and always have bags on hand in my freezer.  I use it in place of bread and tortillas to make pizza pitas, bean and cheese “quesadillas”, open-faced tuna sandwiches, scrambled egg gyros, and anything else I can think of.  I introduced it to my mother-in-law and she buys it now, so you know it’s gotta be good!  At only 110 calories and 5 grams of fiber per serving (the whole pita!) it’s also low calorie and a source of whole grains.

As I mentioned in my January Newsletter, I’m really into smoothies this month.  A smoothie for me is not complete without a serving or two of this Organic Triple Berry Blend from BJs.  Berries are superfoods  and excellent sources of antioxidants and fiber.  I love the BIG bag!

I first saw these fun Go Go Squeez snacks at Whole Foods. They’re a perfect to-go treat for a preschooler or a healthy side for an older child’s lunchbox. I’ve even used them myself on a long run in place of a gel pack!  I was psyched to find this big box at Costco.  
This may seem like a no-brainer to those of you who already love Chobani Greek Yogurt, but I think there are many of you still in the dark. Greek yogurt is strained to remove some of it’s liquid, making it thicker, creamier and much higher in protein than regular yogurt. I’ve blogged about selecting the best yogurt in previous posts, and Greek yogurt is definitely a healthy pick. So, two things. First, go try Chobani Greek yogurt. Then, after confirming you are in love, save some money and go to Costco or BJs and buy it in bulk — it will cost you about $1 each for 12.   
That’s it for this week.  Until next time, happy shopping!
Danielle Omar, MS, RD
www.foodconfidence.com

Food Finds: Trader Joe’s Edition

Welcome to my first Friday Food Finds!  Look forward to a post each Friday highlighting new and interesting (and healthy) foods for you to incorporate into your diet.

I’m ALWAYS in the grocery store, whether for myself or with my clients, and I’m always finding new foods (or getting inspired by old favorites) and I love to share!  All part of ME helping YOU get food confident in 2011.

So, up for this week are a few old favorites from my trip today to Trader Joe’s.  Oh, and please forgive the photography, I’m working with a cell phone camera over here!

Not actually an old favorite, but a new obsession is Tuna in Red and Green Curry Sauce.  If you like Thai food, this is as good as it gets out of a cardboard box.  Very good flavor, big chunks of tuna (for those who think the tuna is weird here, it’s not…it’s very mild).  Under 10 grams of fat, and a good amount of protein, this tuna is wonderful on a bed of rice (I personally use about 1/2 cup of Jasmine rice).  Welcome to a delicious Thai lunch or dinner in just under two minutes.  Gotta love it.

Next is an old favorite and one that I am constantly promoting to my clients.  The “big bag of little bags” of trail mix are a lifesaver for me and one I rarely leave home without.  At about 170 calories/bag they’re a great in-between meal snack and perfect for those on the go.  They come in 3-4 different varieties (including just plain nuts) but my favorite is the Omega Trek Mix — loaded with cranberries, walnuts, almonds, pepitas, pecans and pistachios.  And they’re good for you, too.

This treat is something I have every morning.  I enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast and these Organic Reduced Sugar Preserves are what make it happen (along with my home-made peanut butter).  Organic, half the sugar of regular preserves, and raspberry (my fav).  Enough said.

And finally, a staple in my house, Trader Joe’s New England Wild Jumbo Scallops. These are a once per week dinner meal for me…so easy to cook and so delicious. I’ve made these every way possible and they always come out perfect.  Scallops are good for your heart and your brain!  They’re low in fat and calories and rich in protein, as well as omega 3, magnesium, and potassium.

That’s it for today. I hope my selections have inspired you to try something new.  I have many more foods to share so stay tuned each Friday for my Food Finds!

Danielle Omar
www.foodconfidence.com