Trader Joe’s: Trader Giotto’s Balsamic Glaze
“I don’t know about you, but I like to chew my fats,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, author of Read It Before You Eat It. “I’d prefer for the fat source on my salad to come from nuts or avocado instead of oil since these fats provide a more impressive mouthfeel and can help you feel more satiated. One tablespoon of the balsamic glaze goes a long way, and it can be decoratively squeezed onto a large salad or drizzled on top of strawberries or melon. Most balsamic glazes expensive, and this one is about $2.99 a bottle at Trader Joe’s and is an absolute bargain.”
Trader Joe’s: Trader Joe’s Falafel Mix
“I love the dry falafel mix!” says Jessica Penner, RD, a nutrition blogger at Smart Nutrition. “It makes two meals worth for our family of four. It tastes as though you’ve freshly chopped parsley and garlic, but in reality, all you’ve added was water to a mix. Falafels are made from chickpeas, which are high in fiber.” Here are 9 things you need to buy at Trader Joe’s for your next party.
Aldi: Happy Farms Preferred Cranberry White Cheddar
“This is one of my favorite products, averaging at $3.29 for the 8-ounce round,” says Stefanie Dove, RDN, a private practice dietitian in Ashburn, Virginia. “I’ve purchased it for as low as $2.79! Not only does it brighten up a charcuterie spread, it is affordable, tastes great and is a wonderful way to promote increased calcium intake—which is essential for bone health. The unexpected surprise of the added cranberries is a unique way to incorporate this berry that many do not consider outside of the holiday season. Since white cheddar tends to have a stronger flavor than a mild cheddar, you can use a little less, helping to cut down on calories.” Check out more things you should always buy at Aldi.