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.
Target: Archer Farms Simply Trail Mix
This store-brand Simply Trail Mix combines peanuts, raisins, M&Ms, almonds and dried cherries. “I love this trail mix for snacking post workout or to fight off hunger in between meals,” says Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, author of Healthy, Quick & Easy Smoothies. In addition to trail mix, you can find quality nuts in Target’s aisles. “The nut we eat most of is Archer Farms Unsalted Raw Almonds,” says Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RDN, a private practice dietitian in Boston. “It’s available in an economical and convenient 32-ounce jar. Nuts are packed with heart-healthy fat, as well as important nutrients such as vitamin E and magnesium.”