Mexican-style riced cauliflower

10 Low-Lift, Fast Trader Joe’s Lunches Nutritionists Love

By Aly Walansky / June 11, 2024 /

If you need a fast, healthy lunch, one great option is stocking up on these quick, easy meal ideas from Trader Joe’s.

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7 Blue Zone Foods That Help Increase Longevity

By Aly Walansky / May 12, 2024 /

People who live in Blue Zones reach age 100 ten times more frequently than people in most of the U.S. These foods keep them healthy.

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11 Mediterranean Diet Foods You Can Get at Trader Joe’s

By Aly Walansky / May 5, 2024 / Comments Off on 11 Mediterranean Diet Foods You Can Get at Trader Joe’s

The Mediterranean diet, a favorite among dietitians and nutritionists, is considered by experts to be among the best ways to eat for optimal health. This diet, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables as well as lean proteins, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats, isn’t about deprivation; it’s a celebration of delicious and healthy foods. One place that…

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The Best Healthy Snacks to Buy at Target, According to Dietitians

By Aly Walansky / April 13, 2024 /

These snacks, all of which are available at Target, are wholesome and delicious — and totally dietitian-approved.

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The Healthiest Tomato Sauces You Can Buy at the Grocery Store

By Aly Walansky / April 6, 2024 /

When selecting a jarred tomato sauce for your next meal, there are a few key factors to consider to ensure you’re getting the best quality without a bunch of additives and empty calories.

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7 Mediterranean Diet Dinner Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less

By Aly Walansky / December 29, 2023 / Comments Off on 7 Mediterranean Diet Dinner Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less

For just about every diet that has its fanbase, there are those who do not approve. But the Mediterranean Diet is one of few that are just about universally appreciated — and is continuously rated by professionals as the best diet to follow year after year. Mostly because there’s nothing not to like about it,…

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12 Weight Loss Strategies That Are Easy To Follow, Say Experts

By Aly Walansky / December 19, 2023 /

A good weight loss plan is about increased wellness and better health — not self-deprivation. We spoke to four nutrition experts on the most successful approach.

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Zucchini Noodle Kugel

11 Healthy Hanukkah Recipes Nutritionists Love

By Aly Walansky / December 6, 2023 / Comments Off on 11 Healthy Hanukkah Recipes Nutritionists Love

Hanukkah is often referred to as the festival of lights, and is eight days of celebration for the Jewish people. While lighting of a menorah and playing dreidel may be the immediate associations we make with this holiday, there’s also a whole lot of food involved. As it’s a celebration of oil that was expected…

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10 Trader Joe’s Frozen Appetizers Perfect For Holiday Parties

By Aly Walansky / November 22, 2023 / Comments Off on 10 Trader Joe’s Frozen Appetizers Perfect For Holiday Parties

Holiday parties are about to be in full swing, and that means capping off a busy day of work and errands with having to have a bunch of festive party food ready and prepared for our guests. We love parties and entertaining, but sometimes they are a lot of work! One way to streamline the…

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8 Frozen Foods at Trader Joe’s Nutritionists Love to Buy

By Aly Walansky / November 17, 2023 / Comments Off on 8 Frozen Foods at Trader Joe’s Nutritionists Love to Buy

Even when we’re at our busiest, we do need to eat — and it’s not a great idea to rely on takeout all the time, either for our wallets or our health. One great option is to keep a stock of freezer items that can make an easy, quick meal or snack with less time…

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I’m a Food Writer and These 7 Trader Joe’s Meals Are Always Stocked in My Freezer

By Aly Walansky / November 13, 2023 / Comments Off on I’m a Food Writer and These 7 Trader Joe’s Meals Are Always Stocked in My Freezer

I’ve been working as a food writer for quite a few years now, and it’s a job that I cherish on many levels. This career has taught me so much, having led to me eating some incredible meals at amazing restaurants, traveling to far-flung destinations, and learning a great deal about ingredients and recipe development…

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mashed cauliflower

7 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes That You’ll Love (We Promise!)

By Aly Walansky / October 30, 2023 /

These healthy Thanksgiving recipes are still packed with all the same nostalgic flavors (despite being made with better-for-you ingredients).

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11 Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving Staples Nutritionists Love

By Aly Walansky / October 25, 2023 / Comments Off on 11 Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving Staples Nutritionists Love

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and many consider this to be the Super Bowl of cooking and entertaining. While some items are pretty standard to any holiday dinner table, from turkey to cranberries and sweet potatoes, there are many variations on how to enjoy these dishes. Nutrition experts are also looking for…

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7 Popular Trader Joe’s Seasonings You Need — And How To Use Them

By Aly Walansky / October 14, 2023 / Comments Off on 7 Popular Trader Joe’s Seasonings You Need — And How To Use Them

We’ve all been to dinner parties where we encounter someone offering baked or roasted chicken or fish and veggies – and no seasoning whatsoever. No matter how good your ingredients and kitchen tools may be, all flavor will be lost without seasoning. This will make or break any dinner party, and any dish being served.…

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The Healthiest Costco Frozen Dinners To Buy Right Now

By Aly Walansky / October 4, 2023 / Comments Off on The Healthiest Costco Frozen Dinners To Buy Right Now

There’s a lot to love about bulk-buying frozen food at a spot like Costco. It is affordable, easy to store, and can keep for months, making it easy to stock up for a rainy (or lazy!) day. But can you do it in a way that is delicious and nutritious? We asked a few registered…

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People Are Adding Lemon to Coffee to Lose Weight, but Does It Really Work?

By Aly Walansky / September 12, 2023 / Comments Off on People Are Adding Lemon to Coffee to Lose Weight, but Does It Really Work?

TikTok is always a great resource for all sorts of lifestyle hacks. Whether we’re trying to make delicious meals faster or make cleaning easier, there are also videos giving us some intel that is at times both shocking and informative. It’s also often a place where we find health hacks and weight loss tips, and…

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Should You Really Worry About Acid In Your Water? Experts Weigh In

By Aly Walansky / August 16, 2023 / Comments Off on Should You Really Worry About Acid In Your Water? Experts Weigh In

There’s constantly the latest big health or dietary trend on TikTok. Whether we’re turning cottage cheese into all sorts of other foods, adding butterfly pea flowers to our tea, or drinking potato juice, it seems to never end – and always has at least a bit of dubious value. The latest hot TikTok trend has…

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Restaurant foods

Ordering in? Dietitians Share Their Go-to Healthy Takeout Orders

By Aly Walansky / August 10, 2023 / Comments Off on Ordering in? Dietitians Share Their Go-to Healthy Takeout Orders

If you’re going to order for pick-up or delivery, what are the healthiest take-out orders? We asked registered dietitians to find out.

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Is Cottage Cheese Healthy? We Asked The Experts

By Aly Walansky / July 19, 2023 / Comments Off on Is Cottage Cheese Healthy? We Asked The Experts

It seems that every year, there’s a new viral ingredient being used in hacks all over social media. Once upon a time, everyone was repurposing cauliflower as a way to healthy up all sorts of recipes. Now, the latest ingredient getting the star treatment is cottage cheese. This year, TikTok’s newest recipe craze is cottage…

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The Best Trader Joe’s Items for Easy, Healthy Summer Entertaining

By Aly Walansky / July 18, 2023 / Comments Off on The Best Trader Joe’s Items for Easy, Healthy Summer Entertaining

Trader Joe’s is the perfect spot to find healthy foods that are still super fun and perfect for summer entertaining. 

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The Best Kirkland Products At Costco That Are Seriously High Quality

By Aly Walansky / July 9, 2023 /

These healthy Kirkland products exist at that all-important intersection of “genuinely high quality” and “super low priced.”

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10 Panera Meals Nutritionists Actually Order

By Aly Walansky / July 7, 2023 /

We interviewed nutritionists and dietitians who told us their favorite soups, salads, and sandwiches at Panera Bread.

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13 Trader Joe’s Dairy-Free Items That Actually Taste Good

By Aly Walansky / June 29, 2023 / Comments Off on 13 Trader Joe’s Dairy-Free Items That Actually Taste Good

Those of us who avoid too much dairy probably have discovered that not all plant-based “dairy” products are created equal. Some have a weird texture, are hard to melt or have that sexy cheese pull, are loaded with chemicals and additives, or just don’t taste very good. But someone can avoid dairy, whether they are…

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22 Trader Joe’s Foods That Help You Destress, Say Nutritionists

By Aly Walansky / June 10, 2023 / Comments Off on 22 Trader Joe’s Foods That Help You Destress, Say Nutritionists

Stress levels are at an all-time high. Between financial, family, and health worries that some of us may have, we’re not getting enough sleep, and anxiety is coloring our every day. We try everything we can to feel better, but one thing we may not have tried is adjusting the foods we’re putting into our…

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