Do you love Trader Joe’s as much as we do? At MD Diet Weight Loss & Nutrition, we are big fans of their gourmet meals. And love that they are priced way below what pre-made meals at other specialty stores sell for. We also feel that many of their items are fairly healthy. But even though they may be healthy, they’re not always low-carb friendly. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best pre-made meals you can buy at Trader Joe’s when you’re on a low-carb diet.
1. Riced cauliflower ($1.99)
Cauli-fever is [still] sweeping the nation! Thanks to increased carb-consciousness, there seems to be a cauli-alternative to just about everything these days. 20 Calories, 4 Carbs, 2g Protein & 0 G Fat per serving, that’s a WOW!
2. Turkey Meatballs ($4)
For a quick weeknight meal, toss these fully-cooked turkey meatballs into a bowl of whole-grain pasta or zucchini noodles. This puppy only has 100 Calories, 5 Carbs, 12g Protein & 5g Fat per serving.
3. Riced Cauliflower Bowl ($2.99)
Who said frozen meals have to be boring? This delicious vegan bowl is made with chickpeas, sweet potatoes, tofu, roasted onions, and tahini sauce, with a grand total of 280 Calories, 27 Carbs,13g Protein & 2g Fat per serving.
4. Zucchini Spirals ($3)
Zucchini noodles are an awesome low-carb staple these days, but if they sometimes go bad before you can cook them, try buying them frozen. With 15 Calories, 3 Carbs, 0g Protein & 0g Fat per serving I’d call that a Win-win!
5. Carrot Spirals ($3)
They’re not quite as virtuous as zucchini, but these carrot spirals are still only 35 Calories, 8 Carbs, 1g Protein & 0 G Fat per serving, and the perfect substitute for pasta.
6. Turkey burger ($2.99)
I’ve always liked turkey burgers. At their best, they’re flavorful substitutes for traditional beef burgers, but with only 180 Calories, 0 Carbs, 32g Protein & 13g Fat per serving… I am running to Trader Joe’s for these bad boys!
7. Riced cauliflower stir fry ($2.99)
Oh dang! Trader Joe’s has come up with a flavorful, rich dish that tastes homemade and bursts with color. Each serving contains just 50 Calories, 7g Carbs, 2g Protein & 2g Fat. Needless to say, it is a much healthier option than take-out.
8. Low-Calorie Lemonade ($2.69)
Looking for an ice cold drink without the extra calories? Trader Joe’s Low Cal Lemonade is a nice balance of healthy and still sweet and tart. Each serving’s got 40 Calories, 10g Carbs, 0g Protein & 0g Fat.