4 Healthy Trader Joe's Recipes You Can Make in under 30 Minutes

Ready to reset your body and commit to a healthy eating plan? If a stroll through a local farmers market isn't financially feasible and the vicarious trolling of wellness gurus on Instagram isn't doing the trick, we've got the answer: Trader Joe's. Believe it or not, our go-to grocery store is the detox heaven you've been searching for. From organic vegetables, to unrefined sugar alternatives, to a plethora of whole grains, Trader Joe's is the one-stop-shop for the nutritious components of clean meals. The best part is the prices you pay are well below other healthy grocery store chains like Whole Foods. We compiled a day of clean eating designed around the store's best offerings to help you get started.

Breakfast: Spinach Smoothie Bowl

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Start your mornings with this fiber-rich, alkalizing smoothie in a bowl. This recipe is full of healthy fats, too, which help keep you feeling full for longer.

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups spinach
3/4 cup frozen mango
1 date, depitted
1/2 banana
1/2 avocado
1 tbsp. Trader Joe's Chia Seeds
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup coconut water
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tbsp. coconut oil
Ice (optional)

Toppings:

Trader Joe's Roasted Coconut Chips
Frozen blueberries
Trader Joe's Chia Seeds
Other 1/2 a banana, sliced

Lunch: Kale Crunch Salad and Miso Soup

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Yes, kale has been named king of the greens and it doesn't seem to be getting dethroned any time soon. To add some healthy sweets, we're adding Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Sugar to the dressing. For a side, the incredibly easy and ultra-healthy soup takes just under 30 minutes to prepare. The premade soup cuts prep time in half, and the best part is it becomes a good broth for poached salmon.

Salad Ingredients:

5 cups chopped kale, reserving 2 cups for baking
1 ½ tbsp. olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 Persian cucumber thinly sliced
¼ cup thinly sliced red onions

Dressing Ingredients:

1 garlic clove
1 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Sugar
⅛–¼ cup water
Half lime

Salad Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet, spread kale leaves. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp. In a small bowl, mix dressing ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a salad bowl, mix sliced carrot, cucumber, onions, and remaining kale leaves. Add dressing and let the leaves marinate for 15 minutes. Mix in crispy baked kale leaves.

Miso Soup Ingredients:

1/2 carton Trader Joe's Miso Ginger Broth
1 cup medium-firm tofu, cubed
1/2 cup white button or cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 cup spinach
Sliced scallions (optional)

Snack: Coconut Chia Pudding

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

To satiate yourself between meals, go for chia pudding, which can be made in advance. The various combinations for toppings are endless, and it's chock-full of protein, fiber, and essential fats like omega-3 fatty acids. Add unsweetened cocoa powder to turn this Trader Joe's recipe into a guilt-free dessert.

Ingredients:

2 cups coconut milk or almond milk (or blend)
1/2 cup Trader Joe's Chia Seeds1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. honey
Sliced almonds

Toppings:
Trader Joe's Roasted Coconut Chips
Sliced or diced peaches

Directions:

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Unlike traditional pesto, this version is nut- and dairy-free and highlights alliums like scallions and garlic instead. Trader Joe's offers a pregrated cauliflower rice, a convenient grain alternative for the Paleo set.

Ingredients:

1 cup spinach
1/2 cup cilantro
2 scallion stalks
2 garlic cloves
1/3 cup vegetable stock
2 tbsp. coconut oil (reserving half for salmon)
1 cup Trader Joe's Frozen Riced Cauliflower
5-oz. piece of frozen or fresh salmon
1 lemon
Salt
Pepper

1 cup spinach
1/2 cup cilantro
2 scallion stalks
2 garlic cloves
1/3 cup vegetable stock
2 tbsp. coconut oil (reserving half for salmon)
1 cup Trader Joe's Frozen Riced Cauliflower
5-oz. piece of frozen or fresh salmon
1 lemon
Salt
Pepper

Directions:

In a food processor, combine spinach, cilantro, scallion, garlic, and stock. Season with salt and pepper. Set pesto aside.

In a medium pan over medium heat, warm the coconut oil. Sauté cauliflower for a minute. Add half of prepared pesto. Continue cooking for another 2 minutes until heated through. Spoon rice onto a plate.

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