If you're like me (aka an adult woman living in a city full of irresistible vices), you've burdened your body with indulgences like sugary post-work or pre-date cocktails, greasy takeout, and late-night girl hangs over a 9 p.m. dinner that inevitably leads to three rounds of cocktails. If you're not like me at all, perhaps your body has remained a temple. But no matter which side of the spectrum you fall under, there comes a time when you have to call upon the health and fitness gods for the motivation to get back on track.
If a Gwyneth-inspired stroll through the local farmers market isn't financially feasible and the vicarious trolling of wellness gurus on Instagram isn't doing the trick either, 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 makings of clean meals. The best part is the prices you pay are well below another well-known grocery store chain (ahem, Whole Foods).
Keep scrolling for a day of clean eating designed around the store's best offerings. Ready to dig into these Trader Joe's recipes?
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.
1 1/2 cups spinach
3/4 cup frozen mango
1 date, depitted
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
Add smoothie ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into bowl, and layer on toppings.
Yes, kale has been named king of the hipster 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.
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
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Sugar
⅛–¼ cup water
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.
This 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.
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)
Miso Soup Directions:
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the Miso Ginger Broth. Add tofu and mushrooms, and cook until broth boils. Turn heat down to low, and add in spinach. Cook for another 2 minutes and remove from heat. Serve with scallions.
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.
Combine coconut or almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla, and honey in container with lid. Shake to combine, and chill at least 2 hours. When ready to eat, top with almonds, coconut flakes, and peaches.
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.
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
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.
Season salmon with salt and pepper. In another medium pan, heat coconut oil. Add salmon. Juice lemon over, and season with more salt and pepper to taste. Top rice with salmon, and drizzle it with the rest of the pesto.
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Which one of these recipes are most excited to try? Let us know what your favorite meal is in the comments below!
This article was originally published on August 19, 2016, and has since been updated.