Try These Sugar Free 3-Approved Trader Joe's FoodsOct 16, 2020
If you’re following the Sugar Free 3 nutrition program, you might be wondering which of your favorite Trader Joe’s foods fit the plan.
We’ve been taught to “stick to the perimeter” when putting together a healthy grocery list, and that’s good advice when you’re looking for Sugar Free 3-approved foods at Trader Joe’s, too. Fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, milk, and eggs are all allowed on the plan. But don’t skip the middle aisles, or you may miss out on healthy options like beans, whole grains, frozen veggies, healthy heat-and-eat meals, nut butters, and more.
When you’re shopping, it’s important to read the ingredient list and keep an eye out for all the sneaky names for sugar. In the meantime, we scoured the Trader Joe’s shelves to find some of their tastiest specialty items that are Sugar Free 3-approved. Enjoy!
Sugar Free 3 “Totally Allowed” Foods at Trader Joe’s
Foods like these should constitute the majority of what you eat during mealtimes and snacks on the Sugar Free 3 nutrition plan.
Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage
Don’t let the name fool you — while many “sweet” sausages (like chicken apple sausage or maple sausage) include added sugar, this Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage is completely sugar-free.
Looking for an easy way to add plant-based protein to your diet? These steamed French lentils — which contain only lentils, salt and natural flavor — are pre-cooked and vacuum-sealed, so they’re ready to add to soups, salads, sides, or entrees.
Egg Frittata with Swiss Cheese and Cauliflower
Frittatas are similar to a quiche, but without the crust. A serving of two frittatas provides 270 calories, 10 grams of carbohydrates, and 25 grams of protein.
Chile Lime Chicken Burgers
Pre-made burgers often contain hidden flour, but not these — they’re made with ground chicken, onions, peppers, garlic, cilantro, natural flavor, salt, lime juice concentrate, and red pepper flakes.
Organic Riced Cauliflower
Making cauliflower rice at home is fairly simple, but sometimes you don’t have the time or energy to grate a head of cauliflower. This pre-made version consists of just organic cauliflower and salt.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Some cauliflower crusts on the market include a blend of cauliflower and refined flours, but this version is Sugar Free 3-approved.
Because shakshuka is tomato-based, some starters contain added sugars — but you’re in the clear with this one. Simply add an egg, cooked any way you like.
Traditional Tunisian Harissa
Seven simple ingredients make up this sugar-free paste: red pepper, garlic, salt, sunflower oil, coriander, citric acids and caraway. Try adding this sauce to other spreads for a little kick.
Green Goddess Salad Dressing
Salad dressings are often a sneaky source of added sugars, but this avocado-based dressing is sugar-free and packed with flavor — and it only has 20 calories per serving.
Garlic Chipotle Salsa
You won’t find any hidden sugars in this smoky chipotle salsa, which pairs perfectly with eggs or your favorite Sugar Free 3-approved Mexican dish.
Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
Sugar-free flavor boosters can add a ton of flavor without adding sugar or calories, and this blend is one of our favorites.
Sugar Free 3 “In Moderation” Foods at Trader Joe’s
Believe it or not, this kale gnocchi is Sugar-Free 3-approved. Made with kale, potato starch, and chickpea flour, it has 190 calories and 7 grams of protein per serving.
Trader Joe’s has a ton of fresh fruit options, but for a convenient snack, stock your pantry with this no-added-sugar applesauce made with organic apples, organic cinnamon, and natural flavor.
If you haven’t tried farro, you’re missing out. Pair this ancient grain with a lean protein and vegetable for a balanced meal you can pull together in 10 minutes.
Indian Fare Tikka Vegetables
For an easy dinner idea, top riced cauliflower with this completely sugar-free Indian dish featuring potato, carrots, green peas and corn. Because of the starchy vegetables and corn, you’ll want to enjoy in moderation.
Sunflower Seed Spread
Up for something new? Pass on the PB and try this sunflower seed spread instead. It’s a source of healthy fats — perfect for spreading on a slice of Sugar Free 3-approved bread.
Non-Dairy Oat Beverage
Milk alternatives often have added sugars, but this oat beverage is sugar free and made from just two ingredients: hydrolyzed oats and water.
Use this quinoa in your recipes to satisfy your carb cravings in a healthier way.