15 Low-Carb Options at Trader Joe's to Add to Your Next Grocery List
Food prep, grocery shopping, and cooking are part of being a “good” adult. But really, who always has time to make sure they’ve got fresh ingredients on hand and time to cook a meal? Sometimes, there are simply not enough hours in the day.
If you’ve chosen a low-carb diet, making choices that are aligned with your nutrition plan while managing a busy schedule is just that much more complicated. While we all know that freshly prepared foods are the best option, sometimes one of these Trader Joe’s options is the only thing between you and the drive-through line.
1. Riced Cauliflower Bowl
If you’re looking for an easy-to-prepare low-carb food option, there’s nothing better than Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Bowl. This frozen meal is vegan and contains chickpeas, sweet potatoes, tofu, roasted onions, and tahini. The whole thing is only 20 net carbs — not to mention delicious and satiating.
2. Superfood Pilaf
This superfood pilaf gives you plenty of grains and veggies, and you can eat it as your main or as a side. Either way, you’ll love the sweet potatoes, kale, and carrots mixed with quinoa.
3. Salmon Burger
Trader Joe’s makes salmon easy with their frozen salmon burger patties. Simply pan fry (or microwave . . . if you must) the patty for three minutes on each side and then dig in. Serve your salmon patty on a bed of arugula to get your greens in.
In addition to being low-carb, this is also one of the many gluten-free options available from Trader Joe’s — assuming you choose your bun accordingly, of course.
4. Oven-Baked Cheese Bites
If you’re looking to lower your carb intake and are in need of an afternoon snack, keep a package of Trader Joe’s Oven-Baked Cheese Bites handy. These travel-friendly snacks give you the crunch and salty flavor you expect from a chip — without the carbs.
5. Meatless Breakfast Patties
Carb-cutting as a vegan or vegetarian can seem daunting, especially first thing in the morning. The meatless breakfast patties have just two grams of net carbs and no sugar — a quick option when you’re just trying to get out the door and make it to the office on time.
6. Chili Lime Chicken Burgers
These frozen chicken patties are perfect for throwing together a last-minute low-carb meal. Simply pull one out of the freezer and heat in a pan. Top it with whatever you have on hand in the fridge or turn it into chicken tacos.
7. Misto Alla Griglia
If you’re looking for a quick, tasty veggie option that isn’t a salad, look no further than Trader Joe’s Misto All Griglia. This frozen veggie mixture contains marinated and grilled eggplant, zucchini, and red pepper. Serve these veggies as a side for a low-carb food option.
8. Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry
What would we do without cauliflower? There’s no more delicious (and versatile) low-carb replacement than cauliflower. For a low-carb meal, try Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry. This mixture contains seven grams of carbs per serving.
Tip: For a protein-rich meal, add a salmon patty or chili lime chicken patty on top.
9. Broccoli Slaw
Need a little extra crunch to top off your salad or chicken burger patty? Look no further.
This colorful slaw makes for a great topping (especially with a shot of their low-carb green goddess dressing!) that contains only five grams of carbs per serving.
10. Organic Coconut Aminos
When you’re cooking up a low-carb stir fry, you need a kick of flavor but don’t want to spend your precious carbs on soy sauce. That’s where aminos come in. Trader Joe’s offers a great alternative with their Organic Coconut Aminos Seasoning Sauce. This low-carb option is made from the sap of aged coconut blossoms and salt.
11. Zucchini or Carrot Spirals
If you’re eating a low-carb diet, there’s no better pasta replacement than veggie spirals. But who has the time to spiralize enough veggies to get a serving? Don’t worry — Trader Joe’s carries both zucchini and carrot spirals.
12. Mozzarella Rolloni
Need a quick, low-carb food while you’re on the go? Reach for Trader Joe’s Mozzarella Rolloni. These mozzarella and cured meat rolls are a great grab-and-go option when you’re super busy but still want to look like you made an effort for the picnic.
Bonus: they have just two grams of carbs per serving. The challenge here is sticking to one serving.
13. Green Goddess Salad Dressing
When eating a low-carb diet, one of the staple favorites is a hearty salad. The killer: salad dressing. Many are loaded with unnecessary sugar.
Not Trader Joe’s Green Goddess Salad Dressing. This dressing is made with just six ingredients: avocado, green onion, cold-pressed lemon juice, chives, basil, and garlic.
14. Blanched Almond Flour
Sometimes we all need something sweet to curb that craving. Next time you simply must bake, replace your flour with almond flour for a lower-carb treat.
Toss in some low-carb fruit and you’re well on your way to a delicious dessert.
15. Kale Chips
And sometimes you absolutely must have a salty, crunchy snack to get you through the 3pm crash. Instead of reaching for a bag of chips or crackers, keep a bag of Trader Joe’s kale chips on hand. With just eight grams of total carbs, this low-carb food will curb your craving and tide you over until dinner. Salmon burger, perhaps?