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11 Healthy Snacks From Trader Joe's That Will Make You Actually *Want* To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

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There are few places in my life where I don't mind battling the crowds in the parking lot and standing in line to check out, and Trader Joe's is one of them. Apart from their casual vibe and their ultra-helpful staff, their food selection includes plenty of nutritious options that make you feel virtuous about eating prepackaged meals. What's more, there are a host of healthy snacks at Trader Joe's that make it easy to nosh without feeling guilty.

What makes a snack good for you? Registered dietitian Jessica Crandell told Real Simple that a healthy bite should have about 150 to 250 calories, at least 3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and 12 or fewer grams of fat. As with any food, a snack should be minimally processed and free of unpronounceable chemicals or dyes. And if it happens to taste great (as in, you don't wish you were eating a candy bar instead), so much the better.

Happily, Trader Joe's has a wide selection of foods that fit these criteria nicely, along with standard choices such as salads, fresh fruits, single-serve hummus packs, and even organic turkey bone broth, which you could drink instead of your afternoon coffee for a warming snack that provides 9 grams of protein and only 60 calories.

Next time you make your Joe's run, drop some of these snack offerings into your cart so you'll be prepared when the midmorning or after-school hungries hit. You'll satisfy your cravings and do your body good at the same time.

11. Snack Bars

These Peanuts Go On A Date Bars

$3

Trader Joe's

Next time the kids ask for a lunch-box treat, pop one of these bars inside. Made with peanut butter, peanuts, date paste, flaxseed meal, and sea salt, they're chewy and sweet without added refined sugar, and provide 4 grams of protein to boot.

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