Much More than Just Chocolate Chips
Months ago, Trader Joe’s was in the headlines, which described frantic people standing at the front of its Pikesville store. I am referring to that “fateful” time when Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chips went from pareve to dairy. I started thinking, there is so much more to Trader Joe’s than just chocolate chips, whether pareve or dairy. Trader Joe’s (TJ’s) features reasonable, family-friendly prices, a user-friendly atmosphere, and many wonderful and healthy kosher products. I make it a weekly stop on my shopping excursion. I’d like to share with you some of my favorite products from the point of view of health
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We all know that it is important to include adequate dietary fiber in our daily intake as well as lessen the sodium.
The recommendation from the National Cancer Institute is 25 to 30 grams of dietary fiber per day. This would include insoluble fiber – such as wheat, nature’s “roto-rooter” – and soluble fiber, contained in beans and oats. Fiber is extremely important in both lowering cholesterol and possibly helping to prevent colon cancer by keeping bowels regular. Twenty-five grams of fiber a day may sound like a lot, but choosing the right products makes that an extremely attainable goal. TJ’s has many products high in fiber that are easy to include in one’s daily diet.
Frozen Rice Medley of Brown Rice, Red Rice, and Black Barley: This amazing frozen product comes in pouches. Microwave the pouch for three minutes, and the result is two cups of perfectly steamed rice, providing 1.5 grams fat, 0 mg. sodium, and 4 grams dietary fiber per cup. It is a delicious combination of grains and looks beautiful on the plate. They also carry a dry version that takes some time to cook, if you prefer.
Organic Whole Wheat Penne Pasta: Whole wheat pasta has the tendency to be a bit tough and a little gummy, but this product has a wonderful texture, and comes in penne pasta and other varieties. Three-quarters of a cup contains 5 grams of fiber.
With the winter upon us, nothing is more soothing and comforting than a bowl of hot soup. You could use your valuable time to make a pot of soup, or open a box of TJ’s healthy soups, pour into a bowl or cup, and heat – at the cost of 70 cents a cup.
Sweet Organic Butternut Squash Soup, or an Organic Tomato Soup, or a Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup: If you are being careful about your sodium intake, these varieties, with less than 150 mg sodium per cup, are low sodium while not sacrificing taste. (The Roasted Red Pepper Tomato has a bit of a kick.). Be careful to read the labels, because they have regular varieties with 800 mg. of sodium! With a goal of 1500 to 2000 mg. sodium per day, it would be wise to choose the low sodium varieties.
Reduced Guilt Kettle Cooked Potato Chips: We all enjoy the crunch of a delicious potato chip, but along with the crunch usually come additional fat and salt. With this product, you can enjoy 12 chips, which provide 6 grams fat, 95 mg sodium, and 15 grams carbohydrate. This chip is simply amazing, and because it is a kettle chip, it is even crunchier than the regular chip.
Reduced Guilt Wheat Wafer: This TJ’s offering allows you to eat eight crackers, for only 2.5 grams fat, 210 mg. sodium, and 3 grams fiber. They have a wonderful taste and texture, unlike the cardboard-like ones of the other high fiber crackers.
Red Pepper Spread With Eggplant And Garlic: This makes a great dip for your chip or spread for your cracker. One tablespoon provides 1/2 gram fat, only 50 mg. of sodium, and hardly any additional sugar. The taste is wonderful either as a dip, spread, or mixed into that fabulous rice mixture or whole wheat pasta highlighted above.
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We have come a long way when it comes to desserts. Rather than serving heavy creamy desserts, we all look for low-fat delicious alternatives. TJ’s offers some wonderful choices.
Almondina – The Original Almond Biscuits: Four cookies/biscotti equal 130 calories, 3.5 grams fat, and 21 grams total carbohydrate.
Mini Café Twists: four twists equal 120 calories, 4 grams fat, 18 grams carbohydrate.
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If you have not yet enjoyed the TJ’s experience, you now are armed with knowledge of some of the wonderful products that are available. Enjoy them all!
Adriane Kozlovsky, a Licensed Registered Dietitian with over 25 years of hands-on medical, teaching and research nutrition knowledge in hospital, medical school, private industry, and non-profit settings, has offered healthy eating professional counseling services to the Eruv community for over 25 years. For any questions or a free evaluation, she can be reached at 410-870-LIFE (5433), email , or see www.ChaiLifeNutritionForU.com.
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Your personal nutritional health information should be no less important to you than any other information that you receive from medical professionals. There is a strong correlation between what you eat and drink and the diseases you might encounter in your lifetime. What you eat can affect you and/or your families health, today and for years to come. Entrust this vital knowledge to an experienced Registered Dietitian, a member of the American Dietetic Association, who is licensed to practice by the State of Maryland, and who can integrate medical knowledge, current research, and many years of experience with your personal unique life challenges, to provide you and your family with maximum health benefit options.
It can be so confusing. The generic titles “Nutritionist” or “Nutrition Consultant or Coach” are unregulated titles and can be used by anyone with any background and experience. A Registered Dietitian (RD), on the other hand, is a specific healthcare professional credential, authorized by the American Dietetic Association. An RD is able to consult with physicians and submit to insurance companies.
I bring over 25 years of hands of experience in medical practice, research, and nutrition teaching and education – in a variety of settings, including hospital, medical school, private industry, and non-profit organizations. In addition, I have offered private counseling services to the Baltimore community for over 25 years. A Registered Dietitian can look at your unique lifestyle, eating patterns, likes and dislikes and create a eating plan unique to you designed to lose or gain weight at a healthy and long term rate. All it requires is a commitment on your part. A skilled Registered Dietitian can do the rest.
I now also offer Personalized Weight Loss Group sessions, where I incorporate my research, medical, and counseling expertise to benefit group settings. These groups offer much more than Weight Watchers in their personalization, yet the cost to members of our community is less.
Adriane Kozlovsky, MS, RD, LD, is a Licensed Registered Dietitian in Baltimore, MD with over 25 years of Medical, Teaching and Research Nutrition experience in Hospital, Medical School, Private Industry, and Non-Profit settings. She owns where she offers private and group counseling services locally and remotely. She can be reached at 410.870.LIFE (5433), email or www.ChaiLifeNutritionForU.com.
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