15 Trader Joe's Products That Are Packed With Superfoods

Stock up on superfoods without breaking the bank.

Organic Açai Bowl from trader joes
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There are plenty of must-have items at Trader Joe's, including Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and customer-favorite Mandarin Orange Chicken, but what you might not know is that the popular grocery chain also sells a myriad of products that are chock-full of superfoods. While the term "superfoods" is not nutritionally recognized, it typically refers to particularly nutrient-rich foods that provide an array of important health benefits. These foods, which are often low in calories, may do things like strengthen your immune system, promote good gut and brain health, and help prevent certain diseases.

And while Trader Joe's certainly sells whole superfoods like avocados and blueberries, the California-based company also stocks several of its own items that are made with multiple superfoods, meaning they are especially healthy and good for you. For example, if you're looking for a salad topper, try the Green Goddess Salad Dressing. This vegan item boasts two superfoods—Haas avocados and apple cider vinegar—as well as several other nutritious ingredients like basil and garlic. What's more? Though some superfoods can be a tad pricey, most of the items on this list cost less than $5.

Ready to stock up on superfoods? Keep reading to find out which Trader Joe's products are worth your money!

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Sauerkraut With Pickled Persian Cucumbers

As a fermented food, sauerkraut automatically has superfood status because anything that's fermented also has impressive immune- and gut-boosting benefits. In fact, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School, fermented foods provide your body with a dose of healthful probiotics, which are crucial to good digestion. Furthermore, a healthy gut helps keep your immune system in check. This particular sauerkraut, which is naturally fermented, is also packed with pickled Persian cucumbers, which adds texture and even more nutrients to the flavorful food.

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Organic Freeze-Dried Berry Medley

Berries—think blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries—are some of the healthiest foods you can eat, and this frozen medley is packed with all three of 'em. For starters, berries are an excellent source of antioxidants, which helps protect your cells against damage from free radicals, and may help reduce your risk for cancer, heart disease, and other conditions. The antioxidants found in these berries also contribute to hair growth, strong nails, and healthy skin, so stock up on this mix during your next TJ's run!

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Blueberry Cultured Coconut Milk

This Trader Joe's item combines nutritious blueberries with coconut yogurt, which is a fermented, non-dairy food. Translation: This product is packed with two superfoods and definitely deserves a spot on your grocery list. Top it with some fresh berries and granola for a protein-rich breakfast, or keep it on hand as a healthy midday snack.

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Gluten Free Organic Rolled Oats With Ancient Grains & Seeds

Seeds and ancient grains are both considered superfoods, which makes this product especially worthwhile. As you may have guessed given its name, this TJ's item is made with a blend of rolled oats, amaranth, and quinoa, as well as chia seeds and ground flaxseeds. While the grains are packed with fiber, amino acids, and other important vitamins and minerals, the seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. According to a 2016 study, chia seeds, in particular, may have anti-cancer properties and protective effects on the heart and liver, thanks to their antioxidant content.

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Almond Butter Chia Overnight Oats

Chia seeds are at it again with this item, which makes for a really easy breakfast, snack, or even dessert. Here, the small but mighty nutritional powerhouses are paired with fiber-filled oats and almond butter—another superfood. Nut butters are a great source of protein and fiber, and almonds in particular are packed with antioxidants and vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties and is important for vision and the health of your blood, brain, and skin.

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Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend

While it might be hard to believe, this beloved Trader Joe's product is full of superfoods in the form of tiny seeds—namely poppy seeds and two different types of sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are some of the healthiest seeds you can eat, and are an excellent source of iron, in addition to a nutrient called phytosterol, which lowers cholesterol levels by reducing cholesterol absorption. Sprinkle some of this delicious blend (which you can even make yourself!) on everything from avocado toast to grilled chicken.

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Organic Açai Bowl

Why make your own açai bowl when you can buy one from Trader Joe's? Açai is considered a superfood, and is a popular ingredient in smoothie bowls. The exotic fruit is loaded with antioxidants, may improve cholesterol levels, and, according to a 2014 study, can protect your brain from damage as you get older. TJ's açai bowl, which can be found in the freezer section, is also made with organic strawberries, blueberries (another superfood!), and bananas, along with unsweetened coconut chips and an unsweetened coconut beverage. There's also a separate packet of ancient grains granola included with each bowl, which is made with superfoods like chia seeds, quinoa flakes, and amaranth flakes.

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Cucumber Avocado Smoothie

If you prefer to drink your superfoods instead of eat them, give this seasonal spring smoothie a try. It's made with avocado and spinach—both superfoods—as well as other healthy ingredients such as cucumber, mango, and acerola cherry juice. While the avocado in this creamy smoothie is an excellent source of heart-healthy fats that can help with cholesterol, bone density, skincare, eye health, and more, the spinach is packed with protein and flavonoids, which can prevent damage from free radicals, cancer, and harmful inflammation.

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Green Goddess Salad Dressing

The next time you have a salad, make it even healthier by topping it with this superfood-filled dressing. This classic TJ's item, which also happens to be vegan, is made with heart-healthy avocados and fresh herbs like basil and chives. You'll also find green onions, nutritious garlic, and apple cider vinegar—a superfood that's been fermented twice.

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Matcha Green Tea Powder

Green tea is a superfood thanks to its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. According to studies, the colorful drink can also increase fat burning and boost one's metabolic rate. As tea aficionados may know, matcha is a Japanese green tea powder made from finely powdered dried tea leaves. TJ's Matcha Green Tea Powder comes from tea leaves that are grown and ground for the retailer in Japan, and it has a delicate hint of sweetness.

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Mixed Nut Butter

While most supermarkets carry peanut butter or almond butter, Trader Joe's Mixed Nut Butter combines several superfood nuts—think almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans—to create a nutritious blend. We already know how beneficial almonds are, and other nuts, such as cashews, are also nutritional superstars. Cashews have the highest amount of iron per ounce, and are the highest in zinc per ounce of all nuts—both of which are important for keeping your body's immune system in check. In other words, feel free to add TJ's Mixed Nut Butter to a smoothie, or slather it on some toast.

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Garlic & Onion Pistachios

If you prefer whole nuts to nut butter, give Trader Joe's Garlic & Onion Pistachios a try. Each bag is filled with California-grown in-shell pistachios, which have been dry roasted and dusted with a robust blend of garlic, onion, and sea salt. Like most other nuts, pistachios are unbelievably nutritious. They're high in fiber, and also have the highest amount of potassium and vitamin B6, compared to other nuts. Per one study, pistachios may also help improve heart disease risk factors, including blood pressure, weight, and oxidative status.

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Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burgers

Not only are these veggie burgers filled with vegetables like black beans, corn, and red peppers, they're also bound together with quinoa—a grain and a superfood that has numerous health benefits. In addition to containing all nine essential amino acids, quinoa is an excellent source of muscle-building protein, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and folic acid. Feel free to top your healthy burgers with avocado slices to make them even more nutritious.

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Garden Vegetable Soup

There's nothing unhealthy in this veggie-filled soup, which makes it an excellent purchase. On the superfood front it's got leafy greens like Swiss chard and protein and flavonoid-packed spinach and kale. The latter green, which is also a great source of protein and flavonoids, has plenty of vitamins A, K, and C, and is a solid source of satiating fiber. As if that wasn't enough, this hearty soup is also packed with chunks of sweet potato, carrots, onions, celery, tomatoes, zucchini, red bell peppers, and leeks—each of which have their own impressive health benefits.

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Harvest Apple Salad Kit

Fans of easy salads should consider this seasonal salad kit, which includes a spring mix of spinach, kale, green leaf lettuce, mizuna, butter lettuce, and other healthy greens. It also features Cheddar cheese, dried apple chips, pecan pieces, and a fermented apple vinaigrette made with apple cider vinegar, concentrated apple juice, Dijon mustard, and savory spices. Add some grilled chicken or tempeh on top and you've got a full, nutritious meal!

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