Not too long ago I got myself into some trouble in the Ideal Protein community.
I had recommended a new Trader Joe’s product to an online group of dieters. It was a new salad that was loaded with Phase 1 vegetables. Upon closer inspection (and getting called out by some other coaches) I realized the dressing was not Phase 1 compliant. Somewhere buried at the bottom of the list was sugar, artfully disguised as Dextrose. My bad for not reading the label more carefully!
I’m telling on myself because I think it’s a common challenge many of us have – wanting the convenience of a place like Trader Joe’s while staying on protocol. Reading through all the ingredients of a product can be overwhelming.
The good news is there are several products that Trader Joe’s offers that are Ideal Protein-friendly and can be a great addition to your menu. Here are some of my favorites:
- Pre-cut Jicama Sticks
- Shaved Brussel Sprouts
- Persian cucumbers
- Fresh salsa (pico de gallo)
- Fresh sauerkraut*
- Frozen zucchini spirals
- Kosher Dill Pickles
- Riced cauliflower with lemon
- Red Boat fish sauce
- Spices, Spices, Spices
* Try my recipe for Chicken Stuffed with Sauerkraut for dinner.
I’d love to know what your favorite Trader Joe’s items are.