The Best Keto-Friendly Foods You Can Get at Trader Joe's Right Now
There aren’t any bagels in your keto future, but this smoked salmon trio is good enough that you might not miss them. The dried dill smoked salmon is a classic, while the beet powder-cured smoked salmon carries an earthy flavor and a gorgeous red-pink color. The third and final variety is the coarsely ground black pepper smoked salmon, which packs a pungent, smokey bite.
Many veggie burgers contain beans, which means you’ll have to check the carbohydrate count on the label. “Generally, people who go on keto hover around 20 to 30 grams of carbohydrates a day,” explained Registered Dietitian (and founder of Appetite Health) Sarah Galicki. “If you divide that in three, for three meals, you want your carbs to be around 10 grams for that whole meal.” This veggie burger contains 12 grams, so you’ll have to be careful with the carb count for the rest of the day.
If you’re going to go keto, you’re probably going to be eating a lot of chicken, which means variety is key to prevent dieter fatigue. While some pre-prepared chicken dishes have sauces or rubs that contain a lot of sugar, this juicy ready-to-cook entrée tops out at 3g.
Keep this organic, free-range chicken option in your fridge or freezer at all times. It’s a simple way to get in protein and it’s a super versatile item to add to salads, stir fries, casseroles, and more.
These thick cut salmon fillets provide the type of healthy fats recommended on a keto diet. Grill, pan-sear, bake or poach — you really can’t go wrong.
With 21 grams of protein and no added sugar, these shawarma chicken thighs will spice up any meal — literally — with a marinade made up of onion, garlic, sea salt, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, paprika, turmeric, and parsley.
Many newcomers to the keto diet complain of headaches since your body is burning up a lot of fuel at once. “Small frequent meals will help because then you’re constantly giving your body fuel for energy,” said Galicki. These Italian chicken sausage links are an ideal protein to snack on throughout the day. All you have to do is heat and serve.
Although keto focuses on foods that are high in fat, Galicki cautions that there are health risks associated with a high-fat diet. “With the focus on high fat, if you’re prone to liver problems, it could lead to fatty liver disease because the fat is hard on the liver to metabolize,” she says. Include leaner options, like these turkey burgers, to keep protein intake high but your overall diet balanced.
Leave it to Trader Joe’s to come up with the cutest pack of single-serving mini avocados. Avocados are a healthy-fat staple of any keto diet; slice and add to salads, bake eggs inside the hollowed-out fruit — the possibilities are endless.
Just call cauliflower your high in fiber, low carb keto hero. “Because you’re not eating fruit or many vegetables on keto, most people experience constipation,” said Galicki. “The best way to help improve your gut health would be to take a daily probiotic.” Or, just eat more cauliflower in different forms — including this longtime Trader Joe’s favorite, which adds texture to a diet that can feel monotonous.
Obsessed with cheese? With 0g carbs, this surprisingly spicy one is an excellent addition to a keto diet — you just won’t be able to enjoy it on crackers!