With its quirky atmosphere and low prices, it’s no wonder why Trader Joe’s earned the Consumer Reports top overall satisfaction score for grocery stores in 2019. As it happens, WW members know what’s good: A peek at WW food tracking data collected in 2019 reveals quite a few Trader Joe’s favorites—including a whole lot of cheese.
To avoid missing out on SmartPoints®-friendly foods the next time you visit your local Trader Joe’s, consider the following list of top-tracked TJ foods your new grocery list:
1. Trader Joe’s Lite Shredded 3-Cheese Blend with Mozzarella
Cheese, please! The most popular TJ’s item features a mix of mozzarella, Monterary Jack, and cheddar and clocks in at just 2 SmartPoints value per ¼-cup serving across the board (myWW Green, Blue, Purple). Also? It tastes great on homemade two-ingredient dough pizza.
2. Trader Joe’s Chicken Cilantro Mini Wontons
Need a quick snack or super-convenient, SmartPoints-friendly appetizer? Do as 219,000 members did in 2019, and track four individual frozen chicken cilantro mini wontons from TJs, which have just 1 SmartPoints value (Green, Blue, Purple).
3. Trader Joe’s Fancy Shredded Lite Mexican Blend
The third most popular TJ’s item among WW members is—you guessed it!—cheese! Trader Joe’s Lite Mexican Blend—a combo of lightened sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, asadero, and queso blanco cheese—is only 2 SmartPoints values (Green, Blue, Purple) for a ¼ cup serving—and pretty perfect in omelettes and quesadillas.
4. Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Stir-Fry
Need proof that cauliflower’s moment hasn’t passed? WW members logged this tasty pre-made rice substitute (which includes green peas, red bell peppers, grilled corn, spring onions, tamari sauce, and sesame oil) over 200,000 times in 2019. The frozen item isn’t just uber-popular and tasty. It’s also SmartPoints-friendly: A 1-cup serving clocks in at just 1 SmartPoints value (Green, Blue, Purple).
5. Trader Joe’s Sprouted 7-Grain Bread
Good: One slice of TJ’s Sprouted 7-Grain Bread is only 1 SmartPoints value (Green, Blue, Purple). Better: Sprouted grains serve up loads of antioxidants and deliver nutrients that are more readily available than those found in processed grains. No wonder it was tracked 199,000 times in 2019!
6. Trader Joe’s String Cheese (Low Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella)
Cheese returns as the sixth most popular Trader Joe’s item, this time taking the form of a nostalgic childhood favorite: peelable string cheese! With one stick clocking in at only 2 SmartPoints values (Green, Blue, Purple), this simple, portable snack isn’t just fun for kids—but kids at heart.
7. Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
TJ’s cauliflower gnocchi is an Instagram favorite. WW members embraced it in 2019 by tracking a one-cup serving more than 150,000 times. At just 4 Smartpoints (Green, Blue, Purple), it’s a worthwhile way to spend your Budget.
8. Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend
Type the name of this salty seasoning into Google and you’ll see how popular it’s become. After all, it tastes amazing on just about everything, from eggs to mashed potatoes, chicken, cooked veggies like squash, and more. Even better: A pinch of it (or a ¼ teaspoon serving) won’t cost you a single SmartPoints value.
9. Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
Pretzels and peanut butter are a match made in heaven. So it’s a good thing TJ’s combined them to create a satisfying snack for 5 SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple) per 11-piece serving, which was tracked more than 128,000 times.
10. Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole
Offering all the deliciousness of traditional avocado dip with only a 1 SmartPoints value across the board (Green, Blue, Purple) for a two-tablespoon serving, TJ's went ahead and made the dreams of guac-obsessed members come true—to the tune of more than 124,000 tracked servings in 2019.
11. Trader Joe's Original Savory Thin Mini Crackers
These seriously snackable rice-based crackers round out our list of TJ's favorites. Members tracked them more than 123,000 times, spending just 3 SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple) per 1-oz serving (about 34 crackers).
Jessica DiGiacinto is an associate editor at WW. A health and wellness writer and editor based out of New York, she’s contributed to Popsugar, Bulletproof 360, and Galvanized Media, among other media outlets.
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