Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole

I’m not sure what’s taken me so long to post about this wonderful find I’ve purchased from time to time at Trader Joe’s. I thought I posted about this dish eons ago, but I didn’t … so here we go!  Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole is one of the most delicious guacamole’s I have had to date. Granted, I’m not the biggest fan of guacamole, but this is just a slam dunk.
The guacamole is creamy, thanks to the Greek yogurt, yet it has subtle chunks of veggies and avocado mixed throughout it. There is a noticeable cilantro flavor in the dish, but it’s not overwhelming on the taste buds. Admittedly, cilantro isn’t one of my favorite flavors, but it’s mild enough that it boosts the flavor and is really refreshing on the palette. Overall, I find the dish balances itself out quite well with all the flavors. I enjoy this with tacos, over chicken burgers or hamburgers, over salad, with nachos, etc. It’s versatile and a huge favorite of mine.
A serving is 2 tablespoons which is 30 calories or 1 points plus. Here’s a little fun fact for you … you can have 4 tablespoons for 60 calories and its still 1 points plus!

Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Wheat Crisps

Last year I had heard about how good the Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Wheat Crispswere so I picked up a box. I’m a fan of Wheat Thins and so I decided to give them a go. I’ve actually purchased these a few times but realized I haven’t posted about them quite yet … so here goes!
The wheat crisps are your classic “Wheat Thin” type cracker, except I feel these particular ones taste better than Wheat Thins.  There’s nothing that’s utterly spectacular about them, other than the fact they’re just a really good simple cracker. They’re crunchy, they’re flavorful, and the crackers themselves are slightly bigger than your average Wheat Thin. They’re perfect on their own, with cheese, with hummus and they’re a homerun paired with chive cottage cheese.  The only negative is they are slightly addicting and I do have to stash the box away in the cabinet to avoid eating more than a serving or two.
A serving which is 14 crackers, is 130 calories or 3 points plus values.
Have you tried Trader Joe’s reduced guilt wheat crisps?

Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Pita Chips

Growing up in my area, pita chips were a regular snack (well, typically the cinnamon sugar or garlic varieties). Pita chips entail some of my favorite things … bread and some sort of seasoning. I would occasionally pick them up when I went to one of my local Lebanese bakeries if I went to the meat market that sold a packaged version.  But, while at Trader Joe’s I decided to pick up their Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Pita Chips to give them a whirl.
What floored me initially was the fact that these are reduced guilt … and secondly the fact that the nutrition facts are half what they are on the ones I typically picked up.  When I opened them I noticed they are all cut into square pieces and I found each piece ranges in texture from either a softer crunchy to a hard crunchy.  They’re light, slightly salty, crispy and just a perfect snack.  I originally enjoyed these with some chive cottage cheese – but they’re also perfect on their own, dipped into hummus or even broken up into salad like in fattoush salad.
A 1 ounce serving is 100 calories or 2 points plus values.
Have you tried any of Trader Joe’s reduced guilt items?

Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

I enjoy potato chips, but if I’m buying plain chips I try to go with a lighter version. I had heard these were pretty tasty, so I picked up the Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.  Kettle chips are some of the best chips because they’re crisp, crunchy and just all around deliciousness.
These chips are all that plus they’re lightly salted! They’re crispy, yet slightly lighter in texture in comparison to regular kettle cooked chips. I like that they’re lightly salted because there are times with plain potato chips that I find the salt to be too overbearing on my taste buds and can actually make my tongue hurt. These don’t do that, so I’m happy with that aspect. The chips are perfect as a side to a sandwich but they’re even better with dip (more importantly alongside the Trader Joe’s Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip).
My boyfriend and I enjoyed these with the dip and we found it was a perfect combination. I ate my serving and my boyfriend ate well, a few servings. As he went to roll up the bag to put it away, he said “They say reduced guilt … but I’m feeling guilty.” Haha.
A 1 ounce serving is 120 calories or 3 points plus values.
What is one of your favorite crunchy snacks?

Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip

I purchased this Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip going into the purchase rather blindly.  I had never had kale before, but I know that I love spinach and artichoke dip.  Figuring it had to be along those lines, I decided to give it a shot … and I am glad I did.
The dip is creamy and packed with flavor.  I’d go out on a limb and say if you’re not a fan of greek yogurt, then perhaps you won’t be head over heals for this.  But if you don’t mind greek yogurt and like healthy alternatives to snacks, then this will work for you.  The dip itself is made from fat free Greek yogurt, kale, spinach, water chestnuts (which give it a great little crunch), red peppers, carrots, green onions, garlic, seasonings, mayonnaise and it’s lightly sweetened with agave nectar.
A serving is 2 tablespoons, which is 1 points plus value.  You can also have 4 tablespoons for 2 points plus values or even 6 tablespoons for 3 points plus values.  I find this is an excellent dip to either have with fresh vegetables, crackers or even as a condiment on a sandwich.  It’s a healthy snack, but it’s flavorful which really eliminates the boring factor that sometimes is associated with “healthy snacks”.
Have you tried Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt spinach and kale dip?

Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese

I picked up this Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese frozen dinner from Trader Joe’s because I admit … I am a die hard macaroni and cheese fan.  BUT I am not a fan of the fat that comes with it – or the yucky feeling that follows in my belly after consuming.  I had seen this dish a few times at Trader Joe’s but had been reluctant to pick it up partly because I’m skeptical of frozen mac & cheese.  I’ve tried the SmartOnes (Weight Watchers brand) but haven’t been a fan of either the frozen or refrigerated version, as well as some other frozen brands I’ve tried.
One night I put this in the microwave and was quite surprised with how good it was.  The top has a little bit of “hardened” cheese on it, while the consistency throughout is creamy. It’s not nearly as rich as homemade mac & cheese gets – but it’s definitely palatable and filling.  The great part is the container houses one serving, so when it’s gone – it’s gone! It’s also 7 points plus for the serving, which isn’t bad at all.
What is your favorite brand of mac & cheese – outside of homemade?

Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt – Pizza Primavera

I purchased this pizza up during one of my trips to Trader Joe’s after seeing a fellow Weight Watchers member mention she had purchased it.  Since I am a HUGE pizza lover, I decided it was best to give this a shot because if I could have a whole mini personal pizza without the guilt – why not, right?  The single serving pizza is sold in the freezer section and on the box looks as though it would be appetizing.  The box states it contains yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant and bell peppers.  Reading the back of the box the pizza could be cooked in either the microwave (there’s one of those microwave friendly ‘baking’ trays in the box) or in the convection oven.  I had very high hopes for this product because 1) it is only 7 Points Plus and 2) I pizza something fierce.
Unfortunately, I went into this with very high hopes and was essentially completely crushed.  Normally, I am a huge Trader Joe’s lover but this pizza was a complete let down from the get.
I cooked it in the toaster oven, per box directions, even going over the cook time because nobody likes biting into a pizza and having the very center of the pizza be cold or even still frozen.  After giving it a few minutes, I pulled it out, putting it on a cutting board and cut it up.  First bites, the veggies at the very middle were still stone cold (not frozen, just stone cold).  Then by simply moving the pizza on the cutting board you could see a large presence of water on it.  Meaning the vegetables are insanely watery and just make the whole reduced guilt pizza experience a miserable one.  I couldn’t force myself to eat anymore; I ended up tossing this straight into the garbage.  Sad face because this is the 3rd fail product from Trader Joe’s (the other 2 were a flavored seaweed snack and a ginger candy).
Oh well, you win some, you lose some …. and this was my loss!
What is your favorite frozen dish from Trader Joe’s?

Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt – Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells

I purchased this Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce up at Trader Joe’s a few weeks back and had it stashed in my freezer for a go-to meal – whether on the go, or for a meal because my boyfriend and I didn’t have a solid dinner plan.  I ended up making this for because I did not want to eat regular pasta – plus I was in the mood for cheesy goodness.
I have to say this was quite delicious!  The most important thing was Trader Joe’s did NOT skimp on the cheese in this dish.  It was a cheesy, pasta, marina sauce goodness. Sure, you only got 2 stuffed shells in the dish, but it was very filling.  The pasta is stuffed with a cheese and spinach mixture, which is topped with the marinara and a nice helping of mozzarella.  Purely delicious I tell ya, purely delicious.
This was 7 points plus and was totally worth it.  So if you’re in the mood for a new pasta dish and you’re near a Trader Joe’s I suggest picking this up.
Do you like frozen pasta dishes?