6 Secret Gems in Trader Joe’s Frozen Food Aisle

All photographs by Claudia Gavin

All photographs by Claudia Gavin

Confession: I’m a health coach that hates to cook.

I used to think that in order to have a healthy toned body, I had to cook 80 to 100 percent of my food—and for a while I did just that. I used to spend six hours on a Sunday shopping, chopping and cooking all my food for the week because I never had the time during the work week to cook a healthy, elaborate meal that didn’t taste like cardboard.

Guess what? This got old very quickly. I prefer eating food rather than making it. And unless you’re a Powerball winner and rolling dough, you can understand why eating out at the healthiest farm-to-table restaurants every night of the week isn’t an option, either.

So I was determined to find a solution that would save me from slaving away over the stove for hours but that didn’t force me to give up eating the foods that were good for me.

And that’s when I discovered this secret: the frozen food aisle at Trader Joe’s. Seriously, it’s one of the best places to find healthy “fast food” (i.e. food that doesn’t take 100 years to make)—you just have to know what you’re looking for.

Now keep in mind, when it comes to healthy fast food, there are pros and cons. It’s hard to be completely clean, but you can find things that aren’t pumped with preservatives, stuffed with sodium, or loaded with lard. (Sorry, TJ’s frozen mac and cheese is not one of them.)

Here, six of my favorite healthy frozen items at Trader Joe’s, for when you’re just too darn busy to cook:


Jessica Procini is a certified holistic health coach and weight-loss expert, speaker, and founder of the web TV series called J-CiniTV. She’s on a mission to support women in losing 20 pounds in 90 days without starving themselves, giving up chocolate, or worrying about silly things like calorie counts. Instead she teaches women how to Laugh Themselves Skinny. As a talented comedian, Jessica brings her humor and ability to find fun in all things to her clients so they can have a freakin’ blast while slipping back into their skinny jeans. 

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