Veggie & flaxseed tortilla chips
Polyunsaturated fat: 3g, Monounsaturated fat: 2g, Sodium: 50mg
Chips are not exactly a food endorsed by super-fit people, but this Trader Joe's option managed to sneak into our healthy snack rundown. These veggie & flaxseed chips come in three delicious flavors: carrot-tomato, spinach-garlic, and beet-onion. Lawes says she likes that the chips "just have a few ingredients" -- meaning that they are not made with a ton of processed crap. She also likes that they have healthy fats. But don't eat the chips plain -- dip 'em into some fresh guac or salsa, and you've got yourself a fine snack, says Lawes.
Fire-roasted tomato salsa
Sodium: 20mg, Total fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 3g
Where there are veggie & flaxseed tortilla chips, there must be salsa. The first three ingredients in this salsa are diced tomatoes, tomato puree, and fire-roasted tomatoes. Lawes is a fan of this salsa in particular because it's low in sodium (only 20g per serving). That's a lot less than other TJ's salsas, like the roasted garlic salsa which has 95mg, or over four times the amount of sodium. So go ahead, eat a pile of salt after having this snack! You've earned it!
Fancy nut mix
Polyunsaturated fat: 4g, Monounsaturated fat: 10g, Sodium: 0g
It's tempting to buy the TJ's nuts covered in honey or Thai spices, but this fancy nut mix is the healthiest of the bunch. "It's a great source of mono and polyunsaturated fats," Lawes says. If you weren't too lazy to click on the link there, you'd know that those fats help you get rid of bad cholesterol and increase the good kind! It also has no sugar and a "decent amount of fiber and protein." And unlike some of TJ's trail mixes, this doesn't skimp on the nuts in favor of chocolate chunks -- it's entirely made up of cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans.