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T.J. Maxx and Healthy Snacks

T.J. Maxx Snacks Scoop

When you think of T.J. Maxx; designer clothes at a discount price come to mind. But did you know that you should also be shopping the checkout aisle for all those healthy and “hard to find” snacks that line the aisle?  Yes! They also carry organic and gourmet health food snacks at a deep discount price too:)

My last post was about the Health Bars that I recommend you try because they are super nutrient dense and yummy. My favorite bars are the Health Warrior Chia Nut Bars. There was a stretch in March where T.J. Maxx was carrying them, and I stocked up! Like most high quality items, health food is sold at a premium price as well, so buy them when you find them on sale!

After this beautiful long weekend has passed, and the excess of eating Beer, Burgers and Brownies has been consumed its time to go shopping for discount healthy snacks at TjMaxx!! Skip all those bags of Jelly Belly on the counter and buy these items happening this week :

imageLESSER EVIL CLASSIC THEATER POPCORN : This Chia dusted popcorn is gone in my house all ready. It is delicious! 3 Huge Cups is a suggested portion size. Volume dense, fills you up. I am a huge fan of healthy popcorn, and it is one of the few ways I am able to often stay on track and keep full throughout the day.

FOODS ALIVE WHITE MULBERRY : Mulberry is a delicious fruit that contains a major source of Antioxidants. Contains Vitamin C, E, A and loaded in resveratrol which protects your heart ♥ When it comes to fruit and vegetables, I don’t count calories, only ingredients, and this is purely dried Mulberry; so munch up. And its loaded with fiber just like all of your favorite berries.

BRADS RAW CRUNCHY KALE: I’m all about Crunchy Kale. Why not? Its dairy free and uses nutritional yeast, cashew and sunflower to give it a creamy texture. The entire container is a serving and its going to fill you up and surge you with the vitamin K, E and other needed nutrients. This is a real steal here!!

ORCHARD VALLEY TRAIL MIX : Pre – Portioned. Organic. Good for the Kids too. What else is needed to say. A little chocolate. My kids happen to eat nuts, so this works for them ! I always, always have a pre – portioned nut pack in my bag everyday for a snack.

LUKES PROTEIN CHIPS: These are awesome.  Ancient Grains such as quinoa and amaranth add the protein. This tastes like a  healthier , nuttier version of a regular chip. I added it to my newly purchased chip bowl yesterday and I ate them all; but that’s okay sometimes too:) image

ALL OF THESE SNACKS  ARE ORGANIC AND GLUTEN FREE!! ALL HAVE NO SUGAR EXCEPT FOR THE SUGAR ADDED TO THE CHOCOLATE IN THE TRAIL MIX!

#TJMAXX

 

 

 

Bad..Better and Best Nutrition Bar Scoop.

 

I want to help you choose more efficiently when selecting a nutrition bar. Health Bars are awesome and I usually eat one or sometimes two everyday. If one of your snacks each day is going to come from a bar, you want to make sure that it is actually providing some nutritional value to you other than a repackaged version of a candy bar!

What you need to read first! The most important thing that you should be looking at is the ingredient list, and once you have scanned the list for what is added then you should check out the nutrition panel. The ingredient list tells the story of what you are eating, and that is where the truth of the story lays!

This is from a healthy cleanse diet company? What???

This is from a healthy cleanse diet company? What???

BAD CHOICE: I don’t where to begin with this one. There are plenty of examples out there but I had to select this as my example of a really bad choice out of pure curiosity about this particular brand of product. This is a really good example of deceptive marketing. The Isagenix Nutriton Bar is marketing a brand of products that describes itself as “cleansing”. Woah! Lets just be honest here. This is a GMO candy bar. They have added a combination of artificial and sugar 11 times! I circled them for you. How crazy is this?

 

There are some better choices for you .

imageBEST CHOICE: Homemade. I am not good at baking at all.  I do whip up a little oatmeal based cookie bar action from time to time and have shared some recipes with you in the past, but the nutritional Bar Local Love goes to Elyce at Skinny Buddha! I’ve been eating these Peanut Bars a lot lately. They are made entirely from whole ingredients. They happen to have more calories than many other bars, but that shouldn’t scare you because you don’t continue to gain weight from healthy fat. Sugar is the criminal , not sunflower seeds:)

 

 

 

Check out this article on FitLife.tv where I discuss the top 5 ingredients to avoid!

Not All Bars Are Created Equal

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