TJ's Product Review: Beet & Garlic Dip

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The holidays are over which means it's back to school & work, and back to snacking on the go. Instead of dipping your veggies in high-calorie dressings and spreads, opt for this delicious, nutrient-filled "hummus" from Trader Joe's!

Pros: 

  • Low-Calorie: Only 40 calories in every two tablespoons in comparison to the 140 calories in two tablespoons in a standard Ranch dressing, the swap is a no-brainer! 
  • Nutritious: This dip is made of whole ingredients (mainly beets of course) - it's (relatively) high in potassium and low in added sugar (0gm!)  
  • Smell: Although this "hummus" is made with garlic, it does NOT have a strong garlic-y smell (or taste for that matter!) 
  • Color: As you can see it has a really beautiful color that POPS! Add it to sandwiches to make them fun and exciting 

Cons: 

  • Taste: I admit, it's a bit bland. Adding a pinch of salt can go a long way! 

Overall Rating: 4 stars!


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Recipe: salad with Beet Dip & Smoked Salmon  

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups lettuce
  • 1/4 cup Beet Hummus
  • 1 cup Snap Peas,
  • 4 oz Smoked Salmon
  • 1/2 bag Parmesan Cheese Crisps 

Mix together and enjoy! 


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3 Meals with Pre-Chopped Veggies

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GROCERIES 

  • Eggs
  • Pre-chopped veggie mix 
  • Salad mix 
  • Peanuts
  • Single serving guac packets
  • Roast chicken (I bought mind pre-prepared!)  

BREAKFAST: GUAC & VEG SKILLET

2 fried eggs, 1/3 cup veggie mix, 1 single serving guac 

Saute mixture for ~5 minutes until cooked with canola oil spray; add Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joes if desired. Cover with lid if desire to cook eggs through.


LUNCH: ROAST CHICKEN & STIR-FRIED VEG

4 oz roast chicken, 1/4 cup peanuts on the side, 1 single serving guac, 1 1/2 cup stir-fried veg


DINNER: ROAST CHICKEN SALAD

2 cups salad mix, 2/3 cup pre-chopped veggie mix, 4 oz roast chicken, 1 single serving guac packet 


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3 Meals with Carrot & Zucchini Noodles

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GROCERIES 

  • Carrot and zucchini spirals or "noodles" - I got mine from the frozen section at Trader Joe's 
  • Eggs
  • Mini avocados (getting multiple in a pre-packaged bag is often cheaper!) 
  • Pecans (I like roasted & salted) 
  • Salmon filets 
  • Greens (for salad) mix 

BREAKFAST: CARROT ZOODLE SKILLET

~300 calories

1/2 mini avocado, 1/4 package carrot zoodles (about 1/2 cup), 2 fried eggs

If zoodles are frozen, steam in saucepan & heat first. Saute mixture for ~5 minutes until cooked with canola oil spray; add Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joes if desired. Cover with lid if desire to cook eggs through.


LUNCH: HB EGGS, AVOCADO SALAD, ZOODLES & NUTS

~500 calories

2 hard boiled eggs, 1/4 cup pecans on the side, 3/4 cup zucchini noodles (a bit more than 1/4 of the package) with 1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese on the side, 1 1/2 cups salad with 1/2 mini avocado topped with 1 Tablespoon feta cheese dressing


DINNER: SALMON SALAD

~400 calories

6 oz salmon filet (baked at 400 degrees for 15 minutes), 1 Tablespoon feta cheese dressing, 1 Tablespoon pecans, 1/4 package carrot spirals (about 1/2 cup)


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December 17 Meal Prep

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GROCERIES 

  • Mixed greens
  • Butternut squash
  • Pre-roasted chicken
  • Cauliflower rice (pre-riced!)
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Guac (get single servings!) 
  • Greek yogurt 

BREAKFAST: GUAC & CAULIFLOWER RICE SKILLET

~300 calories

1 single serving packet of guac, 2/3 cup cauli rice, 2 fried eggs

Saute mixture for ~5 minutes until cooked with canola oil spray; add Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joes if desired. Cover with lid if desire to cook eggs through.


LUNCH: HARD BOILED EGGS, SALAD, YOGURT & NUTS

~600 calories

2 hard boiled eggs, 1/4 cup peanuts on the side, 1 cup butternut squash chunks (roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes - mix with a little oil, salt and pepper before you roast them!), 1 single-serving vanilla 0% fat Greek yogurt 


DINNER: ROAST CHICKEN SALAD

~400 calories 

3 cups salad greens, 3 ounces roast chicken, 2/3 cup roasted butternut squash (see LUNCH for recipe), Tablespoons Sesame Dressing (I got this kind from Trader Joe's!)


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December 10 - Groceries & Meal Prep

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GROCERIES 

  • Arugula
  • Rainbow carrots
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Smoked salmon
  • Chickpea pasta
  • Canned roasted tomatoes 

BREAKFAST: CANNED TOMATO & SMOKED SALMON SKILLET

~300 calories, 1 gm fiber, 24 gm protein, 6gm carb, 0 gm added sugar 

1/2 cup canned tomatoes (I got the fire-roasted kind from Trader Joe's), 2 ounces of smoked salmon, 2 fried eggs

Saute mixture for ~5 minutes until cooked with canola oil spray; add Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joes if desired. Cover with lid if desire to cook eggs through.

LUNCH: HARD BOILED EGGS, SALAD, YOGURT & NUTS

~600 calories, 5 gm fiber, 32 gm protein, 39 gm carb, 0 gm added sugar

2 hard boiled eggs, 1/4 cup peanuts on the side, salad (1 Tablespoon Sriracha Ranch dressing, 1/2 cup chopped rainbow carrots), 1 1/2 cups pasta (cooked) - I used Banza pasta! - mixed with oil, salt, and pepper

DINNER: RAINBOW CARROT SALAD 

~350 calories, 5 gm fiber, 24 gm protein, 17 gm carb, 0 gm added sugar

3 cups salad greens, 1 fried egg, 3 ounces smoked salmon, 1 cup chopped rainbow carrots, 2 Tablespoons Sriracha Ranch dressing (I got this one from Trader Joe's!)


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