Look no further than TJ's to help kick off your Turkey Day feast.

Lauren Wicks
November 25, 2019

Now matter how lavish your Thanksgiving Day menu is, you're going to need some bite-size treats to keep sticky fingers and hungry family members out of the kitchen. We think this is one of those times when Ina Garten would actually say that store-bought is fine, because you have too many other homemade goodies to worry about.

Look no further than Trader Joe's this year for easy appetizers that are big on flavor and low in price. From dips to cheese to heat-and-eat tapas, here are some of our favorite healthy-ish options for Thanksgiving appetizers at the beloved grocer.

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Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip

Just because TJ's Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip has less than half the calories and fat of a traditional spinach-artichoke dip, doesn't mean it isn't delicious—but feel free to bake it in the oven with shredded cheese on top for extra flare. Serve this with some pita chips and veggies, and you have a quick win. Bonus: you don't have to worry about getting the kids to eat as many vegetables at dinner. Trader Joe's Reduced-Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip has just 30 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 150mg of sodium per serving and costs $3.99.

Crispy Rice Salmon Bites

This is one of Trader Joe's latest product launches, and we are here for it. These Crispy Rice Salmon Bites are crunchy on the outside with a tender salmon center. Plus, they come with a dipping sauce for an easy-peasy app.

While we tend to focus on enjoying heirloom recipes with family instead of exact nutrition on Thanksgiving, these are a bit high in sodium for our taste—680 milligrams for three bites. You may want to make your own sauce if you're watching your salt intake, but remember, you do reap some nice omega-3 benefits here that you likely won't from the rest of your spread. You can find a box for $6.99.

Truffle Marcona Almonds

These babies are a staff favorite here at EatingWell. They are also one of the only truffle-flavored products that are available year-round at Trader Joe's. Set out a bowl of these and prepare to have some happy campers in a few minutes or less. These almonds have 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per serving to help satisfy hungry bellies until the big feast. A 6-ounce bag of Truffle Marcona Almonds is available for $6.49.

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Creamy Roasted Cauliflower & Onion Dip

This cauli-powered app is a nice 2019 riff on your favorite sour cream-based onion dip. While still creamy and cheesy, the addition of cauliflower helps keep this dip light—perfect for serving before a big feast. A two-tablespoon serving has just 60 calories, 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 110 milligrams of sodium. This would be absolutely delicious with a lightly toasted and sliced baguette. You can find it in the freezer section for $3.29.

Cranberry Chevre

Now this is how we like our cranberries served—around a log of goat cheese! This beautiful cheese is ready to plate and would pair nicely with a little glass of vino while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner. This sweet and tangy cheese will cost you just $3.39.

French Onion Soup Bites

We were shocked by how low in sodium this popular freezer app is, and we know your family will love it. Topped with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese, these dreamy bites of pastry taste much more indulgent than they are. Four pieces have 170 calories and 80 milligrams of sodium and cost $4.49 per box.

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Mini Brie Bites

We've written about these before—and what's not to love? Trader Joe's Mini Brie Bites are a great vessel for making perfectly portioned brie en croute, plating a cheese board or just popping in your mouth. You can find a pack of five for $4.49.

Truffle Dip

It's truffle season at Trader Joe's, so enjoy all of their limited-edition items before the holiday season ends! This cheesy truffle dip is an easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer when served with some bread or crackers and some veggies. One serving has just 60 calories and 110 milligrams of sodium. You can find it for $4.99.

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