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Why You Should Always Shop at Trader Joe's on Tuesday or Wednesday

No matter how much time you carve out for grocery shopping, it seems any trip to Trader Joe's will be cramped and crowded, with long lines and the disappointment of your favorite items being out of stock. But apparently there is a little-known secret from employees to make your next haul easy, breezy and worthwhile: shop on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Only Formula You Need to Make the Best Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

There are plenty of good options in the granola bar aisle at the grocery store, but some are loaded with added sugar. Homemade granola bars are super-easy to make—and you can control the ingredients and keep added sugar to a minimum. Using this granola bar formula, you can pick your favorite combination of nuts, seeds, fruit and flavorings.

Run—Don't Walk—to Grab These New Healthy Trader Joe's Products

Trader Joe's is one of my favorite places to grocery shop. It has great prices on a lot of my favorite foods. And while I often go to Trader Joe's for certain healthy staples, it's always fun to see what new products the trendsetting store has recently released. Here are some of the new foods to watch out for the next time you head to Trader Joe's.

Related: The Best Healthy Foods to Buy at Trader Joe's

5 Italian Classics Every Home Cook Should Know How to Make

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Listen, I love ordering pizza delivery as much as the next person, but that is an expensive habit. Plus it's so easy to make at home! Save money (and calories) by learning to make homemade pizza and more simple Italian classics at home. But be careful, once you get good all your friends will be looking for a dinner invitation.

The Only Formula You Need to Pack Cheap Healthy Lunches for Work

Bento lunch boxes have always been my go-to method for packing lunches for my girls. And lately I've been using the bento method to pack healthy lunches for work too. Not only are they quick, but bento lunches have also helped to streamline my meal-prep process—something I'll take more of any morning! The dietitian side of me also loves that the packing process helps me ensure that the lunches include options from several food groups. Another plus: packing bento boxes for my husband and myself is cheaper than eating lunch out every day.

6 Super-Healthy and Super-Cheap Foods to Eat

Who wouldn't love a lower grocery bill? If you're trying to be money conscious but don't want to sacrifice your diet, we completely understand. When it comes to eating healthy on a budget, focus on foods that you can buy in large quantities, are versatile and pack a nutrient punch. Here are 6 foods you should add to your cart. They may not be the trendiest items out there, but they are nutritious and economical.

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