Trader Joe’s Protein Palette Review – I started seeing these “healthy” high protein snacks a couple of years ago at my office grab and go and I really like them. They are about 200 calories and a mix of cheese, nuts and salami and are meant to be a quick but fulfilling snack and almost no carbs. I am always looking out for snacks like this because I needs something between meetings and the kids love them for a grab and go snack too.
Trader Joe’s never to leave a trend untouched, they have decided to offer what I call adult “Lunchables”. In Trader Joe’s case it’s called a Protein Palette. In the “palette” or plastic container, is peppered salami, salted almonds and those new Parmesan cheese crisps they released earlier this year. This is a perfect combination for those that want to go low carb or gluten free or just want a filling snack. There is one downside and that is the salt. There is a fairly large amount of salt at 910 mg which is about 40% of your daily intake. The upside is the protein clocks in 31g which is 47% of your daily intake!
The price on this is $3.99 which isn’t too bad considering you are getting a small charcuterie plate in a box here. The reason I say that is this “snack” clocks in at 470 calories which for many people is a whole meal. Eat this with an apple or carrot and you just about have a complete meal. To me this is something nice to set out before a nice dinner for nibbles for a couple or take on a picnic. It would make a great hiking meal tool.
I really like this combo in a ready to eat container. It’s a little large for a snack for one person but great for some nibbles before dinner. Of course, my teenage boys thought it was a great snack but us adults just can’t eat those calories! I am going to give it 8 Bells because it’s a great combo!
INGREDIENTS: ITALIAN DRY PEPPER COATED UNCURED SALAMI, NO NITRATES OR NITRITES ADDED** (PORK, SEASONING BLEND (SEA SALT, DEXTROSE, SPICES (CRACKED BLACK PEPPER, WHITE PEPPER, GROUND BLACK PEPPER), SODIUM ASCORBATE, GARLIC POWDER, NATURAL FLAVOR, SILICON DIOXIDE (ANTI-CAKING, SWISS CHARD POWDER [SWISS CHARD, SEA SALT, SILICON DIOXIDE (ANTI-CAKING, LACTIC ACID STARTER CULTURE), ROASTED SALTED ALMONDS (ALMONDS, ORGANIC HIGH-OLEIC SUNFLOWER OIL, SALT), PARMESAN CHEESE CRISPS (PASTEURIZED PART-SKIM MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, MICROBIAL ENZYME).
CONTAINS MILK, NUTS