Plantain croutons are the newest addition to my salads. When I make a salad I like to add something crunchy to make it more interesting. I recently came across the new plantain croutons from Trader Joe’s that are a great substitute for traditional croutons. The taste and crunchy-like texture are similar and there are a few health benefits. 

Instead of bread which traditional croutons are made of, Trader Joe’s croutons are made of plantains, a healthier carb source. Plantains are a good source of fiber and antioxidants. In addition to being a bariatric friendly pantry staple, they are also gluten free and vegan. I especially love how minimal the ingredients are – plantains, sunflower oil, dried garlic and sea salt. I love them in my salads but they would make a great addition atop a soup or even as a snack. With just 35 calories per serving, these croutons add a lot of flavor and a satisfying crunch to your meals without being high in carbs or fat. See the nutrition facts below for a full breakdown. 

If you do use these croutons as a snack, I would recommend  pairing it with low-fat cheese to keep you full and satisfied for longer since the croutons don’t contain any protein.

Give them a try and let me know what you think. As always, if you’re looking for help with bariatric friendly food store finds, reach out and make an appointment with your dietitian.