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What am I eating? Plantain Croutons

By Clarissa Padua | February 15, 2022

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.

Clarissa Padua, RD, is a registered dietitian at New Jersey Bariatric Center, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerville, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey. She provides pre-operative and post-operative nutritional counseling to New Jersey Bariatric Center’s Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, LAP-BAND (gastric band) and revision patients, in addition to dietary counseling for patients in our Medical Weight Loss program.
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