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Trader Joe's Dropped Cauliflower Latkes to Make Your Hanukkah a Bit Healthier

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If you've never had latkes, the Hanukkah staple food, you're seriously missing out. These crispy, savory potato pancakes are often served with applesauce or sour cream and are bound to send your taste buds through the roof. Not to mention, they make for an amazing pre-workout snack.

These traditional treats are not necessarily clean-eating-friendly, but Trader Joe's has come up with a solution to that problem: They just debuted healthier latkes made entirely from cauliflower (and don't worry—you won't have to compromise on taste). 

You'll find these goodies in the frozen aisle, in packs of six to help you keep the overindulgence to a minimum. Like their potato prototype, these cauliflower latkes are, "lightly fried (in sunflower oil) until they're perfectly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside," according to Trader Joe's. They're also cheesy (thanks to Parmesan), onion-y (thanks to leeks), and "ready to be devoured." Made by an Italian supplier, the riced cauliflower is held together by starches and rice flour, making them gluten-free as well. (BTW, you should totally celebrate Hanukkah with eight lazy nights of self-care.)

As for the nutritional breakdown, one serving is two pieces, clocking in at just 170 calories—but with 7 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of it being saturated fat, and 21 grams of carbs. So you may want to reconsider before chowing these eight nights in a row. That being said, these treats do pack 7 grams of protein (!!), 2 grams of fiber, calcium, and iron—so they do offer some legit nutritional benefits. Plus cauliflower ranks among the top 25 powerhouse fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's also super rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, both of which can help prevent chronic diseases.

And, like all good Trader Joe's finds, they're economical; a box of these cauliflower pancakes will only set you back $4. Unfortunately, they're seasonal, so they won't be around forever. (Translation: Run to TJ's, ASAP.) Can't get your hands on any? This healthy baked sweet potato latkes recipe should do the trick as well.

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