Here’s what staples I love and stock up on at Trader Joe’s!
Every time I show a photo of my Trader Joe’s haul, I get a LOT of questions about my favorite things to buy there. Trader Joe’s is one of those places where there are SO many good things, but sometimes you need someone to tell you about them. Since both Hannah and I love Trader Joe’s (she shops there while she’s at college), we both shared our favorites! I buy as much as I can of my healthy grocery staples from Trader Joe’s and then supplement with Whole Foods and Publix for the rest of my grocery store staples.
My Trader Joes Favorites
They have GREAT prices on organic products, so I always buy organic if they have it. I’m particularly uptight about buying organic for anything on the Dirty Dozen list and for anything without a peel.
Honeycrisp or Fuji Apples
Baby Bella Mushrooms
Spinach – Great for smoothies!
Pre-shredded Brussels Sprouts
Fresh herbs – cilantro and parlsey
Broccoli Slaw Mix – I don’t buy pre-made salad mixes often, but I LOVE this one. I can’t have the dressing right now since I’m breastfeeding and Thomas doesn’t tolerate dairy, but if you do well with dairy, be sure to use it! 🙂
Refrigerated section near the produce
Green Goddess Salad Dressing – dairy free!
Steamed and Peeled Baby Beets
Pre-grilled Chicken – Both plain and balsamic rosemary. I use this with so many salad recipes when we don’t have time to grill chicken or don’t have leftovers.
Medjool Dates (perfect pre-run snack!)
Ezekiel Sprouted Bread – I don’t always have time to make my own whole wheat bread so I keep this in the freezer.
Organic Super Bread – Amazing for toast.
Canned and dried beans
Organic Brown Rice
Whole Wheat Pasta
Chicken broth, vegetable broth
Raw nuts (almonds, walnuts) – great for homemade runner’s energy balls
Roasted and salted pecan halves
Unsweetened dried cherries
Canned Tomatoes – crushed and diced
Pre-chopped garlic – I weirdly hate crushing and dicing garlic (even though I have a garlic press) so I keep this in the fridge at all times
Pineapple Salsa – for world’s easiest crockpot chicken recipe
Olive and Herb Mixed Nuts
Maple syrup – I buy the big one in the jug
Coconut Sugar – I prefer to bake with this over white cane sugar
Dehydrated rainbow carrot snacks – these grew on me. I was meh on them at first, but now I love them. They’re great for a super crunchy snack!
Nuts about Rosemary Mix – Seasonal, but if you can find this, grab it! Both Teri and Hannah are obsessed.
Peanut Butter Pretzels – Hannah loves these for a snack!
Sweet Potato Chips
Umani Seasoning – this is SO good on toast and eggs. And pretty much anything savory.
Gone Berry Crazy Chocolate covered strawberries
Gone Bananas Chocolate covered bananas
Organic riced cauliflower – I put this in smoothies and saute it as a side dish.
Frozen organic berries
Peeled and deveined shrimp
Dairy + other refrigerated items
Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
Green LowFat Almond Butter Coconut yogurt
- While I can’t have dairy, I stock up on all this for Tommy!
CHEESE! My favorites are pecorino romano, goat cheddar, chevre (great on baked chicken), any of the wine-infused cheese, and Unexpected Cheddar.
Mozzarella Style Shreds – It’s the best and cheapest vegan cheese I’ve tried.
Pizza Dough – Hannah loves this for homemade pizzas. She adds mozzarella and the TJ pizza sauce. And always basil and pineapple. (Tommy and I love pineapple on pizza paired with chicken and jalapeño.)
Dark chocolate – I love the 100% absolute dark chocolate and the Pound Plus bittersweet chocolate with almonds
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter cups – everyone loves these!
Almond Butter cups
Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt – you’ve been warned. These are SUPER addicting.
Croissants – Hannah’s favorite treat
Wine – Hannah loves the Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc and the Emma Reichart Rosé
Beer – Tommy loves some dogfish session sour
Kombucha – Teri loves the GT and Tribucha
Fresh flowers – Hannah loves peonies and ranunculus (which are hard to find there, but if you’re lucky grab them!)
Okay, your turn! What are your Trader Joe’s Must-Haves?