Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The 15 Best Things to Buy at Trader Joe's

Every time I do my shopping at Trader Joe's I could literally spend hours wandering around the aisles. I don't because, well that would just be silly and ain't nobody got time for that, so I have to resist the urge. I just love everything in there! They have the best selection of healthy, seasonal, and organic food sold at a reasonable price. Plus they have other fabulous things like flowers and WINE...since today is #winewednesday I recommend you get yourself to Trader Joe's after work and pick up a bottle. You're welcome!

I could list so many of my favorites. Trust me...Trader Joe's junkie right here, but I limited this list to the basics.

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges >> These are so convenient! I am obsessed with sweet potatoes and eat them all the time. Sometimes I get tired of roasting those suckers every week! These are pre-cooked and ready to eat!

Organic Sweet Potatoes >> These raw sweet potatoes are a great buy because they're organic and come in a pack of about 4 large sweet potatoes.

Avocado's Number Guacamole >> These pre-prepared guacamole packs are perfect for taco night, chips and dip, fresh veggies, whatever you want!

Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage >> Trader Joe's has a couple of varieties of this chicken sausage including apple and jalapeno! The sun dried tomato variety is my favorite. Perfect for adding to roasted sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, zoodles, or throw them on the grill.

Fresh Riced Cauliflower >> My absolute favorite item at Trader Joe's! This riced cauliflower is fresh but they also have frozen which is even better. Perfect for riced cauliflower without the time or mess!

Frozen Organic Riced Cauliflower >> The most convenient item ever! Trader Joe's is known to run out of this item so whenever it's back in stock at my store I stock up. Seriously...I come home with maybe 5-6 of these at a time and my husband thinks I'm crazy. Let's just say that the last time I was there, the stock guy must have recognized me and told me they had frozen cauliflower in the back before I was even in the freezer section! Maybe I have a problem! Moving on...

Parsnip Chips >> This is a fairly new item at Trader Joe's but I love these chips! They sound a little weird but trust me they're the perfect combo of sweet, salty and crunchy.

Roasted Plantain Chips >> Ok I may have lied about the riced absolute favorite item at Trader Joe's is probably a tie between the cauliflower rice and these babies. So good! I really missed eating tortilla chips since going Paleo and these have been a game changer.

Frozen Organic Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breasts >> I love Trader Joe's organic chicken and now they sell it frozen. Perf! They also sell frozen organic chicken wings!

Frozen Grass Fed Angus Ground Beef >> This grass fed ground beef is perfect to have on hand for burgers, chili, soups, and quick meals.

Frozen Chile Lime Chicken Burgers >> These are delicious! Perfect for quick meals and these are Whole30 compliant!

Frozen Mango Chunks >> My favorite frozen fruit for smoothies!

Raw Creamy Almond Butter >> Trader Joe's has so many selections of nut butters. Almond, sun butter and even cashew. I love that this almond butter is raw instead of roasted.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil >> My favorite coconut oil! It's organic and a great price at under $6!

Organic Marina Sauce >> I typically like to make my own marina but this is my favorite pre-made. Organic, no salt added and only 6 grams of sugar.


What are your favorite things to buy at Trader Joe's?
What is one item that you stock up on?


  1. *sob* I wish there was a Trader Joe's closer to me!

    1. Oh my gosh girl! I know your pain! I used to live pretty far from one and the struggle was real!!

  2. Ohhhhhh I discovered Parsnips last year in a soup at a food tasting event I went to and I have been meaning to make Parsnip chips but this sounds so much easier to just buy them! I love plantain chips too!!! My favorite things at Trader Joes that you didn't mention is their gnocchi in the frozen section which is totally not Paleo but delicious for a fun treat every now and then, their organic onions, and the meat trays that they have with salami, prosciutto, genovia, etc.

    1. You have to try the parsnip chips! So good. Oh yes I love their salami and prosciutto. They have a great sliced pepperoni too!

  3. Can you please clarify something for me? On the TJs site it says their brand is GMO free, but they don't label their packages, so it is GMO free or not? Thanks

  4. Okay, now I'm HANGRY! I have tried most of these items, but now I need to make a trip to TJ's to see our favorite girl and try these other yummy foods! Thanks for all of the great tips, Chelsea! xoxoxo

    1. Seriously the best!! I love that Trader Joe's is constantly coming out with new products!