My Trader Joe’s Staples

October 4, 2017

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Going to the grocery store is one of my favorite errands, especially when it means going to Trader Joe’s. Anyone else obsessed with that store? I get most of our fresh produce from Whole Foods or the Farmer’s Market because it’s a little fresher, but Trader Joe’s has such good staples, not to mention their ‘Trader Joe’s Only” products. After doing my InstaLive over the weekend I got some requests for a Trader Joe’s haul. I thought I’d share some of my favorite products that we get there in case you’re looking for new ones to try!

love these trader joes mini pumpkins

Love shopping at Trader Joe’s around the holidays. Their seasonal items are so good! Thinking about maybe doing a holiday specific haul. Let me know if you would be interested in that!

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My Trader Joe’s Staples

Produce

As I mentioned, I prefer to buy our fruits and veggies at Whole Foods or the Farmer’s Market, but if I need to get something from TJs, this is what I usually get

Baby Spinach – perfect for smoothies and cooking with

Organic Herb Spring Mix- one of our favorite salad mixes

Riced Cauliflower/Broccoli

Bell Peppers- a much better deal here than anywhere else

Organic Berries

Bananas {only 0.19!} – We always get a bunch of these and we’ll freeze them for smoothies

Pearl  Cherry Tomatoes- Love adding to salads or roasting

 

Dairy 

Dairy is one of our TJ go-tos because the prices are so good!

Organic Eggs

Pastures of Eden Feta Cheese- this is the best feta cheese ever! We add to the herbed salad mix, but I’ll also add to grain bowls and eggplant and red onion sandwiches.

Creme Fraiche French Cultured Cream- If you want a good creme fraiche this is the one!

Organic Half & Half

Burrata Cheese {my favorite}- My go to appetizer is roasted cherry tomaotes with this cheese and some basil and olive oil

Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese/Cheddar Cheese/ Monterey Jack- the prices on these cheeses is the best! Usually only $3!

 

Snacks 

Black Bean and Cheese Taquitos- I love these taquitos so much I made a recipe inspired by them! They are delicious with guacamole, sour cream and salsa {like the Salsa Especial!}

Mediterranean Hummus- Love all their hummus but this one is delicious, especially with the pine nuts and spices on top!

Cheese & Green Chile Tamales- One of my favorites since high school years! A great easy lunch!

Popcorn with Herbs and Spices- Love the salty & herbaceous taste of this popcorn!

Spanikopita {Frozen}- One of my go-to party appetizers!

Frozen Berries- Always have these on hand for smoothiesBite Size Everything Crackers

Bite Size Everything Crackers- SO good with cheese!

 

Sweets + Treats 

Cold Brew Coffee- dilute with regular water and add some almond milk!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee- I went the other day and they were sold out! Need to go back because I love this coffee!

Raw Sliced Almonds – These are great to add to salads or oatmeal!

Almond Croissants- one of my favorite frozen treats! Put them out the night before to rise and then bake in the morning.

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies- Another high school fave! So perfectly crispy, you can’t eat just 1 (or 10!)…

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups {these are to die for}- Always craving these!

Coffee Bean Ice Cream- one of the best coffee ice creams I’ve had!

The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar

 

Condiments 

Organic Coconut Oil – one of my cooking staples!

Organic Vegetable Broth

Mixed Nut Butter- best combo of almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts and pecans!

Any of their other nut butters- We always get peanut butter and almond butter from TJs

Everything But Bagel Seasoning- tried this cult-fave the other month and it’s really good! I’ve been adding it to my avocado toast!

Rustico Marinara Sauce- Such a good staple

Homestyle Salsa Medium- Love all of their salsas. This one is delish, as is their Salsa Especial and the Roasted Tomatillo.

 

Grains

10 Minute Farro- Use this for an easy dinner side, or I’ll meal prep a Mediterranean style salad with this farro that I can have during the week

Lentils- Love their lentils. Even the ones in the refrigerated case are great in a pinch!

Low Sodium or Sesame Ezekiel Bread- Lately I’ve been really into Ezekial Bread. It’s definitely not the same as a soft wheat, but it still works and it’s a little healthier

Organic Flour Tortilla- I recently tried these tortillas and loved them! Usually I stay away from TJs tortillas because they’re not at as good, but this one really impressed me. I was into the OCrn and Wheat Tortillas for awhile but I needed a break.

White Quinoa

Kashi Organic Autumn Wheat Cereal- I think most of Trader Joe’s cereals are too sugary, but this Kashi cereal is a better option. You can also find this at other grocery stores but it’s a little cheaper at TJs.


Another thing I really like about Trader Joe’s, besides the samples, is that they share exclusive recipes on their website using their products. They even have a cookbook that I’ve thought about getting. The only thing holding me back is that it has a lot of meat recipes so I wouldn’t be able to make half the dishes in there. But that’s why the website recipes are great too!

What are some of your absolute must-have Trader Joe’s Staples? Do you have any seasonal items you love? Please share with me below!

xox

P.S. Don’t forget to buy yourself some flowers next time you shop at Trader Joe’s! They’re way more affordable than at other grocery stores.

  • Rach

    Love going to Trader Joe’s! I didn’t realize they have riced cauliflower and pumpkin spice coffee. Game changer! I’m actually heading there today haha!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • yes!! GO get both!! What are some of your TJs faves Rach??

  • Those taquitos are one of my go-to’s too and of course the everything bagel seasoning. I also love to buy their frozen organic sides, one I buy a lot is called a super food side, it’s basically kale, sweet potatoes and quinoa. It takes 5 minutes to cook on the stove top, I usually bake some salmon while it cooks and dinner takes ten minutes tops and is clean and healthy. They also have a frozen spelt risotto, oh I could go on all day. And pizza, I almost forgot their organic pizza!
    http://www.forthewonderer.com

    • yess!! I LOVE the taquitos and crave them all the time! That superfood side dish sounds delicious and I definitely need to try it. Thank you so much for sharing with me!!

      And now I’m thinking I need to go and get their organic pizza..yum!

  • Tahrer

    Loved this post! I’d love to see a holiday post w trader joes later on too. I have to try the pumpkin spice coffee! Thanks for sharing Mara ♥

    • oh yay! I’m so glad you’d be interested in the holiday one!! I’ll work on that 🙂 Thank you!!

  • Rosemary Bostic

    Love Trader Joe’s!! The guacamole is sooo good! We also love the dried mangoes, chicken/green chili tamales, banana chips & blueberry frozen waffles!!
    -Rose
    http://babiesandbluejeans.blogspot.com

    • ooh which guac do you get? The spicy or regular?? And I need to try those blueberry waffles. They sound so good!!

  • Allegra Liu

    Fun! I want to try those black bean taquitos and the mixed nut butter. Love those tamales. I also like their bags of mixed greens to wilt up with garlic and chili flakes for a side dish. We just had a pumpkin swirl cheesecake brownie from there that is sooo good.

    • yes try both!! Just not together 😉 The taquitos are soo good though!! And I need to try that pumpkin cheesecake..yum!!

  • Trader Joe’s has the best pre-cut Brussel sprouts that are already seasoned!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

    • ooh that is so good to know! I surprisingly love brussels sprouts!

  • Thanks so much for sharing your Trader Joe’s faves! I’m such a creature of habit, that it’s always nice to have a reminder of what other TJs offerings I should try. I’m definitely a fan of their cold brew as well!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

    • I love finding out what other people get at TJs so I thought it would be fun! Do you have any other faves besides the cold brew? We love it!!

  • What a fun post! I absolutely love Trader Joe’s! I haven’t been in awhile, but I think after reading this post I want to go back again & get some of that Pumpkin coffee you mentioned.
    xo

    krystalinthecity.com

    • yes!! You have to try the coffee. It got me out of bed during our crazy newborn days!

  • Holly

    You need to try the dark chocolate covered pretzels from TJs! Soooo good!!

    • ooh yum!! I LOVE salty sweet so those sound amazing. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Lovely selection Mara, definitely looks healthy and delicious at the same time, perfection! xo
    Melodie
    http://happymelodie.com/

    • aw thanks Melodie! Luckily TJs isn’t too bad for you!

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