My Trader Joe’s Staples

October 4, 2017


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!

Trader Joe's staples - M Loves M @marmar

My Trader Joe’s Staples


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 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!



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



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.



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!


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.