Trader Joe’s Staples

Trader Joe’s is my absolute favorite grocery store! It’s full of healthy and time saving products for inexpensive prices, and always has free samples! I don’t have a Trader Joe’s near my house, so when I do get the chance to shop there I always stock up on some staples. Here are my top picks from Trader Joe’s that make my life healthier and easier!

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Creamy Unsalted Peanut Butter

Peanut butter can be a healthy, high-protein addition to your diet, but choosing a natural peanut butter is essential. Brands like Jif and Skippy have hydrogenated vegetable oils (aka trans fat) and sugar added, while natural varieties are made with only peanuts and salt. Not to mention, the price for a jar is only $2.29!

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Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole

Guacamole in and of itself is a healthy snack full of unsaturated fat and plenty of vitamins and minerals. It can be relatively high in calories though, so to make this guacamole less energy dense, Greek yogurt is added to the mix. It’s a perfect mix of spicy and creamy and perfect as a dip, sandwich spread, or compliment to tacos and burrito bowls!

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Go Raw Trek Mix

A lot of trail mixes are loaded with added salt and sugar, but the Go Raw Trek Mix at Trader Joe’s has only unsweetened raisins mixed with raw cashews, walnuts, almonds, and filberts. It comes in 1 lb. bags but I prefer to buy the pre-packed bags. Each bag has 210 calories and 7g of protein, making it a perfect, pre-portioned snack!

Frozen Fruit

The frozen fruit at Trader Joe’s is the cheapest I’ve found anywhere! They have the typical fruits like mango, pineapple, and strawberries, but also have not-so-common fruits like figs and acai packets.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin British Muffins

I love cinnamon raisin English muffins, but haven’t been able to find a whole wheat version anywhere but Trader Joe’s! I love having a little bit of sweetness in my English muffin when making egg sandwiches, but also find the rains go well with peanut butter or other sweet spreads.

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Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

You can get almond milk anywhere, but the vanilla almond milk at Trader Joe’s is SO GOOD! It tastes like the leftover milk you get in a bowl of really sugary cereal, but without the sugar!

Shredded Hash Browns

The shredded hash browns at Trader Joe’s are made without added salt or oil. They can be sautéed with veggies and an egg on top for a quick breakfast or dinner!

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Lightly Salted Edamame

I love having this edamame on hand because it just needs to be microwaved for an easy side with any Asian dish.

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Frozen French Green Beans (Hericot Vert)

I usually buy fresh vegetables, but love to have these green beans on hand for days where I don’t have much food in the house.

Frozen Riced Cauliflower

As I said in my last post, I’m not the biggest fan of cauliflower pizza crust. I do love cauliflower rice when it’s prepared well though! I’ve made burrito bowls with cauliflower rice and served it as a side with fish and chicken. Yes, you can rice the cauliflower yourself in the food processor, but sometimes the convenience is worth a little extra cost, ya know?

Walnut/Almonds/Cashews/Pecans

I love the large variety of nuts at Trader Joe’s, and love that they are less expensive than at other stores. They sell “pieces” of nuts, which are cashews, almonds, etc. that have been broken at some point in processing. Because they aren’t the full, intact nuts, they are sold at a lower price. An 8 oz. bag of pecans is only $3.99!

Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

This coffee concentrate saved me so many times when I was a grad student, opening the gym at 5:30am to earn a few bucks. You mix an equal ratio of coffee concentrate and milk or water (I usually did 1% milk), add some ice, and et voilà, you have delicious iced coffee! Mix equal parts coffee and Bailey’s for an even more delicious St. Patrick’s Day treat 😉 

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Ginger People Ginger Chews

These ginger chews are great to calm an upset stomach, and satisfy an after dinner sweet tooth (for me at least). They definitely have  a bite to them, but are also slightly sweet.

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Inner Peas

Inner Peas are simply dried green peas with a bit of salt added. Each serving has 5g of protein and 4g of fiber, making it a great snack choice especially if you crave salty foods. Just be careful of portion sizes; I could eat a whole bag in one sitting.

Frozen Rice Medley

The frozen rice medley is a blend of brown rice, red rice and black barley that simply needs to be microwaved for 3 minutes in the package! It comes in handy when you don’t want to dirty anther pot, or when you want a super quick side dish or base for your meal. Get your whole grains in people!

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Frozen Shrimp/Seafood

The frozen seafood at Trader Joe’s is by far less expensive than most grocery stores. One pound of frozen shrimp is only $9.99! I like to keep some on hand for days where we’re short is food and I need to throw a quick meal together, like a stir fry or pasta dish.

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Quick Cooking Barley/Farro

Barley and farro are great whole grain options, but in their natural form that take 30 minutes + to cook. The quick cooking variety at Trader Joe’s take only 10 minutes!

All the Cheese!!

Trader Joe’s sells a huge selection of cheeses for incredibly inexpensive prices! Whenever I stop a Trader Joe’s a wine and cheese night is sure to follow.

 

*Sorry I don’t have picture for everything- I may have eaten them before I snapped a pic.

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