Ever feel a little overwhelmed by the selection at Trader Joe’s? Well, I’m sharing the staples we keep on hand at our home in an effort to make your shopping trip a little easier.
Keep in mind that we don’t do our primary grocery shopping here so you may find some things missing. Also, being pregnant right now, our family isn’t following any specific diet. I may do a follow up post when I’m back to losing the baby weight on how to eat healthy while shopping at Trader Joe’s but for now, this is just a general list of the things we shop for there.
Another important thing to remember is that when you’re walking through Trader Joe’s and wondering if it’s worth buying something, just ask them to open it. You can sample anything in the store while shopping. We’ll probably not the wine but you know what I mean.
The Flower Section
Trader Joe’s carries one of (if not the) cheapest selection of flowers considering the variety they have available. You can get mixed bouquets for any budget or bunches of a certain kind. The city goes nuts when the bring the peonies out in Spring.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts
This little bag makes for an easy side of pan-fried brussels sprouts and being shaved cuts the work in half.
Frozen Spinach & Kale Bites
These are easy to make, taste great and toddler approved.
Uncured Ham & Swiss Cheese Flaky Croissant Dough Squares
We call this breakfast pizza in our home. They’re easy to make and aren’t nearly the calorie bomb you would expect them to be.
Frozen Roasted Corn
Sure, frozen corn is great. This is better. Pair with some crumbled feta or cojita for an easy side or just use in place of regular frozen corn in your recipes.
We actually have a rice cooker now so this isn’t what it used to be in regards to being a staple, but it deserves to be on this list. With perfectly cooked rice in 3 minutes, it’s a lifesaver on days you forgot about dinner (hey, it happens).
Thai Red Curry Sauce
This sauce plus a can of coconut milk mixed with shredded chicken and veggies is one of our favorites.
Hi-Protein Veggie Burger
These taste good and has a whoppin’ 26g of protein in each burger.
Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend
The holy grail of Trader Joe’s product. This pairs beautifully with, very seriously, almost everything.
Organic Coconut Aminos
I actually prefer this to traditional soy sauce, so making the switch to this healthier option has been an easy one for me. The pricetag on this one makes it easy, too.
Joe’s Diner Mac n’ Cheese
Sure, sure. Everyone gets hyped about Beecher’s world famous mac n’ cheese, but I would say this gives them a run for their money.
Organic Coconut Milk
Trader Joe’s also has organic reduced fat coconut milk and organic coconut cream. We always have a couple cans on hand for a last minute recipe or a dairy free substitution.
The Cheese Section
All grocery stores try to offer a variety of cheeses, but I would say the variety and price makes Trader Joe’s one of the best. If you’re looking to quickly put together a cheese board without breaking the bank or just branch out and try some new cheeses, this is an awesome area to peruse.
Uncured Bacon Ends & Pieces
If you’re a fan of thick and fatty bacon, trust me, get this next time you’re there.
Oven-Baked Cheese Bites
These little crackers pack a punch. They pair great with soups, salads or just some wine.
Pinks & Whites
These little cookies are the adult version of frosted animal crackers and absolutely worth the calories.
Speculoos Cookie Butter
We knew this would end up on the list. Pair with apples, pears, vanilla wafers, ginger snaps or just grab a spoon and go for it.
Now, these aren’t on our shopping list every time but when we make soups or stews, this is a perfect pairing.
I mean, if my kid is going to insist on dunking everything into ketchup, I might as well know the ingredients in it, right?
Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies
A simple treat for toddlers in the shape of letters and numbers.
Peanut Butter Cups
I’m not sure what makes these better than other peanut butter cups, but they just are.
Bamba Peanut Snacks
If you’re a mom, you may be familiar with the Osem Bamba snacks you’ll find in the Kosher area of the store. These are often used to softly introduce peanut butter to babies and testing the waters for allergies. Well, now Trader Joe’s sells them for $.99 a bag. When describing them to people, we call them “peanut butter cheetos.”
Ranch Seasoned Crispy Chickpeas
Another toddler approved snack that is a fun one. They travel well and pack well for lunches.
Crispy Crunchy Okra
These air fried sticks of okra are great for both toddler and adult snacking.
Seasoned Kale Chips
Another way to sneak some veggies into the snack routine that actually works.