Trader Joe’s is usually my go-to grocery store for a few different reasons:
- Good produce
- They have a great selection of everything (especially awesome snacks for the kids)
- They are priced fairly
- The staff is always so friendly!
- Convenient + well thought out layout – it’s so easy to find things and it’s always organized and clean.
- It isn’t too big and overwhelming, they have just about everything you need in one place without all the extras.
I have shared my Trader Joe’s Hauls on Instagram Stories before and always had a lot of questions so I wanted to do a blog post as well that you can reference back to if you want!
This is a shopping list of our family favorites and in our opinion, some of Trader Joe’s best items.
So let’s get started!
Here are Some of the Best Things to Buy at Trader Joe’s:
First let’s talk about the meat, poultry, fish, and dairy.
Wild Caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
We buy this salmon every two weeks or so and I bake it in the over with some simple spices and lemon.
I am really picky about fish and usually try to buy wild caught because I feel like it really does taste better. This Wild Caught Salmon is always fresh and so good.
Organic Free Range Chicken
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I make chicken in the oven at the beginning of every week to use for my salads or sides.
I like to buy Trader Joe’s Organic Free Range Chicken breast for my weekly meal prep and have found that it is always fresh!
I also feel like it is priced much lower than a lot of other stores that are selling Organic Chicken Breast.
Uncured Apple Smoked Bacon
Best bacon ever. Period. You have to try it!
No nitrates or preservative, some things I always look for when buying meat.
Smoked Turkey Breast
This tastes good but I also love how it is raised and produced, just read the label!
A lot of deli meats have nitrates and added crap, but these do not and they are hormone/antibiotic free.
My kids love this turkey breast for sandwiches and I like to chop it up in my salad.
Liquid Egg Whites
I like to make my protein oatmeal (recipe is saved to my Instagram Story Highlights, but I need to do a recipe blog post on that too!) in the morning and these egg whites make it so convenient and easy.
This yogurt is so delicious! I always buy it for my kids, they love it and the portions are smaller so they don’t only eat half and throw the rest away.
These are also great for school lunches, Charlie loves these at school!
Mandarin Orange Chicken
If you haven’t tried this yet, you are missing out!
This orange chicken is delicious and a staple in our home.
It is perfect for evenings when you are in a hurry, just throw it in a saucepan on the stove and make some rice on the side and it’s a quick, easy dinner idea.
Organic Brown Rice
This is our favorite brown rice. I always keep a box or two of this in our freezer.
You simply just microwave a pack of rice for 3 minutes and you have perfectly cooked rice every time!
I like to pair this with the orange chicken above for a super quick dinner idea.
Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry
Another staple in our home is this riced cauliflower stir fry.
You just put it in a saucepan with oil and let it saute. I like to add soy sauce while it is cooking up so that it tastes even better.
It is a great alternative to rice and you can barely taste the difference.
It’s basically cauliflower fried rice!
Hands down, the best turkey meatballs I’ve ever had.
Whenever I serve these to guests they always tell me how amazing they are and are so surprised when I tell them they are from Trader Joe’s.
My kids also LOVE these!
Lightly Salted Edamame
I love to warm up a bag of these, add some salt and just snack on them.
They steam just right in the microwave and my kids also love these.
These are one of my guilty pleasures!
They are basically just sliced bananas dipped in chocolate and then frozen.
Whenever I am craving something sweet I will have one or two of these and they are amaaaazzziinngg.
Another staple is this Cauliflower Gnocchi.
It sautees really nicely and I love to make it with tomato sauce, basil and those turkey meatballs.
Organic Acai Bowls
If you like Acai Bowl but don’t have time to buy and blend all of the ingredients then this is for you.
I love having this for breakfast or after a workout and it’s only $3.99! What? So cheap!
This is a great grab and go snack idea!
Here are some of the random items we buy each week and love!
Smooth and Creamy Classic Hummus
Have you ever had hummus that is like chunky or chalky? I hate that!
This hummus is my favorite, it really is smooth and creamy, the way hummus should be! They have different flavors too but the classic is my fav.
I like to eat mine with some sliced carrots and cucumbers and peppers.
My kids love pesto pasta and this is a great pasta sauce.
Simply boil the pasta and add some of this!
Pico De Gallo Salsa
We always have this in our fridge.
I love it over taco salads, at breakfast over eggs, with chips, basically with most things! So good.
I don’t really eat a lot of bread but whenever I have guests or when my kids ask for it, this is the bread we like to buy.
It’s sooo soft, I could eat half of a loaf by myself.
This is the bread I usually eat and love.
It has fewer ingredients, no preservative and is not processed.
It obviously won’t taste as good as the Artisan bread but it’s better for you and I love that Trader Joe’s sells it!
We love sweet onions! I like to sautee them with almost anything but they are only good when in season.
Somehow Trader Joe’s manages to have these all the time and they are so good!
Mac & Cheese
My kids ask for this all the time!
I don’t know how they do it, but it soo good.
Another item my kids will eat every single day, this tortellini.
It’s cheese filled and so good tossed in a little butter and garlic.
Organic Oats & Flax Instant Oatmeal
My kids won’t eat any flavored oatmeals except for this one.
This oatmeal tastes soo good!
Here are a few of my fav seasonings:
Cheddar Rocket Crackers
This is Trader Joe’s version of Golfdfish Crackers and they are way better!
My favorite crackers! I love to have these with the hummus dip!
Mini Cheese Crackers
I’m not a fan, but my kids love these.
Savory Rice Crackers
Dried Fruit Bars
I always keep these in the car or in my purse for the kids.
They are a good snack to have on the go and they are basically just dried fruit!
French Roast Iced Coffee
I love to have this, especially in the summertime.
Simply add ice and it’s so good!
Sparkling Lime Mineral Water
They also have lemon and orange but the lime one is our favorite.
Shea Butter and Coconut Oil Hair Serum
I just tried this hair serum last week and it was so good! It smells really nice and smooths your hair out.
Shea Butter and Coconut Oil Hair Mask
If you follow me on Instagram then you ahve already seen me rave about this over and over again.
I like to use this once per week.
I have a bottle of this in my car and bag and all times!
I love this hand sanitizer and it smells so good.
Trader Joe’s has such a great selection of flowers and they are so cheap!
I never leave without fresh flowers for the week.
So there you have it, a big list of our Trader Joe’s favorites!
I would love to hear some of you favorites too!
If there are items that are not listed in this post that are a must-try, leave them in the comments below!