Trader Joe’s Grocery List

by DanicasDaily on January 26, 2011

Hi everyone!  I have had several requests from everyone asking what are my FAVORITE things at Trader Joe’s.  I honestly LOVE everything at the store so it was “hard” to pick just a few things.  I decided to create a list of some of my favorite things at Trader Joe’s that you can use if you are taking a road trip or if you just can’t decide what to buy~ nothing says you have to get everything. 

It’s a given that I LOVE all the CHEAP, fresh organic produce, but, there are not too many things I don’t LOVE there.  I tried to keep it to Trader Joe specific things and list it based on where you would find the items in the store.  This is going to be an ever-changing list as they always coming out with new products.

Please note that Trader Joe’s stores often carry what is local to your state.  My list is based off of California and I now that the East Coast may not have what we do.  It never hurts to ask or show them a picture though – you never know, they might just order it for you.

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As of January 26, 2011 ~ here is what I am currently LOVING at Trader Joe’s

CONDIMENTS/SAUCES/SPREADS/SALSAS

·         All Salsas ~ especially Corn, Smoky Peach and fresh salsa

·         Arabiatta Pasta Sauce – spicy and good straight from the jar

·         Balsamic Vinegar ~ it’s delicious and cheap ~ I use it on and in everything

·         Condensed Cream of Portabella Soup

·         Green olive tapenade, awesome on sandwiches or stirred in pasta

·         Hot and Sweet Mustard

·         Lemon Curd

·         Light Coconut Milk

·         Low Sugar Organic Apricot Preserves

·         Low-Fat Tuscan Marinara

·         Marinated Mushrooms , 0 points+ and delicious!

·         Midnight Moo Chocolate Syrup ~ delicious and REAL, no HFCS

·         Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar

·         Organic Ketchups & Mustards (because they are made by Annie’s :D)

·         Organic Roasted Red Pepper soup – awesome with grilled cheese

·         Organic Unsalted Crunchy Peanut Butter

·         Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce

·         Pink Himalayan Sea Salt ~ cheap and grinds

·         Pure Vanilla and Bourbon Vanilla Extracts

·         Raw honey and pure maple syrup – both are amazing and not too pricey

·         Rice Wine Vinegar

·         Sesame Soy ginger Dressing

·         Sweet Chili Sauce ~ Yes, it’s that Spicy, Sweet Thai sauce you get at restaurants

·         Toasted Sesame Oil, I love flavored oils in stir fries and salad dressings

·         Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute

·         Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Sauce (super good & cheap teriyaki)

·         Trader Joe’s Red Pepper Spread- it’s bright orange – so AMAZING on sandwiches!

·         White Balsamic Vinegar

RICE/BEANS/PASTA

·         17 Bean and Barley Soup Mix

·         Basmati Rice Medley

·         Brown Basmati & Jasmine Rice

·         Brown Rice Medley

·         Canned Beans ~ all, organic & cheap

·         Cuban Style Black Beans

·         Harvest Grain Blend ~ awesome for THIS recipe alone!

·         Instant Garlic Mashed Potatoes, taste better than the real deal

·         No Bake Lasagna Noodles, they are chewy and easy to use, worth it not being whole wheat

·         Organic Baked Beans

·         Salsa Refried Beans

·         Trader Joe’s Harvest Grain Blend

CEREALS

·         Steel Cut Oatmeal

·         Trader Joe’s High Fiber Cereal

BAKING

·         All their flours – they are cheap

·         Corn Bread

·         Pumpkin and/or multi-grain pancake mixes

·         Triple Berry Bran Muffins, 3 points+ each

·         Turtle Brownie Nix (treats are good and this one is phenomenal)

·         Vanilla Cake

REFRIDGERATED SECTION

·         All their premade salads ~ easy go to meal when you don’t want to cook

·         Avocado’s #1 Guacamole

·         Buttermilk Biscuits & Crescent Rolls (because there are no transfats & real ingredients!)

·         Cranberry Orange Relish (if they still have it – awesome topper)

·         Cranberry Walnut Gorgonzola Dressing

·         Fresh Pizza Sauce, next to the dough

·         Guaca-Hummus

·         Italian Sausageless Sausage

·         Organic Broccoli slaw – awesome with the spicy dressing peanut on top for a nice side or snack

·         Pizza Dough ~ fresh, in the fridge section ~ all flavors are AWESOME and low in points+

·         Ravioli’s – All especially the bacon cheese, butternut squash and portabella mushroom

·         Soyrizo

·         Spicy Asian Peanut Dressing ~ The BEST DRESSING you will ever eat

·         Spicy Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

·         Spicy Hummus with the salsa in the middle of it

·         Spicy Jalapeno artichoke spread – delicious on sandwiches or with crackers.

·         Spicy Spinach Pizza, in the fridge section

DAIRY

·         French Vanilla & Hazelnut Creamers ~ I get these for The Husband because they are made without transfats and with ingredients you can pronounce/recognize

·         Fresh Mozzarella Balls

·         Light Havarti and Cheddar Slices

·         Marinated Mozzarella with Olive Oil

·         Organic lowfat strawberry & banana yogurt cups – 6 pack – 4 oz containers – small but tasty

·         Pre-cut sharp cheddar squares – kinda pricey, but, delicious – 1 square is 1 pp

·         Shaved Parmesan

·         Shredded Pepperjack

·         Trader Joe’s Greek yogurts are so cheap – LOVE the 0% and the vanilla

·         Trader Joe’s Lite String Cheese (used to be 1 point each, not sure if its 1 or 2 now)

MEAT

·         Applewood, uncured REAL bacon – awesome for BLTA’s (2 pp/slice)

·         Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, in the fridge section.

·         Marinated Carne Asada

·         Marinated Pesto Genovese Chicken

·         Marinated Santa Maria Tri Tip

·         Peppered Turkey Bacon, 2 slices for 1 points+ ~ the BEST Turkey Bacon I’ve ever had

·         Smoked Turkey Kielbasa

·         Southwestern Stuffed Chicken Breasts

·         Trader Joe’s 97% Lean Turkey Bacon (1 pp a slice!)

·         Trader Joe’s Mango Chicken Sausage

·         Trader Joe’s Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage

FREEZER

·         Apple Tart, you get 1/6 of the tart for a serving!

·         Breaded Chicken Tenders, 3 points+ each and it’s “fried” chicken

·         Brittany Blend Frozen Vegetables

·         Channa Masala

·         Chicken Egg Rolls

·         Chili Lime Chicken Burgers ~ so delicious, I eat them without a bun

·         Edamame soycatash

·         Fire Roasted Corn, Frozen ~ smoky, sweet & a great addition to soups, casseroles, etc

·         Frozen French Toast

·         Frozen Steel Cut Oats

·         Garden Vegetable & Spinach Lasagna

·         Lemon Grass & Coconut Curry Chicken Stix ~ fun appetizers

·         Marinated Chicken Chipotle Skewers ~ add to make a spicy chicken Caesar salad in minutes

·         Meatless Corn Dogs, they seriously taste like the real deal

·         Mini Chicken Won Tons, you get 9 for 3 points+ ~ great straight up or in soup

·         Orange Chicken, chicken potstickers & Vegetable or chicken Fried Rice is an awesome Chinese food night

·         Organic Brown Rice, Frozen ~ cooks in 3 minutes & doesn’t taste like instant, 4 Points+

·         Shrimp Gyoza

·         Soba Noodle Bowl ~ Awesome with steamed Organic Broccoli Slaw

·         Vegetable Gyoza, my favorite in THIS recipe

BREADS

·         Cranberry Walnut Bread, next to all the baked breads

·         Fat Free Multi-Grain Bread (it has a blue, orange, red wrapper), 3 PP for 2 slices

·         Focaccia, who am I kidding – all their freshly made daily breads :D

·         Organic tortillas, regular and whole wheat (they are made with flour & corn!), 4 PP each

·         Pita Breads, cheap and awesome for pita pizza

·         Sour Dough Walnut Wheat Bread

NUTS/CRACKERS/CHIPS

·         AkMak Crackers, not unique to Trader Joe’s but I always have them on hand

·         Candied Pecans & Walnuts – delicious as a snack or on salads, yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes

·         Chips….um, all of them. If you see something that looks like a brand you recognize (i.e. popchips, Stacy’s Pita Chips) ~ it IS that brand, just cheaper.

·         Dried Apple Rings

·         Fruit wraps, I dunno, I always buy them for people but not myself

·         Golden Berry Blend ~ better than just raisins or cranberries

·         Honey Plantain Strips

·         Honey Wheat Pretzels, do not get often but sometimes you want pretzel crunch

·         Kettle Korn Lite, they have them in packs of 6 – salty, sweet, crunchy

·         Nuts ~ cheap and come in small packages – I LOVE them all

·         Nutty American Trek Mix (it has big chunks of chocolate!)

·         Salty, Sweet, Nutty Trek Mix (the title says it all)

·         Social Crackers (8 for 3 pp) ~ the BEST crackers I’ve ever had, they melt in your mouth

TREATS

·         If you have self-control ~ section

o   Almond Windmill Cookies

o   Caramel Cashew Cookies

o   Chocolate nibs – up front in a little orange/yellow container

o   Coffee Ice Cream

o   Dark Chocolate – 3 in one pack – all red wrappers

o   Dark Chocolate Almonds

o   Dark Chocolate Blueberries

o   Dark Chocolate Cranberries

o   French Vanilla Ice Cream, the best ice cream you will ever eat

o   Maple Cookies

o   Milk & Dark Chocolate Crisps – they look like pringles

o   Mini recess peanut butter cups

o   Organic Lollipops

o   Peanut Butter stuffed, chocolate covered pretzels

WINE

·         2 Buck Chuck ~ all their wines are tasty and $2 a bottle!  I use it for cooking & drinking.

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Q’s

What is your FAVORITE thing at Trader Joe’s?  If you don’t have a favorite yet, what is ONE thing you want to try the most.

I am always looking for new things to try and I am sure I missed a bunch of things that I LOVE….share away so we all can add it to our lists.

If you are wondering about a certain product, feel free to leave a comment or email me and I’ll gladly share my thoughts.  The things I do not LOVE or you can get anywhere, I have left off the list.

Night everyone! 

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DanicasDaily May 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm

HI Sarah,

Yeah!! So glad you enjoyed your shopping trip and stocked up on some good eats. I LOVE having the lemon curd top of plain greek yogurt alone or with crushed graham crackers or vanilla wafers. It tastes just like lemon meringue pie like that. It is delicious straight off the spoon too :)

Danica

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Shane December 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Hi,

If I was to buy all of the above items on your list what would be the cost for one trip????

Thanks,
Shane

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DanicasDaily January 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Hi Shane,

You know I am not sure how much it would cost, but, I imagine it would easily be a few hundred dollars. I think the best approach might be to pick/choose 1/3 of the list you want to try and then work your way through it. Plus, half the fun is finding new things when you visit there too.

Danica

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Amy O January 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Hi Danica,
You are so right about the meatless corn dogs! They taste exactly like the real thing. I love them and everything at Trader Joe’s. Especially like the frozen Indian meals – the butter chicken and the chicken tikka masala are my two faves.

Amy

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June Van Winkle April 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

My old favorite treat was T.J.’s Mango Chile Fruit Floes. Fabulous, sweet, spicy hot and big, 3 points each. But since they have been discontinued, I have switched to something new and yummy from the freezer section…Raspberry cream bars. They are tiny, but only 2 points plus each. They come 8 in a box for $3.49. If you liked 50/50 bars, you’ll love these…In fact, they’re way better!

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Kathleen Caron May 13, 2012 at 7:46 am

You are singing my song! If TJ’s moved into the abandoned grocery store near my house in Chantilly, VA I would be in hog heaven. So I trek up to Reston and down to Centreville to my favorite grocery store. My two favorite things about TJ’s:
1) Great place for Paleo diet: lots of coconut in all forms, raw nuts, organic meats, etc.
2) Small packages of vegetables, so you can have a wide variety in the fridge.
I had been shopping mostly at Costco, but the packages are so large you have to eat brussel sprouts, or whatever till they are coming out your ears!

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Laura August 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

Came across your website and just wanted to share a little bit of information. Trader Joe’s is by no means a health store. They have healthy things but read the labels. Many of their foods have corn syrup in them. As well they carry vegetarian items, especially in the frozen section, from companies that are not organic and do not have good practices with their food. Please explore labels and read more about ingredients. I do appreciate your wonderful list and Trader Joe’s has an endless supply of things that taste very very good. But, unfortunately, they are not all healthy. Please read the labels. I have a lot of health issues and must be very very careful but even if you are 100% healthy it is important for you to stay that way. Many blessings to you, Laura

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valerie December 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

taking trip today try new things, chicken egg rolls, spinach or veggie lasagnas.corn dogs i like all different ones.and stuff of for cat etc. Love this list didnt see it before just in flyers i get there.

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Kathy February 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Do you carry nosugar yogurt? If not, could you consider carrying it? I’m prediabetic, and on a sugarfree diet, and nosugar yogurt is extremely difficult to find!!!

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DanicasDaily March 31, 2013 at 10:32 am

Hi Kathy,

All of the plain yogurt and plain greek yogurts do not have added sugars – only the naturally occurring sugars that appear in the yogurt itself. I have not seen any sugar free yogurts at Trader Joe’s though.

Danica

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melissa April 7, 2013 at 6:48 am

Hello…just read your Trader Joes review and some of the comments. I am currenty a consumer of the well known shopping markets here on the east coast of Stop and Shop and Shoprite..waldbaums…pretty standard stores here. However, as of tomorrow i am looking to change my lifestyle a bit in regards to eating better and increasing my excersice. Anyway, i just had a dinner date with my husband and three small children at a friends home and they are trader joes junkies. I felt like i was watching a commercial for trader joes. We had a yummy trader joes dinner and in talking with my friend who shops there, she informed me that four things she does not want in her kids bodies are, High frusctose corn syrup, articfical food coloring, high salt, and a few other things i can not remember but she said shopping there she does not have to worry about that. Is that true? I mean obviously i would read labels. I am also weight watcher paricipant, however i fell off wagon. so, through all this rambling, do you think this would be a benefical change for me and my family? My friend also said its pretty comparable to supermarket prices of not cheaper…
Thanks-
Melissa

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DanicasDaily January 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Hi Melissa,

I am a huge fan of Trader Joe’s and definitely stand by majority of their products. You can recognize every ingredient in their products, even the ones that are not as calorie friendly. On several things their prices are definitely cheaper than the market and I do majority of my shopping there.

I think the best way to find out if it is a place you will love is to go wander around the store, pick up a few things to try and go from there.

Good luck,

Danica

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