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What to Buy at Trader Joe’s

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We’re big-time TJ’s fans. Like, big time. And, with our Trader Joe’s superfan status, we like to consider ourselves a bit of an expert on what to buy there. But, if there’s anything we’ve learned since the site started, sharing is caring. And the best thing to share, when it comes to food, is what’s good! So, in order to compile the ultimate list of what to buy at Trader Joe’s, we put our fit foodie heads together and then reached out to you on social media for your favorite things to buy there. The result is pretty epic …

What to Buy at Trader Joe’s: 39 Items

  1. Organic arugula
  2. Organic chopped kale
  3. Beets
  4. Smoked salmon
  5. Nuts of any and all kinds, but especially the single-serving packages of almonds
  6. Nut butters, also of all kinds!
  7. Creamy Polenta With Spinach and Carrots
  8. Popcorn (really, any kind of it)
  9. Trader Joe’s Cilantro & Chive Yogurt Dip
  10. Veggie & Flaxseed Chips
  11. Sweet Basil Pesto Sausage
  12. Young, fresh turkey at Thanksgiving
  13. Coconut oil
  14. Coconut oil spray
  15. Almond Meal
  16. Balsamic vinegar
  17. Dark chocolate — all of them
  18. 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee
  19. Canned beans (no additives or other ingredients!)
  20. Brussels sprouts
  21. Balsamic glaze
  22. Hard-boiled eggs
  23. Goat cheese
  24. Spelt Risotto
  25. Frozen Brown Rice
  26. Light coconut milk
  27. Wine (all of the wine, but especially this wine)
  28. Arrabbiata sauce
  29. Apple cider vinegar
  30. Pomegranate White Tea
  31. Seafood Medley
  32. Steamed Lentils
  33. Mahi Mahi
  34. Greek yogurt
  35. Almond milk
  36. Hearts of palm (in the jar)
  37. Organic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup
  38. Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds
  39. Frozen naan

In a nutshell, you can’t go wrong with really anything from TJ’s in these areas: oil, vinegars, cheese, nuts/seeds and liquor. Seriously.
What would you add to our What to Buy at Trader Joe’s list? Oh, and I’ve heard the one thing NOT to buy is the Cookie Butter. But not because it’s not amazing — because it’s super addictive and hard to not eat the whole jar in one sitting! Jenn



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28 Comments
  1. Gbea says:

    You listed smoked salmon twice (#4 and #22) – on purpose? Or Freudian? Never tried theirs before but will definitely try it now. I’m addicted to their dark choco peanut butter cups – luckily, they sell them in individual packs now (instead of just a big tub). It’s still quite an exercise in self-control! On the healthier side: I really like their frozen berry options – Very Cherry especially.

  2. Sue says:

    Smoked salmon on the list twice

  3. Jenn says:

    Oh my gosh, how embarrassing! I do REALLY like their smoked salmon! Updated … hard-boiled eggs now make the list! 🙂
    —Jenn

  4. Lisa says:

    Cilantro-Jalapeño Hummus, Chicken in Coconuut-Red Curry Sauce.

  5. Deb E says:

    Besides their dark chocolate, I love their TJ brand of cocoa too. Not too expensive for a large tin and tastes great.

    1. Jenn says:

      Yes! That’s a good one, Deb!
      —Jenn

  6. We don’t have a Trader Joe’s where we live 🙁 I wish we did….

  7. Marie says:

    COOKIE BUTTER!!!! My weakness! I love it on celery the most and its so good melted with pretzel sticks to dip… yummy!

  8. Gretchen says:

    sun-dried tomatoes

  9. Leca says:

    Another fantastic item is the egg white salad. Barely any carbs, low fat, high protein.
    Great for a quick lunch or snack!

  10. Melissa says:

    TJs dark chocolate honey mints, only 3 ingredients!!! Tamales when they’re in season, TJs peanut butter, coconut body butter, uncured bacon, coffee of any kind.

  11. Crystal says:

    Must haves are pre-cooked brown rice, quinoa pesto, any of the quick cook grains: farro, barley, and so many more! I love TJs !!!

  12. Jeff says:

    Trader Joe’s is one of only a few places to get Jamaican Ginger Beer..

  13. Megan says:

    Dried mangos- one type of their tried mangos has no added sugar, just mangos
    Ghee (clarified butter)- great if your on a paleo-type diet
    Spices- they have high-quality spices for much cheaper than other stores
    Unsweetened apple sauce- low price and only contains apples, no extra sugar or preservatives
    Organic frozen veggies- much cheaper than Whole Foods and other stores
    Almost all of these are in my cart on a monthly (if not weekly) basis!

  14. Colleen says:

    I don’t buy much canned tuna…but when I do I get it from Trader Joe’s as it does not have soy added to it. Most can’s of tuna if you look has added soy.

  15. Dori says:

    Any of their fish. Trader Joe’s came in third for sustainable fishing practices. So you can feel good about buying their fish.

  16. ann says:

    You missed so many good things!
    Cilantro & Jalapeno Hummus
    Scallion Pancakes
    Chicken Cilantro Mini Wontons
    spinach & artichoke dip
    flatbread pizza with ham, caramelized onions & gruyere
    frozen haricot verts
    evoo — cheap & great!!

  17. Debbie says:

    Jarred beets in vinegrette delicious.

  18. LeVonne says:

    Maitre Pierre Tarte D’Alsace, basically a flatbread with ham, onion and Gruyere cheese. High in calories, but man is it delicious!

  19. alan says:

    Interesting: a grocery store where no fresh produce is mentioned as typically attractive, except, maybe, beets.

  20. Danielle says:

    Any of their chicken salads

  21. Karen Condit says:

    Peppermint JoJos! Have a box stashed in the freezer. Chocolate covered candied ginger, Graham crackers.

  22. Monica says:

    Unexpected Cheddar. (Unexpectedly amazing).

  23. Rachel says:

    The light guacamole is so yummy!

  24. pat says:

    Canned turkey chilli is great. Ahi tuna when available

  25. kat says:

    Grapes, raspberries, strawberries…any fresh produce really.
    We love their frozen Orange Chicken, Pasta Arabiata, Broccoli Beef (for easy meals on busy nights)
    Also less healthy but equally delicious (and more healthy than most other brands) pepperoni and pizza sauce. Yum.

  26. Heather says:

    I really love the Trader Joe’s Indian Fare – specifically the Madras Lentil. Goes great with the frozen naan bread!

  27. Chris K says:

    Thank you for these suggestions. We don’t have this store where I live, and when my sister took me there in Indianapolis, I was too overwhelmed to know what to buy.
    P.S. I received several packets of smoked salmon for Christmas. What do you do with it?