What I’m buying at Trader Joe’s these days

People are ALWAYS asking me what to buy at Trader Joe’s. 
I can’t image why? I’m no TJ’s expert! (could it be the excessive check-ins on social media?) 😉

Since Tampa was blessed with a TJ’s almost a year and a half ago, I have (ahem) become one of their biggest fans. 
What can I say? I’m a sucker for good prices, interesting products and kitsch! 

So what am I buying these days?

  • Flourless sprouted 7-grain bread- It’s perfect for toasting, or making sandwiches!
  • Nuts- They have the best prices on pecans, hazelnuts and almonds! 
  • Bananas- I buy most of my produce from local farmer’s markets, however, I can’t beat TJ’s price! Just 19 cents per banana (or .29 for organic!)
  • Endive- I don’t always see endive leaves at my farmer’s market, so I pick it up when I’m at TJ’s. I love dipping endive leaves in dips or using them for lettuce wraps… or endive fish tacos!

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  • Cheese- Their prices on cheese are amazing! I love their full fat feta, soft goat cheese, crumbled bleu and blocks of Parmesan! 
  • Bacon ends and pieces- This uncured bacon is the chit! It’s great for crisping up and sprinkling over baked sweet potatoes, or folding into omelettes! 
  • Eggs- Their cage-free, organic eggs are a great price at less than $4/dozen! 
  • Milk- Regular cow’s and unsweetened almond. They really have the best prices in town, and their regular (cow’s) milk is antibiotic free! 
  • Butter- No explanation needed. 😉
  • Mahi Mahi burgers- They’re SO delicious and perfect for grilling! I top mine with fresh avocado and pico de gallo. I also love their chili lime burgers too! 
  • Argentinian wild red shrimp- These shrimp are almost lobster-like. I skewer them and grill them with garlic and lime. 
  • Frozen fruit- Cherries, blueberries, mango, pineapples… it’s all delicious and perfect for smoothies!
  • Creamy polenta with spinach and carrots (frozen)- A quick and easy side dish!
  • Brown rice and quinoa (frozen)- Each box comes with three, 2-serving packs which can be heated up in the microwave or a sauce pan within minutes! 
  • Asian bbq chicken (frozen)- This is a great weeknight go-to meal that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. 
  • Gluten free waffles (frozen)- Who doesn’t love a frozen waffle? These GF ones have great texture and flavor! 
  • Almond meal- Great for baking or using as a breadcrumb replacement. 
  • Gluten free brownie mix- Fudgy goodness!
  • Nut butters- Their unsweetened peanut butters, and almond butters are SO delicious! Just nuts and salt in the ingredients list! 
  • Raw, unfiltered honey- Great for using as a sweetener in baking, or to make your own vinaigrette! 
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Salsas (jarred and fresh)- Check the ingredients list and get the ones that have no added sugar in them. I love the serrano salsa in the produce section by the hummus and dips! 


  • Olive oil- I like to buy TJ’s 100% Greek kalamata olive oil. It’s SO good! 
  • Coconut oil non-stick cooking spray
  • Super green drink powder- I’ve been drinking this powder (mixed with a little bit of water or juice) for about 4 months and haven’t had a cold at ALL (and as a school teacher, I am the QUEEN of colds!) . 


  • Toilet paper- What can I say; I love their TP (in the pink package)! 

If you’re looking for a healthy Trader Joe’s shopping list, check this out!
Low-carb Trader Joe’s shopping list

So what are your Trader Joe’s must-haves? Comment below and let me know! 


8 thoughts on “What I’m buying at Trader Joe’s these days

  1. We always hit the cheeses first because my boyfriend is somewhat of a cheese connoisseur. We always get a blue cheese, then he picks one or two random things that spark his interest. I always grab a few jars of their pineapple salsa, turkey burgers, and some gluten free bread. The rest is a hodge podge of whatever looks good and what we actually need.
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  2. I always buy the olive oil, fruit and cheeses. Other than that, I feel like I buy mostly junk at TJ’s. Thanks for the low carb list! I am going to look for those burgers too. Were you the one that posted about the cauliflower rice? I tried to find it and was told they were sold out…but I want to know how it is!
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    • You’ve got to go into it with a list and keep your eyes down low when you go through the frozen foods aisle (avoid all those cookies!). They’ve been sold out of the rice and I haven’t tried it yet! It’s pretty easy to make with raw cauliflower and a food processor so I usually just go that route!

  3. Great list – I’ll have to try some of you’re recommendations. They do have the best cheese section in town. Check out the Unexpected Cheddar if you haven’t yet; it is different from the norm. Some of our staples are balsamic vinegar, marinated artichoke hearts, low acid French roast coffee, and chai teabags. Also their roasted red peppers are perfect in a pinch when you don’t have time to roast your own for a recipe.
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  4. I’m having a Mexican themed dinner Saturday night and will totally be stealing the idea of using endive leaves as a taco shell. Thanks for sharing via #TBB #FridayShareFest.

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