Since moving to Chicago, I have fallen back in love with Trader Joe’s.
My mom used to shop there when I was in high school, but I didn’t have one near me when I went off to college. Now that I am shopping at Trader Joe’s in the city, I have taken it upon myself to find the best treats and deals.
I present to you the ultimate Trader Joe’s grocery list!
The Trader Joe’s brand Turkey Burgers are my favorite. I usually grill them, cut them up and eat them with tomato slices and the Trader Joe’s cilantro dressing.
This is one of the refrigerated salad dressings in the produce section. I’m not kidding when I say that I put this on everything.
It’s a great way to add some flavor to wraps and sandwiches. I like to spread it on a tortilla and add turkey, provolone and tomato slices. If you like cilantro you need this dressing in your life.
Dark Chocolate Covered Powerberries
As we touched on in the No-Bake Power Bites post, if chocolate is involved, I’m all for it.
If you like pomegranate seeds or blueberries, this is like their delicious hybrid baby, smothered in chocolate.
Carrot Turmeric Juice
I have been looking for a turmeric juice that isn’t $8 a bottle for a while now. The Trader Joe’s one is $3.99 and tastes like carrots, so I finally found my winner.
I don’t think turmeric tastes great, but it has a lot of anti-inflammatories and antioxidant properties. I would describe the taste as a combination of ginger and pepper. Some people may disagree with that description, but some people are wrong.
The bottom line is that if you want to drink turmeric juice, but think it’s gross and expensive, this one is not gross or expensive. Thanks, Trader Joe’s.
Lime Fruit Floes
I have always loved popsicles. I eat them all the time and these are my favorite lime flavored ones ever.
Occasionally, Trader Joe’s has Caribbean Fruit Floes, which tastes like pineapple and mango. Those are even better than the lime ones, but my store never has them.
Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend
This seasoning is exactly what it sounds like. Some genius over at Trader Joe’s was like “hey, we should scrape all the delicious seeds and salts off the top of an everything bagel and jar it.”
Now everything I eat tastes like an everything bagel and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
My favorite things to add it to are:
- Avocado toast
- scrambled eggs
- Tuna salad
Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese
$1.99 for mac & cheese that tastes amazing and has half the carbs of normal mac & cheese. Enough said.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
I’m going to do a whole separate blog post on my favorite cauliflower pizzas, but until then just stock up on these whenever you see them. They sell out weekly and are seriously amazing.
I also use the Trader Joe’s fat free pizza sauce and mozzarella as the base for all my pizzas.
Sparkling Spring Water
The island colada, pineapple and raspberry lime are my favorite flavors. 79 cents of bubbly delight.
Does anything about that combination sound bad?
Frozen Zucchini Spirals
Shoutout to my pal Maddie for turning me onto these. When you don’t want to make your own zoodles, these are the best.
I like them with the Trader Joe’s turkey bolognese sauce.
I like to buy the frozen bag of lightly salted edamame.
Thaw them in the fridge and snack away. One of my favorite (healthier) salty snacks.
The coconut strips and banana chips are some of my favorite snacks to take to work. They offer organic, sweetened and unsweetened options and the prices are great compared to other stores. I also like the dried mango slices.
Now, once you have all this stuff in your cart and are ready to pay, make sure you grab the sea salt brownies and cookie butter you told yourself you wouldn’t buy. Not because you want them, because you need them.