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I’m a total Trader Joe’s fangirl.

It’s hard to believe that up until a few months ago, I’d never even really shopped in one, but it’s very quickly become my go-to grocery store. 

I thought it might be fun to share with guys some of my favorite products from T. Joe’s. I’m far from a TJ’s expert, but I have definitely found quite a few must buys over my months shopping there. Feel free to share your favorites, too!

Organic and Seasonal Produce

I’ve heard a wide variety of things about the produce sections at various TJ’s locations  but ours is actually really nice. And it’s an absolutely amazing resource for organic and seasonal produce. Like these giant stalks of Brussels sprouts that I’m currently obsessed with.

Go Raw Trek Mix

The selection of nuts, trail mixes and dried fruits at TJ’s is amazing, but this stuff is my absolute favorite! It’s super simple (almonds, cashews, walnuts and raisins) and has no sugar added. You can buy it in this big bag, or in individual serving packs (which is awesome for grab-and-go-snacking).

Hummus Snack Packs

These hummus snack packs (a little cup of hummus, plus some pita chips) are the type of convenience food I don’t love buying, but when we started commuting three hours to and from work, they kinda became a necessity. Sure, I could do the same thing with hummus and pita chips, but that 5 minutes or so I save by not preparing my own snack packs really adds up.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

TJ’s premade whole wheat pizza dough is amazing and crazy cheap. You couldn’t even really pay for the ingredients to make whole wheat pizza dough for $1.19. The only issue? We haven’t had any success with it after it’s been frozen, so you gotta use it up while it’s fresh.

Cheese!

The TJ’s cheese selection is the stuff cheese-lovin’ dreams are made of. You can get cheap hunks of really good quality cheese, plus some not-so-cheap, but totally fun gourmet cheeses (like chocolate cheddar cheese!).

Natural Tonic Water

Gin and tonics are our cocktail of choice during the summer, but regular grocery store tonic water choices are total crap. TJ’s is one of the few places I’ve seen natural tonic water. And these little cans are the perfect cocktail size.

Flavored Sparkling Water

All natural and unsweetened, I love these waters as an alternative to plain ole water.

Organic Dairy

TJ’s has a pretty great selection of reasonably-priced organic dairy. An organic sour cream this size at a regular grocery store in our area runs about $4.99, but at TJs, we get it for $2.99. And it’s crazy good. Like the best sour cream I’ve ever had.

Cottage Cheese

This is my favorite cottage cheese in the history of all cottage cheese ever. Probably because it’s 4% milkfat. 

FAGE

I actually don’t really like the TJ’s brand of Greek yogurt, but I do really love their prices on FAGE 0% and 2%. Cheaper than any other store in our area.

Organic Frozen Pizza

This one is particularly delicious. Perfect for an “OMG I CAN’T COOK TONIGHT” dinner.

Frozen Organic Veggies and Fruits

You cannot beat TJ’s prices on frozen organic produce—especially berries. It’s a crazy good deal, and it’s crazy good quality, too.

 

Dark Chocolate PB Cups

Damn, they are good. Like, insanely good. And they come in a variety of sizes. My favorite is the small ones (there are teeny-tiny ones, too).

Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

There are a lot of sweet treats at TJ’s, but this is my favorite of them all. They taste like honey-flavored peppermint patties, and only have three ingredients. We buy these and toss one into our lunch for a nice little mid-day treat.

Multigrain Pita Crackers

Best. Crackers. Ever.

Applesauce Crushers

Again, this is a lunch-packing convenience food, but we’re big fans of the Applesauce Crushers. They come in a few flavors (banana=least favorite, carrot=yummiest). Our cashier once tried to tell us we shouldn’t buy them because they are baby food, but they aren’t! They’re just applesauce.

Canned Salmon

We always have a few cans of this in the pantry. It’s really high quality stuff and much cheaper than we can find it at any other store. It’s great for salmon salads!

Organic Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup

This is my favorite canned/boxed soup ever in the history of ever.

Chicken Breast Wraps Dog Treats

Puppyface freaking loves these dog treats. She gets to nom off the dried chicken layer and then spend quite a while working on the rawhide. They are definitely her favorites.

Sprouted Multi-Grain Bread

Ezekiel sprouted grain bread is awesome (and sugar-free!) but it’s crazy expensive—but thankfully TJ’s has their own version. It’s pretty much exactly the same—except for the price.

Original Turkey Jerky

Obsessed. We get a bag of this every shopping trip and share it on the drive home. It’s super flavorful, packed with protein and the perfect combo of chewy and soft. It’s a little pricey at $4.99 for a small bag. If it was a bit cheaper, I’d eat this stuff everyday.

Flavored Chicken Sausages

The raw chicken sausages at TJs are amazing. There are a few flavors and they are all excellent. Grill them up and serve them along side a veggie and you’ve got a crazy easy dinner.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds made the list not because of price (I can actually get them much cheaper elsewhere) but because of convenience. Before I always had to make a separate trip to a speciality store to buy chia seeds, but recently TJ’s started carrying them. It’s definitely worth the few extra cents to not need to go to a different store.

The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar

This is the best Dark Chocolate on the planet.

So you can totally see why I love TJs, right? I don’t know how I lived without it for so long.

What’s your favorite TJ’s product?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. Alan

    I also love the Trader Joe Cottage cheese mentioned. But it is different now and clearly not as good. Have you noticed this too?

    Any thoughts?

  2. I just posted a roundup of my favorite Trader Joe’s products too…Even though yours is from a few months ago, I still loved reading it. And you’re SO right about the tomato soup. BEST EVER!!!

  3. Julie

    Love to make quick pizzas with TJ mini pitas topped with TJ fig butter and TJ goat cheese. Bake at 450° for eight minutes. Top with thinly sliced TJ pear, TJ prosciutto, and a little handful of TJ arugula. Yum.

  4. Tara

    Currently loving how cheap all their fall/winter squash is. They sell it per piece what every other grocery store sells it per pound. If I ever move a requirement will be a Trader Joe’s.

  5. Shannon

    Ha! Next time someone asks me what’s so great about Trader Joe’s that I drive 2.5 hours to shop there, I am going to point them to this blog!!!! My very favorite thing is the HUGE bottle of Grade B Maple syrup! Yummy! But the slivered, toasted almonds are pretty happy making, as is the hard Parmesan, oh, OH!!!! They have little goat cheese medallions and BRIE medallions!!! I’d better go make supper now!

  6. Kelly

    I love this post. I love tj’s and I am lays looking for new “staples”. I try to do all my shopping there, but the distance makes it tough for ths city gal. I love the corn salsa- I add it to everything! And I just discovered the Jo jos. They are better than Oreos..I do believe. I hear there will soon be Christmas ones that makes me super happy.

  7. I flippin’ LOVE when bloggers post about Trader Joe’s products!!! I need to go in there and take photos of things and do a similar post. So yeah, basically stealing your idea.
    I haven’t bought it lately (because of the whole vegan thing) but their goat cheese crumbles are insanely good. And I would always buy my Fage there.
    I have NOT tried the TJs sprouted grain bread- but I love Ezekiel so I’ll give it a shot! The naan breads make for great pizza crusts (again though- unfortunately they’re not vegan) and we always stock up on TJs canola oil spray, the pink sea salt and flower pepper grinders, balsamic vin, frozen fruit (love the organic wild blueberries!), and the ROASTED RED PEPPER TAPENANDE. Omg- it will change your life. Add it to crushed red peppers for pizza sauce. YOU’RE WELCOME!

  8. I would like to compete with you for biggest fan of Trader Joe’s! I do pretty much all of my food shopping there, and I have to drive 20+ minutes to get to one (there are closer grocery stores…)

    My favorite things vary from visit to visit and between seasons, but here are my current top three: 1) Sweet corn and roasted pepper boxed soup. (I like the tomato/red pepper one, but this one is far superior in my book!) 2) TJ’s tempeh. 3) TJ’s fresh brussel sprouts…but I haven’t seen them in a huge bunch like you are holding in the photo! I usually get the bagged variety.

  9. Kristin

    I absolutely love Trader Joe’s! My favorite products are the pretzels stuffed with peanutbutter and the fresh ravolli stuffed with lobster using their lobster bisque as a sauce-totally a spurge meal but totally delicious when you just don’t feel like making a homemade dinner!

  10. Helen

    If you love the tomato/pepper soup (which I do!!), you might love the roasted corn and poblano pepper soup, too. It is absolutely wonderful!! And so are the vegetable pot stickers! I just hate that we live in Bloomington and have to trek clear up to the north side of Indy just to get our fix. Fortunately, we have family up there and plenty of excuses to sneak in little trips here and there.

  11. Ali

    I’m sorry but that dark chocolate at the end there, is to DIE for! Literally. Just discovered it on my last trip and now I am rationing it until I can make it back. It puts all other dark chocolate to shame. Sadly, I am in Canada so it’ll be awhile until I make it back but you better believe I’ll be stocking up now that I know it’s that good. 🙂

    1. Ali

      Also, it doesn’t have a “may contain nuts” warning, which is nearly impossible to find on high-quality dark chocolate. I live in Canada too, but load up on that stuff whenever I’m south of the border.

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