Wednesday, August 24, 2016

25 Trader Joe Products We Love

Going to the grocery store can feel like a chore on the to-do list, but going to Trader Joe's is more like a fun shopping trip. Yes, I'm still purchasing groceries, but I love checking out the new things they have in stock and for some reason the food just looks better than at our local grocery store. The employees who work there seem to be extremely helpful and you can't help but love their Hawaiian shirts! 

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I think the perception is that the products at Trader Joe's cost more than your local grocery store, but on most items I think prices are actually comparable. In fact, I usually spend less on my groceries for the week when I shop at Trader Joe's because they do not have as large of a junk food section as other groceries stores. When I go to Trader Joe's I tend to stock up on the produce and skip sodas, chips, and desserts. There are still a few things I like to purchase elsewhere, but I'm completely in love with a number of products sold at Trader Joe's.

  1. Speculoos Cookie Butter: This product is LEGENDARY at Trader Joe's. Cookie Butter is absolutely, positively scrumptious. With a texture similar to peanut butter, you can spread this sweet treat onto crackers, cookies, waffles, toast, or any other item you can dream up. 
  2. Grilled Chicken: This chicken is a favorite in our house. It comes in different flavor options (our favorite is the Balsamic Vinegar and Rosemary) and heats in 60-90 seconds. We heat up this chicken and place it on top of a Spring Mix salad for a Panera-like salad. Add a few berries and you have a delicious and simple meal.
  3. Broccoli and Kale Slaw Kit: This kit includes dried cherries, dried blueberries, slivered almonds, sunflower seeds, and a sweet and creamy slaw dressing. This kit is a great side and its so easy to toss in a bowl and serve. No cooking required, just fresh ingredients.
  4. Coconut Beverage with Vanilla: This coconut flavored drink is excellent in smoothies or chia seed pudding (Try our Tropical Mango Chia Seed Pudding). This product has a sweet and tropical taste that will have you dreaming of vacation on an island. I also really like their Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk.
  5. Lightly Salted Edamame: These come with shells or without in the Trader Joe's Freezer section. I like to use the edamame with the shell as a side with Asian foods and the edamame without the shell on salads and in quinoa. You can also purchase fresh edamame in their refrigerated section near the produce section. 
  6. Turkey Burgers: This is another quick and easy meal entree. We store these turkey burgers in the freezer and then pull them out to cook in a skillet with a little olive oil as an easy week night option. I like to add a little guacamole to the top of mine and my hubby likes his with cheese, ketchup, and mustard like a beef burger. We usually eat these without a bun to cut the carbs.
  7. Butternut Squash: This veggie is pre-cut and in the refrigerated produce section. Add a little olive oil, salt, and pepper and bake this veggie until soft. I love that it comes pre-cut so I can throw it into a pan for a healthy side dish.
  8. Mandarin Orange Chicken: This is not a healthy entree option, but it is absolutely delicious! Cook this chicken in a skillet and you get big flavor without a lot of fuss. We like to have this with some edamame or fried rice (both sold in the freezer section). 
  9. Fire Roasted Vegetables with Balsamic Butter Sauce: I love the selection in Trader Joe's freezer section. They have several vegetable sides that are stored in the freezer and can easily be pulled out for a meal without any planning necessary. This side has a great flavor. I usually cook half and save half for another meal.
  10. Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes: With nothing added these coconut flakes are great for cooking or incorporating into a number of dishes. I personally like it in quinoa, energy bites (check out our No-bake Almond Blueberry Energy Bites), chia seed pudding, and smoothies. I like to keep these on hand for anytime I feel inspired to add a sweet note to my recipes.
  11. California Golden Raisins: These plump and tangy raisins are a great addition to cereal, in quinoa (my favorite is our Balsamic Quinoa Lunch Bowl), or to eat by themselves. 
  12. Ginger Snaps: I love these crunchy cookies with bits of actual ginger in each cookie. They're sweet, strongly flavored, and a delicious dessert. Dip these in some Cookie Butter and you have pure magic in your mouth (just don't count the calories).

  13. Unsalted Dry Toasted Slivered Almonds: These almonds are easy to utilize in recipes. I like that they are a smaller size than a typical almond, but add a crunch to your dish.
  14. Trek Mix: Trader Joe's has tons of different options with mixed nuts. One of my favorites is the Simple Almonds, Cashews, and Chocolate mix, but I have had several different nut mixes from Trader Joe's and you can't go wrong with any of them. I like to divvy these up into Ziploc baggies and take them to work as a snack. You can also purchase these in individual serving packages, but you have to pay a little extra for this convenience.
  15. Croissants: This item takes a little preemptive thought because this buttery pastry needs some time to rise. Set them on your counter the night before if you want them for breakfast or morning of if you want them for dinner, and you will have a splendid surprise once it's time to bake. These freshly baked croissants are flakey and will melt in your mouth. 
  16. Baby Spinach/Kale: You can't beat $1.99 for a bag. We use these for salads or I'm a huge fan of the green smoothie. Add a banana, some Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, Almond or Coconut milk, chia seeds, and your spinach or kale and you'll have a delicious breakfast or lunch. You can also make kale chips (stir with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until crispy). I alternate between buying the bag of kale and spinach because it's just too hard to pick one favorite.
  17. Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate: This is a new favorite of mine. It's been over 90 degrees E.V.E.R.Y. day here for about the last month so iced coffee hits the spot. Mix this concentrate with water or milk and serve over ice for a warm weather treat. I'm the mother of 6 month old who still wakes up in the middle of the night so gotta love some caffeine to get me started in the morning.
  18. Bananas: Bananas are consistently 19 cents a piece at Trader Joe's. We eat these with Almond Butter, throw them into the blender for a smoothie, or serve them to baby for a quick and easy baby food solution (try our Banana Baby Food Recipe).
  19. Broccoli Slaw: This is a versatile side dish that can easily be switched up based on the dressing you use with it. Two of my Trader Joe's favorites are the Cranberry Walnut Gorgonzola Dressing with some added dried cranberries or the Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette with a few peanuts added.   
  20. Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole: How much guilt is there really associated with guacamole? But in case you were concerned, consider this a delicious, healthy option. I love this with chips, carrots, celery, tacos, or on top of my turkey burger. Yes, yes, I know you can make your own guac, and if you've got the time, by all means, make some, but as a working mommy this guac is a yummy treat that still allows me to spend my free time playing with my baby boy, instead of cooking in the kitchen. Plus, it stays good for about a month without turning brown. 
  21. Kung Pao Chicken: You can find this entree in the freezer section next to the Mandarin Chicken. This dish really packs the heat, so if you like spicy Asian food that you can throw in a skillet and cook quickly, check out this product.
  22. Cheese: I know this is big category, but it's just too hard to choose just one type of cheese. Trader Joe's has a great selection at awesome prices. Some of my favorites are Brie, Smoked Gouda, White Cheddar, and the Herb Feta. If you like Brie also check out their Pita Crackers for a great appetizer or lunch item. 
  23. Organic Fruit Spread: This fruit spread is great on an English muffin or in a PB and J. It's not quite as sweet as regular jelly, but will still appease your sweet tooth. It's the perfect blend of cherries, grapes, blueberries, and pomegranates. 
  24. Creamy Almond Butter: We love this product at our house. Use it to make energy bites, eat it on a banana or apple, in a PB and J, or any other number of dishes.
  25. Soyaki: This marinade is the perfect solution for making stir-fry. Before I discovered this sauce I used Teriyaki sauce, which was too sweet, or Soy sauce, which was too salty. Soyaki is just the right balance of the two. Purchase some chicken breast or ground turkey and the pre-cut stir-fry veggies you can find in the refrigerated section, toss it into a skillet, and you have an easy, delicious meal for your family.

These among others are some of my favorite Trader Joe products. One of the things I like so much about Trader Joe's is they have a wide selection of organic products at low prices and they have several products that can serve as an easy meal solution. I'm all about the pre-cut veggies and ready to cook entrees. I want to serve my family good food without a lot of fuss. 

What are your favorites? Please share, I love trying new things at TJ's! 


  1. Cookie butter is SOOO good!! I love that stuff. It's dangerous; I could totally eat a jar in one sitting. ;)

  2. It's always good to hear about great products because sometimes I'm scared to try new ones. Their peanut butter is my all-time favorite (seriously, just peanuts and salt is all you need!). And I love how cheap their English muffins are! You've given me some new things to try though...I definitely need to try that cold brew coffee! The coconut beverage with vanilla sounds interesting for a chia seed pudding.