In college, Trader Joe’s was my most serious long-distance relationship. With 2 ½ hours between campus and our closest TJ’s location, my roommate and I would eagerly anticipate care packages full of our beloved goodies and we’d stock our backseats full of groceries to bring back to school after every break.
In the 8 years since graduating, I’ve been lucky enough to live in places with closer proximity to Trader Joe’s. Meaning, my trips are much more frequent and my kitchen is rarely without my favorite finds. While I could undoubtedly create a list of 100 products worth purchasing, these 11 are the ones I buy in bulk. Because, God forbid I go a day without coconut oil.
Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina. Found in the frozen section, I can’t sing the praises of this dish enough. It’s quick and easy to make on a busy weeknight (we’re talking less than 10 minutes) and I prefer it to almost any other boxed, frozen, or store-bought Italian dinner.
Roasted Potatoes with Peppers & Onions. Also a freezer aisle find, this is the perfect pairing to any weekend brunch. I bought 2 bags the first time I found them, and after polishing them both off in a few days (we take brunch and breakfast for dinner seriously at our house), my only regret was that I hadn’t stocked up on a couple more.
Almond Beverage. Aka almond milk? I have my fair share of stomach sensitives, so I have to be extra cautious when approaching the dairy aisle. While I wish I could throw a gallon of chocolate milk in my cart each week, my belly begs to differ. So, we meet in the middle with this soy, dairy, gluten and lactose free almond beverage.
Kefir. I’ve been drinking Kefir consistently for the last couple years for its Vitamin D and probiotic benefits. I almost always find that the prices at Trader Joe’s are cheaper than those at other grocery store chains and in a test taste, I’m not sure I’d detect any difference.
Milton’s Multi-Grain Bread. I’m typically not much of a bread buyer. We rarely go through it quickly enough to make the purchase with it and tbh, most loafs just don’t do much for my taste buds. This bread is the one exception and Trader Joe’s is the only store near me that carries it.
Dog Food and Treats. I wouldn’t say my dogs are picky eaters, but I will say that they’ve never gone as nuts for food as they do when I pick them up some chunky chicken dinner. Just typing those words out kind of makes me gag, as does the smell when I open a can of it. But truly, they love it so much that the name and aroma are worth it.
Pure Maple Syrup and Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds. Although these are obviously two different items found in two separate aisles, I’m pairing them together because I eat them together daily. Monday-Friday, I have overnight oats for breakfast, comprised of old fashioned oats, walnuts, chia seeds, apples, cinnamon, almond beverage, and – you guessed it – maple syrup and peanut butter. I’m doubly loyal to this pb as the container is the perfect size to reuse (I get it from my grandma) for the overnight oats.
Organic Eggs and Organic Coconut Oil. Okay, now I’m just getting lazy and I have no excuse for combining these other than the fact that they’re both organic and I don’t have much else to say. Like the Kefir, the price at TJ’s wins almost every time and why pay more for the same product?
Avocados. I’m legit convinced that Trader Joe’s is in cahoots with the avocado (spelled it right on the 4th try) industry. How else would they always have the perfectly ripe bins full of them? I swear to you, I’ve spent a full 5 minutes at other stores squeezing handfuls of avocados only to walk away with an empty cart. If you’re making guac tonight, TJ’s is the place to go.
Your turn – What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s find?