• Alyssa Piperis

My Trader Joe's Grocery List

As a loyal Trader Joe's shopper and healthy-at-home cooker/eater (outside of my apartment my mindset is known to become, "Game on, let's eat all the yummy things!"), I wanted to put together a list of the grocery items I buy at TJ.

Trader Joe's is a small store compared to a Ralph's, Costco, or Fairway, which means the selection is smaller. But I love it regardless. It has what I need 99% of the time, and for that little 1%, I'll make my way over to another store for some new scenery and items to become slightly (and by "slightly" I mean "very") overwhelmed by.

It's also significantly cheaper than every other place I've gone to, so that's pretty dang nice.

At TJ, I almost always avoid the frozen and processed food and drink sections, but I know lots of people like to try out the frozen items or have a go-to to indulge in, whether once a week or on occasion. Nothing wrong with that!

So, without further ado...

Veggies:

- Baby Sweet Bell Peppers, $2.49

- Tomatoes on the Vine, $1.79

- Organic Baby Spinach, $1.99

- Brussel's Sprouts

- Broccoli Florets, $2.29

- Green Onions (Scallions), $0.99

- Organic Cut and Peeled Carrots, $1.49

This is the kale I buy: Organic Tuscan Kale, pictured below frozen in a freezer bag.

(Photo taken from: http://nutmegnotebook.com/2013/02/whats-in-my-trader-joes-shopping-cart/)

- Cauliflower Florets.

(Photo taken from: http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/1527)

I go through phases when it comes to beets, but when I'm on a beets kick, this is my go-to: Steamed & Peeled Baby Beets.

(Photo taken from: http://nutmegnotebook.com/2013/02/whats-in-my-trader-joes-shopping-cart/)

Fruit/Smoothies:

I'm admittedly more of a vegetable person than a fruit person, so aside from bananas (which I absolutely love), there's no fruit that I consistently buy. I'll buy apples, pineapples, or fruit mixes here and there, but that's basically the extent of it. I need to step up my fruit game! When I do buy fruit, I usually cut most of it up to store in the freezer for future smoothie-making.

- Frozen Sliced Ginger (Packaging pictured below; And yes, I know ginger isn't a fruit :))

- Frozen Pineapple Slices (From Del Monte Gold Pineapple Spears, pictured below)

- Bananas (6), $1.14 ($0.19 each)

- Frozen Kale (Packaging and description above)

Every now and then I like to buy pineapple. I'll keep some in the refrigerator to eat or add to salads. But, I normally cut the spears into small pieces to freeze and add to smoothies.

(Photo taken from: http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/1528)

I like to keep sliced ginger in the freezer so I can grab a piece and throw it into a smoothie. Ginger is great for you, and it's so potent that you only need a little bit.

(Photo taken from: http://blog.livinginzen.co/ginger-tea.html)

Nuts, Oats, Seeds, Protein Powder, Rice, Quinoa:

- Chia Seeds

- Organic Oats & Flax Instant Oatmeal (Perfect with almond milk!)

- Organic Hemp Protein Powder, Vanilla Flavored

- Raw Whole Cashews, $6.99

- Organic Brown Basmati Rice

- Organic White Quinoa, Gluten Free (My usual; TJ was out of it, so I got some of the tricolor)

- Organic Tricolor Quinoa, Gluten Free, $4.99

Meat, Fish, Cheese:

I love meat (please don't hate me, vegans and vegetarians), but for no good reason I don't buy a lot of it. I tend to cook mostly with veggies and quinoa and let restaurant chefs blow my mind and make my stomach happy with their meat (trust me, I wish that didn't sound so sexually explicit and creepy). Then again, I'm 21, so I have plenty of time to blow my own mind with yummy meat meals (I know, this is only getting worse). The same goes for fish/seafood, although I do make a killer honey mustard and nut-crusted salmon.

When it comes to meat, fish, and cheese from Trader Joe's, I have a few go-to's.

- Boneless & Skinless Turkey Breast Cutlets, $7.36

- Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage, $3.99

- Ground Turkey Breast, 99% Fat Free

(Photo taken from: http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/1541)

- Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon

(Photo taken from: http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/2391)

- Boneless Wild Silverbrite Salmon

(Photo taken from: http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/2307)

- All Natural Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Log, $5.99

Eggs, Carbs, Broth, Garlic:

- Nichols Grade A Large Brown Eggs , $3.49

- Ezekiel Low Sodium Break (Sometimes I buy the Ezekiel Tortillas)

- Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth

- Yellow Onion(s)

- Russet Potatoes (2), $0.98 ($0.49 each)

- Sweet Potatoes (2), $1.58 ($0.79 each)

- Premium Peeled Garlic, for when you're feeling lazy and want to be quicker

(Photo taken from: http://nutmegnotebook.com/2013/02/whats-in-my-trader-joes-shopping-cart/

Healthy Snacks and Sweets:

I love me some quick and healthy snacks, but I also love me some chocolate. When it comes to healthy snacking, I have three main staples: crackers, hummus, and guac. I like to dip a cracker in hummus or guac and drizzle a little honey on top. And then my little guilty pleasure chocolate snack (which really isn't all that guilty) is dark chocolate covered almonds. They only become guilty when I run back for "just one or two more" on repeat.

- Ak-Mak Sesame Cracker, $1.79

- Avocado's Number Guacamole, $3.99

- Organic Hummus Dip, $2.29

- 73% Cacao Dark Belgian Chocolate Covered Almonds

(Photo taken from: http://justjoep.blogspot.com/2010/04/73-wont-last-long.html)

- Crunchy Almond Butter

- Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy & No Salt

- Coconut Oil Spray

- Multi-Floral & Clover Honey

- Organic Raw Honey

Beverages:

- Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Original, $2.19

- Zico Natural Premium Coconut Water Bottle, $1.99

- Decaffinated Green Tea Bags

Condiments:

- Organic Ketchup

- Organic Yellow Mustard

- Natural Rice Vinegar (I use this to make homemade dressings)

- Pineapple Salsa

- Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette

- General Tsao Stir Fry Sauce, $2.99

- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Italian, $3.99

NOTE:

I put prices next to the items I had just bought at the time I made this blog post. If there is no price, that means I either didn't have the item in my apartment when I made this or I didn't have the receipt from when I purchased the item.

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