Want to eat healthy but not break the bank? It can be hard to navigate the health food waters, especially if you are shopping on a budget.
To get the best bang for your buck, use this guide. Here's what to buy from Trader Joes...
- Seeds & Nuts- This is your go-to for “fancy” nuts and seeds… You'll get a large quantity for a reasonable price. My list usually includes hazelnuts, pepitas, almonds, cashews, pecans, and walnuts.
- Dried Fruit- Cranberry oil fortified dried cranberries and the mixed dried berry blend are great to have on your shelf - Their version of dried fruits don’t contain the preservatives/additives that you will likely find at other grocery stores. Also, while you are in this section, grab ya some coconut flakes, banana chips and nut butters, priced super reasonably and they don’t include hidden nonsense!
- Oils/Vinegars- Olive oil- (I buy the one with the pourable spout because its lighter weight and super convenient) Coconut oil- (again, I love the size of the jar at a reasonable price point). Sesame oil- (to help create our asian wonders) and avocado oil (a good alternative to use interchangeably with olive oil, with a higher heating point). And for the vinegars, grab ya some balsamic, apple cider (raw), and rice wine vinegar. If you are gluten-free, don't leave without grabbing some coconut aminos (my favorite GF soy sauce alternative).
- Coconut Milk- Sooo PSA: the coconut milk cans (I recommend full-fat) have a pop top, easy open lid now, yeaaah!! I use this in smoothies, soups, creamy chicken meals, etc. Stock up here on their additive free cans!
- Gluten Free Pastas- I’m a fan of the organic quinoa/brown rice blends, but the regular brown rice pastas work too! I usually grab 3-4 bags of spaghetti and fusilli.
- Gluten Free Flours- Almond meal is where it’s at- we use this in place of breadcrumbs to coat meats, in our meatloaves, to thicken casseroles, etc. Also, I would grab a bag of GF flour blend and GF waffle/pancake mix while you’re at it!
- Chocolate- Ummm… have you tried their Bittersweet Pound Plus with Almonds? Break it up into squares, store it in a plastic ziplock bag and you can thank me later. Or… their Dark Chocolate PB Cups, which are my personal favorite. I believe that treating yourself should not be lost just because you are a real eater. There are many “real ingredient” treats, just be sure to read the labels!
- Wine- Couple bottles of organic reds under $10 will top off the trip for me! Occasionally, we cook with a little red or white wine in The Stacked Meal Plans, and on other occasions, wine can be your cooking companion.
- Seasonings - So inexpensive here!! I have most of what they offer on my spice rack (curry powder, thyme, garlic powder, seasoning salt, dill, etc) and always grab 2 jars of their Everything But the Bagel Seasoning because it’s the jam! We eat it almost daily over our fried/scrambled eggs and/or avocado slices.
- Chicken sausage- The freshly made stuff that is with the other raw meats, not precooked. It's all-natural and comes in sun-dried tomato and garden veggie and this sausage is super vesatile- it can be easily squeezed from the casing or roasted, browned in a skillet.
There you have it, did I cover it all? Comment below with anything I missed.
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