Trader Joe’s Essentials


If there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that Trader Joe’s is one of the happiest places on earth (stealing Disney’s tagline, not even mad about it). If you don’t believe me, you obviously haven’t been there or you were cranky that day because they have the BEST customer service, high quality produce, unique and delicious products – all at a great value.

In addition, their product caters to those with specific diets (vegan, ketogenic, paleo, pescaterian, etc). As some of you may have gathered from past posts, because of my negative relationship with food & auto-immune issues, I found that eating moderately keto & low-carb makes me feel best.

Looking at my bills monthly, food is usually my biggest expense as I choose to splurge on high quality proteins & vegetables, which make up the majority of my diet. Trader Joe’s definitely helps me stay on track.

While Trader Joe’s has a MILLION more products that this, these are the items I keep coming back for and that I can’t find anywhere else:


  • Everything Bagel
  • Garlic Salt
  • Chili & Lime
  • Ginger Paste
  • Turmeric
  • Onion Salt
  • 21 Seasoning Salute



  • Frozen – Turkey Burger
  • Frozen – Chicken Strips
  • Frozen – Chili Lime Chicken Burgers
  • Frozen – Grass-fed Angus Beef Burgers
  • 96% Lean Ground Beef
  • Uncured Turkey Bacon
  • Chicken Sausages: Garlic Herb Chicken Sausages & Spicy Italian
  • Beef and Pork with Cracked Pepper Snack Stick
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (Individually Wrapped)
  • Grass Fed Beef Sirloin Roast


Fish & Meatless

  • Frozen – Jumbo Shrimp & Sea Scallops
  • Frozen – Alaskan Cod Fillets
  • Frozen – Salmon Burgers
  • Frozen – Seafood Blend
  • Frozen – Mahi Mahi Burgers
  • Frozen – Fresh Salmon Fillets
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Wild Caught Crab Meat
  • Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon – Great for snacking! 
  • Boneless Skinless Sardines
  • Tuna Canned
  • Canned Sockeye Salmon – Great for snacking! 
  • Soy Chorizo
  • Extra Firm Tofu


  • Frozen – Riced Cauliflower
  • Frozen – Asparagus Spears
  • Frozen – Harvest Hodgepodge
  • Sugar Snap Peas – Great for snacking! 
  • Jicama Sticks – Great for snacking! 
  • Pre-Roasted Brussels Sprouts – Great for snacking! 
  • Asain Stir Fry
  • Crunch Collection
  • Riced Broccoli


Cheese: Great for snacking! 

  • Almond Mozzarella Cheese
  • Individual Brie Cheese Rounds
  • Feta Cheese Spread


  • Frozen – Beans, Greens & Grain
  • Frozen – Mashed Sweet Potato
  • Lentil Soup with Vegetables
  • Parsnip Chips  Great for snacking! 
  • Canned Beans
  • Ezekial Bread
  • Cut Butternut Squash
  • Pre-Cooked Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Butternut Squash Zippers


  • WINE!!!
  • Can Cold Brew
  • Instant Coffee
  • Coconut Creamer
  • Alkaline Water
  • Seltzer/Sparkling Water


Everything Else

  • Frozen – Mango Chunks Great for snacking! 
  • Frozen – Unsweetened Organic Açaí Purée Packets Great for snacking! 
  • Frozen – Blueberries Great for snacking! 
  • Individual Packets Almonds Great for snacking! 
  • Individual Packets Olives Great for snacking! 
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • Avocado’s Number Guacamole to Go Great for snacking! 
  • Tahini
  • Bagged Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Fire Roasted Yellow & Red Peppers
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Minced Garlic
  • Sauerkraut
  • ALL Salsas
  • Organic Tomatillo Roasted Yellow Chili Salsa
  • Hatch Valley Salsa
  • Curry Simmer Sauce


6 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Essentials

    1. Ohhh I’ve never had either of those! I’ve heard good things about the cowboy caviar – will have to pick that up on my next visit. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

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  1. Yasssss! Trader Joe’s is the best! I love the pre marinated tofu packs – they’re so easy to just cut up and add to dishes for protein AND flavor. Also, the wine ❤️🍷 they have this sparkling red Lambrusco that is amazing!!

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    1. Another one to add to my list! I actually took their extra firm tofu last night —
      cubed it, rolled in a mix of nutritional yeast, curry powder, turmeric, garlic salt & pepper, threw it in the oven @ 400 for like 40 minutes and it was DELISH!

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