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Trader Joe’s Favorites

If I know one thing about myself (for certain), it’s this: I’m basically the queen of snacks. Okay, okay, I may or may not have given myself that title.  But if you catch my drift, snacking is an important food group!

Luckily, Trader Joe’s has got my back. And you know the best part? When I shop there, I always come in under budget. With all of the fixings under one roof (and a totally easy-to-navigate store), I can drop into Trader Joe’s for a quick minute and grab all the DELISHIOUSNESS that a girl could want.

First, let’s run through a few of my favorite things. Then, download a free grocery list. So next time you’re thinking, HOW DO I FEED MYSELF (literally me every day of the week), just turn to this guide for a quick how-to!

Trader Joe’s Must-Haves:

Corn & Quinoa Salad: It’s enough to fill you up at lunch, with a little leftover for when the late-afternoon snack craving hits.

Three-layer hummus: This is a dream of a dip, LET ME TELL YA. It’s creamy, savory, and oh-so flavorful. The last layer has a kick to it—you’ve been warned! And it’s sure to satisfy every taste bud at your next impromptu party.

trader joes favorites

Chunky Guacamole: This stuff is a party if your mouth. It’s got all the good stuff—tomatoes, onions, and garlic—without the guilt. The yogurt in this guac makes for a creamy and satisfying topping to your fav chips.

trader joes favorites
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: It’s impossible to eat just one of these. You’ll never want a Reese’s again! Seriously, these candies are like crack. A box disappears in no time.

trader joes favorites

Multigrain Pita Chips with Sesame Seeds: These hefty little pita chips can stand up to just about any dip or sauce on game day. They’re simple, a little healthy, and have that perfect crunch factor.

Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips: Talk about a kick of flavor! These orangey chips will brighten up your snack tray in no time. They’re natural, crispy, and super thin—everything you want from a tortilla chip.

trader joes favorites

Banana Chips: These easy dried banana chips are great to have on hand. Usually I like to keep them in the car for something to munch on during rush hour.

Coconut Cashews: AHEM. Let me introduce you to the tastiest snack with the right hint of tropical sweetness. Reach for a handful of these healthy cashews to curb your appetite. (Pro tip: they pair perfectly with banana chips!)

Cornbread Mix: For when you need southern side on the fly, this cornbread box mix is your BEST FRIEND. Ohhh my goodness. Drizzle some honey on there and call it breakfast the next day. And since you’re the one whipping it up, it totally counts as homemade.

Sockeye Salmon: It’s in the freezer section, and it’s a fancy weeknight meal in the making. This salmon is freshwater fish from Alaska. All it needs is a bit of olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Voila! Consider yourself a bargain shopper turned gourmet chef.

My Trader Joe’s Grocery List:

Check out my favorite items and save my grocery list below! You’ll have everything you need on-hand to build colorful salads, prep protein-packed dishes, and throw together a snack tray for unexpected guests.



Teeny Tiny Avocados

Baby Spinach

Cruciferous Crunch Mix

Grape Tomatoes

Organic Carrots of Many Colors

Persian Cucumbers

Lemons & Limes


Prepared Foods (for when cooking is just not gonna happen)

Corn & Quinoa Salad

Three-layer Hummus

Chunky Guacamole

Shrimp Spring Rolls

Green Goddess Salad Dressing



Greek Style Lowfat Plain Yogurt

Triple Crème Brie Cheese (and others for impromptu wine night!)

Sour Cream (for tacos!!!)



Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage


Frozen Foods

Sockeye Salmon

Frozen Brown Rice

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Saucy Scallops with Mushrooms


Breads & Other Groceries

Whole Wheat Flatbreads

Corn & Wheat Tortillas

Organic Tricolor Quinoa

Cornbread Mix

Multigrain Pita Chips

Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips

Organic Tahini

Cowboy Caviar Salsa

Fig & Olive Crisps

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Coconut Cashews

Trader Joe’s Grocery List

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  • Reply
    Olivia Grissom
    June 4, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Such a great blog idea! Trader Joe’s is my go-to grocery store. It’s yummy AND affordable!

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    June 4, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you for this article, Dani! I was just going through my groceries list, trying to find some inspiration and few minutes later… here is your article!

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      Dani Austin
      June 5, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Alexia, that’s so awesome!! Glad it was helpful 🙂

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    Brandy Hughes
    June 4, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Love this post! Super helpful and I love the healthier options!

  • Reply
    June 4, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks so much for This! I actually went to TJ today for the second time in my life and wasn’t sure on what to get, now when I go back I can always refer to your list ! Thanks

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    June 4, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    I wish I had this post before I went to Trader Joe’s yesterday! My new favorite snack is their dried mango slices, but I’ve heard all of their dried fruit is good. I also picked up some mixed nut butter and frozen chocolate-covered banana bites!

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      Dani Austin
      June 5, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      omg yum! I love how they offer so many healthy dessert options! mango slices are a new fav of mine, too!

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    June 4, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    This is such a great post! I tend to do most of my grocery shopping at Sprouts, but I like Trader Joes for frozen foods! I always have a pack of potstickers in the freezer for an easy meal and I just tried the roasted veggie frozen pizza and it’s my new fav!

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    June 5, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    LOVE Trader Joe’s! Dani, I live in Dallas too. Which is your fave TJ in Dallas?

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