50+ Trader Joe’s Favorites You Can’t Live Without

50+ Most Recommended Trader Joe's Favorites by Alabama Life + Style Blogger Heather Brown at My Life Well Loved // #traderjoes #groceryhaul #groceryshopping #healthy #grocerylist

We made it to WEEK 4 of our January Whole30 Challenge! If you missed Week 1-3, be sure to checkout those posts below. We are excited to end this challenge by saying THANK YOU for joining us! Molly, Lindsey, Jessica, and myself have put together an awesome prize pack for 1 lucky winner so be sure to head to the bottom of this post for info on how to enter the giveaway!

To wrap-up our Whole30 challenge, I wanted to share Trader Joe’s favorites you can shop for as you begin introducing foods back into your diet. think it is safe to say we all LOVE Trader Joe’s! I was so excited when they came to Birmingham a few years ago and I could finally try all the amazing things you guys talk about. One of my favorite things about Trader Joe’s is how great the quality is and how easy it is to find everything! I also LOVE how many fun and unique things they have each season! It’s super affordable and does not disappoint in quality. There are always so many delicious items to try which is why I reached out to you guys to see what your Trader Joe’s must haves are! SO many of you wrote back which means I’m not the only one loving this place! If you haven’t checked out my complete Trader Joe’s Shopping List for WHOLE30, click HERE

Trader Joe’s Favorites from the MLWL Community

Here is the full list of what the MLWL Community suggested! I have included a few notes about the items I have tried, loved, and how we incorporate them into our meal plan! Please note: the healthy items are linked at the top and then there are more sweet treat/alcoholic/indulgent items at the bottom! I can’t be held responsible for addictions to #1 or #7 but they are my faves 😉

Trader Joe’s Favorites: Healthy Recommendations 

1. Everything But The Bagel Seasoning (most popular recommendation!)

This seasoning is a MUST HAVE. Seriously. I love putting this on everything – eggs, avocado, sweet potatoes, roasted veggies, etc. It is actually Whole30 approved so it is perfect to incorporate now and post-Whole30.

2. Green Goddess Salad Dressing

This salad dressing is also Whole30 approved! It is perfect to grab for this last week of W30 and to have as a healthy alternative to other high-calorie dressings!

3. Raw Almond or Peanut Butter

Double check for sugar but several of Trader Joe’s nut butters are Whole30 compliant. If you are introducing peanuts back into your diet, this is a great option as there aren’t any added preservatives, fat, etc!

4. Frozen Cauliflower Fried Rice

Another great transitional meal for post-Whole30! You could pair this with Coconut Aminos to make it soy-free but you can always do regular Soy Sauce too! 

5. Trail Mix

Trader Joe’s does have one trail mix that is Whole30 approved without added sugar. But regardless, their trail mixes are really tasty and perfect for healthy snacking, adding protein throughout your day, and staying fueled for workouts!

6. Roasted Plantain Chips

We love these “monkey chips” as Leyton calls them! They are technically Whole30 approved ingredients but we aren’t supposed to have “chips” on W30. Which means these are great for transitioning to Paleo or healthy snacks after Whole30!

7. Red Lentil Pasta

So many of you recommended this pasta to me! It is gluten-free and is made from red lentils! If you do decide to cut gluten after Whole30, this is a great pasta alternative!

8. Frozen Cauliflower Gnocchi

Another light dinner option that is an EASY meal to throw together after work! Perfect for transitioning out of Whole30 and staying healthy! Many of you also recommended the Sweet Potato Gnocchi.


9. Lemon Chicken

Talk about a ready-to-go dinner! This is perfect for healthy meal planning!


10. Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken

A little heavier in calories but a great option for quick meals! This would pair great with the Veggie Fried Rice that many of you suggested!

11. Reduced Guilt Greek Yogurt Spinach Dip

If you are hosting friends soon, I would definitely add this reduced guilt spinach dip to your line up! It is made with greek yogurt so not dairy-free but still better for you than the real deal.

12. Cauliflower Pizza Crust

These are so great to have on hand for homemade pizza night! Add tomato sauce and your favorite toppings for a lighter pizza night! Many of you also recommended the Cauliflower Crust Cheese Pizza!

13. Plumcots

I actually haven’t tried these but so many of you recommended them that now I am thinking I might should grab them next time! If you like plums, be sure to check these out for whole fruit!

14. Everything Pretzel Crisps

Not necessarily “healthy” but better for you than other chips and sugary snacks on the shelves! I would pair these with a nut butter or guacamole!

15. Spicy Chai Tea Latte Mix

I can’t believe this was such a popular recommendation! If you like Chai Tea Lattes, I guess this is a must get at Trader Joe’s!

Trader Joe’s Favorites: More Healthy Recommendations

16. 21 Seasoning Salute

17. Pumpkin Butter

18. Pineapple Salsa

19. Kale Cashew Vegan Pesto

20. Con Salsa

21. Cilantro Dressing

22. Fall Harvest Pasta Sauce

23. Broccoli Rice

24. Bagged Southwestern Salad

25. Zucchini Spirals

26. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

27. Mandarin Oranges

28. Frozen Sweet Potato Fries

29. Cruciferous Crunch Salad

30. Acai Packets

31. Marconi Almonds with Rosemary

32. Frozen Tamales – These are gluten-free and there are some dairy free options too!

33. Frozen Brown Rice (Individual Servings)

34. Spinach & Kale Bites

35. Frozen Cauliflower Rice – This is Whole30 approved and great to continue to have on hand as an alternative to regular rice for lower-carb meals!

36. Mexican Corn

37. Frozen Green Beans

38. Organic Brown Rice

39. Light Shredded Cheese

40. Chicken Sausage

41. Lamb Chops

42. Chicken Jalapeño Sausages

43. Frozen Chili Lime Chicken Burgers – Another approved Whole30 frozen food that is great to continue to have on hand for healthy dinners!

44. Frozen Meatballs

45. Turkey Lime Fiesta Burgers

46. Heat and Serve BBQ Beef Brisket

47. Sparkling Waters

Trader Joe’s Favorites: Sweet Treats & Indulgent Recommendations

1. Cookie Butter (most popular sweet treat recommendation!) 

Okay, we all know how amazing this stuff is! If you haven’t tired it, you are truly missing out! 

2. Peanut Butter Pretzel Nuggets

These are so tasty and perfect road trip snack or snack for your kiddos! Not necessarily “healthy” but definitely delicious!

3. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Think of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups but better + dark chocolate. OMGGGG. Just trust us, they are yummy!

4. Chocolate Covered Almonds

Another amazing dark chocolate find at Trader Joe’s.

5. Triple Ginger Cookies

I haven’t tried these but many of you recommended them so of course, now I feel like I need to try them!

6. Black Licorice

I am shocked this made the top list of sweet treats! Another one I guess I need to try!

7. Chocolate Coconut Almonds

If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you know these are my weakness! Something about the chocolate + almond + coconut is just irresistible!

8. Churro Puff Bites

Crispy baked corn puffs coated in cinnamon and brown sugar!

9. Handmade Flour Tortillas

If you are trying to eat cleaner or are aiming for lighter meals, I would recommend Trader Joe’s Corn Tortillas instead of these BUT these are so fluffy and really do taste handmade!

10. Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese

Wow this looks amazing! Perfect comfort food!

11. Carmelized Onion Cheddar Cheese

I think another wine & cheese party is calling my name! I bet this would pair perfectly with the infamous Goat Wine we all love!!!

12. Frozen Turkey Corn Dogs

Maybe a little better for you than traditional corn dogs but a corn dog is a corn dog. These are good though. Great for kids too!

Trader Joe’s Favorites: More Sweet Treats & Indulgent Recommendations

13. Honey Wheat Pretzels

14. Chocolate Mousse Pumpkins

15. Mochi

16. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

17. Fig Bars

18. Coconut Clusters

19. Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Mix – Usually all of the “pumpkin” flavored items are only seasonal so stay tuned in September for these things!

20. Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix

21. Gluten Free Brownie Mix

22. Pumpkin Spice Waffles

23. Frozen Lobster Ravioli

24. Frozen Chocolate Covered Strawberries – I think the frozen chocolate covered strawberries and bananas are your “healthiest” sweet treats on this list! They are literally just fruit + chocolate and oh my they are delicious!

25. Frozen Chocolate and Almond Croissant

26. Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas

27. Frozen Prosciutto Pizza

28. Frozen Spinach and Artichoke Dip

29. Frozen Veggie Pizza

30. Frozen Mini Ice Cream Cones

31. Frozen Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

32. Frozen Vanilla Ice Cream

33. Black Pepper Toscano Cheese

34. Cocoban Red Wine

What are other Trader Joe’s favorites of yours? Please leave a comment below so I can add to our list! I hope this list helps on your next trip to Trader Joe’s!! xo

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  1. Jenna
    January 28, 2019 / 11:25 am

    I really want to focus on eating more veggies this year! I love all of these Trader Joe’s recommendations!

  2. Emily
    January 28, 2019 / 11:37 am

    I love focused workouts you provide! I would love a 30 minute HIIT home workout!

  3. Shelby
    January 28, 2019 / 1:19 pm

    I love Trader Joe’s!! Can’t wait to try some of these items I haven’t tried before!

  4. Ellie
    January 28, 2019 / 2:07 pm

    I need to find ways to drink more water and figure out what fitness as a new mom will look like for me!

  5. Shalina
    January 28, 2019 / 2:51 pm

    I love what I have learned from Whole30 and will continue to explore the no sugar, no soy, no/low carb options that are still family friendly.

  6. January 28, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    For February, I want to be adventurous and try new and unfamiliar ways of working out 🏋🏿‍♀️! I was thinking of signing for boxing, pole dancing, etc!! I know you do a lot of self-workouts at home and barre classes but I would love to see you do the same and try different classes! That’ll be unique haha!!

    I think overall though, you’re incredible for being so determined and consistent in healthy eating and working out daily. Really appreciated this Trader Joe’s Haul. I think it’s a challenge for everyone to find AND choose healthier options in general, so this was a great share 🎉!!

  7. Meech Brikshavana
    January 28, 2019 / 4:42 pm

    I would love healthy cooking and meals for the whole family! Ways to increase metabolism and getting stronger.

  8. Christina
    January 29, 2019 / 9:38 am

    Love this post! Trader Joe’s is my fave!!

  9. Elizabeth W
    January 29, 2019 / 11:09 pm

    healthy cooking to take to work!

  10. Melissa
    January 31, 2019 / 12:33 am

    i’ve been trying to eat more veggies this year! 🙂

  11. Audrey Stewart
    January 31, 2019 / 4:29 am

    I want to eat healthier, and lose a some weight. I just have a sweet tooth that I can’t control.

  12. Terri S.
    January 31, 2019 / 5:28 am

    I need to cut down my intake of carbs and hydrate more.

  13. Sharon Rooney
    January 31, 2019 / 5:33 am

    I love Trader Joe’s.
    I am interested in some healthy low calories snacks that I can either buy or make at home.

  14. Laura B.
    January 31, 2019 / 6:58 am

    Hearty but healthy meals. It is cold so I like to have warm meals that are filling but are still healthy.

  15. Kim Henrichs
    January 31, 2019 / 7:06 am

    I’d like to lose the sugar induced belly fat from the holidays!

  16. Sarah
    January 31, 2019 / 7:11 am

    I would love to know how to “diet” without losing my milk supply. The cravings from breastfeeding are unreal! I have a great milk supply and nervous to change my eating habits because of it.

  17. bernardina sims
    January 31, 2019 / 7:17 am

    I would love to know how to eat and drink healthier because it is so hard to eat healthy!

  18. Kathryn W
    January 31, 2019 / 7:27 am

    Love all the TJs recommendations!

  19. Catherine Guzik
    January 31, 2019 / 7:33 am

    Would love to try these….maybe become a fan of Trader Joes….I just have not stopped in

  20. Buffie
    January 31, 2019 / 7:52 am

    Love this list. My favorite is the peanut butter filled pretzels even though they are not the healthiest option! I have to drive 2 hours to the nearest TJ’s. It’s so worth it! In February, would love to see some posts on Yoga…maybe some good at-home recommendations of yoga workouts on Youtube.

  21. B. Bachman
    January 31, 2019 / 8:01 am

    I would love to get a few ideas on quick, healthy lunches to take to work.

  22. donna porter
    January 31, 2019 / 8:19 am

    I would like to focus on eating less sugar in my diet. I need recipes that do not contain added sugar.

  23. Steven Epstein
    January 31, 2019 / 9:01 am

    Well, I can’t stop eating chocolate and I can’t seem to cut down. I seem to gain weight just looking at food lol .

  24. January 31, 2019 / 9:02 am

    I want to lose weight and I would like to try your food

  25. Natalie
    January 31, 2019 / 9:40 am

    I would like help on quick, simple and healthy recipes I can make for dinner as well as the best products at the grocery store.

  26. January 31, 2019 / 9:53 am

    I want to lose weight and try your food

  27. Gabrielle
    January 31, 2019 / 1:19 pm

    I am definitely working on incorporating more plant-based food into my life.

  28. Nancy
    January 31, 2019 / 2:11 pm

    Getting exercise when you don’t want to leave the house due to the bad weather & you don’t own exercise equipment.

  29. Sally Gearhart
    January 31, 2019 / 2:26 pm

    I need the most help with pre workout stretches and a better morning time routine. I also would love to do more yoga and healthy snack time options for the whole family.

  30. Rita a
    January 31, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    I could use instant pot healthy recipes for the whole family

  31. Rust
    January 31, 2019 / 6:12 pm

    I’ve got to get back into my much-less-sugar mode after the holidays, and lose some of the weight I picked up.

  32. Patricia C
    January 31, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    I need help with motivation. I need to lose weight, eat healthier and curb my cravings

  33. Andrea Darst
    January 31, 2019 / 11:06 pm

    I really want to do yoga/Pilates at my house! A post helping with that. Also I want to make smoothies each morning but need like a schedule for them!

  34. Ashley Mauceri
    February 1, 2019 / 8:56 am

    I would love tips for managing daily anxiety – trying to take extra care of my mental health this month!

  35. Jen Cole
    February 1, 2019 / 8:58 am

    I’m working on cutting back on sugar!

  36. February 1, 2019 / 10:04 am

    I need some serious motivational help!

  37. Sarah Hayes
    February 1, 2019 / 11:48 am

    i want to get back into regular workouts! its time to start lifting again

  38. Jodi Hunter
    February 1, 2019 / 12:41 pm

    I want to go for a walk every day.

  39. Laura
    February 1, 2019 / 3:39 pm

    I would like to exercise more! And find the extra time to do so.

  40. Anita Duvall
    February 2, 2019 / 2:38 am

    I would love to complete my physical therapy and not give up! Really need more nutrition right now.

  41. DanielleD
    February 3, 2019 / 9:31 am

    For February I want to focus on Ab work & reducing my mom pooch before spring break !
    I love folllowing each of you for inspiration . I’m great about my workouts & nutrition during the week but really struggle on the weekends .
    To stay on track

  42. Nikki M.
    February 3, 2019 / 3:28 pm

    I need healthy meal & snack ideas to send to work my husband. He’s a nurse that works long hours.

    I’m looking for motivation & tips on beginner work outs.

  43. Emily Powers
    February 3, 2019 / 7:39 pm

    Trader Joe’s is the best! Can’t wait to try some new products, thanks for the recommendations!!

  44. Emily Powers
    February 3, 2019 / 7:40 pm

    love it!!!!!

  45. Erin
    February 3, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    I’d like quick weeknight meal recipes for the whole family.

  46. Christina
    February 3, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    I would like to learn more easy, healthy dinners to make at home!

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