Healthy Trader Joe’s Grocery Staples

Healthy Trader Joe's Grocery Staples | Balanced Black Girl

Healthy Trader Joe's Grocery Staples | Balanced Black Girl

Grocery stores. Shut up and take my money. Grocery shopping is one of my favorite past-times. No seriously, I LOVE grocery shopping. I can’t tell you how many times I have had time to kill, so I go to the grocery store to check out new-to-me products and brainstorm recipe ideas. I love taking my time walking around the store, looking at everything and reading all of the labels. I know, total party animal over here. Let’s just say I know how to have a good time.

Like most other basics (and bloggers), Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are two of my favorite places to go. I know between these two, I can find the staple foods I like to eat and can always find fun new foods to try. Thankfully, a Trader Joe’s opened up in the area where my parents live which is 99.9% of the reason why I was able to move home. Joking/not joking. Because TJ’s is so close, I usually go there on a weekly basis to stock up on my regular groceries. Below are my favorite healthy staples from Trader Joe’s.

What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!

    1. Coconut Oil – I mean, let’s just be honest with ourselves. Coconut oil is the magic balm for all basic girls everywhere (insert hand-raise emoji). I like keeping a jar in the kitchen for baking, and a jar in the bathroom for beauty. TJ’s coconut oil is organic and unrefined, and you just can’t beat the price.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar – I LOVE this stuff. I love using this vinegar as a base for salad dressings (it is amazing on this watermelon salad), and to massage kale with. It’s not too acidic, and is lightly sweet which offsets the bitterness of greens like kale. If you don’t like eating raw greens, throw some of this on it and I promise you will gobble them up.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Rolled Oats – A basic girl breakfast I can’t get enough of – overnight oats. Plus you get extra credit basic points if you eat it out of a mason jar. I love using these rolled oats in my overnight oats because they keep their texture well and don’t get too mushy. I also like grinding these into oat flour for baking!What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Hemp and Chia Seeds – Hemp and Chia Seeds are two of my favorite superfoods that can break the bank if you get carried away. For me, they are a must for smoothies and oats, so I go through them pretty quickly. These both have a really good price point, so I like stocking up on them.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Quinoa – Gimme all the quinoa. Give it to me savory in a broth bowl, give it to me sweet for breakfast. I just never get sick of this versatile grain, and make a batch during meal prep to eat every week.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
      What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Nut Butter – Want to know a fun fact? I hated all nuts and nut butter until I was about 21. What was wrong with me? Good thing I have eaten a lifetime’s worth of nut butter in the past five years to make up for lost time. Two of my favorite picks from Trader Joe’s are their raw almond butter (great price point) and the crunchy salted peanut butter with flax and chia.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Almond Meal – Another great baking staple. Almond meal is awesome for making grain-free and paleo-friendly treats.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Coconut Sugar – I don’t typically consume a ton of sugar in my daily diet. However, if I do use sugar for baking, nine times out of 10 I use coconut sugar.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Pre-portioned Nuts and Trail Mix – Ummm…moment of honesty friends. Portion control is not my strong suit. If I have an open container of nuts or trail mix, I will go to town like it’s nobody’s business. I love these portioned nuts and trail mix pouches because it helps me not kill an entire bag of almonds in a day. Not that I’ve ever done that….What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Hummus – Let’s just all get on board with the fact that hummus is basically a food group. Cool, thanks. Aside from homemade, the classic hummus from TJ’s is my favorite!What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Frozen Berries – It’s no secret that I’m a major smoothie person. The Very Cherry Berry Blend is one of my favorites to blend up. I love the addition of frozen cherries!What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Turkey Burgers – If you eat meat, these are great to have on hand. They are really tasty and cook up quickly if you need a fast protein source for dinner. I also love crumbling up the turkey burgers while cooking them, and using them for ground turkey in other recipes. It’s a great way to only use what you need if you are just cooking for yourself and an entire pound of ground turkey would be a waste.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Riced Cauliflower – Shoutout to all my lazy peeps who like riced cauliflower but don’t want to lug out the food processor. I keep a few bags of this in my freezer at all times to make easy side dishes, and it also works well for cauliflower pizza crust. I even use it to make a yummy cilantro lime cauliflower rice.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Organic Frozen Brown Rice – If cauliflower rice isn’t your thing, the frozen brown rice is also great. I don’t have a rice cooker, and also am too impatient to wait for rice to cook on the stove. I love having these in the freezer so I can easily warm up perfect brown rice in minutes.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Roasted Plantain Chips – These are more of a treat, mainly because the lack of self-control I mentioned about nuts and trail mix applies here too. These chips are seriously addicting, and are amazing with black bean dip and guac.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
    1. Tea Tree Oil Face Wash – Now let’s talk about some beauty products right quick (my favorite subject). I personally love using oil to remove my makeup, and like to follow it up with this cleanser if I feel like my skin needs a little extra love. This is actually the Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Cleanser that TJ’s sells under their own label for a lower price. The ingredient list is great, and the tea tree oil helps keep breakouts at bay. I love this stuff.What to buy from Trader Joe's - affordable healthy grocery staples!
  1. Moisturizing Cream Shave – I know the really cool thing to do is use coconut oil for shaving, and while I am all for using coconut oil for literally every other purpose in life, I just can’t get with that. The cream shave has been a staple for me for years. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized and smells great!

There you have it! Those are some of my favorite staples to have on hand from Trader Joe’s. Stay tuned, because I plan on posting a Whole Foods version soon. What are some of your favorite grocery staples? Where do you like to shop?

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24 Responses

  1. okay mile long comment here. beware.
    i hate coconut :O but i did cave and buy some coconut oil. TJs has a great price!
    i looove vinegars. i’ll have to try that 😀
    TJs used to be the only place i’d buy almond butter. it was either them or marthanara for the raw crunchy AB! now i mostly make my own!
    wow we love a lot of the same things lol. but i didnt know TJs has hemp seeds awewsome!
    LOVE that frozen berry blend! awesome for smoothies and baking
    portion control ahh, not my strong suit either. i used to hate nuts until my mom bought me the berry blend. such a good and bad thing, since that package doesnt come in individuals! i used to portion it myself. now i’m too lazy and just dont buy it! ;D
    beauty products!! i just started buying their tea tree oil body wash and love it! i’ll have to check out that shaving cream too! i already make my own deo and hair care and buy face wash that works.

  2. We have a bunch of the same staples! TJ’s nut butters (and nuts) have such an excellent price point in comparison with other brands. That peanut butter is one of my faves, and I also love their salted almond butter. It’s a little on the salty side, but occasionally that’s exactly what I’m in the mood for 🙂 I love your tip about using the burgers for individual portions of ground meat! I eat them on their own a lot, but I’ve never thought of that.

    1. I totally agree! I love buying their nuts and nut butters for that exact reason. I have never had their salted almond butter but will definitely give it a try! And yes, the burgers as ground turkey is a lifesaver!

  3. Love this roundup! The closest Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods is about 45 minutes from me – but when I go – I go BIG. I agree – they always have the best stuff and you know you can find specific healthy brands. And…now I’m hungry 🙂

  4. Grocery shopping is literally my idea of fun. My husband, however, always RUINS it for me. He hates grocery stores with a passion and I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life. Haha. And also, the riced cauliflower is a lifesaver because I hate making my own and that stuff stinks up your whole damn house! Love TJs 🙂

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