This Healthy Shopping List Will Make Your Next Trip to Trader Joe's So Much Simpler
We're huge fans of Trader Joe's healthy foods — there is such a large variety and their products are so affordable. Buying the foods on this Trader Joe's shopping list will make nutritious cooking and eating so much easier! When you prepare your own food, you can decide exactly what goes onto each plate and tailor your meal plan to meet your goals, whatever they may be.
It can be overwhelming walking through the doors, and it's so easy to grab the newest products that look fun and interesting, but they may not always be the healthiest options. So arm yourself with this shopping list — specifically designed for going aisle by aisle at Trader Joe's — to help keep you on track. It's the perfect place to stock up, because TJ's shelves are loaded with the goods to inspire meal prep and home-cooked meals that make healthy eating easier.
Prices and products may vary by Trader Joe's location.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano and Jenny Sugar
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Vegetables
Aim to fill half your cart with fresh vegetables and fruits, just as you would your plate. Trader Joe's offers some veggies pre-chopped to make meal prep even easier.
- Salad mixes (love the Southern Greens Blend, Cruciferous Crunch, and the chopped salads)
- Brussels sprouts
- Bell peppers
- Sweet potatoes
- Murasaki sweet potatoes (also called Japanese sweet potatoes)
- Butternut squash spirals
- Riced cauliflower
- Salad spring mix
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Fruit
When you can, eat the fruit that's in season. This often helps cut down on your grocery bill.
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Grains, Pasta, and Bread
Complex carbs are nutritious and filling, and there are so many healthy options to pick from.
- Rice (basmati, jasmine, brown rice medley, and calrose)
- Whole-grain pasta
- Red lentil pasta
- Gluten-free pasta
- Whole-grain bread
- Corn tortillas
- Gluten-free brown rice tortillas
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Breakfast Staples
Breakfast doesn't have to be a chore. Grab these ingredients so you can whip up some overnight oats or a simple yogurt bowl.
- Chia seeds, hemps seeds, flaxseeds
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Canned and Jarred Goods
There are tons of plant-based protein options in this section, and Trader Joe's is famous for its delicious variety of salsas.
- Diced tomatoes and tomato paste
- Green chilis
- Hot sauce
- Soy sauce
- Curry sauce
- Coconut milk
- Artichoke hearts
- Roasted red peppers
- Nut butter
- Fruit-sweetened jam
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Nuts and Dried Fruit
For protein and fiber, definitely hit up the nuts and seed section of Trader Joe's. Right next to it you'll also find dried fruit, which can make for great snacks, or used in breakfast and healthy baking recipes.
Trader Joe's nuts and seeds:
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Trail mix
Trader Joe's dried fruit:
- Dried apricots
- Dried baby bananas
- Apple rings
- Dried cranberries
- Dried cherries
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Frozen Foods
Trader Joe's is a mecca of frozen foods that make throwing dinner together a breeze.
- Cauliflower rice
- Cooked rice
- Vegetables (love the fire roasted corn, rainbow cauliflower, and edamame mix!)
- Fruit (mango, blueberries, acai)
- Cauliflower gnocchi
- Cauliflower pizza crust
- Vegetable patties
- Zucchini spirals
- Acai puree packets
- Veggie burgers
- Meatless meatballs
- Jackfruit cakes
- Cauliflower pizza crust
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Healthy Baking Essentials
Healthy eating doesn't mean you can never eat a cookie or piece of cake again! If you love to bake healthy treats like homemade banana bread, baked oatmeal, or granola bars, stock up on these baking essentials.
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Meat and Seafood
Choose lean proteins as frequently as possible, limiting red meat to a serving or two per week.
- High-protein super firm tofu
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Dips, Sauces, and Spreads
Use these picks as a dip for vegetables or as a dressing, marinade, or pasta sauce — they'll make any homemade snack or meal tastier.
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Prepared Foods
If you struggle finding time to cook, skip the drive-through and stop by this section of the store for a quick bite.
- Cooked chicken
- Prepared salad bowls
- Egg white salad
Trader Joe's Shopping List: Cooking Oils
Cooking oils are an excellent source of healthy fats, which help keep you satisfied between meals.
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Walnut oil
- Coconut oil
- Sesame oil
- Oil sprays