Trader Joe's Grocery Haul- Fall Favorites & Essentials
Ohhhhhh Trader Joe’s…. how I love thee. TJ, you stole my heart the first time I stepped into one of your splendid grocery stores. So many unique, affordable, and (sometimes) healthy options all compact in the most quaint, hometown grocery store with the friendliest staff. Can you tell I’m a fan yet? Any who, one day this week, I had some extra time after work and was needing some Kait-time so what do I do? Grocery shop. Not just grocery shop, but TJ grocery shop. Because there are just some things you can ONLY get at Trader Joe’s and I was running low on some of my essential things from there so even more justification to go. So to TJ I went!
Oh and last glorious reason for me to go to TJ right now (as if I needed another reason ya know?) is that it’s FALL…. and fall means PUMPKIN….. errrrthang. And TJ does it right.
So I thought I’d take you guys along on my Trader Joe’s haul with me. Most of these things I show you are my staples from there and just some Fall items I haven’t found done as well as Trader Joe’s does or done anywhere else at all! So let’s shop!
Avocado Oil is a good flavor alternative to olive oil and has a higher smoke point than olive oil, but still an unsaturated fat which is the good kind!! A higher smoke point means it will not burn or smoke until it reaches 520 F (271 C), which is ideal for searing or frying meats and vegetables. Also it’s really cheap here compared to regular grocery stores, also can be found at Costco for cheap too!
Okay so this brand and flavor is not always a “essential” but coffee is. Also, come fall… Pumpkin Spice Coffee is actually a must and this one was TJ’s so I knew it’d be legit. Only $7.99 for 14 oz. and a really good flavor. Not too pumpkin-y, but enough to be like “oh yeah it’s fall baby” ya feel me??
Green Goddess Salad Dressing. you see those ingredients right there?? That's all that’s added to this beautiful dressing. I’m not kidding when I say it’s my favorite dressing of all time and so fresh. No preservatives. It’s amazing. $3.69 and WORTH IT.
those ingredients tho.
My beloved Perfect Bars. Oh how delicious are you. You can buy this other places besides TJ, but I haven’t seen the Pumpkin Pie flavor anywhere else so naturally I had to get it. Just a good, quick breakfast option or bigger snack. Haven’t tried it yet, but oh trust me- my instagram followers will know when I do.
Y’ALL. TJ’s Crunchy (yes, crunchy. don't @ me) Almond Butter. If you know me, you know my love for all things nut butter is FIERCE. Like on the verge of addiction, but I ain’t mad about it. So I’ve had my fair share of nut butters in my day and this is BY FAR the BEST one yet. I can't explain it and I don’t know how they do it b/c it’s just almonds and salt?! but they do it and they do it WELL. Also way cheaper than other almond butters I've found. Like $4.99 cheap in comparison to like $10.99. Sorry I just cannot with that price. Broke or not.
Nutritional yeast is a popular food product often used in vegan cooking. I don’t like it for that reason, I just think it tastes good and has a really good source of protein and B vitamins! although if you are vegan, this is a great option for you!!
It gets its name from the protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it contains. This yeast is grown specifically to be used as a food product. The yeast cells are killed during manufacturing and not alive in the final product. It is used in cooking and has a cheesy, nutty or savory flavor.
Nutritional Yeast nutriton information and ingredient list.
Organic Coconut Aminos Seasoning Sauce. Made in Sri Lanka, organic coconut sap is hand-harvested and fermented, then boiled to create an amino-rich sauce—13 amino acids, to be exact. A touch of sea salt provides a balanced mineral quality. Really similar to soy sauce.
But there are no soy ingredients in this product, good for paleo recipes. And at 300mg of sodium per tablespoon (vs. 920mg in the leading soy sauce brand), this gluten-free, kosher (pareve) Sauce is a great option for those looking to reduce their sodium intake.
So I think this is awesome because I like the idea of cauliflower pizza crust, but I hate how they only come pre-made so if you want to make your own you have to make a cauliflower crust yourself…. and lemme just say- NOT EASY. So this is a happy medium and you can personalize it.
Ingredients and macronutrients for the cauliflower pizza crust.
Any pasta lovers out there?? Well you’ve heard of cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza crust, but what about gnocchi?? Probs not but this stuff is good!! Idk how they do it, but they make it work! Good low-calorie and low-carb alternative to pasta without really sacrificing flavor in my opinion.
Nutrition information and ingredients for the Cauliflower Gnocchi.
Nothing fancy, just steamed cauliflower here…. but it’s rainbow colored which makes everything more fun in my opinion. If you is lame and want white cauliflower they have that too.
OKAY GIRLS. This is for you. It’s a hair mask/ leave-in conditioner. I’m not kidding, it’s the bomb. I use it 2-3 times a week instead of conditioner, leave it in for 5 minutes, and then rinse it out in the shower. No harmful chemicals either. It’s the bomb.com. It’s like $4.99 and lasts me about a month.
Cowboy Caviar. Basically just a great way to say corn and black bean salsa. Good with chips, carrots, celery, on a salad. Good, healthy addition to lots of meals.
these ingredients are so so clean. I’m such a fan.
Balsamic vinegar. By no means an exciting edition, but the reason I get it at TJ is because the quality it REALLY solid for the price. You can’t find that good of quality for $3.99 anywhere else.
everything. but. the. bagel. seasoning. OH MY GOSH. This stuff changed the seasoning game for me. It’s garlic and onion and herb seasoning all in one in the best way. It literally takes any vegetable, chicken, potato, eggs, avocado toast alllll to the next level!!! Seriously, I stay stocked with this.
Okay last but CERTAINLY not lease, this one isn't a "essential" by any means, but how yummy does this look??? It's just one of TJ's fall special things, but can you imagine this on toast, on a muffin, on carrot cake, in yogurt.... wow wow wow I'm drooling just thinking about it. Not necessarily the "healthiest" thing but #balance ya know??
That’s all I have for now, but I hope it helps you navigate the sometimes murky waters of Trader Joe’s and hopefully give you some staples to try!! If you try any of the things I’ve mentioned, I’d love for you to comment on this post or leave me an Direct Message on Instagram about which one you tried and if you liked it!
Happy shopping lovelies!