One of the most common questions I get from clients is what they should be buying at the grocery store. I totally get it - strolling through the grocery store and trying to choose products that are actually healthy can be a little overwhelming. There's so many options out there that sometimes you just need a little guidance. That's why I was so excited when Inspired by This asked me to give their fabulous editor, Ally, a little tour through my favorite grocery stores. First up, Trader Joe's!
So Trader Joe's is definitely one of my go-to places to pick up all the staples. I love that there are so many options, they're always bringing in creative, new products (hello cauliflower pizza crust!), and you really can't beat the price point. Here are a few of my favorite TJ's items, but to get my full grocery list (don't forget to pin it for later!) and check out all of the photos from our fun day wandering through the store, head over to read the post on Inspired by This!
If I was forced to choose one thing that I absolutely can't leave Trader Joe's without, it would have to be their frozen Organic Riced Cauliflower. It's already riced and ready to go, and seriously couldn't be easier to just pour right into your pan for any recipe you're making. My go-to's are Cauliflower "Fried Rice", Pesto Shrimp Cauliflower Rice Bowls, and Chicken Taco Bowls (the recipe says broccoli rice, which you can also buy at TJ's, or swap for cauli rice!).
Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend. OMG. Sprinkle this on some avocado & eggs and thank me later!
Frozen Organic Acai Puree Packets - I love these for my morning smoothies because they're delicious and have zero grams of sugar! Acai bowls are usually LOADED with sugar, so using these packets are amazing for satisfying that acai craving without putting yourself through that blood sugar spike and crash. Run the packet under warm water to break it up a little, cut it open, and pour into your blender! For a yummy acai bowl recipe, check this post.
Avocado Oil is a must buy at TJ's! I use this for all of my higher heat cooking - whether I'm making a stir-fry on the stove or I'm roasting veggies in the oven, I'm always using avocado oil. It has a much higher smoke point than olive oil, so I save my olive oil for low-medium sautéing or just use it in salad dressings, dips, and sauces!
Mixed Nut Butter is definitely one of my favorite TJ's items. It's made with almonds, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and sea salt - no weird additives and it's super delicious. Like a more affordable Nuttzo!
Organic Coconut Aminos - the ultimate soy sauce substitute. You'll see it used in my Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe, and I always make sure to use it whenever I pick up sushi for lunch or make a homemade poke bowl! And btw buying it at TJ's versus Whole Foods will save you about $5!
Did you know microgreens are even more nutrient-dense than the matured versions of these veggies!? So you can get away with using just a pinch or so and still get plenty of health benefits from them. My favorite way to use them is in a smoothie (especially great for people who don't love adding a big handful of spinach or kale in their smoothies!). Microgreens tend to expire quickly, so I put them straight into the freezer, and then grab a pinch whenever I'm whipping up my smoothie!
Jicama sticks are super convenient for healthy snacking! Sliced up and ready for dipping into guacamole or hummus (TJ's Eggplant Hummus is my favorite)!
Avocado's Number Guacamole - clean ingredients and pretty yummy for a packaged guac! I love the mini packets of these that are pre-portioned and easy to take on-the-go for snacking (with your jicama sticks!).
Two final tips before I send ya over to Inspired by This for the rest of the deets. No matter where you're shopping, always make sure to read those ingredient labels. It's so important to be a savvy shopper and look out for added sugar, poor-quality oils (canola, vegetable, etc)., and unnecessary additives in your products. My advice - keep it simple and eat foods with ingredients you trust! Btw, there's a whole guide to breaking down nutrition labels in my subscriber guide!
And last, you can't leave Trader Joe's without some beautiful flowers! Their quality, variety, and price point is amazing!
Photos by Angelica Marie Photography
July 28th, 2016
June 23, 2017
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.