It’s no secret that I am a HUGE Trader Joes fan and use many of their products on a daily basis. There are a ton of time-saving TJ’s items that are Whole30 compliant, and I decided to compile a list of some of my favorites. I hope this list of Trader Joe’s Whole30 Must-Haves is helpful!
I am not going to list out every type of fruit and veggie in the store because…well that would just be silly. And… it goes without saying- if the only ingredients are that fruit or veggie (and maybe citric acid), then you are good to go! All of these are staples that I still use on a day-to-day basis and always have in my fridge or pantry. I hope this is helpful to those who are new to the Whole30!
This Tahini sauce is sooooo good! I love dipping raw veggies in it, or try using it for my Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini recipe. The guacamole individual portions are really convenient to take when you pack a lunch for work, and they also prevent a large batch of guac from turning brown since each one comes in it’s own pack! Both of these burgers are great to keep in the freezer and throw on the grill on nights when you don’t feel like cooking.
Ever since I discovered this frozen wild-caught salmon, I rarely ever buy it fresh anymore! I usually cook it straight from being frozen in the oven for 15-20 minutes and it tastes so fresh. The carrot spirals almost remind me of lo mein in terms of their texture. They are great as a side dish or as a “noodle” base for meatballs or other saucy dishes. I like to keep a bag of hazelnuts in the freezer and have them as a quick snack- kind of gets you that Nutella-ish taste you’ve been missing and can’t have 🙂 The Acai packs are for smoothies which are debatable during the Whole30 – I put them on here because they are technically compliant, but smoothies aren’t necessarily considered a full meal. Use at your discretion! The caulirice sells out quick, so if you find it, grab a bunch and stock up! I would say that is probably the most used item I get from TJ’s- for making smoothies, “rice”, pizza crust, you name it! So convenient….because who wants to use a food processor to make homemade caulirice? Not me.
These raw cashew pieces (or whole ones are fine too) are good to have on hand for recipes that require a cashew cream base. They aren’t salted and have 0 oils. I like both of these almond butters for adding to sauce recipes, smoothies, and spreading on bananas and other fruit. The Nutritional Yeast is something I just started using this year when I gave up dairy completely- it gives dishes a nice cheesy flavor and is a good substitute for parmesan. Flaxseed meal is something else I like to add to smoothies for an Omega-3 boost – but feel free to add them to whatever meals/sauces you want!
Since you aren’t supposed to be baking any treats during the Whole30, you probably won’t use or need almond flour or coconut flour a ton – but they are good to have for meatballs and other stuff that need some “glue” to hold them together and fluff them up a bit! I like adding the unsweetened coconut to a banana with almond butter on top for a snack with a little cinnamon. Both of these meats can be found in the section with the bacon and they are so easy to pop in the oven to heat up on a busy night!
This is probably the cheapest ghee you will find, and there are some debates over how real it is (and the fact that it’s not grass-fed) but I still like using it as an alternative to butter. The Everything but the Bagel seasoning is my JAM. I seriously put it on everything savory – potatoes, eggs, burgers, etc. The options are endless. The salsa verde is awesome to put on chicken. This coconut milk is free of carageenan and other “no-no’s” – which is exciting because it’s the cheapest compliant coconut milk out there.
These hot dogs are nice to have on hand for BBQ’s and nights when you don’t have any groceries left in the house 😉 but I wouldn’t suggest living off them for the entire 30 days. This chopped veggie mix is a nice time-saver – they already did all the work. Great for stir-fry’s. This grilled cauliflower is good- but nothing beats the real (fresh) thing in my opinion! Just another time-saving option for you.
It’s important to buy quality organic, grass-fed meat during the Whole30 (and always), and this ground beef is well-priced and holds up well in the fridge (usually the expiration date is 2 weeks or more after the date that I buy it). Kombucha is compliant as long as it doesn’t have any added sweeteners or sugars- and GT’s is the one brand that doesn’t do that! The gingerade is a fave of mine.
A few non-pictured items that I love: Olive oil spray (no soy added), Lara Bars & EPIC meat bars for quick on-the-go snacks, coconut aminos as a soy sauce replacement (way cheaper than other brands!), all spices, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oils, and Spindrift seltzer water.
There are probably items that I am forgetting (or it just got to the point where I was getting weird looks taking pics of everything at TJ’s the other day- haha) so I will update this as I go along! Happy shopping!!!