Right in time for the January Whole30, I made a trip out to good ol’ Trader Joe’s to see what Whole30 Trader Joe’s finds I could come across. I always love their frozen veggie section and it’s awesome that they have their own brand of flavored sparking water and Whole30 compliant green goddess salad dressing! Here’s a few other things I found on my grocery store field trip!
They of course carry all the normal veggie options, but what I really like about Trader Joe’s is that they have more affordable and more fun versions of prepped veggies than Whole Foods does. The cauliflower rice, sweet potato ribbons, jicama sticks, butternut squash cubes and zig-zags make getting your veggies in way more appealing sometimes. Not to mention, saves you a bunch of time chopping and prepping.
They have an awesome selection of Whole30 compliant frozen veggies! Trader Joe’s has Whole30 compliant frozen green chilis which is great for slow cooker or instant pot pork verde. The bags of red, yellow and green bell peppers are my favorite to keep on hand. Talk about easy weeknight burrito bowls or quick frittatas. Along with the frozen carrot spirals, they also have frozen zoodles (AKA zucchini noodles). I’m so happy you can get these in stores now for everyone who doesn’t have a spiralizer or wants to save some time by not having to use it. Almost all of the plain frozen veggies at Trader Joe’s are A-OK for Whole30.
While Trader Joe’s isn’t the place I can go to get all of my meat products, they do have some good options! The Chile lime chicken burgers are super cheap and really good, and you can only get them at Trader Joe’s, unlike the Tuna that you can get almost anywhere. They also carry the staples like chicken, ground beef, steak, etc., along with Applegate hot dogs.
Another perk that Trader Joe’s has over other places are these fully cooked meats! Grass fed beef roast, along with the fully cooked pork belly are Whole30 compliant and really great to either know you can run in and pick up on a busy night, or have on hand to throw something together when you don’t want to cook.
There’s plenty of pantry staples to stock up on too while you’re there. They have really reasonably priced oils and fats. The ghee, coconut milk and coconut cream is a good budget option, and there’s lots of different types of oils available! They have compliant chicken and vegetable stock now, which is new (to me)!
Other Whole30 pantry staples always include almond butter, coconut aminos for Asian dishes, almond meal for making meatballs, salsa for Mexican inspired meals or crock pot salsa chicken. Pssst.. they’re compliant guacamole options in the fridge section if you’re making Mexican tonight!
A few other of my fave Trader Joe’s staples during a Whole30 include their spice blends, of course the “everything but the bagel” seasoning, along with the seasoning salt! I used to love Lowry’s, but since that’s out, this seasoning salt makes up for it! I typically purchase minced garlic jars and some bulk nuts at Trader Joe’s too to have for quick options, or for topping my salads with.
I’m happy they have some compliant bars at Trader Joe’s too. It really makes life easier when I can get all of these things in the same place. They had almost every flavor of RXBAR, which was awesome, and only a handful of compliant Lara Bars.
As I mentioned at the beginning, they have their own Whole30 compliant sparkling water, but they also carry Spindrift and a few other brands! Between the different Whole30 compliant flours, canned goods, oils, spices, and freezer meats and veggies, you’ll be pretty well stocked from your trip to Trader Joe’s to tackle your Whole30!
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