As an Upper East Sider, I don’t have a Trader Joe’s close enough that I make trips there frequently. Now that I’ve been in Arizona during quarantine for quite some time, I’ve had the chance to shop around and find some of my favorite grocery items. Supposedly, Trader Joe’s will be opening one up on the Upper East Side underneath the Queensboro bridge, but that could take some time with everything happening in the world. However, when I’m back home in NYC, I’ll absolutely be making the extra trip downtown for these items below. I’m laying out the categories how they are grouped at the store so it makes it easier for you:
*I want to share that I typically do not buy fruit from Trader Joe’s. I’ve found their fruit to be past their peak and I like to get organic from Whole Foods. I know some may not like to take multiple trips but that’s what I personally have been doing.
Cruciferous Crunch Salad Collection
Great for dipping in hummus/guac in place of chips
*new 2020* and love for carb free taco night
Hearts of Palm Medallians
A lazy girls friend for salad filler
Steamed/Peeled Baby Beets
Asian Vegetable Stir Fry
so easy for a weeknight dinner with chicken + coconut aminos!
Overnight Oats – similar to MUSH which I love, but great too for less store trips.
Tomato Basil Hummus
Split Pea Soup
This isn’t as good as Juice Press, but second place!
Organic Oven Roasted Turkey
I love that the ingredients are just organic turkey breast, water and salt.
Be aware that some other turkey brands put sugar / added ingredients in.
Grilled Chicken Strips
So easy to add to salads or wraps
Cage Free Hard Boiled Eggs
A great snack or quick on the go brekkie
I like to switch it up since I have salmon a lot!
Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon
Try with the garlic aioli mustard, yummm!
Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary Chicken –
Great to throw in the oven for dinner!
Garlic Aioli Mustard
Actually obsessed – with salmon or sandwiches
Almond Butter Turmeric Salad Dressing
Organic Balsamic and Fig Dressing
Add to salmon or roasted veggies
Chile Lime Seasoning
great on watermelon or pineapple… trust me!
Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
I mean… it’s a must
Chomps Turkey sticks
filling snack on the go!
Organic Turkish Figs
I LOVE snacking on these plain – old fig newton lover over here
Organic Thick & Chunky Salsa
Raw Almond Packets
Love that these are portioned out.
Nuts are great for you, but it’s easy to eat too many in one sitting!
Organic Full Fat Coconut Milk
Seasoned Kale Chips
I’m a huge fan of Juice Press kale chips but these are pretty good too!
Raw Unsalted Almond Butter
I like crunchy!
Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil
Great to add to red lentil pasta!
Organic Riced Cauliflower
I like that this is plain so I can use it as a side with veggies
or even add it to my smoothies to make them a bit thicker!
Riced Cauliflower Stuffing
Shakshuka Starter Kit
Organic Frozen Fruit –
blueberries, cherries, etc for smoothies
Chili Lime Chicken Burgers
Chocolate covered & oh so good!
Put these babies in the air fryer, oooh my so good.
Frozen Turkey Meatballs
I like to make my own, but these are nice if you’re feeling lazy AF
Organic Red Lentil Sedanini
Reduced-Carb Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas
Coconut oil Spray
I thought I’d also share some of A’s (less healthy!) favs:
Ready to Bake Pizza Dough
*There are different recipes from the East Coast to West Coast
We’ve tried both and the east coast dough is better
Mandarin Orange Chicken
Almond Butter Granola
Red Soft Licorice
Frozen Breaded Chicken
(He says similar to Chick Fil A but not as good obv. Tip from A: Next time you’re at
Chick Fil A double/triple up on the sauces and eat with the TJ’s chicken)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Speculoos Cookie Butter Ice Cream
Caesar Salad Kit
*He asked me to put something healthy in here that he likes.