Trader Joe’s Grocery Haul (plant-based)

Trader Joe's Grocery Haul (plant-based)

Trader Joe’s Grocery Haul! 

If you know me, you know that I LOVE Trader Joe’s. I literally live directly across from one and I am obsessed. This Trader Joe’s grocery haul is to help you plan for your next trip!

To be honest, I usually go Trader Joe’s multiple times a day because I live so close to it but this week I did a MASSIVE haul in attempts to only make one trip this week. 

I want to show you an example of the kinds of things I buy at the grocery store so you can get an idea of what healthy grocery shopping looks like and to give you ideas if you are plant-based or want to become plant-based. 

My Haul this Week for 2 People: 

Keep in mind this is just what we needed, we had a few other items at home already stocked like frozen fruit. 

Total Cost: $120 

  • 1 jar marinara
  • 1 coconut aminos
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 6 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 5 tempeh packages
  • 4 pounds cooked lentils
  • 1 container mushrooms
  • 2 pounds quinoa
  • 3 bags spinach
  • 1 bag baby lettuce
  • 1 bag romaine
  • 4 bags organic whole carrots
  • 4 avocados
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 container raw sauerkraut
  • 4 cans chickpeas
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 loaf whole wheat sourdough
  • 7 lemons
  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 1 bag quinoa pasta
  • 1 pound grape tomatoes
  • 1 jar tahini
  • 1 bag organic frozen peas
  • Pre-cooked beets
  • 1 bag Nutritional yeast 

In this blog, I wanted to feature some of my favorite, most purchased products! Check it out!  👇🏼

1. Tahini 

Tahini is made from ground up sesame seeds – it is basically a nut butter but made with sesame! I love using this to make salad dressings and sauces. This is a great staple to keep in your kitchen. 

2. Steamed lentils 

I am busy! I don’t have time to be cooking lentils at every meal so for me and for convenience purposes, I like buying pre-cooked lentils.

You can easily add them to rice, a salad, quinoa, whatever you want!

3. Tempeh 

Tempeh is an amazing vegan plant-based meat alternative…it is packed with protein (20 g per serving) and fiber! I love grilling some of this up with coconut aminos and pairing it with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli for an easy dinner.

It is super cheap too! It is only $1.99 for a package of it! I picked up 5 packages this week. 

4. Low Fat Marinara Sauce 

I try to look for marinara sauces without any weird ingredients or added sugar. This is one of my go-to sauces! It has a trace amount of oil but I find it has way less than other ones I have seen. 

Keep a few jars of this on hand at all times! Use it for pizza, pasta, to make a veggie stew or to add into an indian dish. 

5. Salsa 

Everyone always asks me the key to making meals more flavorful…this is your answer! SALSA! I love adding this to salads, burrito bowls, tacos, you name it! 

I like this salsa because it is organic and doesn’t have an added sugar or oils. Super clean ingredients, YAY!

6. Coconut Aminos

This is a MUST have in my Trader Joe’s Grocery Haul. I use it for everything. Coconut aminos is a low sodium, soy-free, gluten-free soy sauce alternative. It tastes super yummy. 

7. Beets 

Beets are packed with nutrients, fiber, antioxidants, folate and b vitamins that are essential to your health. I like to include them in my every day diet. I LOVE the steamed and peeled one’s – such a time saver! They are ready-to-eat and are great added into salads. 

8. Green beans 

These green beans are the best because they require little to no prep. Ready to use, washed, trimmed, and DELISH! I like to roast, saute or steam them and add them to my dinner plate. Do you see a trend here? I am all about food that is ready to go!

Do you like green beans? Tell me in the comments! 

9. Grape Tomatoes 

These little grape tomatoes are my favorites! Filled with lycopene, antioxidants, fiber, skin healing benefits…tomatoes pack a nutrient dense punch. 

I love cutting these in half adding them to my salads, making them into a salsa, or adding them into my burrito bowls. They also make a great snack,  yum! 

10. Mushrooms 

I always add a package of mushrooms to my Trader Joe’s Grocery Haul. Mushrooms are a great source of Vitamin D, and are known to risk breast cancer risk by 64%. 

 

11. Sauerkraut

I have to say, this is the best sauerkraut! It is delish and WAY cheaper than at any other health food store. Sauerkraut is fermented which means it is great for gut health. 

Add this to a sandwich, salad, buddha bowl or veggie burger for a lil flavor and gut health boost. 

12. Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is a great plant-based, gluten-free cheese alternative and it’s packed with vitamins and minerals. Use it to make vegan parmesan, sprinkle on pasta, or as an ingredient in your salad dressing. 

13. Quinoa Pasta

Best organic gluten-free pasta EVER. I love this gluten-free quinoa and brown rice pasta, this is a staple in my house. I use it in all of my pasta dishes for the most part. 

14. Peppers

Bell peppers for the win! These veggie all-stars are high in vitamin-C, they reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, improve eye health, and even help to clear acne. 

Peppers: add them to a stir fry, dip them in hummus, or make stuffed peppers in the oven!

15. Avocados + Lemons

Two of my favorites to pick up at the store are avocados and lemons. I like to have avocados in the house so I can make avocado toast or add them into a salad or make into guac. 

Lemons are NECESSARY! Make lemon water, squeeze onto a salad….freshen up any dish with lemon! 

16. Carrots 

I like to buy whole big carrots because they are way cheaper (.89 cents per bag) than other carrots. 

My favorite way to use them: roasting carrots whole with a little salt, garlic and rosemary…OMG! To die for!

17. Quinoa

Trader Joe’s has Organic quinoa for a great price (3.99 per pound). I have big bulk containers that I fill with quinoa. Quinoa truly is my go-t0 gluten-free grain!

As a health coach, I recommend having quinoa in your daily diet as it’s packed with magnesium, fiber protein, calcium, potassium, and iron! 

18. Apples

I make smoothies every single morning with frozen fruit so the fresh fruit I like to have on hand is apples! Apples are a great snack for when you need something quick + easy + on-the-go.

I especially love cutting up an apple and dipping it in a natural nut butter. 

19. Legumes 

It wouldn’t be a complete Trader Joe’s Grocery Haul without some BEANS! My favorite legumes are chickpeas and black beans so I make sure to stock up on them.

Add your beans to quinoa, rice, sweet potatoes or a pasta salad for a plant-based protein boost. 

20. Broccoli 

Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods you can keep in your fridge. It is high in vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, fiber, and collagen building properties. I would highly suggest buying organic broccoli. 

Add broccoli to soup, salad, roast it, steam it, grill it, add it to a buddha bowl or to your favorite pasta dish!

21. Sweet Potatoes

Last, but certainly not least, SWEET POTATOES! My favorite! Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, and they are amazing for balancing blood sugar and balancing hormones naturally. 

I hope this is helpful! 

In good health,

Danielle 

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