This week I did my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s for the first time in AGES. It reminded me why I love the place – – so many things there that I love that are so much cheaper than at any other grocery store. I thought it would be a fun post to show you (most of) my essentials when shopping at Trader Joe’s. Here we go!
1.) Lite Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $3.99
This cheese is really good for light cheese. It melts really well, is super versatile, and has only 1 pt+ per serving. It’s my go-to for shredded mozz and I get it every single time I go to TJs.
2.) Goat Cheese Medallions – $3.79
Though these aren’t the cheapest, I think longterm they balance out because I always waste so much in the normal goat cheese tubes! These are portioned out, so they are not messy at all and make it so easy to bring goat cheese to work! Each medallion has 1 oz of soft goat cheese, which is 2 pts+, and 6 come in the package. I’ll bring them a lot of times to crumble over a salad, sometimes using just half of it if I’m running low on PointsPlus for the day.
3.) Whole Wheat British Muffins – $1.59
These are some of my favorite “English” muffins, and are waaaaay cheaper than Thomas’! At the standard 3 pts+ a piece, these are hearty and a lot denser than the Thomas’ version.
4.) Whole Wheat Mini Pitas – $2.29
These are so versatile and cute! I use them to scoop up hummus, to make mini pita pockets stuffed with tuna or egg salad, or to make mini pizzas if I’m feeling creative. 6 of these little guys have 3 pts+.
5.) Baked Blue Corn Tortilla Chips – $1.99
These are really mildly flavored and super crunchy. I love to use them to scoop up salsa, make healthy nachos, or to crumble on top of taco/Mexican salads. 16 chips (1 oz) have 3 pts+ and these are WAY cheaper than other brands of baked tortilla chips!
6.) 70% Dark Chocolate Bars – $1.99
These are perfectly portioned at 100 calories, and are actually a decent amount to cure a chocolate craving. I do much better with the portioning already done for me, rather than buying a large bar and trying to keep myself to eating just two squares. 3 pts+ for each of these and they come 5 to a package.
7.) 100% Liquid Egg Whites – $1.79
Not much explaining to do here – – 1/3 cup is 1 pt+ and I love how much cheaper these are than the same thing at Whole Foods.
8.) Soy Milk Creamer – $1.49
I love this stuff. It gets your coffee SO creamy and is just 1 pt+ for 2 tbsp. It has a really long shelf-life and is one of my favorite coffee creamers.
9.) Organic Polenta – $1.79
This ready to heat and eat tube of polenta is awesome. You can slice it up, fry it in a pan with nonstick spray, add some marinara sauce and cheese, and you have yourself a meal in 5 minutes flat. It also makes a great side dish, and the entire tube is just 8 pts+. I like to have one of these on hand at all times.
10.) Taco Seasoning Mix – 79 cents
At under a dollar with not one but TWO regular packets worth in here, this stuff is the best taco seasoning mix I’ve ever had. I use it for any kind of tacos or chili I’m making and is wonderful with nothing added except spices. The entire packet has 1 pt (which is 12 servings).
11.) Greek Style Nonfat Plain Yogurt – $2.99
At full price, this greek yogurt is cheaper than any other brand I’ve found. It has the same creamy, thick consistency as other kinds, and works great for breakfast or as a substitute for sour cream. 1 cup has 3 pts+, and if I’m having it as part of breakfast I usually use 2/3 of a cup for 2pts+.
Not bought in this trip, but I also always make sure to get…
- 3-grain tempeh – $1.79. Literally the exact same thing that is sold at Whole Foods and Harris Teeter for $3.99 by me. I would have stocked up but they were completely out when I was there!
- Frozen Fruit – my freezer was full this time, but usually I load up on frozen mango chunks, strawberries, and the very berry blend.
- Frozen Edamame – I always have both shelled and in the pod edamame on hand in the freezer. Both are already in stock otherwise I would have picked some up!