What Should I Buy at Trader Joe’s?!

Written by Coach Shelby Strain

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When I grocery shop for the week, you bet your bottom dollar you can find me casually strolling through Trader Joe’s on the weekend! Admittedly, not the best time to go if you have kids in tow or want to be quick in and out. Morning time is usually the best time to go if you’re looking to PR your TJ’s time! Hopefully, utilizing this blog post to your advantage will help make the trip more bearable and time efficient so you can spend your weekend doing what you actually want to be doing — whatever that may be!

Usually I look for things that are easy to cook (or not cook), last a while, and low on ingredients. An easy way to design your grocery list is to check out what you already have and then fill in the gaps. Making sure you have:

2-3 protein sources 

3-4 different vegetable options (frozen or fresh!)

2-3 fat sources

2 carbohydrate sources

Obviously, if you’re feeding an entire family of 5 this may need to be adjusted a little, but you get the idea. Also, don’t forget to spice up your life! Spices go a long way in terms of consistency with meal prepping and keeping the food you eat all the time interesting.


  • Grass-Fed Steak
  • Turkey Bacon
  • Turkey Deli Slices
  • Cage Free Eggs
  • Chicken Sausages



  • Nut Butter/Seed
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Avocados




  • Green Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cruciferous Salad Mix
  • Cauliflower 
  • Mixed Berries
  • Cherries



Complex Carbohydrates

  • Lentil Pasta
  • White/Brown Microwave Rice
  • Rolled Oats (GF)
  • Frozen Roasted Potatoes
  • Cauliflower Tots
  • Mini Potato Medley



Extra Fun Stuff

  • Green Goddess Dressing
  • Overnight Oats
  • Protein Bites (DF)
  • Organic Coffee
  • Organic Popcorn
  • Cashew Nacho Cheese (!!!) (DF)
  • Honey Mama Truffle Bar (!!!)
  • Organic Dark Chocolate



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