Whole30 Trader Joes Must Haves
Hi friends!! I have been dying to write this Whole30 Trader Joes Must Haves post since I finished Whole 30!! First I told you about my must haves for Costco, then I went over everything you need to get from Thrive Market, Amazon, Aldi, Target and Ralphs/Kroger. NOW it’s time to share what I loved and used all the time during Whole30 from Trader Joes! I know not everyone has TJs, but it is one of our favorite places we shop for our weekly groceries. We always find Whole30 Snacks at Trader Joes. It was a HUGE lifesaver to be able to pick up tons of pre chopped organic veggies and quality meat, as well as these convenience foods! Here is my list for Whole30 Trader Joes MUST HAVES!! PDF of full list HERE!
1. Whole30 Trader Joes Frozen Veggies:
These are my favorites from the frozen section! I use the frozen cauliflower rice all the time, especially in my Cauliflower Fried Rice. I also use the bell pepper and onions in the fried rice, stir fry, burrito bowls or with burgers! The Mashed Sweet Potatoes are seasonal but when they come around they are perfect for a quick microwaveable side. Just mix in some salt, pepper and garlic powder!
2. Whole30 Trader Joes Meats:
Let’s talk meat options at Trader Joes that are Whole30 Compliant. There are 3 types of frozen burgers that are compliant: Turkey Burgers, Chili Lime Chicken Burgers & Grass Fed Angus Beef Burgers! There are also 2 compliant chicken sausages: Garlic Herb & Spicy Italian! These are great for dinners and lunch but I love chopping them up with eggs for breakfast too. And of course the Applegate hot dogs are a great easy meal option that kids love!
3. Whole30 Trader Joes Veggies:
While all vegetables are Whole30 compliant, these packaged & pre chopped veggies make life so much easier on Whole30! Cauliflower & Broccoli rice is great cooked up with some spices, broccoli slaw is great roasted or cooked in a pan with eggs for breakfast, and the Crunch mix is a great salad base. The cauliflower rice is perfect in my Cauliflower Fried Rice – we use it all the time!!
4. Whole30 Trader Joes Fridge items:
These are some of my favorite fridge picks from Trader Joes that are Whole30. Guacamole is the best healthy fat and I try to have some every day on Whole30 to keep me full. Sauerkraut is great for your tum as the fermentation is great for gut health! If you like pickles you will love this stuff! The chopped veggies mix is great for stir fry and the pre cooked sweet potatoes are FAB to add to meals with no effort.
5. Whole30 Trader Joes Pantry Staples:
Oddly there is only one marinara sauce that is Whole30 compliant at TJs and not everyone is able to find it! The Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Sauce is fab and no added sugars or oil! YAY! Perfect for my Cheeseless Chicken Parm! I use tahini ALL the time and love it in my simple tahini sauce. I put that stuff on veggies, meat and anything else I like. As for pickles you will find that most on the market have added yellow dye and sugar. These Kosher Dill Pickles are clean and so tasty!
6. Whole30 Trader Joes flour, milk & butta:
When you want to breaded anything on Whole30, coconut & almond flour will be your best friend! I use a blend of the two in my Whole30 Chicken Tenders and they are SO good! These two coconut milks only have coconut in them! They are great in sauces, soups or in your coffee in the morning. And of course GHEE! Love this stuff for cooking meat on the stove top.
7. Whole30 Trader Joes Snacks- Nuts!
All nuts at TJs were great but we especially loved snacking on these hazelnuts… and not only because they satisfied a nutella craving! I love using nuts to make homemade nut butters or my Nutty Seedy Cacao Bites!
8. Whole30 Trader Joes Snacks:
So on Whole30 they don’t recommend lots of snacking, but if you are hungry between meals you need to eat!! Epic bars & RX bars are my favorites and at most TJs! The Chicken Sriracha is compliant and most RX bars are too!
9) Whole30 Trader Joes Drinks:
I love their simple sparkling waters but these are my go to! Coffee obviously.. obsessed. And these Spindriff drinks are great because they just have a little bit of natural fruit juices and carbonated water.
This is really scratches the surface of all of the great finds out there. I also love their frozen chicken thighs, and dates! I just love Trader Joes Whole 30 items!
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What a great idea for a post! Thanks for posting. Can’t wait to try some of these items.
Glad you like it! Thanks for reading!! 🙂
Thank you sooooo much for these whole 30 shopping lists!
You got it!! Let me know if there are any other stores you would want one for! 🙂
What do you eat the sauerkraut with??
Hi Jennifer! I either put it on a lettuce wrapped burger, or I mostly just ate it with a fork as a little snack!! Great for digestion and tastes just like pickles!
I like sauerkraut on a veggie dog with some mustard. It really turns veggie dogs up a notch and gives it a BAM flavor.
Right?! I love it on anything!!
I eat it on the side of the Applegate Organic Hot Dogs
Ever shop at Sprouts Farmer’s Market? That might be a fun post! 🙂
Oh yes!! I will add it to my list!
Thanks for this post! I love Trader Joe’s and am preparing to do whole 30. Do you know if any of their bacon or sausage is compliant?
Hi Jennifer!! Unfortunately no! The only bacon I had during Whole30 I got from Whole Foods and it’s a bit pricey but Naked Bacon & Pederson Farms make good sugar free bacon! I do know that some of Trader Joes Pre-Cooked Chicken Sausage is compliant though – just read labels as a few sneak things like Maple Syrup in!
TommyMoloneys.com also has sugar-free bacon. It’s nitrite-nitrate free too!
I believe Applegate’s Sunday Morning Brunch Bacon is sugar free.
Oh good to know!!
Just starting to eat healthy like your recipes and can’t wait to try them thanks for accepting me to your site
Thanks for reading Marie!! 🙂
I looked at the spaghetti sauce yesterday at my Trader Joes. It has soy in it which is not allowed on Whole 30.
The Garlic one doesn’t have soy! If it has SOY in the allergen section that just means it has been processed in a facility with Soy which the Whole30 people say is fine!
I just see 8 items 🙁 where is the other ones?
Same I can only see the 8 and would love to see the rest.
There are only 8 on this list! 🙂
This was so helpful! I got most of the suggestions (they told me mashed sweet potatoes were seasonal) but after I got home I noticed the ghee says, “contains milk.” Is that a new mention?
Oh dang it must be!!! I will have to check that out and make updates. Thank you so much!!
Oh actually! I think the ghee just states that is comes from milk (as butter/ghee are made from milk!) But ghee is allowed of whole30 as it is cooked in a certain way to remove the milk solids!
Trader Joe’s Rack of Lamb with Herbs – Rack of Lamb, Parsley, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic (Roasted Garlic, Water) Sea Salt, Thyme, White Pepper.
Oh yum!!! I have to try those!! Thanks Suzanne!
I just went to my trader joes and they didn’t have any spaghetti sauce with that label and even their organic ones has sugar listed in ingredients. I even asked for help and the guy was not familiar with that sauce/label. I’m puzzled….help!
So strange!! I haven’t looked for it recently, maybe it is out of season or something?! If you are looking for marinara, the Organic Kirkland Marinara from Costco is amazing!!! 🙂
I went to Trader Joes yesterday for two things I needed for my Whole30 meal plan, I had NO idea so many goodies were available!! Thanks for posting!!!
YAY!! That is great!! So glad this could help!!
Hi there! I loved reading this post. I was wondering if you have one of these shopping lists for Sam’s Club? We love Costco, but the nearest one is a couple hours drive away, so we have a Sam’s membership. Thanks!
Thanks!! I will have to see if there is a Sam’s club near me and I can definitely work on that!!
How can “maple” sea salt Rx bars be compliant?
There isn’t actually maple syrup in them!! It is just a natural flavor which the Whole30 community has deemed compliant but definitely don’t eat them if it is too much of a sugar dragon trigger! They are best for a pre or post workout snack to get you to your next meal!
Kelsey, do you think you could compile a list for Wegman’s? Also a good bacon to try is Pedersen’s. It has the Whole30 logo on it! Thank you for providing the list I saved it for my Whole30 shopping. You are a life saver!
Oh thanks Patricia!! So glad you found it helpful!! I wish I could do Wegman’s but I live in California and we don’t have them! And I love Pedersen’s too, so delish!!
I would add CHomp’s meat sticks to your snack list. So delicious!
Ah yes for sure!! They didn’t have them when I made this list but they are always my go to snack now!!
Thanks for all the info. Question. Balsamic vinegar, most have sulphites. I seen one at whole foods yesterday that didn’t list sulphites in the ingredients, however it did say down below, contains natural occurring sulphites. What are your thoughts?
I would say that natural occurring is okay! I surprisingly found a complaint one at costco last year, not sure if they still have it! But that one sounds okay to me!
Hi! I’m new to the Whole30 program. I’m on day 15 and staying strong. I was wondering if there is a Whole30 compliant mayonnaise somewhere. I know I can make my own, but I’d also like to find one I can buy. Thanks!
Yes!! Tessemae’s and Primal Kitchen both have good ones! You can get those on their websites and I think both are at Whole Foods too!
Costco also has one made by the same company as their avocado oil
Thank you soooo much!!!! You just made my day!!!
Yay!! So glad!!
Just FYI… TJ ghee still contains milk. If you look at the label it states that. I’m lactose intolerant and it still causes milk allergy affects if I use their ghee.
Yes it does! But the milk solids are removed and it is fine for whole30! But maybe not for lactose intolerance!
Isn’t milk milk? How is it determined that the milk fat is removed? It’s confusing sorry, my 1st week and not going good but the 2nd week will be better.
Hello Lori! No problem, the milk on this list is Coconut Milk which comes from coconuts vs. dairy milk from cows which is not compliant. Coconut and almond milks are compliant and a great alternative! There are 2 types of coconut milk, one with all of the fat and one where they take out some of it! Both are great for different reasons and recipes!
I went to Trader Joe’s, don’t normally shop there because it’s a bit expensive but the only place to find a few things. I will tell you though I think you need to read the label better on the clarified butter, the ingredients say that is does contain milk.
So glad I did not open it, it’s going back today but the recipe I needed it for did not taste right without it
So it does say that but it is just a warning if you are allergic or something there are trace amounts but enough is removed for it to be Whole30 compliant!
Kelsey, is there anything new at Trader Joes that you have been loving? I don’t have one here in town but ill be traveling this weekend and we are going to bring a haul home from TJs. Thanks!! Whole 30 or non Whole 30 😉
The Everything but the bagel Seasoning!!
I have a question, I thought one of the main items on whole 30 was to not have any added sugar. I have seen many websites with a TJs whole 30 haul recommend the TJ garlic marinaera sauce. Imagine my surprise yesterday when I went to grab one and it had added sugar and oil?
They don’t have this specific one anymore!! So sad!
This is so helpful to build my shopping list before I get to the store. It helps me to know what type of Whole30 items are available in the stores before I get there. Thanks so much for creating these.
I’m so glad wendy!!
So helpful for my first whole30!
I’m so glad!!