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140+ Top Healthy Trader Joe’s Foods (+ Shopping List!)

Top healthy Trader Joe’s foods and shopping list for your next trip to the store. I’m sharing my favorite dietitian-approved healthy snacks, meals, salads, and desserts at Trader Joe’s plus lots of healthy Trader Joe’s recipes!

Top Trader Joe's Healthy Foods (+ Shopping List!)

Trader Joe’s is one of the most fun and exciting grocery stores to do your grocery shopping. You never know what new snack, spice, frozen good or wine you’re going to find down their aisles! As a dietitian, I feel like a kid in a candy store while shopping there, and I’m always on the hunt for new products that help me shortcut healthy meals and snacks.

From cauliflower gnocchi, to dried fruit, nuts and everything in between, you can find a lot of healthy foods at Trader Joe’s. I find most times I shop there I come home with lots of salad mixes, snacks, pantry staples, cheese and wine. And flowers and eucalyptus for the shower too! Always buy yourself the flowers. 🙂

Importance of Reading Food Labels

One caveat about Trader Joe’s is that not all of the products are as “healthy” as they seem. The word “healthy” has no formal definition so it’s really subjective when it comes to different products. I would encourage you to read labels at Trader Joe’s especially for their frozen products as some are made with lots more ingredients, added sugars and preservatives than you might think.

I don’t say that to scare you or deter you away from any product at Trader Joe’s, just merely as something to be aware of. This holds true for anywhere you grocery shop!

Healthy Trader Joes Food by Category

I did my best to scope out the best healthy Trader Joe’s food for this list of dietitian approved Trader Joe’s item and Trader Joe’s grocery list! I hope it will help you narrow down what to get next time you’re at the store! I plan to keep adding to this list in the future too! Here are the category lists:

I also have a Trader Joe’s Shopping List you can download.

And I must say, hats off to the ideation team at Trader Joe’s because they really know what they’re doing year round and especially in the fall when pumpkin mania arrives!

once upon a pumpkin favorite trader joes pumpkin items

When I first started @onceuponapumpkin, I shared all the crazy pumpkin foods that were coming out at Trader Joe’s at the time. Today they have over 150 pumpkin flavored items, which is crazy! I always look forward to what they come up with in the fall!

If you’re a pumpkin lover like me, be sure to check out this list of my favorite pumpkin foods from Trader Joe’s. Typically pumpkin mania starts at Trader Joe’s the first or second week of September so be sure to save that post for then!

And if you’re looking for some heart-healthy foods that Trader Joe’s has to offer, check out this list of the best heart-healthy foods Trader Joe’s according to dietitians (me and my colleagues!).

best healthy snacks at trader joes

New Trader Joe’s Products in 2022

To start off, let’s talk about the great new additions in 2022 that I’ve found this year at Trader Joe’s! I’ve included them in the other categories as well, but thought they deserved their own spotlight off the bat. If you haven’t seen these in your store quite yet, I’ve linked each one so you can get a sneak peak of the packaging.

Trader Joe’s Healthy Snacks

Snacks on this list were deemed “healthy” based on their sugar content and their ability to be balanced when paired up with something else. Ex. dried mango + a handful of nuts. The combinations are endless!

  1. Organic dried apple rings
  2. Organic dried mango
  3. Simply almonds, cashews & chocolate trek mix
  4. Happy trekking nut mix
  5. Thai lime & chili cashews
  6. Pumpkin seeds
  7. Organic plain low-fat greek yogurt
  8. Mixed nut butter
  9. Crunchy salted peanut butter with flax & chia seeds
  10. Super seed and ancient grain blend
  11. Creamy unsweetened almond butter
  12. Sunflower butter (nut free)
  13. Avocado’s number guacamole to go
  14. RXBARs
  15. These peanuts go on a date bars
  16. Pistachio nut meats
  17. Coconut sesame seed clusters
  18. Chomps meat sticks (find these at the checkout counter!)
  19. Corn, pea, bean & quinoa crisps
  20. Organic dehydrated carrots of many colors
  21. Avocado tzatziki dip
  22. Organic creamy cashew fiesta dip (dairy free)
  23. Everything but the gluten crackers
  24. Plantain chips
  25. Grainless tortilla chips
  26. Cauliflower crisps
  27. Gluten free Norwegian crispbread
  28. Roasted seaweed snack
  29. Peruvian potato chips
  30. Trail mix crackers
  31. Seed beet crackers
  32. Freeze dried fruit
  33. Fruit leathers
  34. Organic pita chips
  35. Seasoned kale chips
  36. Oven baked cheese bites (add these to charcuterie boards or on top of salads for a nice crunch.)
  37. White cheddar puffs
  38. Peanut butter filled pretzels
  39. Almond butter filled pretzels (new!)
  40. Pitted salted manzanilla/ kalamata olive pouches
  41. Crispy crunchy okra
  42. Organic popcorn with olive oil
  43. Inner peas pea snack
  44. Organic hummus
  45. Everything But The Bagel Seasoned Bite Sized Crackers
  46. Gluten Free Norwegian Crispbread
best healthy meals at Trader Joe's

Healthy Trader Joe’s Meals

Most of these items serve as a starting place for a meal and in most cases I recommend adding a source of protein or veggies. For example you could add chicken or fish to the Mexican-style cauliflower rice for a well-rounded meal.

Add these to your Trader Joe’s grocery list to help shortcut lunches and dinner during the week! Most are located in the frozen section.

  1. Mexican-style cauliflower rice (pair with chicken or shrimp for a more satisfying dinner)
  2. Riced cauliflower bowl
  3. Cauliflower gnocchi (pair with a protein + more veggies like spinach for a more satisfying meal)
  4. Riced cauliflower stir-fry
  5. Cauliflower pancakes
  6. Organic sweet Italian chicken sausage (all the chicken sausage flavors are good!)
  7. Gluten Free Cheese Pizza With A Cauliflower Crust (keep as is, or add your own veggies on top!)
  8. Organic yellow lentil & brown rice spaghetti
  9. Chicken burrito bowl
  10. Veggie gyoza potstickers
  11. Multigrain blend with vegetables
  12. Premium salmon burger
  13. Raw wild Argentinian red shrimp
  14. Quinoa cowboy veggie burgers
  15. Channa masala
  16. Chicken tika masla
  17. Carrot spirals (use in place of pasta or mix some in with your pasta for more fiber and vitamin A )
  18. Organic riced cauliflower
  19. Hi-Protein veggie burger
  20. Riced cauliflower stuffing
  21. Fully cooked organic quinoa (easy to use in grain bowls, salads or with chicken or fish in any meal)
  22. Fully cooked organic brown rice
  23. Quinoa duo
  24. Riced cauliflower and butternut squash risotto
  25. Wild salmon entree
  26. Cod provençal
  27. Butternut squash ravioli
  28. Harvest chili
  29. Jimca wraps
  30. Pizza dough
  31. canned Alaskan pink salmon
  32. Monteli pizza crust
  33. Vegan bolognese style pasta sauce
  34. Protein Palette
dietitian approved healthy trader joe's foods

Trader Joes Salads

My one disclaimer when it comes to the pre-made salad mixes at Trader Joe’s is that a lot of the dressings that come in the salad kits are made with a lot of ingredients, including soybean oil and added sugar which I’m not a fan of. I usually use my own dressing and skip the one that comes with. I recently tried their spicy cashew butter dressing though and it was awesome!

  1. Mediterranean style orzo pasta salad
  2. Organic Mediterranean style salad kit
  3. Peanut and crispy noodle salad kit
  4. Mexican style corn & quinoa salad
  5. Champs Elysees mix (my go-to greens for topping with more veggies and protein. It pairs well with any toppings and dressing!)
  6. Southwest salad
  7. Vegan ranch crunch
  8. Lemony arugula basil salad kit (don’t be afraid to add chicken, lentils, rice, or quinoa to any of these salads to give them more staying power.)
  9. Vegan Taco Salad Kit
  10. Asian vegetable stir-fry (find these near the salads in the produce section. It’s perfect for sautéing with chicken and Asian spices and sauces for a meal.)
  11. Vegan Ranch Crunch Salad Kit

Best Trader Joe’s Products

These products I consider Trader Joe’s MUST HAVES! They’re pantry, fridge and freezer staples that will help you shortcut healthy meals and snacks.

  1. Organic tahini
  2. Clarified butter (ghee)
  3. 10-minute farro
  4. Tri-color quinoa
  5. Cauliflower gnocchi (frozen section)
  6. Coconut oil/ coconut oil spray
  7. Avocado oil spray
  8. Steamed lentils (produce section)
  9. Organic brown rice (frozen section)
  10. Dark chocolate peanut butter cups
  11. Monteli pizza crust (frozen section)
  12. Peanut butter filled pretzels
  13. Pastrami-style smoked salmon
  14. Spicy cashew butter dressing (find this by the salads)
  15. Pepita salsa
  16. Salsa verde
  17. Egg frittata (frozen section)
  18. Chili onion crunch (awesome topping for veggies and chicken!)
  19. Vegan kale, cashew and basil pesto
  20. Herbal teas
  21. Spices & seasonings like everything but the bagel seasoning
  22. Raw almond butter
  23. New sparkling water: Lemon & Ginger (basically Spindrift!)
  24. Organic hummus
  25. Pre-cut brussels sprouts with garlic & olive oil (produce section)
  26. Gluten-free whole grain bread
  27. Quinoa wraps
  28. Simply almond beverage
  29. Hash brown patties (frozen section)
  30. Egg wraps
  31. Chimichurri sauce
  32. Cauliflower pizza crusts (frozen section)
  33. Cauliflower pancakes (frozen section)
  34. Ready veggies
  35. Almond flour tortillas

Favorite Wines from Trader Joe’s

Another love thing to love about Trader Joe’s? How cheap most of their wine is! Here are a couple of my favorite bottles I always get when I’m there and some new sustainable options that are under $10!

  1. Bread & Butter Pinor Noir
  2. Les Portes de Bordeaux sauvignon blanc
  3. The Pass sauvignon blanc
  4. Picton Bay sauvignon blanc
  5. Shaw organic wine (This is Trader Joe’s organic wine label and it’s super affordable organic option for both whites and reds!)

Trader Joe’s Healthy Desserts

These desserts made my list of healthy desserts at Trader Joe’s based on their portion size, simplicity and sugar content.

  1. Hold the cone mini vanilla ice cream cones
  2. Dark chocolate peanut butter cups
  3. Gone bananas
  4. Cold brew latte dessert bars
  5. Dark chocolate drizzled plantain chips
  6. Gone berry crazy!
  7. Mini mint ice cream mouthfuls
  8. Dark chocolate salted caramel bar thin
  9. Amped-Up almonds
  10. 85% Dark chocolate bar from Uganda
  11. Mochi ice cream
  12. Organic 92% dark chocolate
  13. Scandinavian swimmers
  14. Dark chocolate covered caramels
  15. Dark chocolate covered almonds with turbinado sugar & sea salt
  16. Non-dairy frozen dessert chocolate fudge oat bars (dairy free, gluten free, vegan)
  17. Oat Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Sandwiches
  18. Oat Chocolate Bars

For more, check out this list of best desserts from Trader Joe’s.

Healthy Trader Joe’s Recipes

My friend Mandi from Dash of Mandi has some of the most amazing healthy Trader Joe’s recipes I’ve ever seen! Here are a few that I especially love from her blog!

  1. Trader Joe’s potsticker stir-fry
  2. Trader Joe’s Thai Green Chili Shrimp
  3. Trader Joe’s Easy Vegetarian Quesadillas
  4. Trader Joe’s Mexican Street Corn Brussels Sprouts
  5. Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde Shrimp and Coconut Cauliflower Rice
  6. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cauliflower Gnocchi Shakshuka

Trader Joe’s Shopping List

I plan to continue updating this post with more healthy foods from Trader Joe’s!

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Happy TJ’s hunting!

Did I miss a healthy product that you absolutely love from Trader Joe’s? Let me know in the comments!

Originally published April 2021, and updated April 2022.

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