Our Trader Joe’s Top Picks: 30+ Favorites for Whole30

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Trader Joe’s is a favorite shopping spot of Whole30 fans. Why? It’s a grocery store packed with organic, all-natural foods, and often at a much cheaper price compared to health store competitors like Whole Foods.

For most Whole30-ers, if there’s a Trader Joe’s within a 40 mile radius, they’ll make sure to make a stop! With the wonder of Trader Joe’s in mind, we’ve made this list of our Trader Joe’s Whole30 must haves!

Our Favorite Trader Joe’s Whole30 Picks

organic coconut milk tj

organic turkish apricots

proscuitto trader joes

riced cauliflower trader joes  trader joes apple rings

tj spicy italian chicken sausage

Of course that’s not all – below is our extended list of Whole30-must-haves.

Please note that we haven’t tried all these items ourselves. This list is a compilation of our personal Trader Joe’s favorites, plus items we’ve seen advocated for on other Whole30 websites.

(*) The star means this item is a Whole30 fan favorite!

As always, please read ingredient labels before throwing anything in your basket! While these are all compliant items, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of creating this list, ingredients are changed from time to time. If you find an item on this list that is not compliant, let us know so we can update it!

Trader Joe’s Oils, Butters, Sauces, Etc

  • TJ’s Crunch (Or Smootth) Almond Butter
  • TJ’s Clarified Butter (aka ghee)
  • TJ’s Organic Tahini Sauce
  • TJ’s Organic Coconut Milk
  • TJ’s Light Coconut Milk
  • TJ’s Avocado Oil
  • TJ’s Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
  • TJ’s Horseradish
  • TJ’s Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash
  • TJ’s Sauerkraut With Pickled Persian Cucumbers
  • Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
  • Sunbutter Sunflower Seed Butter

Snacking

  • TJ’s Roasted Plantain Chips *
  • TJ’s Seaweed Chips
  • TJ’s New Zealand Apple Rings *
  • TJ’s Freeze Dried Banana Slices
  • TJ’s Pineapple Slices
  • TJ’s Freeze Dried Blueberries

Meats

  • TJ’s Sliced Prosciutto
  • TJ’s Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage
  • TJ’s Grass Fed Beef Sirloin Roast, Fully Cooked & Sliced
  • TJ’s Uncooked Ground Buffalo Burgers
  • TJ’s Turkey Burgers
  • TJ’s Uncooked Grass Fed Angus Beef Burgers
  • TJ’s Grass Fed Angus Beef Strip Loin Steak
  • TJ’s Rack of Lamb With Herbs
  • TJ’s Salsa (Authentic & Verde)
  • TJ’s Ground Turkey
  • TJ’s Fully Cooked Pork Belly (produce, near bacon) – said to satify bacon cravings and is much cheaper than compliant Whole30 bacon. Cut to desired thickness & fry. Render and save fat for cooking.
  • TJ’s Seafood Blend (frozen mix of shrimp, scallops, and calamari)
  • Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon
  • Trade Joe’s Chili Lime Chicken Burgers
  • Applegate Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dogs

Nuts

  • TJ’s Dry Roasted & Unsalted Oregon Hazelnuts
  • TJ’s Almonds

Veggies & Fruit

  • TJ’s Organic Broccoli Slaw
  • TJ’s Cruciferous Crunch (blend of shredded broccoli, red cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts)
  • TJ’s Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix (produce section)
  • TJ’s Heirloom Carrots
  • TJ’s Misto Alla Griglia Marinated Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini (frozen)
  • TJ’s Frozen Pineapple (for smoothies)
  • Medjool Dates

Connivence Items

  • TJ’s Chunky Spicy Guacamole
  • TJ’s Fresh & Cut Butternut Squash
  • TJ’s Riced Cauliflower
  • TJ’s Shredded Carrots
  • TJ’s Shredded Brussel Sprouts

Stock Up Items

  • TJ’s Tomato Sauce
  • TJ’s Mashed Sweet Potatoes (frozen)
  • TJ’s Yellow & Red Peppers

General & Other Items

What to generally look for at Trader Joe’s.

  • Chopped veggies & veggie mixes
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts & trail mixes
  • Fresh & frozen meats & fish
  • Larabars

Have anything you want to add to this list? Share your favorite Whole30 Trader Joe’s top picks in the comments!

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8 Responses

  1. Rebecca says:

    The Turkish apricots aren’t Whole30 compliant because they contain sulphur dioxide (which if on the Whole30 “not allowed” additive list)

  2. hilaryliston says:

    Thank you for putting this together!

  3. Dana V. says:

    Hard to believe the TJ’s Misto Alla Griglia Marinated Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini (frozen) is Whole30 compliant as 80% (or more) of most NON-organic zucchini varieties in the US are GMO.

  4. Dana V. says:

    Also, any meat or dairy that is NOT organic is coming from factory farms (aka, torture houses for animals). Not only does this mean these meats and dairy are coming from tortured animals, but the meats and dairy coming from these animals contain hormones and antibiotics (and other disgusting things like puss and blood in dairy products). Not sure why you’re listing any non-organic TJs items (especially meats and dairy) as being Whole30 compliant when the Whole30 program is against all of that. (???) As far as the rest of the list, again, anything non-organic most likely contains toxic pesticides/fungicides/herbacides, etc. Non-organic nuts for one (which again you have listed) are sprayed. Unfortunately, it seems you need to completely revamp your list. 🙁

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      Hey Dana – you don’t need to eat organic for Whole30. While organic is preferred, you can still complete the program eating non organic meats, fruits, and veggies. Organic simply isn’t in many folks budget, unfortunately.

  5. Jeanne says:

    I love this list. Thank you.

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