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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 * (all types of chips are no longer allowed on Whole30)
  • 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 Frozen Pineapple (for smoothies)
  • Medjool Dates

Convenience 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!

  • Rebecca says:

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

  • hilaryliston says:

    Thank you for putting this together!

  • 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.

    • Jfig says:

      The Misto Alla Griglia is made in Italy. Also, all Trader Joe’s label products are non-profit gmo… Check out their website for information.

  • 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.

    • Ashley says:

      Organic, grass fed is a “recommendation” not a “requirement” according to the Whole30 website.

  • Jeanne says:

    I love this list. Thank you.

  • Hilary says:

    So wonderful of you to put this together — and so easy to skim, too. Thank you!

  • Thanks for much for the great list!!

  • Betty says:

    This is such a helpful list!
    Thank you SO much!

  • Doris says:

    I am looking into paleo and whole30 diets and trying to determine which way to go. My hesitancy was the time it would take to figure out what foods were ok. You just shortened that and removed my excuse so thank you so very much!

  • Christina says:

    What about the TJ’s Just Chicken, I believe that’s what it’s called. It’s just roasted chicken with olive oil , salt and pepper.

  • Midgee730 says:

    Thank you for sharing!!!!!! Also, thanks for clarifying that whole no gmo, non-organic info! To each his own!

  • Tina says:

    They also have the Chomps meat sticks, which I love!

  • Lori Turner says:

    I am just starting the Whole 30. Thanks so much for this list!

  • Debra Noble says:

    Thank you so much. I love TJ’s and you just made my journey so much better.

  • SaraC says:

    Thank you for this list! You have saved me hours of time and research

  • Josh says:

    The wild smoked sockeye salmon has sugar in the ingredients list.

  • Leigh McCabe says:

    Thank you! What a great list! Used it this weekend to start our Whole30 journey!

  • Lori says:

    Just starting whole 30 thank u

  • JJ says:

    Thank you for this list! You do have an odd typo in your categories though, Connivence Items should be Convenience Items.

  • Jessie says:

    Love your list! TJs also now carries Rx bars- of which most are compliant (not the peanut butter or maple ones). They are delish and a good indulgence for when you really need it!

  • Alissa says:

    Any type of store-bought chip is not whole 30 compliant: https://whole30.com/2017/03/chips-and-aminos/

  • Donna says:

    Glad to find this list. I never thought of using pork belly sliced like you mentioned. I get pancetta and sugar-free bacon online, but nice to know there’s something local I can run out and grab. I’ll be looking for some of the product you mentioned for sure!

  • Janeane says:

    Thank you!! Printing this out to take to TJ’s this weekend!

  • Michelle says:

    TJ precooked carnitas. Not far from the pork belly in my store. Also TJ Harissa

    • Dorothy Davis says:

      Thank you so much for this list. Starting today, but have tried (unsuccessfully) several times. Is the precooked carnitas really Whole 30. Yea. Trader Joes run today!

  • Sabrina says:

    I love spindrift sparkly water which is sold here as well. Thank you for your list. – very helpful!

  • Elizabeth Borie says:

    Chomps meat sticks

  • Becka says:

    So helpful! Starting my first round of Whole-30 in 2 days and this made creating a shopping list so much easier!

  • Sher says:

    This is a super helpful list, thank you! And I wanted to compliment you on your graciousness in response to annoying, nit-picky comments that often don’t actually include accurate information.

  • Jeanne says:

    Why avocado oil and not actual avocado

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      Avocado is fine, but avocado is compliant no matter where you get it from. Avocado Oil can have additives or bad ingredients, which is why we are highlighting Trader Joe’s as an appropriate compliant option!

  • Lisa Drooger says:

    Do you have a personal shopper service that would put together the “whole 30” list and we could just pay @ pick up?

  • Joann says:

    The Lara Bars at my TJ’s are not the compliant ones 🙁
    I actually have better luck finding them at WalMart!


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