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Updated TJ’s Shopping List

I am a loyal shopper of Trader Joe’s.

I discovered this find a couple of years ago and have never turned back. They have great, healthy selections with very reasonable prices. Although, like every supermarket, not everything they sell is “healthy”. You still have to read packages and ingredients.

I published this list quite a while ago and have since learned even more about healthier choices and selections. Plus, TJ’s has expanded it’s organic/non-GMO offerings – always a plus!

As before, I am not suggesting everything on this list is the perfect balance of nutrition, but most on the list are excellent choices. I have spent the time reading the packages and narrowing down selections.

Here ya go:Healthy-Nutrition-For-Optimal-Tennis-Fitness


Ezekiel Bread

Organic French Baguette

Organic Shells and White Cheddar Mac & Cheese (for the kids)


Organic Tri-Color Pasta

Organic Tri-Color Quinoa

Organic Brown Rice (in freezer section)

Organic Quinoa (in freezer section)

Organic Peanut Butter Crackers

Organic Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs

Multi-grain and Flaxseed Water Crackers


McCann’s Irish Oatmeal (non-GMO)

Organic Oatmeal (or Steel Cut)

Uncle Sam’s

Organic Nature’s Flax Plus

Organic Heart to Heart

Organic Heritage Flakes

Organic Golden Flaxseed

Organic Chia Seeds

Sauces / Condiments/ Dips

Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole (my addiction – half the calories of normal guac – it’s made with Greek yogurt!) – this is NOT organic, but I just can’t resist!

Organic Hummus

Balsamic Glaze (I use on mozzarella & tomato sandwiches, as salad dressing, as a dip…)

Organic Reduced Sugar Strawberry or Raspberry Preserves

Organic Ketchup

Organic Marinara Sauce

Organic Pure Grade A Maple Syrup



Individual Goat Cheese Packets

Organic Lite Cheese Sticks

Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter (drain the oil from the top before eating!) – this only has organic peanuts & sea salt…nothin’ else

Trader Joe’s Organic Hemp Protein (choc or vanilla)

Organic 1% Milk

West Soy Organic Unsweetened Vanilla Soy Milk (I use in smoothies)

Organic Eggs

Organic chickpeas / black beans / kidney beans

Goat Cheese Cream Cheese Spread (great tasting and none of the artificial ingredients and “guar gum” of regular cream cheese)

Trader Joe’s Organic Shredded Mozzarella

Trader Joe’s Organic 1% Lowfat Greek Yogurt (large and individual containers)

Organic Mixed Nuts

Crumbled Feta

Shaved Grana Padanoi Parmesan Cheese

Organic Ground Lean Beef

Organic Chicken Breast

Snacks (suggest eating the top 2 in moderation vs. sitting down with a bag, but a serving is perfectly fine)

Organic Tortilla Chips

Organic Popcorn

Go Macro Protein Bar

Kind Bars


Organic Raw Broccoli

Organic Celery

Organic Carrots

Organic Sugar Snap Peas

Organic Broccoli Slaw (mix with yogurt, a little mayo, salt, pepper)

Organic Apples

Organic Oranges

Organic Bananas

Organic Pears

Organic Sweet Onion

Organic Tomatoes

Organic Peppers

Organic Tri-Mix Salad (in a bag)

Organic Applesauce (used in baking)

Organic Dried Turkish Apricots

Organic Dried Cranberries

Vegetables/Fruit (in the frozen aisle)

Organic Superfood

Organic Spinach

Organic Broccoli

Organic Sweet Peas

Organic String Beans

Organic Sweet Corn

Organic Frozen Fruit


Raspberry/Lime Sparking Seltzer

Electrolyte Water (mostly for my kids)

Organic Low Sodium Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Organic Dark Chocolate

Organic Coffee (Decaf and Regualar) – grind yourself

Organic Coconut Oil

Ghee Butter

Organic Ketchup

Organic Sour Cream

Flowers – to treat yourself!

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Snack Attack!

Finding it challenging to come up with healthy snack options? We always find it helpful to have a
“go-to list” that you can pick from at any time. Following is a list of 25 great snack options, filled with complex carbs and protein. As always, we welcome your comments or additions (link at the bottom of this email)! Enjoy!


  1. Organic low-fat Greek yogurt w/organic granola and/or hemp seed

  2. Mango smoothie: Frozen organic mango w/Kefir (unsweetened, low-fat)

  3. Bars – organic or non-GMO: Kind bars, Pure Organic and Fiber d’Lish

  4. Banana with organic peanut butter

  5. Organic broccoli dipped in organic guacamole 

  6. Hummus and organic veggies

  7. Organic cereal & milk (ie. Uncle Sam’s toasted whole wheat berry flakes & flax-seed, original)

  8. Organic cheese & whole wheat crackers

  9. Sunflower butter & organic whole wheat pita

  10. Cruncha Mame dried edamame veggie snack

  11. Saffron Road crunchy chickpeas (made with organic chickpeas) or homemade baked chickpeas

  12. Organic, lowfat popcorn

  13. Nuts (handful), preferably unroasted & unsalted

  14. Sunflower seeds

  15. Latte with organic milk

  16. Newman’s Own organic spelt pretzel (even better with organic guacamole or hummus)

  17. Annie’s whole wheat organic bunnies with a class of organic milk (1 serving)

  18. Food For Life organic sprouted whole grain English muffins with a bit of ghee butter

  19. Praeger’s California veggie burgers

  20. Hard boiled eggs

  21. Organic oatmeal

  22. Protein berry smooth – frozen organic berries, pure organic soy milk, 1 scoop pure whey protein

  23. Biazzo part-skim ricotta cheese and veggies

  24.  Organic greens shake with scoop of pure whey protein

  25. Steamed edamame

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