As a health coach, one of the things I do is give grocery tours. Since not all of my readers are local, consider this your free online grocery tour of Trader Joe’s!
“But Trader Joe’s is so healthy!” you say. “Can’t I buy anything there?”
No, my friends. Not all Trader Joe’s offerings are created equal. Many products contain soy and other iffy ingredients or far too much sugar to be healthy. One of the best things you can do for your health is to learn to read labels.
One tip I’ll give you right here, right now is this: the fewer ingredients, the better.
That being said, Trader’s does offer some wonderful products for amazing prices. So let’s get to it, shall we?
1. Organic Petit Pain Pascal
Trader Joe’s made a winner here. With only 3 ingredients – organic whole wheat flour, water, and salt – this bread is organic, whole grain and so delicious. You’ll find it in the day bread section, which means they deliver them each morning and not every store gets them every day.
Fyi: Do not confuse it with the Pain Pascal demi-loaf. The Petit Pain Pascal is much softer and moister than it’s cousin the demi-loaf, which I found to be obscenely large and rather dry, but serviceable in a pinch.
Check with your local store for the deets. Oh and did I mention it’s $.99?
Makes you wonder why so many companies add more ingredients when only 3 taste this good…
2. Frozen Organic Berries
In my germ-fighting post, I mentioned the importance of eating plenty of berries to stay healthy this time of year. I love that Trader’s has a frozen mix of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. This combo-pack really elevates a bowl of oatmeal.
Their frozen berry selection is seasonal, though, so at times you’ll find the mixed berries or wild organic blueberries or organic raspberries. All get my stamp of approval on taste, health, and price. $2.99 (rasps)/$3.49 (mix)/$3.99 (bluebs)
3. Power to the Greens Mix
Several months ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Erika from Raw Green Fitness, brought this product to my attention. And I am so grateful! This bag of mixed greens (baby kale, baby spinach, and baby chard) is super healthy and gets a good mix of different greens into your meal. Cook or eat raw. Each bag is $1.99.
4. Organic Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Treats
I’ve yet to meet a pooch who doesn’t dig these tasty treats. And at $2.99 a bag, you can feel good about feeding your four-legged bestie good stuff for a great price.
5. Cheapest. Therapy. Ever.
I am flipping over their daffodils right now. One bunch of these bright yellow beauties is $1.29, lasts about a week, and makes me smile every time I pass by the vase. Find a bloom that brightens your day!
11 responses to “Let’s Go Shopping!”
I can also vouch for most of these products. The bread is a winner, for sure. The price & taste of TJs organic raspberries has beat the competition repeatedly. Trust me, I am a raspberry freak!
I will get on those power greens pronto!
My dogs love those treats, & TJs flowers & orchid plants are consistently the best, & at the best price.
Sounds like we are looking for healthy happy people inside & out.
Thx again HCJ. Sending daffodils your way!
Love to you! DJR
Yes, their orchids ARE beautiful and such a great price!
And yes, healthy and happy inside and out is the name of the game!
Thanks for the mention Jillian! I don’t know about your Trader Joe’s but I recently noticed the addition of organic mango in the freezer section :). They are really bulking up on the organic produce as of the last year and I KNOW you share my excitement on that front :). Xo – E
I do share your excitement! 🙂 And I will grab the organic mango next time. Thanks, E!
Dear Health Coach Jillian,
I always look forward to reading all your helpful and timely postings. I have learned many interesting and important pieces of information from your blog. I am now anxious to try Petit Pain Pascal, as we are always interested in a good, but healthy bread. Since I am on my way to Trader Joe’s right now, I will be sure to look for the organic power greens and will definitely pick up a bunch of those daffodils. Thanks again for all the tips to keep us healthy and happy. Keep all that good information coming.
Thanks, Gail! Hope you enjoyed it all as much as I do!
Great notes about TJ’s!!!
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Thanks, T! 🙂
Great tips you got there coach Jillian! Thank you for this! “Organic Mix Berries Blend” is the best. I love how they combine all the berries in one package, this way I’ll be able to make a new recipe for my healthy breakfast meal.
Thanks, Erin. Enjoy your new breakfast!
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