Let's Go to Trader Joe's
Does anyone else find grocery shopping as fun as we do?
We’re die hard foodies, we write a food blog, and we are cookbook authors, so hitting up a grocery store and exploring the aisles is our idea of a good time. Trader Joe’s is our favorite for unique items and low prices.
At Trader Joe’s, there’s a good chance you’ll find a deal on a product that’s usually quite expensive. Sometimes, it feels like the keto diet requires hard-to-find, pricey ingredients, which is why we're here to show you what to buy and what NOT to buy at Trader Joe's.
The HUGE list of keto friendly foods.
We don’t shop at Trader Joe’s for “everyday” grocery items. We like to buy our keto staples at Costco and pick up interesting snacks and specialty items from Trader Joe’s. Watch our Costco Grocery Haul.
Behold, our List of Top 10 Things to Buy at Trader Joe’s
1. Organic Frozen Spinach
We don’t stress out about buying everything organic, but we try to buy organic spinach. According to federal data, non-organic spinach contains more pesticide residue than all other tested produce. We get the bag of Organic Frozen Spinach from Trader Joe’s to add to smoothies, casseroles, and anywhere else we can sneak in some greens.
2. Columbus Hard Salami
Slice up some hard salami for a zero carb snack or add it to a cheese board for a fancy appetizer. The flavor is delicious and costs only $7.49 for two sausages.
3. Green Dragon Hot Sauce
This is Megha's favorite hot sauce, not necessarily for its spiciness, but for its intense flavor profile. The only place you can get it is at Trader Joe’s!
4. Bacon Ends and Pieces
The fat content of this bacon is unmatched. This is a delicious way to fatten up any meal for only $4.49/lb.
5. Mahi Mahi Burgers
Each patty is only one carb and tastes delicious topped with a little garlic aioli.
6. Grass-Fed Frozen Meats
Trader Joe’s is probably the cheapest place to pick up grass-fed meat options. Burgers, steak, and ground beef are some of our favorites. You can’t beat 16 oz. of grass fed beef for $5.99!
Nuts and seeds can be really expensive, but not at Trader Joe’s. We like to stock up on...
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
- Pine nuts
- Pumpkin seeds.
8. 1000 Day Aged Gouda Cheese
Trader Joe’s has an impressive selection of cheeses, so have some fun and try something new. We like the 1000 Day Aged Gouda for its intense flavor and cheese crystals. (The latest cheese craze and we’re all about it.)
9. Ciao Pepperoni
This is the most delicious pepperoni we’ve ever tried and we haven't found it anywhere else. We like having pepperoni for an afternoon snack, or we use it in our Pizza Dip and on top of keto pizza. Try any of our keto pizza recipes!
More Trader Joe's Products We Love
These items didn't make our Top 10 Trader Joe's List, but they are still great keto products that are hard to resist when the prices are this low and the ingredients are top notch.
Smoked Pink Salmon
Kerry Gold Butter
This is one of the cheapest stores to buy Kerry Gold Butter from.
Sunflower Seed Butter
This is the best alternative for peanut butter. Megha is allergic to tree nuts, so she uses Sunflower Seed Butter in her fat bombs instead of peanut butter.
Cold Pressed Olive Oil
Cold pressed means the oil was pressed out of the olives without the use of high heat or chemicals, which is what happens to refined oils.
Virgin Coconut Oil Cold-Pressed Unrefined
After doing some research, we discovered that “virgin” actually doesn't mean much when it comes to coconut oil. It’s really just a marketing term. The words you want to look for are, unrefined and cold pressed.
Frozen Wild Caught Fish
Every now and then we enjoy fish for dinner and we've found Trader Joe's frozen fish to be the most delicious.
Pre-Cooked Pork Belly
This pork belly is seasoned to perfection and slow roasted for 12 hours. All you have to do is heat it up!
The Worst Products at Trader Joe's
It's our job to not only give you advice on what to buy, but what to avoid as well. Don't be fooled by catchy buzzwords, false labelling, and bad flavor.
SardinesMatt is a self-proclaimed aficionado of sardines and he has deemed the Trader Joe’s Sardines as bad, so go buy your sardines somewhere else.
The labelling on these is false. The package says there’s only 6g of net carbs per ounce, but that’s just not possible with parsnips. We would recommend getting your crunch in other ways.
This protein bar contains 21 grams of Maltitol, an artificial sweetener that raises blood sugar almost as much as high as regular sugar!
Watch our Sweetener Video where we test zero calorie sweeteners to see how they raise our blood sugar. Your best option is still a Quest Bar and to understand why, check out our full break down of Keto Protein Bars.
Let us know what your favorite Trader Joe's items are in the comment section! We are always looking for new snacks and love hearing about interesting brands.