The bulk of my grocery shopping is done at Market Basket because it’s cheap and convenient. However, I’m very particular about some of my staples, so every other week I head to Trader Joe’s to stock up on my favorite things. This is what a typical TJ’s trip looks like:
They are cheap here and they don’t sell this brand at Market Basket, so I buy at least three bunches for baking and smoothies.
This bread is made from sprouted grain and not full of processed ingredients, so it is extremely good for you. It keeps in the freezer so I usually buy two loaves. Also cheaper here than at Market Basket!
They have the best and cheapest almond butter, so I always stock up. It’s hard to find raw almond butter at this price!
They also have the best tasting unsalted roasted almonds! I keep these in jars at home and at work for a quick healthy snack.
Again, these are cheaper here than the grocery store, and they’re organic.
Lite Coconut Milk
I use this for my butternut squash soup and other things, so I always keep a couple cans in the pantry.
I don’t need to buy this every week, but I use it for cooking as well as cosmetic purposes. It’s a great moisturizer and make-up remover!
I do buy chicken at the grocery store, but when it’s a TJ’s week I take advantage of their organic meat selection.
I didn’t buy any this time because I’m cracking down until vacation, but usually I get some high quality dark chocolate for when a craving strikes. It’s a much better alternative to a snickers bar.
There you have it! It’s not much, but these ingredients are the foundation to most things I eat. Cooking with coconut oil, soups with vegetable stock and coconut milk, breakfast with ezekiel bread and almond butter, almonds for snacks, and bananas in cookies and smoothies!
My recipes that use these items:
What are your thoughts on Trader Joe’s and other health food stores?