Trader Joe's Healthy Healthy Bargain Buys

Trader  Joe's extra virgin kalamata olive oil and hemp seed hearts

Hi there. So I have a confession: I have an expensive grocery habit.  Between Wegmans (which I love), my co-op (which I also love), and The Piggery, my local meat's butcher shop (which I love love love), it's so easy for me to over-spend. This is not to say that eating organic and healthy can't be done on a budget, but I'm a sucker for delicious, healthy food, and trying the newest thing, so I'm not always as judicious with my grocery shopping as I could be. (True story: I popped into my co-op after yoga yesterday just to pick up something from the hot-bar and walked out $40 lighter. Oops).

We don't have a Trader Joe's in Ithaca, so when I was in Rochester this weekend I decided to pay a visit.  I haven't been in over a year, and I was pleasantly surprised by some of my new finds. ("Why hello hemp seeds.")

My Trader Joe's loot!

My Trader Joe's loot!

Here's the rundown of what I bought, for a grand total of $67. 31.  Some of it are my tried and trues (olive oil, nuts, coconut oil). Some of it are some happy new finds. I don't have all the price comparisons but I'm pretty sure my bill would have been closer to $100 if I bought all of this elsewhere. 

The Staples

The olive oil - only $8.99! 

The olive oil - only $8.99! 

  • One liter of Extra Virgin Kalamata Greek Olive Oil: $8.99. (Also rated as Trader Joe's best olive oil)  
  • Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil $5.99 
  • Crunchy Almond Butter $7.99 (I usually pay $10.99!)  
  • Organic Blue Corn and Sprouted Quinoa Tortilla Chips (x2) $2.99 - And I love that even the sunflower oil is organic! Usually organic tortilla chips still use conventional canola and/or sunflower oil, which is likely pesticide-laden and may be GMO. 
  • 2 lb bag of Organic Sweet Onions - $2.79
  • 2 Hass Avocados - $.99 each 
  • Bag of frozen Brussel Sprouts - $.99 (not organic, but brussel sprouts are a low-spray vegetable and ok to eat conventional - plus you're hard pressed to find organic brussel sprouts anyway). 

Their nut selection is seriously awesome.

So many choices - raw, roasted and salted, roasted and lightly salted, organic, (tasty flavored ones with ingredients that I won't eat). I restrained myself and bought only the following:

  • 8 oz Raw Pecan Halves - $4.49
  • 16 oz Organic Raw Almonds - $7.49
  • 16 oz Dry Roasted, Lightly Salted Organic Cashews - $8.49
Trader Joe's gluten free ancient grain and super seed oatmeal with oats, quinoa, amaranth, quinoa, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds

Plus! ...

  • 8 oz of raw hemp seeds for only $5.99
  • Organic and Fair Trade Dark (72%) Chocolate for $1.99 (I may or may not have eaten some of it in the car on the ride home, and it was delicious). I usually pay about $4 for a bar. 
  • Aaaaaaaand this tasty looking gluten-free Oats with Ancient Grain Blend hot breakfast cereal/porridge.  Not sugar, added flavoring, preservatives, etc. Just the grains.  I've been craving porridge for breakfast lately and I'm super excited to try this!

Tell me in the comments below: What are your favorite Trader Joe's buys? Will you be on the lookout for any of these suggestions?