So it’s been forever since I did a virtual grocery shopping tour! The last ones I did were at a “regular” grocery store, the one I’m doing today comes from more of a specialty store affectionately known as “TJ’s” in my household:
I know you have been to this store!
I actually did a shopping tour here a few years back, sharing my Top 10 Vegan Food Finds at Trader Joe’s. Today I thought I’d re-visit my list, but with a focus simply on “real foods,” including commentary on what to do with all of this stuff, ha. Note: this is NOT a sponsored post. I’m just a fan trying to share inspiration for healthy eating.
Do you like this idea? Okay, let’s get started!
My TJ’s is laid out so I enter the fresh produce and refrigerated sections first. That’s convenient, because that’s where I find most of my favs.
First, the bagged greens and lettuces. I get a lot of greens at my farmers’ market, but, let’s be honest, the washing takes a lot of time. So, for busy weeks, I buy the pre-washed bags, like organic kale. I’ve always hated that TJ’s includes the stems in this mix, so I only use it in my green smoothies so the stems get blended in (I hate chewing the stems, gross!):
Next, for a really easy lunch salad, I adore this butter lettuce and radicchio mix. It’s mild in flavor and goes awesome with whatever protein I have on hand, from fish to roast chicken, plus whatever other salad toppings I have on-hand (see my post on how to make a super-food salad):
Lately, I’ve been so into this organic broccoli (and carrot) slaw. I’ve made a ton of recipes with this, but my latest thing to do is add a bunch to my green smoothies because it adds a really great texture. I’m not kidding!
As long as we’re talking crucifers, I was suuuuuper excited to find organic cauliflower at the store. Also, the price is set by individual unit, not by weight, so get the biggest one you can find! I most often make cauliflower into a puree by steaming it and then blending it with a wee bit of grass-fed ghee:
Along those lines, these broccoli florets are even more convenient, since they’re pre-washed and ready to go. I like to toss them with some avocado oil and roast them at 350F degrees for 30 minutes. Yum:
See what I mean about getting stalled in the refrigerated section? We’re still there!
Organic celery is another great find that I’m always happy to see. The reason is because celery always appears on the Dirty Dozen list, so buying it in organic form is a must. I usually eat it raw with nut butter as a snack:
Moving on, I usually pick up some fresh and frozen fruits at TJ’s because the selection is so good. Again, the farmers’ market fruits are best for local, seasonal, and just-picked flavor, but there are some exceptions. Like, organic pears that make such an amazing addition to smoothies (see my Chocolate Pear Smoothie recipe here). Again, choosing organic when buying pears is really important due to the pesticide issue:
Also, bananas for ripening at home and then freezing for smoothies or banana soft-serve. This article explains some of the reasons why buying organic bananas is so important:
One frozen fruit item I’ve also been loving for adding a creamy texture to smoothies is organic mango. I’ve tried buying it in larger bulk quantities, but I don’t go through it that fast and I also like that I can see through the bag and make sure the chunks are really nice and orange, an indicator of sweetness:
The last “real food” item on my list may surprise you. It’s water! Specifically, it’s this brand called Gerolsteiner that has a really nice mineral profile including magnesium and calcium. It’s expensive, but it’s made a difference in my health and I can buy it by the case at TJ’s:
That’s it for this round-up. What did I miss? Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more of these virtual shopping guides.
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