No need to add an hour to your shopping trip with scanning ingredient labels, we've got your essential Whole 30 shopping list (Trader Joe's edition) right here.
One of the most overwhelming parts of embarking on a Whole 30 is the seemingly Herculean task of stocking up on program compliant products that don’t sneakily contain any of the (many) off-limits ingredients you’ll be avoiding for a month.
While you could easily lose hours roaming up and down grocery aisles, scanning ingredient lists and labels with great focus, we’ve made your life infinitely easier by rounding up some awesome Whole 30 approved items from one of your favorite grocery chains.
Perhaps no grocery store has built such a dedicated cult following as Trader Joe’s, known and beloved for their affordable signature products and eye-catching designs. These excellent and affordable TJ’s signature products will make your Whole 30 shopping a breeze—just keep an eye out for the Trader Joe’s logo to ensure you’re picking up the correct (and completely compliant) product.
In addition to Whole 30 basics like eggs, healthy oils, and chopped vegetables, which are all available aplently at Trader Joe’s, these essentials will help you jump start many breakfasts, lunches, and dinners on your 30-day journey.
Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Milk and Light Coconut Milk – These compliant milks, which are available in the canned goods section, will help give sauces, soups, curries, and more a creamy, indulgent texture without the addition of actual dairy.
Trader Joe’s Crunchy (and Smooth) Almond Butter – While most nut butters are off-limits on Whole 30, due to the oil and sugar contents, these pure almond butters will fulfill your nut butter cravings atop sliced apples, stocks of celery, and more.
Clarified Butter (ghee) – A necessary replacement for all of your butter needs, this clarified version is Whole 30 approved and perfect for subbing into recipes, or poured on top of baked and roasted sweet potatoes and vegetables.
Raw Shelled Hemp Seed – Rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids with 10 grams of protein per serving, these seeds make an excellent addition to any dish that could use a boost in the nutrient and crunch departments.
Sauces and Dips
Avocado’s Number Guacamole and Chunky Spicy Guacamole – Both of these TJ’s pre-made guacamoles are completely compliant and perfect for dipping into with raw sliced veggies, or atop Mexican-inspired dishes like fajitas and taco salads.
Organic Tahini Sauce and Green Tahini Dip – This Middle Eastern sesame-based standby will act as the perfect alternative for all you peanut butter addicts. On the other hand, the herbaceous Green Tahini Dip will be your new favorite hummus replacement.
Chunky Salsa, Verde Salsa, and Organic Tomatillo Roasted Yellow Chili Salsa – All three of these bottled salsas contain 100% Whole 30 approved ingredients and will work great as a dip or topping.
Yuzu Hot Sauce – While many hot sauces contain non-compliant ingredients, this spicy and citrusy blend will give a Whole 30 friendly kick to any dish that needs an extra hit of flavor.
Sauerkraut with Pickled Persian Cucumbers – To add a little pungent personality to your meat dishes, definitely pick up this raw and fermented sauerkraut blend.
Puttanesca Sauce – Despite having a fairly long ingredient list, this olive and anchovy infused tomato sauce is completely compliant, and will work miracles on your zoodles and spaghetti squash.
Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Sauce – When you’re short on time and can’t craft your own sauce from scratch, this classic variety will save the day. Unlike TJ’s traditional marinara sauce, which contains soybean oil and Parmesan, the roasted garlic version is program friendly.
Spicy Brown Mustard – While most darker mustards are Whole 30 approved, it’s important to check the label to ensure there are no sneaky non-compliant ingredients in the recipe. This flavorful blend fits the Whole 30 bill.
Traditional Tunisian Harissa Hot Chili Pepper Paste – This super spicy Middle Eastern condiment will bring a serious kick to soups, pasta sauces, meats, and more.
In addition to having a stocked meat section with all of the fresh and frozen chicken, beef, and salmon one could desire, Trader Joe’s also offers these excellent specialty sausages, burgers, and mains that will help make your meal plan more exciting.
Proscuitto – This deli meat replacement is great for snacking, salads, and Italian dishes. Most charcuterie is not Whole 30 compliant, so to get your fix rely on this tasty stand-in.
Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage and Garlic Herb Chicken Sausage – These flavorful sausages are perfect for breakfast, lunch, and atop your saucy pasta-like dinner dishes.
Grass-Fed Beef Sirloin Roast (Fully Cooked and Sliced) and Rack of Lamb With Herbs – Both of these excellent options will make a perfect main course for a fancier family dinner or party. Both are so flavorful your guests won’t even suspect they’re being fed a diet-friendly meal.
Uncooked Ground Buffalo Burgers, Turkey Burgers, Uncooked Grass Fed Angus Beef Burgers, and Chili Lime Chicken Burgers – While buns are definitely out of the question, these burger options will work great on salads, or topped with some mustard or guacamole for an easy lunch option.
Fully Cooked Pork Belly – While hunting down Whole 30 compliant bacon can be a chore, this product will definitely satisfy your bacon cravings and work well incorporated into just about any savory dish.
Frozen Seafood Blend – This mix of scallops, calamari, and shrimp will fulfill all of your seafood cravings. Cooked with a little oil and served with a fresh, simple salad, you’ll feel like you’re dining at a gourmet seafood restaurant.
Wild Caught Crab Meat – Amazing in salads and soups, this pure crab meat, with none of the typical additives or whiteners, is a fantastic deal for the quality of the product.
Jumbo Sea Scallops – Lightly seared with a squeeze of lemon and a fresh arugula salad, these jumbo scallops will be one of your go-to easy Whole 30 dinners.
Sockeye Salmon (canned) – When in need of a fast mid-day protein fix, this canned salmon will work great in quick salmon salads with some whole 30 compliant (or homemade) mayonnaise and seasonings.
Trader Joe’s is a great source for a number of fresh and frozen vegetables, as well as pre-cut mixes that will significantly reduce your prep time when you’re in a crunch. In addition to the basics, these specialty products will make eating vegetables exciting again.
Riced Cauliflower – Perfect for any dish that calls for rice, from Mexican fajita bowls to stir frys to coconut milk curries, this will be a program-approved product you come back to time and time again.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes – When you’re craving the creamy comfort of mashed potatoes—without all of the work of steaming and mashing—this frozen product can be quickly heated and topped with some ghee and cinnamon for a sweet, comforting dish.
Butternut Squash Zig Zags – These fun squash shapes roasted with some olive oil will make you feel like you’re eating crinkle-cut fries—without the excess carbs.
Sweet Potato Ribbons – When you inevitably get zoodle fatigue and need to mix up your faux pasta dishes, these ribbons are an excellent go-to.
Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges – Fully cooked and ready to eat, these roasted wedges will make preparing dinner in a short time frame a breeze.
Freeze Dried Banana Slices and Freeze Dried Blueberries – While it’s recommended to limit dependency on dried fruits during a Whole 30, when you’re in need of a quick sweet treat, these freeze dried fruits are perfect to have on-hand.
Organic Turkish Apricots – Great for snacking or sweetening sauces, stock up on a couple bags of this dried fruit to use throughout the course of your Whole 30.
New Zealand Sweet Apple Rings – Another great dried fruit snacking option, these unsulfured and unsweetened rings should be kept in your desk drawer for those inevitable midday pick-me-up needs.
Greek Kalamata Olives, Giant Chalkidiki Olives, and Fire Roasted Yellow & Red Peppers – These jarred vegetables are a simple and satisfying snack on their own, and are also perfect for topping salads or infusing sauces with some extra flavor.
Fresh Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs – Eggs are a major player in any Whole 30, from breakfast dishes to quick, protein-packed snacks. If you’re working with limited prep time, these pre-cooked and peeled eggs can be tossed in your lunch bag or eaten on the go, without a big commitment.
Seasonings and Oils
In addition to the myriad of essential spices and oils which are available at TJ’s, these specialty products will add a distinct touch of flavor to your simple meat and vegetable dishes with little additional effort.
South African Smoke, 21 Seasoning Salute, Rainbow Peppercorns with Ginger, and Everyday Seasoning - These Trader Joe’s spice blends are made with completely compliant ingredients and will work wonders in a diverse range of recipes.
Black Truffle Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Greek Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Avocado Oil – Each of these oils will bring a unique flavor to your dishes, providing a tasty change of pace from the standard coconut or olive oil.
Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Spray – Whole 30 compliant non-stick sprays can be difficult to hunt down. Luckily, TJ’s carries this propellant-free and easy-to-use product. Trust us, your pans will thank you.