What I bought at Trader Joe’s (and Whole Foods)

It has been forever since I shared a What I Bought At Trader Joe’s style post!

Okay, let’s not get too excited about it — I didn’t buy that much over the weekend but at least we have something to look at and talk about from my food shopping!

trader joe's

I fell into a pattern of going to Trader Joe’s either later in the day on Thursday or Friday afternoons. There was a time when I went to Trader Joe’s a few times a week but I’ve really gotten things down to once a week — which is great. I love Trader Joe’s but I don’t really enjoy food shopping so I don’t want to go more than I actually have to go.

Anyway, I ended up doing my food shopping this past Sunday so I thought ahead to get some pictures from both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods to share with you today.

I bought less than usual which I attribute to a few things:

  • It’s summer
  • I didn’t need to restock as much
  • I forgot a few things (typical)

What I Bought At Trader Joe’s

I went to Trader Joe’s before stopping at Whole Foods mainly because I wanted to see what Trader Joe’s didn’t have so that I could then grab it at Whole Foods. Lately, Trader Joe’s is out of organic romaine lettuce (and butter lettuce) so it’s been a hit-or-miss random situation.

Trader Joe's shop

Yup, once again, Trader Joe’s was out of romaine and butter lettuce (what is going on?) AND the cute organic Persian cucumbers that I like to buy.

Here’s what I grabbed for this week:

  • Organic Grape Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Lemons
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Organic Chick Peas
  • Frozen Blueberries
  • Frozen Broccoli
  • Frozen Corn
  • Coffee (decaf + regular)

What I normally buy but didn’t need this week:

  • Feta Cheese
  • Balsamic Dressing
  • Tea
  • Ezekiel Bread
  • Other Frozen Vegetables
  • Organic Steel Cut Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sauces, Spices, Seasonings

What I Forgot:

  • Organic Brown Rice (steam bags)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

What I Bought At Whole Foods

I was going to Whole Foods mainly for chicken nuggets but thankfully they had the lettuce that Trader Joe’s didn’t!

whole foods shop

What I bought:

  • Organic Romaine Salad Bags
  • Organic Cucumber
  • Organic Light Ranch Dressing (so good!)
  • Organic Plant-Based Bolognese Sauce
  • Bell & Evans Chicken Nuggets

My son has always loved the Bell & Evans Chicken Nuggets (I did too when I used to eat chicken) so I do my best to have them in the house for the random nights when he’s home for dinner and wants something simple. I make the chicken nuggets with some broccoli and a baked sweet potato and I feel like I just cooked something healthy. If you eat chicken, definitely try Bell & Evans chicken nuggets. They are more chicken than breading, and just so delicious. If I were ever going to eat chicken again, it would be these chicken nuggets.

Can we discuss the plant-based bolognese sauce?

I don’t think I’ve seen it before so I bought it to try it. I made it the other night for dinner with Banza pasta and vegetables. While it’s good and I would buy it again, no meat-eater would ever call it a sub for true bolognese sauce.

Additional Notes:

I hate cutting up fruit – so I don’t any longer. Instead, I buy precut fruit because I’ve weighed the cost vs my mood and it has become worth it to me to buy it already cut for me to eat. Sometimes I get a watermelon section (which to me is a compromise between not fully cutting up a melon myself and not buying fully precut) and sometimes I just buy a fruit bowl – either from Whole Foods or Stew Leonard’s.

I fill in with some items from Target quite often. I get my Banza pasta at Target as well as Horizon Organic Milk, boxes of tea (and sometimes coffee), and other random things (like Ben & Jerry’s pints of ice cream when my son calls me while I’m in the store asking for something sweet).

Past Food Shopping Posts of Interest:

What I Bought at Trader Joe’s And Whole Foods – Fall 2019

What I bought at Trader Joe’s – Summer 2019

5 Favorites From Trader Joe’s 

Food Shopping & Appetite While Running Less



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