Low-Carb Food at Trader Joe's

My Trader Joe's Shopping List

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Trader Joe's is a chain which branches in most of the 50 United States. They are a "specialty" store, but with a wide range of food, and great prices on a lot of it.

Vegetables and Fruit

  • Fresh depending on season and price.
  • Peeled garlic (in the refrigerated produce section)  Better than jarred, easier than regular.
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Other canned vegetables, such as artichoke hearts
  • Dehydrated blueberries and strawberries

Protein Foods

  • Fresh chicken, grass-fed beef, pork, and really great Niman Ranch bacon
  • Eggs
  • Ham (they have great Niman Ranch ham)
  • Canned seafood - tuna, crab, salmon (including smoked salmon)
  • Sausages - best prices I've seen on "gourmet" sausages (e.g. chicken sausages with herbs)
  • Lunch Meats
  • Frozen fish, shrimp,and other
  • Tofu

Dairy Products

Good prices on:

  • Organic cream
  • Organic sour cream
  • Kerrygold butter (organic, and from grass-fed cows)
  • Greek yogurt - more expensive, but very low carb
  • Kefir
  • Marcaspone cheese (soft, spoonable fresh cheese)
  • Cheeses - great selection

Nuts and Seeds

  • Flax seed meal - they have a high turnover, so I feel comfortable buying the meal here
  • Almond meal - best price I've seen
  • Sometimes other nut flours
  • Almonds, Pecans, Peanuts, and other nuts - mostly I get raw (I'm less likely to overeat), but they also have "lightly salted" roasted nuts, which I appreciate
  • Peanut butter - they have nice, smooth, trans-fat free peanut butter
  • Almond Butter

Other Canned and Bottled Foods


  • Diet soda
  • Wine
  • Water - 30 cents for a bottle with a sports-type top that I can refill
  • Diet cranberry juice (mostly for other family members, but I have some once in awhile)
  • Unsweetened soy milk (not really a beverage - I use it in cooking mostly)

Food Supplements

They have lots of high-quality, low cost supplements. The ones I buy are:

  • Odorless Fish Oil
  • Vitamins
  • Time-Released Glucosamine/Chondroitin

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