Happy TRADER JOE’S TUESDAY, friends!
In keeping with the BACK TO SCHOOL theme we have going on this week, I thought I would share some new finds from Trader Joe’s today plus, remind you that, I also have my TRADER JOE’S BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING LIST… a printable guide just for you!
Grab your coffee, sit down, meal plan, print my Back to School list, take it with you, and get your shopping done.
I’m trying really hard to make life special, fun and easy over here for you 🙂 .
Speaking of which…can we take a moment to discuss something?
A few weeks ago, an HEB opened its doors here in McKinney and the people are going NUTS over this grocery store. My personal Facebook feed has been nothing but HEB pictures over the last three weeks. This store is very close by my house and something I’ve passed often, buuuuut at this point, I am just not mentally prepared to go inside. I’m sure at some point I will go inside and who knows…maybe I’ll love it? I know myself well enough to know a few things: I like small, cozy and quiet. I like calm. I like relaxing music. I like to stroll and take my time. I like things to be peaceful and chaos really doesn’t sit well with me…and by the looks of that parking lot and the size of that building, it looks like the opposite of the vibe I’m going for in my day to day life. When I need to run inside a grocery store, I don’t want to hunt for a parking spot. I want to walk in with my coffee in hand, be greeted with seasonal items and be inspired. As you know, my “normal” grocery store does that for me. How many times have I mentioned that on super stressful works day, I head there just to relax. Yes. I head to my neighborhood grocery store to relax. Ha! Well, Trader Joe’s gives me the same vibe. It’s small, it’s happy, it’s always decorated for the seasons, and it brings me a moment of peace while I grocery shop. I just love it…ESPECIALLY THOUGH…I love it between now and Christmas when it really shines.
So, I haven’t ventured into HEB, if you think I’m missing out greatly and must go today, please tell me so! Please tell me what I should buy, what I should focus on…inspire me to go, please! I’m the last McKinney person to walk inside, so if I’m going, I’m going to need to be armed with what to purchase. Please comment if you’re passionate about HEB.
Okay, let’s focus back on Trader Joe’s 🙂 .
First up, here are some of the newer goodies that ended up in my cart on my last visit that I think your family will love too…
I mean, this was a no-brainer! These have made some EASY back to school breakfasts over here! What do I mean? Instead of using a yellow cake mix like I do for my GREEN PANCAKES, I whipped up a batch using this mix and then added peanut butter on top. My kids were big fans (plus, they stay great frozen after you make them on the griddle).
And these have been added to lunchboxes! I already need to go back and get more! Delish!
Ashby is obsessed with seaweed, so we were excited to see that Trader Joe’s has some too! We add a package of these to her backpack for school snacktime.
Now, these little bites are so delicious! They are each individually wrapped which makes them so easy to add to lunchboxes, plus, that keeps them super fresh and moist too!
This is such a great find! I heated up chicken twice last week and added it to my salad for easy lunches. So simple!
I love Hatch Chile season! This cheese isn’t too spicy, it’s just super flavorful.
And bam! Two new burritos to heat up for my quick weekday lunches. I enjoyed both! These burritos (found in the refrigerated section by the hummus) are always such easy ways for me to grab lunch while I’m working.
Those are a few new items, but now, here are my favorite items for BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING at Trader Joe’s!
Now, if your family is in the middle of BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON, don’t forget that you need to check out my PRINTABLE LIST!
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE PRINTABLE SHOPPING LIST:
Hopefully, this list will help make your next trip to Trader Joe’s even easier!
Now, please note, not all of these are gluten-free as I thought back over the years to alllll the things we’ve loved for back to school and many of those were purchased before we were eating gf at our house. I’m going to call out a few of my faves and then include a more complete shopping list (with staples on there most households need!).
Here we go…
Stock up on these! Our family things these little bites of pure heaven are way better than Pirate’s Booty. It’s like eating cheesy air. It’s amazing.
These little nuggets make excellent after school treats especially if your family is on the go!
Add to your kiddos’ lunchbox or have on hand for after school.
‘Tis pb & j or almond butter and j season 😉 .
Oh how I wish these were gluten-free! We love, love, loved buying these little cookies for after school snacks. When Mades was little, we would spell out words together with the cookies before she enjoyed them. They’re so delish too!
As most of you know, one of these with a little avocado and my morning breakfast is done! These are DELICIOUS!!!!!
I do not like corn in the can. I prefer fresh or frozen…except for Trader Joe’s canned corn. It’s magical. It is the best canned corn you can buy. Now that corn season is winding down, stock up on this to add to your family’s weeknight soups and chilis.
Make sure you grab pasta for easy weeknight suppers! They make excellent g-free pasta too!
For easy early morning breakfasts at your house!
Yessssss! I love these as much as my kids do! Add to lunchboxes or keep them handy for after school snacking.
Grab these or their sweet potato fries or their tater tots, pop them in the oven or air fryer and your easy weeknight side is done!
If I had to name my top two all-time favorite Trader Joe’s items, this would be in the top two (the frittatas above would be in there as well!).
Not only do they just make sense for back to school season, but they’re delicious too!
Quick desserts, little lunchbox treats, easy to grab.
Whether you buy the gluten-free versions or the regular, stock up on freezer waffles and pancakes this time of year with…
…maple syrup too.
I will heat this up and send it to school with Kensington! Easy lunch!!
Head to the bakery aisle for easy breakfast ideas like their cider donuts…
…varieties of breads…
Yes, yes!! Add to cart!
I love their sparkling waters!! They come in a variety of (seasonal) flavors and never disappoint!!
Grab their yogurts while you’re there too! We like both the bowls and the tubes for lunchboxes.
From frozen corn to frozen gnocchi, riced cauliflower, rice…there are SO MANY easy weeknight sides that just need to be heated at Trader Joe’s!
Whew! Okay, if you want to check out my complete BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING LIST, you can view and print that here:
Don’t forget, you can also check out…
If you have other Trader Joe’s finds to share OR if you have thoughts on items from HEB, I want to read about it in the comment section below!
See you all tomorrow! xx