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16 Trader Joe’s Paleo Finds

Eating paleo can get expensive in a hurry. Use this list of 16 Trader Joe’s paleo finds to help you save money on your food budget.

Trader Joe's Storefront | Mt. Pleasant, SC

Trader Joe’s can be hard to navigate at first. It doesn’t look like your normal grocery store. But once you know where things are, and know what they have to offer, eating paleo at Trader Joe’s can be both rewarding and money-saving!

Keep in mind, this post is not about grabbing an organic apple or some chicken breasts – you can do that at any grocery store. These are items that are exclusive to Trader Joe’s that help keep you on the paleo track when all the bread and cheeses are trying to derail you.

1. Cashew Butter

Have you ever had cashew butter? If not, you should. You’ll never go back.

I lamented the loss of peanut butter pretty heavily when I went paleo, but after after having cashew butter, I didn’t even remember peanut butter’s name the next morning. Yes, it’s more expensive than peanut butter – but that’s because peanuts aren’t nuts, they’re beans.

Haven’t you ever wondered why they’re so much cheaper than all the other nuts out there? Because they’re beans. Trust me, the cashew butter is worth it.

Cashew Butter | Trader Joe's

2. Almond Butter

Almond butter – not quite the caliber of salted cashew butter, but comes in at a close second.

Raw, roasted, creamy, crunchy – there are lots of options, if you need some variety in texture and flavor. It’s great for baking as well.

Raw Almond Butter | Trader Joe's

3. Plantain Chips

These are crunchy, salty, and best of all, cheap. They’re great by the handful, or try them with some salsa instead of tortilla chips.

I also like to eat them with my Cumin-Lime Avocado Dip!

Plaintain Chips | Trader Joes

4. Organic Dried Turkish Apricots

These make a great road trip snack- plus they’re organic! Maybe you’ll have better luck keeping them in your house than I do, because my husband eats them so fast I can’t keep them in the pantry.

I actually love to eat these with the plantain chips – it’s the perfect mix of crunchy and soft, salty and sweet.

Dried Apricots | Trader Joe's

5. Roasted Not So Salty Cashew Pieces

Two pro tips: the pieces are cheaper than the wholes, and the not so salty are…well, not so salty as the regular ones (which are pretty salty.)

Really any of Trader Joe’s raw or roasted nuts are a good buy. Just don’t buy any of the seasoned ones, as the seasoning mixes and oils they use are not paleo. Remember, always read your ingredients!

Better option: get the raw ones, take them home, and roast them yourself with your own seasoning mixture. Try my Maple Bacon Pecans for inspiration!

Roasted Cashew Pieces | Trader Joe's

6. Roasted Flax Seed

Use them in smoothies, baking, granola – and get an extra boost of Omega 3’s! I’ve used them in making paleo granola multiple times. They have great texture and a nice roasted flavor.

Flax Seeds | Trader Joe's

7. Almond Meal

It’s important to note the word “meal” here – it’s not quite the consistency of flour. The skins were left on the almonds, so they’re still mixed in with the meal.

That being said, I find it to be ground much finer than other almond meals and flours. I’ve used Bob’s Red Mill almond meal in the past and it’s much coarser than this one.

I can attest to the fact that this one works well for paleo brownie recipes!

If you’re making something that requires a finely ground almond flour, you can pulse this in a food processor and it will come out a bit finer. And, if you have lots of time on your hands, you can sift it – the almonds will go through, the skins will not.

Almond Meal | Trader Joe's

8. Fruit Sauce Crushers

Go ahead, finish laughing at me for eating kid snacks, then come back. They’re organic. They’ve got veggies in them. They’re portable. They travel well. They’re easy to eat on the go.

Seriously, why WOULDN’T you eat these? PS – Store them in the fridge- they’re much better cold!

They have multiple flavors, but the added carrot makes me feel healthier!

Apple Carrot Fruit Sauce Crushers | Trader Joe's

9. Spicy Pickled Vegetables

I heart these. Trader Joe’s even used coconut sugar in their pickling mix! Granted, the amount of sugar is negligible. But still, I appreciate the effort.

Did I mention I heart these?

Spicy Pickled Vegetables | Trader Joe's

10. Pickled Cauliflower Medley

Trader Joe’s sometimes puzzles me. The Spicy Pickled Vegetables used coconut sugar, but the Pickled Cauliflower Medley uses regular sugar.

Again, the amount of sugar is negligible here, and isn’t enough to stop me from eating some Pickled Cauliflower Medley. Just be aware that it’s not 100% paleo compliant with the small amount of refined sugar.

Pickled Cauliflower Medley | Trader Joe's

Ohh I just looked again at this picture and noticed that the one on the left is open. Don’t buy that one!

11. Kerrygold Grass-Fed Butter

A paleo “grey area.” Some people feel grass-fed dairy is ok, other’s don’t. In my opinion, it really depends on what your body can tolerate.

And even if you can’t tolerate dairy, you can buy this grass-fed butter and make ghee out of it, which is just butter with the milkfat removed!

Here’s a tutorial from Wellness Mama on how to make ghee if you’ve never done it before.

Kerrygold Butter | Trader Joe's

12. Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage

I’m all for humanely raised animals, buying whole or half animals, making sure they are free range, grass fed, well loved creatures who were tucked in at night.

That being said, sometimes you have little to no time to cook, and you have to make choices. Having these sausages on hand makes those choices a lot easier.

They’re pre-cooked, full of flavor, and the ingredient list is 100% paleo.

Careful, there are a bunch of other flavors of chicken sausage, but this is the only truly paleo compliant one.

13. Albacore Tuna (in water)

I make my own mayonnaise, and there is nothing in the world like it. Once I got an immersion blender, I never looked back, and I’ve been making my own mayo ever since.

Mix some of that with a can of this, put it on top of some mixed greens, and you’ve got a salad. So easy.

Albacore Canned Tuna | Trader Joe's

14. Sundried Tomato & Basil Chicken Sausage

Ok, this one is NOT cooked, so you do have to cook it through before serving.

However, it is super tasty, flavorful, and another good option for quick meals when you’re in a hurry or don’t have time to think about what to make for dinner.

Put it together with a side salad or some roasted veggies, and dinner is done!

Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Chicken Sausage | Trader Joe's

15. Grass Fed Ground Beef

This is in the frozen section in my Trader Joe’s store. It’s $5.99/lb, which is a good price for grass-fed anything.

I usually try to get our grass fed ground beef fresh from EarthFare when they’re having a sale (I just got it for $3.99/lb yesterday!) but this is a good back up plan, and doesn’t require you to spend the $10/lb that Whole Foods charges.

16. Organic Coconut Sugar

The Paleo Police might chime in here and say, “no sugar is paleo!” Cool, that’s fine. You do you.

We all know where I stand, and in the Scaleo world, coconut sugar is on my shopping list. I use it in my morning coffee in place of refined sugar, and also for baking. I also use a touch of it in my recipe for pickled red onions.

It’s great to have on hand in the pantry, and I haven’t found a better price than $3.99/lb anywhere else.

Coconut Sugar | Trader Joes

There are a few other paleo options at Trader Joe’s throughout the store – some stores have different frozen meats, and ours has jars of ghee. I still prefer to buy the Kerrygold and make my own.

Ours also carries coconut flour, but I prefer to buy that in bulk from Amazon, which I’ve found to be the cheapest way.

Does your Trader Joe’s have a paleo option not listed here? Add it in the comments to share! Not sure where your closest Trader Joe’s is located? You can’t shop Trader Joe’s online, but you can check out their store locator map here!

This post is not sponsored by Trader Joe’s and I received no compensation for it. All opinions are expressly my own. 

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Patricia

Wednesday 31st of July 2019

Hello Day 2 paleo been studying my new book NOT a big cook :/ Is Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Vegan Brown Rice in frozen section paleo approved Also Is GLuten Free Bread ? ok Thanks in Advance Patricia:)

Jessica

Wednesday 31st of July 2019

Hi Patricia! If you are trying to go straight paleo, then you'll want to go not only gluten free, but grain free as well. That means no rice, bread, etc - even if it is gluten free, it will still be made of some type of grain. I would suggest checking out the following at Trader Joes: -Cauliflower Rice (fresh or frozen) -Cauliflower Gnocci (frozen) -Carrot Spirals (frozen) -Zuchinni Spirals (frozen)

Hope that helps!

Ron Gelish

Thursday 30th of May 2019

Just date and peanut bars are paleo and delicious

Jessica

Thursday 30th of May 2019

Hi Ron. Thanks for sharing! While dates are paleo, peanuts are not. Peanuts are not actually a nut, they are a legume (bean). This is why a lot of paleo recipes use alternative nut butters such as cashew, almond, and sunflower seed butter!

Annie

Thursday 21st of February 2019

Brand new to Paleo. (Got a book and skimmed it). Looking for Paleo “bread” or something that could substitute for bread. Is there such a thing?

Jessi

Friday 31st of May 2019

Whole Foods carries a paleo bread by Julian Bakery!

Brad

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Check out paleomg.com and this one https://stephaniesain.com/almond-flour-drop-biscuits-gluten-free/

Jessica

Sunday 24th of February 2019

Hi Annie, There are lots of paleo bread recipes out there! A quick search on Pinterest should do the trick. I've tried lots and not found anything that is worth the time it takes (they are usually disappointing) but if you find something good, please let me know!

Alene

Thursday 4th of October 2018

Like what I read here...very educational....

Stacey

Tuesday 2nd of October 2018

My trader joes has coconut aminos and tahini.

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