20 Essential Trader Joe’s Groceries for Breakfast
Hopefully, you already know that breakfast is more than just a time for harried bites of toast and quick slurps of coffee. A well-balanced a.m. meal—however you take it—is key to starting off your day fully charged and ready to go. More than that, research in The British Journal of Nutrition suggests that eating breakfast at home may help people maintain a healthy weight. The trouble is many of us fall into the trap of skipping this all-important meal. Instead, we crash by lunchtime and spend the remainder of the day snacking to make up for lost calories.
Get back on the breakfast train with this round-up of the best Trader Joe’s products for breakfast. Here, you’ll find all the ingredients you need to build a better morning meal for you and your family. For more healthy breakfast ideas and tips for creating healthy morning meals, subscribe to the Eat This Not That! magazine.
Unsweeted Organic Acai Puree Packet
According to Alix Turoff, R.D.N., nutrition consultant and owner of Alix Turoff Nutrition in New York City, these organic acai puree packets are a great alternative to acai bowls that are typically loaded with carbs and sugar. In fact, one of these Trader Joe’s packets has only 80 calories and 0 grams of sugar. Add the rich, tart berry-flavored packet to a smoothie, or mix with Greek yogurt or unsweetened almond milk. Top with granola, berries, peaches, pumpkin seeds or toasted flax.
Icelandic Style Plain Nonfat Yogurt
Inspired by traditional skyr, an Icelandic dairy product, this creamy yogurt offers a smooth taste with just a hint of sourness. Turoff suggests stirring in a bit of cereal or granola and topping with fresh fruit or nuts. As an added bonus, one serving of this plain yogurt packs a whopping 22 grams of stomach-filling protein.
Seedy Almond Salad Topper
Yes, this is technically a salad topper, but these sliced almonds are also perfect for adding crunch and healthy fats to your avocado toast and hot cereal. The sliced almonds are mixed with roasted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds), nigella seeds (black seeds common in Indian dishes), crushed red pepper, and sesame seeds. Each bag contains eight single-serving packets, so you don’t have to worry about going overboard on nuts.
Crunchy Maple Ladders Cereal
This hearty breakfast cereal is one of the best Trader Joe’s products for breakfast because it’s lightly sweetened with cane sugar and maple sugar. And instead of wheat, the ladder-shaped pieces of gluten-free cereal are made with a blend of chickpea, yellow corn, and rice flours. A single cup offers three grams of fiber and five grams of protein, which will give you the energy to start your day and curb mid-morning hunger.
Turoff recommends layering this tasty smoked salmon on top of a slice of high-fiber bread and spreadable goat cheese. Not sure what type of cheese to buy? Check out our guide to the 20 Best and Worst Cheeses in America. Two ounces of this filet provides 11 grams of protein.
Blueberry Lavender Flavored Almond Beverage
Your mornings just got creamier with TJ’s newly launched flavored almond milk. Swap out your usual coffee creamer or cereal topper with this blueberry and lavender-flavored almond milk. Or, chug it on its own! This vegan drink is lightly sweetened with a pinch of cane sugar with just seven grams of sugar.
Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning
While not strictly a food, the Everything But the Bagel Seasoning adds bold flavor to your morning toast and eggs. It’s no reason why it’s the only spice that tops our list of the best Trader Joe’s products for breakfast. This seasoning blend is packed with the usual bagel-toppers: sesame seeds, dried garlic and onion, sea salt and poppy seeds. What’s not to love?
Organic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
Each slice of oven-roasted turkey breast packs five grams of protein with less than 30 calories. And you can rest assured that your breakfast protein is free of added preservatives, hormones or antibiotics. Eat them as is or layer on toast with egg and avocado slices.
Organic Coconut Sesame Seed Clusters
When your breakfast yogurt needs a sweet-and-savory crunch, reach for these coconut sesame seed clusters. Each is made with dried, toasted coconut flakes, coconut sugar, a pinch of tapioca syrup, sesame seeds, and pink Himalayan salt. Just be sure to use them sparingly, as each half-cup serving has 120 calories.
Organic Fruit & Seed Granola
You won’t find any oats in this granola. Instead, you get coconut, dried cranberries, chia seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds and much more. The result: A sweet, crunchy breakfast option that pairs great with almond milk or yogurt. Fill your bowl with two-thirds of a cup to get a 310 calories worth of satisfying crunch.
Organic Tomatillo & Roasted Yellow Chili Salsa
Liven up eggs and breakfast burritos with this thick, chunky salsa. Organic tomato puree is the base of this mild salsa, but it’s the tomatillos (a Mexican husk tomato), roasted yellow chilies, onions, cilantro and dried garlic that turn it into a flavorful dip. You get great, tangy flavor at only 10 calories per serving.
Organic Tropical Fruit Blend
Each 16-ounce bag of Organic Tropical Fruit Blend boasts a medley of frozen mangoes, strawberries, pineapples and bananas. According to Turoff, frozen fruit is perfect for mixing into yogurt, oatmeal or chia seed pudding. Or, take a few chunks and blend them into a rich, vitamin-packed smoothie. Each cup provides 70 percent of your daily value for vitamin C.
Simply Nutty Bars in Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt
Simply Nutty Bars are perfect for those grab-and-go mornings. Made with walnuts, peanuts, and almonds dipped in dark chocolate, these hearty bars will satisfy your craving for something salty and sweet. Choose between three flavors: dark chocolate nuts and sea salt, dark chocolate peanut and almond, or dark chocolate walnut peanut fig and date.
Just Mango Slices
The name tells you exactly what you’ll find inside each six-ounce bag: Fresh, tree-ripened mango slices that have been dried and packaged with zero additives or preservatives. This single-ingredient item is naturally sweet and chewy, making it the perfect yogurt or granola topper. However, as each serving contains 20 grams of sugar, you’ll want to be sure to watch your portions. Looking to drop those sweet cravings? Check out The 14-Day No Sugar Diet, which comes with an easy-to-follow plan for kicking your sugar addiction to the curb.
Substitute a slice of toast with this crunchy, gluten-free crispbread that has a delicious blend of seeds (sunflower, sesame, and flax), oat flakes, rice bran, potato fiber and honey. Smear with your favorite cheese and pair with breakfast meats and fruits for a quick morning meal that you can also pack to-go.
Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon
Breakfast wouldn’t be breakfast without smoked bacon, and this option is made without added chemicals. Instead, these juicy slices are smoked over real applewood with sea salt and celery powder. The result: a tasty, distinctive flavor that pairs perfectly with eggs and toast.
Fair Trade Organic Bolivian Blend Coffee
Breakfast is never complete without a hot cuppa java. The medium-dark roast Organic Bolivian Blend provides hints of caramel and chocolate. Taken pure, this beverage has zero calories and 100 percent flavor. If the aroma is overpowering, tone it down with a splash of dairy or unsweetened almond milk.
Teeny Tiny Avocados
Inside each mesh bag you’ll find six perfect-sized, single-serve Hass avocados. Slice one up and add to eggs, toast, breakfast burritos—whatever you want! These cuties offer a creamy texture and a hearty dose of omega-3 fats to any a.m. dish.
These Peanuts Go On A Date Bars
When you need your breakfast to travel with you, reach for one of these filling gluten-free bars. These Peanuts Go On A Date Bars are loaded with date paste, chopped dry roasted peanuts, peanut butter, flaxseed meal and topped with a pinch of sea salt. The added bonus? No added sugar.
Mexican Style Corn & Quinoa Salad
Salad for breakfast? Oh yes. This mixture contains corn, grape tomatoes, red and green cabbage, white quinoa, brown rice and kale, creating a light, fresh pairing to any breakfast item. Add a heaping spoonful (or two) of the flavorful Mexican Style Corn & Quinoa Salad to your eggs or breakfast burrito and top with the included fresh lime wedge and roasted poblano cilantro dressing.