12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

mbg Contributor By Leah Vanderveldt
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Leah Vanderveldt is an author living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her bachelor’s in communications and media from Fordham University, and is certified in culinary nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute. She is the author of two cookbooks: The New Nourishing and The New Porridge.

Despite the crazy-long New York City lines, Trader Joe's is one of my favorite places to grocery shop. From the basics to their seasonal specialty products (hello, pumpkin butter), they always keep it fresh, fun, and affordable.

Here's a list a of my favorite (inexpensive) items to stock up on.

1. Precut vegetables & fruit

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

Butternut squash, shredded kale, and Brussels sprouts and chopped fruit are serious time-savers in the kitchen. These make it easy to whip up a plant-based meal fast.

Price: From $1.99

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2. Spices

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

I'm a sucker for a well-stocked spice cabinet, but this can get pricey. Trader Joe's has a great selection available for cheap.

Price: From $1.99

3. Medjool dates

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

These caramel-like nuggets are perfect for snacking and blending into energy bars, but often cost around $10 elsewhere.

Price: $4.79

4. Hummus

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

For all your snacking/mezze platter needs. Great flavor varieties, too — edamame, eggplant, and roasted garlic for the win.

Price: From $1.99

5. Organic dark chocolate

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

Their creamy, 73% "Super Dark" chocolate bar is my personal favorite. It's great for baking or dessert and doesn't have random additives (such as soy lecithin) like a lot of chocolate bars out there.

Price: $1.99

6. Bags of avocados and lemons

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

I always have a bunch of avocados and lemons in my kitchen. These bags are much cheaper at TJ's than anywhere else.

Price: Avocados $3.49/ bag of 4 or more
Lemons $1.49/bag of 5 or more

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7. Grass-fed butter

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

Another item that's pricey elsewhere but a great value here.

Price: $4.29

8. Extra-virgin olive oil

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

I use olive oil almost every day in my kitchen, so I'm always on the lookout for tasty, good-quality stuff that's affordable.

Price: From $5.99

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9. Seaweed snacks

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

Crunchy, salty snacks that are good for you? It's worth a snack-sized try!

Price: From $0.99

10. Nuts and Seeds

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

Trader Joe's has an exhaustive selection of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for all your trail mix, granola, and cashew milk experiments.

Price: From $2.99

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11. Organic frozen mango

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

Amazing in smoothies!

Price: $2.49

12. Organic vegetable soups

12 Healthy Food Bargains You Can Find At Trader Joe's (Each One's Less Than $6!)

A great convenience food for a quick lunch or dinner. Mix in spinach and beans to make it a more substantial meal and fancy it up by topping with fresh herbs and toasted nuts.

Price: From $2.99





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