The ultimate Trader Joe’s shopping list for clean eating

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Trader Joe’s is one of my absolute favorite places to shop. I’m there once per week, at least. And while I don’t claim to know all of their clean eating items, I think I’ve got most of them pretty nailed down by this point. I tried to give examples of both organic and non-organic foods.


Please note that the prices listed are current for my Trader Joe’s here in Sonoma County at the time of this writing. Prices will vary greatly by region and with time. Also, this is not an all-inclusive list. This is based on what I have purchased in my own shopping.




  • BELL PEPPERS, fresh (prices vary)
  • ZUCCHINI, fresh (prices vary)
  • TOMATOES, fresh (prices vary)
  • STRAWBERRIES, in season, fresh (prices vary)
  • BLUEBERRIES, in season, fresh (prices vary)
  • SWEET POTATOES, fresh (prices vary)
  • BROCCOLI, frozen (around $1.50 – 1 lb.)
  • GREEN BEANS, frozen (around $3 – 1 lb)
  • SPINACH, organic OR pesticide free, frozen (around $2)
  • STRAWBERRIES, frozen ($2.79 – 12 oz.)
  • BLUEBERRIES, frozen ($3.99 – 12 oz.)
  • RASPBERRIES, frozen ($2.99 – 12 oz)
  • SPINACHfresh (prices vary)
  • LETTUCE, fresh (prices vary)
  • ONIONSraw (prices vary)
  • APPLESraw (prices vary)
  • PEARSraw (prices vary)


Tip: When choosing non-organic, fresh produce, opt for thicker skinned produce so that you peel off most of the pesticides with the peel or skin.

  • AVOCADOS, fresh (prices vary)
  • BANANAS, fresh ($0.19 ea. conventional / $0.29 ea. organic)
  • BROCCOLI, fresh (prices vary)
  • CAULIFLOWER, fresh (prices vary)
  • PINEAPPLEfresh, whole or cut (prices vary)
  • PINEAPPLE, frozen ($1.79 – 16 oz.)
  • MANGO, frozen ($2.69 – 24 oz.)
  • KALE, frozen ($1.79 – 12 oz.)
  • MUSHROOMSwhite ($1.69 and up)
  • MUSHROOMScrimini ($1.69 and up)
  • GARLICfresh (prices vary)
  • JICAMAfresh (prices vary)
  • ORANGES (prices vary)
  • GRAPEFRUIT (prices vary)
  • MELONSfresh, in season (prices vary)
  • BELL PEPPERSmixed, frozen ($1.69 – 16 oz.)
  • BERRY MEDLEYmixed berries, frozen ($3.29 – 16 oz.)


Tip: Dairy is always better purchased organic. But not everyone can afford it. Buy the best you can afford.


  • YOGURT, organic, store brand ($1.99 – 16 oz.)
  • MILK, full fat, store brand ($3.99 gal – conventional / 5.99 gal organic)
  • COTTAGE CHEESElow fat, store brand ($3.49 organic – 16 oz. / 1.99 conventional – 16 oz.) – I haven’t been able to find full fat yet.
  • BUTTERMILKfull fat ($1.49  – 1 quart)


Tip: Again, organic is best. But buy the best you can afford.

  • CHICKEN BREASTSboneless, skinless ($6.99 per pound, organic / $2.49 per pound conventional)
  • TURKEYconventional, ground, lean ($2.99 per pound conventional / $5.49 per pound kosher)
  • EGGSorganic ($4.49 per dozen)
  • EGGSconventional ($1.99 + per dozen)


  • PORKconventional, boneless chops ($4.99 per pound)


  • SALMONwild caught (prices vary)
  • TROUTwild caught (prices vary)
  • DOVER SOLEwild caught (prices vary)
  • SHRIMPlarge, pre-cooked, frozen ($7.99 per pound – prices vary for other sizes and can go up to $14.99 per pound)
  • TUNAcanned in water ($1.69 per can – red label)


  • ALMONDS, raw or roasted ( around $5)
  • WALNUTS, pieces or halves (around $7.50)
  • PECANS (around $5)
  • PISTACHIOS (around $6)
  • PEANUT BUTTER, conventional or organic ($2.79 – $5.79 depending on type)
  • ALMOND BUTTER, organic ($5.99 – 16 oz.)


  • OATS, steel cut ($3.29 – 30 oz.)
  • PASTA, whole wheat, organic ($1.39 – 1 lb)
  • PASTA, brown rice, organic ($1.99 – 1 lb.)
  • COUSCOUS, whole wheat ($1.99 per box)
  • BROWN RICE ($2.99 per bag)
  • QUINOA ($3.99 – $4.99 depending on type)
  • BREADCalifornia Protein variety, store brand ($2.99 per loaf)


  • CHICKEN BROTH ($1.99 per carton – 32 oz.)
  • COCONUT MILK, light, ($0.99 – 14 fl oz. can)
  • REFRIED BEANS, fat free (blue label – $0.99 can – 15 oz.)
  • CANNED BEANS ($1.19 – $1.99 depending on beans – 15 oz.)
  • TOMATO SAUCE ($1.49 – 15 oz. can)
  • TOMATOES, diced ($1.00 – 15 oz. can)
  • COCONUT OIL – ($5.99 – 16 fl. oz. jar)
  • OLIVE OIL  ($3.49 – 16.9 fl. oz. bottle)


  • PURE BARSchocolate brownie bar ($1.49 per bar)
  • LARA BARSapple, peanut butter or cherry (other flavors there are not clean – $1.29 per bar)
  • AK MAK CRACKERS, whole wheat ($1.69 per box )


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