If you live near a Trader Joe’s, you know how magical it is. Sure, the selection is limited, but the food is high quality, the prices are great, and the employees always seem friendly and helpful. Plus, if you like to imbibe, Trader Joe’s wine selection is actually pretty good, especially for such a small store. If you have food restrictions, you also know that their selection of allergen-friendly, vegan, and alternative foods is excellent. I’m not quite at the point where I can do all my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, but I always make a special trip at least once a month to stock up on my favorites.
So with no further ado, let’s jump into this Trader Joe’s dairy-free (and gluten-free!) keto haul.
Trader Joe’s Organic Roasted Teriyaki Seaweed Snack
How is this only 1 carb?! It’s so sweet and savory. Somehow it’s the perfect snack to satisfy my sweet tooth but at the same time quenches any salty cravings too. Plus it’s crunchy and you can savor it slowly by nibbling on each piece, or eat the whole pack in just a few bites.
Trader Joe’s Seasoned Kale Chips
While we’re on the topic of crunch snacks, these kale chips are fantastic. Let’s take a look at these Trader Joe’s kale chips nutrition. At 5g of net carbs for 1oz (that’s a pretty standard serving size for chips), they can fit into most keto and low-carb diets. They don’t taste quite cheesy, but there’s a delicious tang to it that can definitely replace that cheesy flavor for those on a vegan or dairy-free diet. They’re not exactly budget food at $2 a serving ($4 per bag), but they’re better than many of the name-brand kale chips. For me, they’re worth it as an occasional treat. Of course, you can also make your own kale chips.
Crispy Crunchy Okra & Broccoli Florets
These freeze-dried okra chips are a slightly more affordable option at $2, but they do come with more carbs (7 net carbs instead of 5). I can’t say I’ve ever tried dried okra snacks before, so I don’t have a lot to compare them to. The flavor is decent, but I find the texture to be unpleasant. It’s very dry, so be prepared to wash these down with some almond milk or something hydrating.
The freeze-dried broccoli florets are similar. A bit dry, not super flavorful, and at 6 net carbs, they’re not going to spike your blood sugar or put you into a carb coma. I don’t buy these frequently, but sometimes you just need an easy snack that won’t break your diet (or your wallet).
Trader Joe’s Egg Salad
Ok, I’ll admit it. The last couple of snacks can be really messy. They’re greasy, crumbly, and get everywhere. That’s one thing I like about this egg salad. Besides being only 3 net carbs for over 200 calories, it’s very easy to eat. I like to grab a spoon and eat it at my desk while I work. Before I realize it, I’ve eaten the entire container. Hey, there are definitely worse lunches I could have.
Individually Packaged Nuts
I was happy to find Trader Joe’s almonds individually packaged. I know the extra plastic is a bit wasteful, but sometimes I struggle with portion control, and I find the pre-portioned packs to be extremely helpful. Almonds are one of the best nuts for the keto diet, along with macadamia nuts and pecans. Trader Joe’s offers a few different options here. 50% salted, unsalted, fully salted. Take your pick.
TJ’s Kettle-Cooked Chicken Soup
Ever since going gluten-free, and especially since going low-carb, I miss pasta. Particularly when I’m sick. As a kid, chicken noodle soup was somehow this magic cure for any cold. I still don’t know how it’s supposed to work, but I do know it’s a familiar, comforting taste when I’m not feeling well. It doesn’t have noodles, but the Trader Joe’s Kettle-Cooked Chicken Soup might be the best soup at Trader Joe’s. At 4 net carbs per serving, I can definitely make room for it in my diet.
Charles Shaw Pinot Grigio
I may be late to the party, but I was shocked to hear that white wine is keto-friendly. It always seemed like the sweeter, more carbalicious (is that a word?) version of red wine. But TJ’s Pinot Grigio, also lovingly known as two buck chuck, even though it’s no longer two bucks, is only 3 net carbs a glass. It’s not fancy, but at $4, it’s surprisingly good for the price point.
Trader Joe’s Cacao Nibs
It’s true, I’m obsessed with cacao nibs. I don’t know how it happened. The first time I tried them, I spit them out because they were so disgusting. I was expecting them to taste like chocolate, but they weren’t sweet at all, and the bitterness completely overpowered the chocolate flavor. Now, I love them so much I try to put them in all my foods. I even created a chocolate bark recipe that uses them for a little bit of crunch. Trader Joe’s cacao nibs are what got me hooked, so they will always have a special place in my heart (dramatic, I know).
Organic Riced Cauliflower
Riced cauliflower provides a great way to get some vegetables in, while also mimicking a staple high carb food (rice). It can absorb the flavor of whatever sauces you use, and pairs well with pretty much any meat or vegan protein you want to cook with. I love pairing this cauliflower with the Hungryroot garlic parmesan sauce. (Check out my Hungryroot review if you’re interested in a meal kit with a ton of vegan proteins and dairy-free sauces.) You can also make a fried rice or a rice bowl.
Trader Joe’s Shaved Brussels Sprouts
I loooove brussels sprouts. I know, I’m weird. When they’re roasted with some olive oil and salt and get all crispy and crunchy, I can’t stop eating them. So when Hungryroot introducted me to shaved brussel sprouts, it opened up a whole new world for me. I love both brands, but I have to admit that Trader Joe’s brussel sprouts price is more affordable at only $2.69 a bag. They make a great side for your dinner. You can literally just throw together chicken, shaved brussels sprouts, and a sauce, and you have a healthy low-carb dinner ready in 15-20 minutes.
I hope you found this list helpful. It can be hard to stick to a keto diet, let alone a dairy-free keto one. When my SO was doing keto with me, literally half his daily calories were from cheese. Since I don’t have that option, I have to work a little harder. That’s why I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way. Happy eating!