Everything You Should Buy at Trader Joe's If You're Doing Whole30

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Giving up gluten, dairy, sugar, legumes and alcohol isn't easy (or appealing) for most of us, but if you've committed to the Whole30 diet this month, the creators would probably tell you that's the whole point. While it's tough to let go of staples like cheese and hummus for a few weeks, the 30-day cleanse is much easier when you have a variety of interesting foods to choose from. Luckily, Trader Joe's has a bunch of options that we'd add to our carts even when we're not on the Whole30 diet. Make sure to grab some of our favorites this month, so you can stay happy and on-track through Day 30.

Trader Joe’s Green Goddess Dressing

This ingredient list (which includes cold pressed lemon juice, chives, basil and garlic) is so clean and simple, the dressing tastes like you made it from scratch yourself. Feel confident putting this on your salmon, dipping your carrots in it or dressing your salads — it gives everything a fresh hit of flavor.

This ingredient list (which includes cold-pressed lemon juice, chives, basil and garlic) boasts so many fresh ingredients, the dressing tastes like you made it from scratch. Feel confident using this to top salmon, dip your carrots or dress your salad. It gives everything a fresh hit of flavor.

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Since this includes a non-grain-based flour, Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi is fair game on Whole30. It’s the perfect comfort meal when that pasta craving hits every night (or is that just me?)

Frozen or Fresh Riced Cauliflower

We can’t emphasize this enough — a bag of cauliflower rice should be a staple in your freezer or fridge, especially during the Whole30. Mix it with veggies and top with a protein, and you’ve got a hearty meal.

Clarified Butter (Ghee)

Ghee or clarified butter is free from milk proteins, so it’s the only source of dairy allowed on the Whole30 diet. It is one of the few exceptions to the no-dairy rule, and we think you should take full advantage of it for cooking chicken and sautéeing veggies.

Everything but the Bagel Seasoning

It’s not easy giving up bagels for a month, but it’s definitely a little easier when you can add a classic bagel seasoning to just about everything. Salmon, eggs, avocado — you name it: It’s better with a sprinkle of this stuff.

Mixed Nut Butter

While you can’t have peanuts on the Whole30 (they’re technically legumes!), you can have all the nuts in this mixed butter, which inlcudes almonds, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts and pecans.

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers

These frozen burger patties are what we like to call a Whole30 life saver. They just require a quick warm up on the stove, and you’ve got a compliant dish in just minutes.

Salsa Verde and Salsa Autentica

Unlike other salsas that might sneak in added sugars, this salsa has a simple ingredient list with fresh tomatillos, green chile, onions and jalapenos. If you’re looking to add some flavor to Whole30 meals, this is a good "sauce" option to keep in the fridge.

Organic Coconut Aminos

Another exception to the rules, here. The Whole30 allows coconut aminos as a substitute for soy sauce. Use it with cauliflower rice to make a Whole30-compliant fried rice for a meal just as flavorful as your go-to take-out spot.

Traditional Tunisian Harissa

Trader Joe’s recommends using this harissa to make a potato salad, which we think serves as the perfect side dish to some grilled up grass-fed beef on the Whole30 diet.

Organic Beef Bone Broth

Don’t think you have to stick to salads during the Whole30, make yourself a compliant soup starting with this rich beef broth.

Avocado’s Number Guacamole

You’re going to need something to dip carrots and celery into, and this guacamole, which has five Hass avocados per package, is just the thing.

Vegan Kale Cashew & Basil Pesto

Imagine topping your fluffy, pillowy Cauliflower Gnocchi with this Kale, Cashew and Basil Pesto. And they said completing the Whole30 would be hard!

Everything but the Bagel Seasoned Smoked Salmon

Remember what we said about missing out on bagels this month? This smoked salmon takes you one step closer to your beloved lox and cream cheese topping. Eat this for breakfast with a smashed avocado, and we’re sure you won’t even notice the missing bagel and schmear (for now).

Wild Skipjack Tuna

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62362 Wild Skipjack Tuna

Combine this tuna with your guacamole spread for a Whole30-style tuna salad. Use it to top greens for a protein-packed lunch.

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