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Tricks of the Trader Joe's: 10 items to feed your kids on the cheap

Tricks of the Trader Joe's: 10 items to feed your kids on the cheap

With over 500 stores in the United States, Trader Joe’s has taken parents’ mundane grocery shopping experience to the next level. And then there are the bragging rights. The minute someone brings up Trader Joe’s in a convo you almost always get enthusiastic “Oh, have you tried…?” Or “You MUST GET…” Folks just love to boast about their go-to TJ’s items. 



I'm one of them. I used to be overwhelmed upon entering those sliding doors, my anxiety level building before I even grabbed a shopping cart. There was just so much eye candy in each aisle that I found it increasingly hard to figure out what to buy.

But now, I've cut through the Trader Joe’s clutter — and discovered amazing finds for my kids that'll make shopping a little bit easier and less stressful. 

Here’s how to make breakfast, lunch and dinner (snack and dessert too!) for your kiddos in just 10 items. Bon appe-TJ’s!


Organic silver dollar pancakes (frozen breakfast section). TIP: The perfect pint size option for your little ones tiny fingers. No fork required! Just add fresh blueberries and strawberries to make this a healthy start to your kids' day!


Sunflower butter or Organic TJ creamy unsalted peanut butter (same aisle as applesauce). TIP: If your child has nut allergies, use the sunflower butter. It's yummy and tastes just like peanut butter! Whatever you choose, just spread on some whole wheat bread and lunch is served!

Organic Low-Fat Yogurt Squishers (refrigerator section next to the orange juice). TIP: Throw in the freezer! Your little one will think it’s ice cream and it will keep their lunch bag cool, too!

Snap peas (refrigerator section next to the fresh vegetables). TIP: These veggies literally taste like candy. Seriously! And they make a popping noise when you bite them. Fun! If that won't convince your picky eater, try making it a numbers game. Ask your little one to open each pod before eating it and count how many peas are inside!

Organic sliced apples (refrigerator section next to the bags of lettuce). TIP: They are organic, fresh and delicious. Just grab and go!



Carrot Apple Crushers (same aisle as apple sauce). TIP: It's on-the-go apples sauce with a veggie twist! Who doesn't love a sweet treat with a side of veggies for their little one? Put in the refrigerator for a refreshing afternoon treat. It's a sneaky delicious way to add veggies in to your picky eaters' diet! 

Organic fruit wraps (fresh fruit section, usually in a bin on the wall). TIP:Your kids will think they are candy. These gummy treats are filled with fruit, but your little one's don't have to know that. Great for outing to the park or the beach this summer.

NOTE: Megan Colarossi originally wrote on July 1, 2014 -