Grocery shopping can be such a pain, especially if you’re hungry and trying to figure out what to eat. As a Vegan, I’m constantly striving to eat healthy, but in all fairness, I pack in a lot of junk food too. I mean, we only live once right? Just because I’m Vegan I can’t eat chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter anymore? Not a chance…I’m always going to be searching for new munchies. Trader Joe’s will lure you in specifically to find new munchies…it’s just what they do, so to avoid spending on items I don’t, “need,” I find it super helpful to make a shopping list.
Now, I’m sure you’ve taken out a piece of Post-it note before and casually wrote down a few items you needed, but for plant eaters, that shit ain’t gonna work. Reason why? Vegans eat a shit ton of food…no joke. Not only that, but I’m the type of person that doesn’t know what I’m going to cook on Wednesday night for dinner. I don’t plan that far ahead and I typically like to cook what I feel like eating the day of. Or, maybe I’ll run across a recipe that I want to try mid-week. So, the best thing to do is be prepared and always have your basic ingredients ready to make any dish.
In comes Evernote. I store everything in Evernote and running the app on my phone lets me use check boxes to mark off what I’ve grabbed in the aisles. So, I thought to share my list of groceries with you to to help you on your next Trader Joe’s adventure. This list is something I’ve developed over the years, and I typically will have the boxes checked off if I don’t need the item yet. You’ll also notice that the list will be somewhat organized by section of the store. Some Trader Joe’s are laid out super unorthodox, but for the most part, they all have the same blueprint. Please, absolutely modify this list to adapt to your local store! I’ll try to keep updating this post as TJ’s releases new Vegan items too!