Nut-Free Guide to Trader Joe’s

Nut-Free Guide to Shopping Trader Joe's | Peanut Allergies | Tree-nut Allergies | Kid-Approved Food

For any parent of a child with food allergies, trying a new grocery store can be daunting.  I’m sure I can speak for most allergy mamas when I say that grocery shopping is no longer fun; most of us have our “safe lists” and stick strictly to the tried and true, nut-free foods on the list.  This is what prevented me from shopping at Trader Joe’s for the longest time: the fear of the unknown.

Before becoming a mom, I shopped at Trader Joe’s all the time.  In college, it’s pretty much the only grocery store I frequented.  I didn’t think twice before tossing a jar of cookie butter in my basket.  Now that I have a child with peanut and tree-nut allergies, things have changed and a lot more thought goes into my food purchases.

A few months back, I finally overcame my fears and started shopping at TJ’s again.  Yes, the first few trips were gruesome.  My eyes were strained from reading the labels on so many packages.  However, it was worth it because I now have my own TJ’s safe list.  Some of these items have already become staples in our house.

So, why should you shop at Trader Joe’s if you have a kid with allergies?  Easy.  They have inexpensive, healthy(ish) products that are simple and kid-approved.  Also, the nutritional labels are easy to read and clearly state whether or not they were produced in the same factory as nut products.  Plus they make shopping with kids fun with their pint-sized shopping carts and free stickers.

While cult favorites, such as Cookie Butter and Joe-Joe’s, are big no-nos… There are still plenty of options that are safe for your nut-allergy kids.

*Please keep in mind the following statement from traderjoes.com and read all packages before purchasing: “As manufacturers and ingredients can change, we strongly encourage our customers to read ingredient information every time they buy a Trader Joe’s brand product (or any product, for that matter).”

Peanut-Free, Nut-Free Snacks and Food for Kids | Trader Joe's | Peanut Allergies Tree-nut Allergies | Yogurt

Yogurt cups – Great for breakfast or a snack.  I’m not a big yogurt fan, but even I like these!  Especially the Bananas & Cream!

Peanut-Free, Nut-Free Snacks and Food for Kids | Trader Joe's | Peanut Allergies Tree-nut Allergies | Juice Boxes

Juice Boxes – My son calls this “mermaid juice” for obvious reasons.  They also come in apple.

Peanut-Free, Nut-Free Snacks and Food for Kids | Trader Joe's | Peanut Allergies Tree-nut Allergies | Juice Boxes

Sprouted Flourless Whole Wheat Berry Bread – Allergy moms know that bread is usually one of the scariest things to buy, as most baked goods are made in facilities that handle nut products.  It’s especially hard to find a healthy, fibrous bread in a fun kid-friendly flavor like berry!  This bread is a winner in my book.

Peanut-Free, Nut-Free Snacks and Food for Kids | Trader Joe's | Peanut Allergies Tree-nut Allergies | Apple Sauce

Apple Sauce – Both the cup and pouch varieties at TJ’s are safe for those with nut-allergies.

Peanut-Free, Nut-Free Snacks and Food for Kids | Trader Joe's | Peanut Allergies Tree-nut Allergies | 12 Grain Mini Snack Crackers

12 Grain Mini Snack Crackers – The perfect tiny snack cracker for tiny hands.  My son adorably calls these “baby crackers.”

Peanut-Free, Nut-Free Snacks and Food for Kids | Trader Joe's | Peanut Allergies Tree-nut Allergies | Fish Nuggets

Fish Nuggets – A great alternative if you have a kiddo obsessed with chicken nuggets.  This is one of our favorite dinners – paired with TJ’s frozen fries and tarter sauce (also on the safe list).

Peanut-Free, Nut-Free Snacks and Food for Kids | Trader Joe's | Peanut Allergies Tree-nut Allergies | Pumpkin Joe Joe's

{some} Seasonal Joe-Joe’s – For some reason the traditional Joe-Joe’s aren’t safe, but I’ve found a few seasonal varieties that are: Mango and Pumpkin.  There may be more on this list.  I’ll keep checking for more fun flavors.

{More Nut-Free TJ’s Favorites}

Sesame Bagels

Uncured Beef Franks

Apple Banana Fruit Sauce Crushers

Baked Cheese Crunchies

Salted Tortilla Chips

This Blueberry Walks Into a Bar…

Dried Cranberries

Crunchy Curls

Bambino Pepperoni Pizza

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Do you have any other tips for shopping w/ food allergies?

 
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5 thoughts on “Nut-Free Guide to Trader Joe’s

  1. Thank you! I love to shop there for the same reasons. I have my safe list as well and was looking for info on the yogurt cups. I have not contacted them. Have you contacted them about this products? Their ingredients list is clear but most of their products do not contain allergy cc statements.

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