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For me, walking into Trader Joe’s is overwhelmingly calming, and yes, I know that’s an oxymoron. I typically go on Sundays, when I’m ready to hit the reset button and shop for a fresh week of healthy eating. This is both exciting for me (since being kind to my body feels good!) and yet so comfortingly familiar. As a vegan, I strive to try as many plant-based foods as I can, both so that I am fueled for my workouts and prepared to introduce any of my interested friends and family to the lifestyle I practice with some tasty options. Of course, I am not perfect — there are times I’m out at a restaurant and find myself ordering a dish that contains eggs, dairy, or even fish because there is such a limited menu — but I believe that by buying as little meat as possible, I am doing better for the environment.
Knowing that Trader Joe’s will continue to offer an abundance of vegan products is such a relief, and by being one of the brand’s plant-based shoppers, I’m also ensuring the future stock of my favorite items. “We believe that customers ‘vote’ on what they love — and what they want to see more of — with their dollars. If a product isn’t selling well, we’ll discontinue it to make room for something new that we hope our customers will love — and the attributes of said new products are determined by customer feedback,” a Trader Joe’s representative explained to me over email. While not all of the selections I’ve listed here are advertised as being “vegan” on the label, they all help me round out my diet and provide me with the nutrients I know I need. Scroll to discover some delicious picks you might not have known about, all available to shop at Trader Joe’s, and even sometimes on Amazon, too!