Looking for the best Trader Joe’s breakfast items so that you can take a quick and balanced breakfast on the go? It’s easy with this list of Trader Joe’s healthy breakfast ideas. Mix and match, or use the combinations below.
While I usually focus on easy Trader Joe’s dinner recipes, there are (of course) a number of breakfast items at Trader Joe’s that can be pulled together for a nutritious meal.
And if you’re looking for some great breakfast options, try my avocado toast, breakfast burritos, bacon egg and cheese bagel sandwich (if breakfast sandwiches are your thing!) or lox and bagels. And breakfast for dinner is always a good option!
Trader Joe’s Breakfast Items to Mix and Match for a Balanced Meal
The framework I like to use when creating nutritious breakfasts is to include protein, grain (fiber), and fruit. This can look like many different things – cheerios + milk + banana, for example gets it all done in one bowl, but it’s also easy to make this happen with a variety of tj staples.
So I went on a trip to find the best Trader Joe’s breakfast items to mix and match for a balanced breakfast.
This list of Trader Joe’s breakfast items is by no means exhaustive, but should give you a good starting point for some easy breakfast ideas when you want something other than their chocolate croissant. 😉
Trader Joe’s Healthy Breakfast – Grain Items
This section may be one of the hardest sections. Is cereal healthy? Granola bars? Granola? Muffins?
My general rule of thumb is to aim for items with less than 10 grams of sugar (added). (I’m not over-the-top strict about sugar…but I kinda want my kids to eat sugar as treats and not as breakfast…). With that said, we’re pairing all of these grain items with protein items, which always helps major blood sugar fluctuations.
- Granola bites – These bites are pre-packaged if you need to grab quickly. Grab the berry for breakfast and chocolate chips for snacks/treats.
- Granola – Another great option that you can quickly portion at home. I like the almond butter granola the best! Oatmeal also works for overnight oats or hot oatmeal. (And if you buy the gluten-free oats, a GF option.)
- Granola bars – Choose an oat-based granola bar instead of the fruit-filled bars for extra nutrition and a lower sugar option.
- Pain au lait – My kids love this “sweet bread” as they call it and while it may not be as nutritious as sprouted bread, it’s pretty low in sugar and tastes delicious. Their croissants are also a great option (and surprisingly good!).
- Mini bagels – Serve toasted with cream cheese and bagel seasoning if desired. English muffins are another great choice.
- Mini pancakes – These are a favorite at our house, and they are included in this beautiful 5-minute breakfast board. Don’t forget the maple syrup!
- Classics – Pancakes, french toast, waffles, etc.
- Muffins – If you want to make your own, try mini blueberry muffins or mini chocolate chip muffins.
Trader Joe’s Healthy Breakfast – Protein Items
- Hard Boiled Eggs – Make your own or buy the pre-boiled and peeled eggs for a fast option. Creamy egg scramble is another egg option.
- Greek yogurt – Choose plain and sweeten it yourself with honey, fruit, or syrup or choose a flavored option.
- Cheese sticks – Cheese works for breakfast, too!
- Cottage cheese – Serve a scoop of cottage cheese with fresh fruit or a swirl of jam if your kids don’t like it plain.
- Milk – Plain cow’s milk is a great source of protein.
- Sausage – Trader joe’s veggie breakfast patties are a delicious option for a vegetarian protein source and can quickly be heated in the microwave. There are also some raw chicken breakfast sausages and turkey sausage that need to be cooked, but are delicious.
- Smoked salmon – Trader Joe’s has TONS of smoked salmon options.
- Peanut butter – TJ almond butter, peanut butter, or any nut butter will add a plant-based protein boost.
Trader Joe’s Healthy Breakfast – Fruit Items
Obviously this list does not cover every fruit item, but I wanted to give you some basic ideas and highlight some fruits that don’t require much prep/cutting.
- Nectarine or peaches
- Apple sauce pouches
- Fresh berries
- Frozen fruit – (gently thaw and serve with yogurt!)
Trader Joe’s Healthy Breakfast Combination Ideas:
All of these items can be mixed and matched, or use these combinations if you don’t want to think about it:
Granola bar + kiwi + hard boiled egg
Pain au Lait + apple + cheese sticks
Berry granola bites + banana + cottage cheese
Mini bagels + clementine + Greek yogurt
What about Trader Joe’s Pre-Made Smoothies?
I want to like these, but I just can’t! I hate seeing smoothies with cane sugar as the second ingredient…not because I’m anti-sugar, but because I don’t think smoothies need sugar and especially not that much! Here are a few smoothie recipes, which can be made ahead and frozen:
- Blueberry Banana Smoothie – Berries and banana – it’s a kid-friendly combo that never disappoints.
- Tropical Smoothie with Cauliflower – Doesn’t look like it has any veggies in it, but it does!
- PB & J Smoothie – Like the classic sandwich but in smoothie form. Nutritious and delicious.
- Homemade Acai Bowls – Easy to make with Trader Joe’s Acai packs!
- Daily Harvest Smoothies – If you want to outsource smoothies, I highly recommend DH.
More Easy Trader Joe’s Recipes:
- 23 Best Trader Joe’s Frozen Foods – A few more Trader Joe’s healthy breakfast items can be found in this list.
- Trader Joe’s Breakfast Board – A delicious and fun option for weekend brunches or company.
- Ground Turkey Meal Prep – Just 4 ingredients to make this easy meal prep lunch.
- Trader Joe’s Meals in Minutes eBook – If you love Trader Joe’s… you need this eBook!
- Trader Joe’s Cheese Platter – How to make a cheese board and $20 and $45 options.