Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s in Kentwood Michigan offers specialty grocery items, many vegan, plus beer and wine.
Vegan Grand Rapids Review

Trader Joe’s is a chain of specialty grocery stores in the US.  They carry many unique items, with much of the inventory changing all year round to feature different themes, such as mangoes in the spring, pumpkin in the fall, etc… Many of Trader Joe’s items are incredibly affordable, and they carry a large variety of vegan items making this a favorite of many.

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There is a decent sized produce section with a large variety of fruits and vegetables.  See the demo sign in the back of the store? More often than not there's a product demo happening. Be sure to look to see if they're spotlighting a new vegan product! There's free coffee back there as well.
Trader Joe's Grand Rapids is our go to spot for nuts. They have a huge variety and prices you won't find anywhere else.
What kind of nut are you nuts for?
This is one of our guilty pleasures. And great to take to parties too.
There is a good selection of candy at Trader Joe's. Not all of it is vegan but it is worth it to stop and look. These fruit jellies are safe!
Trader Joe's Grand Rapids carries two flavors of coconut milk based yogurts. Blueberry and vanilla. These are the best non-dairy yogurts we've tried.
During the holidays, Trader Joe's carries some really fun items that have a limited run like this nog flavored yogurt for Christmas.
Trader Joe's is currently carrying two products from Miyoko's, this cream cheese and the butter spread. Both are excellent.
We're not big fans of this, but others really like it.
There's a few types of non-dairy creamer at TJs. This one is soy based.
Coconut creamer from Trader Joe's
They're vegan but they aren't healthy. Do you care? We don't.
This butter from Miyoko's can be used as  sub in any recipe.
Trader Joe's carries just two kinds of butter from Earth Balance, seen here.
There is a good supply of non-dairy milks both in the refrigerated section and shelf stable.
Soy, almond, rice, coconut milk. Trader Joe's has them all.
If you're soy-free, this coconut beverage from Trader Joe's Grand Rapids is a great substitute for dairy.
Sometimes Trader Joe's Grand Rapids is really good at calling out vegan groceries, so be sure to look at signs. You may save yourself time reading.
Can vouch for this. A++
A seasonal item. Vegan sugar cookies for the holiday.
This is a staple in our household. We like to slice them up and put them on salads.
It's hard to explain the flavor of this veggie burger. It's something you'll just have to try for yourself.
Not all of Trader Joe's veggie burgers are vegan. These both are.
We would argue that these burgers aren't very Thai. Nonetheless, they are still delicious.
These are in the frozen food section. They also sell zucchini spirals that are cut off in the photo.
This is one really good vegan mayo.
You can almost always find a bag or two of these in our freezer. We don't just eat them as meatballs. Sometimes we smash them up for crumbles or mash them into patties.
Be cautious of bagged vegetables. Many items you think would be vegan are not (like the mashed caulipots). Thankfully these are and make a good quick and healthy meal.
This is a good party dip or sandwich spread.
All the Joe-Joe's (except gluten-free) are vegan, including this version that you have to eat twice as much of to get the same amount of calories!
All of the Joe-Joe's are vegan EXCEPT the gluten-free variety.
There are a few prepackaged foods in the freezer section that are vegan. These vegetable spring rolls are one of them.
Anyone tried this yet? It's a recent addition that we've not purchased yet.
These just hit the shelves and we're excited to try them soon.
Vegetable Bird's Nests from Trader Joe's Grand Rapids are a good side with any Asian inspired meal.
These samosas are good for parties.
These are a new product that we're hooked on! They don't taste much like crab cakes, but they have a good flavor we're into. Protip: extend the baking time at least 10 minutes or they come out mushy.
Falafel at home anytime.
This cauliflower rice bowl is one of our favorites and only 280 calories. And it's filling.
These are in the frozen food section.
Frozen rice for a quick meal.
It's what cookie butter is made of.
These are great as a starter to your meal. We like to add more veggies or tofu.
These have a very strong seaweed flavor.
The animal crackers in the background are vegan too!
Crispy vegan brownies in a bag.
It's gluten-free too.
There's a large selection of frozen vegetables. We like the riced cauliflower bags.
Frozen veggies.
We like these bags of riced cauliflower to make low calorie protein packed bowls.
There are a lot of frozen fruits available at Trader Joe's making it a perfect spot for anyone who makes their own smoothies or acai bowls.
There are a couple of non-dairy ice creams available at Trader Joe's. This Cherry Chocolate Chip and another (vanilla) are soy based.
Chocolate is the only flavor available in the coconut milk based ice cream.
When was the last time you had an ice cream sandwich?
Vegan mochi.
There are a few flavors of vegan mochi at Trader Joe's, but not all so be sure to check.
Fruit bars.
Lots of great pantry items can be found on the shelves at Trader Joe's.
There are plenty of dry beans and rice to stock your pantry.
There are two kinds of chocolate chips made by Trader Joe's. These are the ONLY ones that are vegan.
They also have regular sized vegan marshmallows, but those are not always in stock.
Vegan cocoa powder.
There area few specialty flours in the baking section at Trader Joe's.
Gluten-free flour.
There's a large tea section with good prices.
Shelf stable non-dairy milks are found near the front of the store at the end of an aisle.  There are always a couple of fun flavors that get rotated throughout the year so it's always changing.
Not all beauty products are vegan. Check labels - honey is one we commonly find when we read the ingredients so be careful.
Toothbrushes made from recycled yogurt cups. The yogurt was not vegan.
Trader Joe's has a good price on coffee, and a large variety.

*Items are always subject to change. We do our best to keep these albums up-to-date, but if you are looking for something specific, it’s always best to call ahead.

**We post items that are known to be vegan, and we have vetted to the best of our ability. Items may have been produced on shared equipment, which is an issue for some, especially for those will allergies. It is absolutely recommended that you always read your own labels.

3684 28th St SE
(616) 977-1819