14 Trader Joe’s Summer Essentials That’ll Tide You Over Until Pumpkin Spice Season
The summer heat can affect everything from your skin to your eating habits, so during this season you might find yourself having to alter your usual shopping list a bit. But when you've found that the products that used to work for you and dishes you found satisfying in cooler months just aren't doing it for you anymore, thankfully, there's a one-stop-shop where you can scoop up practically everything you need to survive the hotter climates. With a few key Trader Joe's summer essentials, you'll feel satiated, refreshed, and totally cool — that is at least until around September when you start craving all things pumpkin spice again.
As you probably already know, TJ's has a lock on everything from healthy snacks to shockingly good beauty products (and let's not forget the cheap wine as well), so it should come as no surprise that some of their latest drops (and a few classics) are bound to be your MVP's this summer. From after-sun gels to soothe your sunburned skin (not to mention some spray-on SPF so you don't get scorched in the first place) to guilt-free frozen treats, the following 14 items are must-haves for your next trip to the cult favorite neighborhood grocer.
Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt Parfait Bars
Made with Greek yogurt, these protein-packed popsicles are a fun, frozen twist on a traditional breakfast parfait — granola clusters included. Plus what's more summery than strawberries?
Patio Potato Chips
Can't decide between Sea Salt & Vinegar, Delicious Dill, Homestyle Ketchup, and Smokin’ Sweet BBQ chips for your next cookout? You don't have to. This bag delivers a combo of all four flavors to please the entire crowd.
Organic Cold Brewed Hibiscus Tea & Lemonade Beverage
For a summery take on a classic Arnold Palmer, try this tasty mix of of cold-brewed hibiscus tea and lemonade. You can even make it into a super-easy two-ingredient cocktail with the addition of your favorite booze.
Green Tea Mochi
TJ's mochi was MIA for a bit, but it's back and better than ever — and that includes this green tea flavor that's the perfect mix of earthy and sweet.
Crack open one of these lemon-y malt beverages for a refreshing adult beverage on summer's hottest days.
Spray Sunscreen and Moisturizing Gel With Aloe Vera
Beat the heat with this skincare combo to help you before and after soaking up the sun.
Cold Brew Coconut Cream Latte
As if you needed another reason to sip iced coffee, TJ's now offers two versions (original and caramel spice) of canned coconut cream lattes. And you don't even have to be dairy-free to get why these are flying off the shelves.
Organic Coleslaw Kit
What's a BBQ without coleslaw? This kit has everything you need — including the dressing — to whip some up in a flash.
Ube Purple Yam Flavored Ice Cream
This traditional Filipino flavor (which has a tropical, slightly coconut-y taste) makes for an ice cream that's as delicious as it is beautifully colored. Serve at your next dinner party to totally wow your guests.
Sparkling Watermelon Juice
Rumor is, this sparkling watermelon-flavored drink is so good, many locations have a hard time keeping it in stock.
Simpler Times Canned Wine
With white, rosé, and peach flavors, this canned wine is absolutely perfect for picnics, outdoor concerts and movie screenings, and just plain old poolside sipping.
Chili Lime Seasoning Blend
Sprinkle this seasoning on fruit for a zesty, spicy kick, or use it to rim cocktails for an unexpected burst of flavor.
Organic Cotton Candy Grapes
These naturally sweet (as the name implies) organic grapes can be pretty hard to get your hands on. And if you're lucky enough to snag a container, you'll immediately understand why.
Cucumber Avocado Body Butter
Keep parched summer skin looking and feeling hydrated and glowy with this body butter that's powered with tons of natural moisturizers and cooling cucumber extract.