I'm a pediatric dietician. Here are 12 things I buy at Trader Joe's for my kids.

  • I'm a pediatric dietitian living in the Midwest with three kids under five.

  • Trader Joe's is my go-to grocery store because it's reliable and convenient.

  • The chain offers many kid-approved nutritious choices like overnight oats and wild blueberries.

Juggling life as a pediatric dietician with three kids under five means my constant reality is keeping my kids fed and restocking groceries.

Trader Joe's, my beloved second home, simplifies the task with its fantastic selection of nutritious foods and abundance of gluten-free choices for my daughter with celiac disease.

As a dedicated Trader Joe's shopper for over a decade, here are 12 of my favorite kid-friendly picks from Trader Joe's.

Gluten-free almond-flour tortillas are the foundation of many dishes.

Bags of gluten-free almond-flour tortillas on display at Trader Joe's, with a price tag that reads $3.69.
We use Trader Joe's gluten-free tortillas to make cheese quesadillas. Dahlia Rimmon

Trader Joe's almond-flour tortillas freeze well and heat up in a flash.

These gluten-free tortillas practically steal the spotlight at dinner. My kids would happily devour them plain at every meal if I let them.

We use these for classic cheese quesadillas, as a fun twist on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and even roll them up around a banana to make dessert "sushi."

Trader Joe's overnight oats are a quick breakfast or snack.

Stacks of different flavors of overnight oats on display at Trader Joes, with price tags that read $1.99.
My kids love Trader Joe's apple-flavored overnight oats.Dahlia Rimmon

Trader Joe's overnight oats are dairy-free and perfect for chaotic mornings.

With their chewy texture and sweet taste, these protein-packed overnight oats also make for an energizing midday snack.

My kids particularly love the apple flavor and request it in their lunchboxes.

Tillamook cheese is one of my refrigerator staples.

A display of cheeses at Trader Joe's, including Tillamook cheddar cheese. The Tillamook price tag reads $4.49.
Tillamook medium cheddar cheese makes a great snack.Dahlia Rimmon

Like many kids, mine are wild about cheese. We pair the Tillamook cheddar cheese with fresh strawberries, finely shred it over pasta, or melt it into grilled cheese.

Lately, my kids have enjoyed using mini cookie cutters to create cute shapes with their cheese.

Trader Joe's organic rolled oats are perfect for a creamy bowl of oatmeal.

Bags of gluten-free organic rolled oats with ancient grains and seeds at Trader Joes. The price tag reads $4.99.
Trader Joe's organic rolled oats are a versatile favorite. Dahlia Rimmon

These Trader Joe's rolled oats are gluten-free and a good source of fiber.

The oats are mixed with chia seeds, amaranth, ground flaxseed, and quinoa and are packed with brain-boosting healthy fats and protein.

We transform these oats into a variety of under-20-minute breakfasts, such as blueberry oatmeal, oatmeal cookies, and baked-oat crisps.

We eat frozen wild blueberries straight from the bag.

Bags of frozen fruit, including wild blueberries, on display at Trader Joe's.
Wild blueberries can be found in the frozen section of Trader Joe's. Dahlia Rimmon

My kids love these mini wild blueberries even more than the regular-sized ones.

Trader Joe's frozen wild blueberries pack an extra punch of sweetness and are extra gooey when baked in blueberry muffins.

My kids love that blueberries turn everything purple, especially when mixed in yogurt.

We basically drink Trader Joe's peanut butter.

A display of Trader Joe's creamy, unsalted, Valencia peanut butter and a price tag that reads $4.49.
We like Trader Joe's creamy, unsalted Valencia peanut butter.Dahlia Rimmon

Peanut butter is a good source of protein and healthy fat. We prefer Trader Joe's Valencia peanut butter because it tastes slightly sweeter than other brands.

We swirl it into yogurt and oatmeal and slather it generously on toast and pancakes. It also serves as the perfect dip for sliced fruit and veggies.

Lentil-and-brown-rice spaghetti has the perfect texture.

A hand holding a bag of organic yellow-lentil-and-brown-rice spaghetti in front of a larger display at Trader Joe's. The price tag reads $3.49.
Trader Joe's lentil-and-brown-rice pasta has 14 grams of protein per serving. Dahlia Rimmon

Unlike some other gluten-free varieties of noodles that can turn mushy when boiled, these hold up perfectly.

We love them with meatballs or cut up into chicken soup. I also like to toss them with tamari sauce, toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds, and sliced veggies for a chilled take on lo mein.

Trader Joe's dried Ataulfo mango slices are a healthier alternative to candy.

Packages of organic dried Ataulfo mango slices at Trader Joe's, with a price tag that reads $4.99.
Trader Joe's dried Ataulfo mango slices are an easy sweet snack. Dahlia Rimmon

Trader Joe's dried Ataulfo mango slices are perfectly chewy and never dried out or tough.

They're naturally sweet and turn into a balanced snack when paired with protein or healthy fats.

My kids love eating them with cheese, chopped into Greek yogurt, or dipped in almond butter.

Baby zucchini is the perfect solution for picky eaters.

A display of fresh vegetables at Trader Joe's, including baby zucchini with a price tag that reads $2.69.
We like to slice the zucchini to use as a pizza topping.Dahlia Rimmon

Mini zucchini is a game changer for anyone dealing with a picky veggie eater.

They're mild in taste and incredibly versatile, absorbing the flavors of whatever you're cooking.

My kids devour them when they are thinly sliced in pasta. We also like to use them as pizza toppings. Our current favorite way to prepare them is in the Crock-Pot with chicken.

Trader Joe's rice-cake thins are a fantastic option when my kids are tired of sandwiches.

A display of Trader Joe's organic brown rice-cake thins, with a price tag that reads $1.99/
Trader Joe's brown rice-cake thins are organic and gluten-free.Dahlia Rimmon

Durable enough to hold a generous amount of spread, these rice cakes are perfect for throwing into lunchboxes or snacking on the go.

My kids' go-to combo is topping them with mashed avocado, adding thinly sliced Roma tomatoes, and finishing it off with a sprinkle of garlic salt.

Fruit-leather buttons are a fun snack.

Three varieties of Trader Joe's fruit-leather buttons (mango, strawberry-mango, and grape-mango) on display, with a price tag that reads "$0.59 each."
Trader Joe's fruit-leather buttons are good to have when we're on the go. Dahlia Rimmon

My kids can't get enough of Trader Joe's fruit-leather buttons.

They're an ideal on-the-go treat because they a bit more time for my kids to munch on, giving me an extra moment to catch my breath.

I love the Walkers shortbread cookies.

Boxes of Walkers pure butter shortbread cookies.
Walkers shortbread cookies are buttery and delicious. Dahlia Rimmon

A dietitian suggesting a cookie? Shocking, right?

Well, these shortbread cookies are delicious and buttery and they also have minimal ingredients compared to other options out there.

My boys go wild when I serve them with a glass of milk or crush them into small crumbles for their yogurt.

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