Trader Joe’s Top Picks

 

If Trader Joe’s is wrong, I don’t wanna be right! 

Some people go shoe shopping or get their nails done for therapy, however I prefer to shop at TJ’s. This store has quickly become my little haven. They have everyday deals on flowers, wine, nuts, peanut butter, fruit, vegetables, cereal, the list goes on. With each shopping trip, the basic girl inside of me is satisfied and all is right in the world. I mean who can resist those Hawaiian print t-shirts?!

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Whether you’re a frequent flyer of Trader Joe’s or a newbie to their products, here is a little roundup of some of my favorite foods to buy at Trader Joe’s.

Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

From edamame to artichokes, their selection is extensive! For the busy, on-the-go types who need a quick veggie they can add to their supper or fruit to whip into their morning smoothie, these are great options. My go-to’s include: broccoli, edamame, peas, green beans, pearl onions, blueberries, strawberries, and artichokes. Then even have frozen mangoes (which most everyone in my family is allergic to) which is a rare find if you like those for smoothies, salsas, or blended cocktails. 

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Fresh Vegetables

Butternut squash, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, brussel sprouts (shaved or whole sprout), and kale are my staples from this section. Usually pre-cut and pre-washed, these make dinner time a cinch!

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Oils

Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar (perfect as a marinade or base to a honey dijon salad dressing). The prices once again can’t be beat! These are great essentials to have on hand for cooking and baking.

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Soups

Black bean, butternut squash, creamy tomato. In the past I’ve found their soups to be a little lacking in flavor, however a great canvas to add other ingredients. So my suggestion is to spice it up! Add curry to the butternut squash soup or oregano to the tomato to give it that extra kick. 

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Nuts and Dried Fruit

Sliced almonds, mesquite smoked seasoned almonds, raw cashews, pistachios, banana chips, unsweetened coconut flakes…There are way too many to list in this category, but these are definitely some of my favorites to buy. You can eat them as snacks or mix them into your baking recipes, whatever the case, your dollar goes further with the TJ brand nuts and dried fruit. 

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Cereal 

Not all cereals are created equal. Many of the mass-marketed cereals we see commercials for are loaded with preservatives, additives, food dyes, and a multitude of other processed stuff. In an effort to try and lessen those from my diet, I’ve been looking for more wholesome options for packaged foods. I admit, I LOVE CEREAL. However, there are very few cereals that aren’t ridden with fake ingredients. Look no further than the aisles of TJ’s for some solid options. My go-to’s include: Nature’s Path Cereals, Barbara’s Puffins, and the amazing TJ O’s (Multigrain, Honey Nut, High Fiber and my ultimate favorite Pumpkin O’s, which they only keep in stock September-October).

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Fig and Pumpkin Butter

Perfect complement to a piece of toasted Ezekiel Bread or a hot biscuit. It also would be delicious on top of brie or some other soft cheese and served with crackers as an appetizer. 

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Cookie Butter

Heaven came down to earth when cookie butter was created. Those delicious cookies that you eat on every domestic Delta flight are smashed into a creamy spread to create what is known as Cookie Butter. Eat it with fruit, bake with it, spread it on celery, or grab yourself a spoon and eat it straight from the jar. It’s absolutely addicting, so beware. But remember, eating well is all about balance. So don’t kick yourself for eating a sweet treat every now and again. 

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Chocolates

So I haven’t tried all of these, but I plan to do so with time. Everything has to be done in moderation, my friends! A few of my favorites so far: Dark Chocolate Mint Cremes and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. These are a great option for satisfying your sweet tooth without feeling guilty. 

Also, Trader Joe’s has some amazing spices to choose from including their 21 Seasoning Salute that is great on just about anything. Needless to say, I can’t fit ALL of my favorite TJ items into this one article, because I don’t want to bore you. But stay tuned for more articles featuring some of my Trader Joe’s favorites. Hope this inspires you on your next TJ’s shopping trip!

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