Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Trader Joe's Favorites

This weekend, Cameron and I did some shopping at Trader Joe's (Word to the wise: Don't go to TJ's hungry. Just don't do it.) and it got me thinking that sharing a list of some of my favorite products might be a fun idea for a blog post!  I've seen other bloggers do similar posts and really enjoyed them because there are SO many different things at TJ's that sometimes it's hard to know what to buy! We probably shop there 1-2 times a month and I always like trying out new products as they have some really unique (and delicious!) stuff. Here are some of the items from Trader Joe's that I'm loving lately:
Roasted Coconut Chips
These little guys are super addictive...and also (sort of) Paleo-friendly! They're such a great snack and I love that they're both salty and sweet. Cam's not a huge coconut person and even he loves these!


Coconut Body Butter
Speaking of coconut, TJ's sells the best body butter that's perfect for dry winter skin. It's super thick and moisturizing and smells delicious. Apparently, they also have a pumpkin version available for fall which sounds amazing, but unfortunately they didn't have it at the store I went to this weekend. 

Beurre Meuniere Popcorn
Ok, so this stuff is kind of an acquired taste in my opinion. I picked up a bag this weekend after being enticed by the cute French flags on the bag (seriously, I am a marketer's dream) along with the fact that it said it was drizzled with brown butter. The popcorn definitely has an herb-y flavor and Cameron found the parsley/thyme to be too overwhelming. I shared the bag with some family and friends over the weekend and honestly, no one seemed to like it that much! So I ate it myself (obviously solution, ha) and you know what? It really grew on me! It's only $1.99 so it's definitely worth trying!



Darrell Lea Traditional Liquorice 
Black licorice is definitely one of those flavors that people either love or hate, and I fall firmly in the first camp. I am a big fan of soft, Australian-style black licorice and Trader Joe's sells one-pound tubs of the Darrel Lea brand, which happens to be my favorite kind. The tub I got this weekend? Already gone. Which may reflect more on the fact that I have zero self-control when it comes to candy than anything else, but honestly, this is just really delicious black licorice!



Black Truffle Oil
I love drizzling truffle oil on my salads/roasted veggies, but it's definitely an ingredient that can get very pricey. TJ's makes a great truffle infused olive oil that's perfect for adding truffle flavor at a fraction of the price of a normal bottle of truffle oil. I pretty much always keep a bottle of this stuff on hand!



Pound Plus Chocolate
This is another staple in our house that we always keep on hand! Cameron and I both love having dark chocolate as an after dinner treat and TJ's Pound Plus bars are a great way to feed your chocolate cravings without breaking the bank. These chocolate bars giant, really high-quality, and only $4.99!



Applewood Bacon
Not gonna lie, I freaking love bacon. Cameron and I eat it quite a bit for breakfast, and I'm a big fan of this apple-smoked variety from Trader Joe's. It's very thick-cut, which I absolutely love.



Happy Trekking Trail Mix
This trail mix is our go-to hiking snack as it's Paleo-friendly and really delicious. Trader Joe's has a wide-variety of different trail mixes, and it seems like these and all their bulk nuts are a great value!


Natural Jerky
Another hiking staple for us, and they have a bunch of different types/flavors. My favorites are the turkey jerky, the buffalo jerky, and the organic beef jerky. Great when you need some protein!



Alamos Malbec
Trader Joe's is known for it's extensive selection of inexpensive wines, and this one is probably our favorite as it's a drinkable red that pairs well with a variety of foods. They sell it other places besides TJ's, however, they usually seem to have the best price on it ($8.99 per bottle).


Organic Avocados (Bag of 4)
I love putting avocado on my salads and I love that TJ's organic avocados are small because that way I can just use a whole one vs. trying to use half of a big avocado. Healthy fats FTW!



Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds
Pretty sure these don't need any explanation. Just buy them.


So there you have it, some of my favorite TJ's goodies! So tell me, what are your favorite products? I'd love some suggestions to check out on my next shopping trip to Trader Joe's!

21 comments:

  1. Ugh I always shop hungry in TJs and end up with the strangest things but I love these picks. I haven't even tried some of them, so they're definitely going on my list!

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  2. Coconut cashews (so good..you only need a couple); pumpkin pop tarts (like a little pumpkin pie for breakfast; turkey meatballs (for a fast addition to pasta); the pumpkin body butter (so thick and a great smell).

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  3. hi, thanks jane, i'm starving now and it's like 6:30 a.m.

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  4. We like a lot of the same things from TJ! We shop there almost weekly for some of our favorite TJs products. LOVE everything there!!

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  5. i buy the bag of avocados weekly. can't get enough. need that bacon next! i've contemplated buying it but wasn't sure if it was good quality. and now i know!

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  6. I'm surprised you went to Trader Joe's in Oregon. it seems sacrilegious!

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  7. Ooo always love hearing about favorite TJ buys...will have to check these out the next time I'm down in Carson! ;)

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  8. I love that you did this, so many bloggers do it and it always gets me to try new great stuff at my favorite grocery store! I love those dark chocolate almonds, they are so amazing. I didn't know they have the truffle oil so I'm definitely going to try that! As well as the bacon, we have been getting ours at (expensive) Zupan's because of the quality but I know TJ's doesn't use nitrates and whatnot in their meat so I bet this one is just as not bad for you as Zupan's!

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  9. Trader Joe's is the best! This isn't the most exciting product in the world, but their bacon ends and pieces are so good. Cheaper than the regular stuff, and almost more flavorful! I could go on and on about my favorites, but I'm definitely going to be trying some of these soon (especially that Malbec!).

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  10. Whaaat they have truffle oil? I need to get that asap I swear I was looking for it the other day!

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  11. I love TJ's! I might just have to pick up the Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds next time I'm there!

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  12. Trader Joe's gets me every time. especially the mini pb cups.

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  13. How have I never seen the black truffle oil before? Genius! The coconut chips are also a favorite of mine.

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  14. Have you tried the Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter?? It's a gingerbread flavored peanut buttery type bit of deliciousness. The TJ's by my house had to put a limit on how many jars you could buy per person because people were buying it by the case and they couldn't stock it fast enough. I love it with green apple slices for a healthy after dinner snack. If you haven't tried it, seriously, do it as soon as you can!

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  15. omg! i need to pick up their truffle oil! what do you use it with? I have a serious addiction to TJ's. I think the only things that don't sit well with me are their spicy frozen entrees. for some reason they don't work well with my tummy. :/ I love stocking up on their soups in the winter and their pomegranate blueberry green tea is my new refreshing fix!

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  16. Wow, what a thoughtful post. Thank you for sharing all these treasures! : )

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  17. Oh man.... my love for Trader Joe's knows no limits. The sea salt choc. almonds are amazing and so dangers for me to keep around the house. I debated on the coconut butter last time I was there but need to give it a shot it sounds like!

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  18. I always am interested to hear what others must haves are at Trader Joes and always find something that looks enticing! I go to Trader Joes once a week as my primary grocery shopping spot, and I can end up in a rut. Some of the things I love are the chicken tikka masala meal with rice in the frozen section, the natural lemonade that is made with stevia so it has so many less calories and sugar, and the guacamole that is made with yogurt (I feel like people love it or hate it!)-we can't keep it in our house!

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