Five Trader Joe’s Favorites

It’s not very often that I get to hit up Trader Joe’s, since there isn’t one within a three-hour radius (go ahead, pity me… and send me a care package) I tend to stock up on some winners while we’re there. We also like to try some new things when we go, and thus far, here’s some of my faves:

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1. Peanut Butter with Flax and Chia Seeds: it has a little crunch (so Joe stays far away, which means more for me!) and takes all the thinking out of adding flax+chia seeds for that extra metabolism boost or whatever it is they do. I like it a lot better than adding chia seeds to smoothies, plus it takes out that step. 

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2. Cowboy bark: sweet and salty and crunchy and smooth and altogether awesome. No joke, when my grandparents knew my mom would be going to TJ’s, they asked her to buy $50 worth of this. I can’t say that I blame them.

3. Mandarin Orange Chicken (not pictured, because we are out): okay, so I might be slightly off on the name, but it’s in the freezer section and you’ll know it when you see it. Grace isn’t a chicken fan, but even she can choke this down. As a rule, I don’t do freezer meals, but Joe and I love this (I usually pair it with their vegetable fried rice). Plus it is so quick and easy, which I love when it comes to dinner.

4. Also not pictured, Inner Peas (snap pea crisps): I love love love these for a snack or to go with lunch or a movie… really anytime. I could eat these in one sitting (don’t ask me how I know).

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5. Biscotti: I tried both of these and enjoy them. I do like homemade biscotti, but rarely bake them, so these are awesome to have on hand. I love that they’re little, so I can eat more than one without feeling guilty. Plus, they’re soft enough that you don’t have to be afraid of chipping your teeth.

Honorable mentions:
Dark Chocolate Truffle Bars: Sweet, but rich enough that you won’t want to eat the whole bar at once. I love having just a bit when I’m in the mood for a little dessert
Kettle chips: They’re branded as “reduced guilt” so I think that says it all.
Cinnamon Schoolbook cookies: I bought these for the kids, and they love seeing the different letters and numbers. Also, they taste good.

I know I’m missing a lot of items on this list, and haven’t tried any of the pumpkin products that I hear are everywhere. What are your favorites? What should I add to my list next time I shop?

6 Responses to "Five Trader Joe’s Favorites"

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  1. Sweller

    October 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Oh dear, so many things! Ours is about 2 hours away but my brother lives just around the corner and never shops there. He doesn’t know what he’s missing out on!! Love their pizza dough (we stock up and freeze it), pizza sauce, salsa, Mac n cheese, pumpkin bars, cookie butter….I really can go on and on. I miss living close to one!! 🙁

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    • Francine Weber

      October 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

      I’ll have to remember the pizza dough! I haven’t found a good one here. I’m sure the mac and cheese would be a smashing hit here too. 🙂

  2. Lisa

    October 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    If you get their fearless flyer i’d suggest almost anything pumpkin that’s in there. 🙂 the kbc pumpkin beer is always a fall fav of ours- so cheap! Love the biscotti and that orange chicken too!

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    • Francine Weber

      October 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      I’ll have to check that out!

  3. This Northern Belle

    October 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I just tried Cowboy Bark for the first time the other day. And my life has changed. SO good 🙂 I’m also a big fan of their chocholate covered pomegranate seeds. Can never get enough…

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    • Francine Weber

      October 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Isn’t it the best?! I just heard that there’s Cowgirl Bark, too, but the original still looks much better to me! 🙂

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