Trader Joe’s Favorites

Trader Joe's Favorites

Do you have a favorite Trader Joe’s Product? One thing that makes the trip worth it? Favorite chocolate?

Some of my favorites are unsweetened unsulfered mangoes, Mediterranean hummus, pita bites crackers, and coconut chocolate almonds.

I’ve only been a Trader Joe’s shopper for about 4 years now. They are great for snacks, even if they often fall in the sometimes food category. A friend was told me she’d love to know what other people like to buy there. Why not? Sounds fun! So I blind emailed about 20 people asking what their favorite things were. This is the results! And no. I was not paid for this review or suggestions…it’s just a fun thing to do. Why not carry your camera around at Trader Joe’s!? Haha. Longest Trader Joe’s shopping trip ever! It was worth it.

*Note: things in (….) are comments from contributors.

Produce Section

Trader Joe's Favorites

-Stuffed Bell Peppers (I always feel so good after eating these and they taste like they came out of my kitchen)
-Cilantro Dressing
-Cranberry, Walnut, & Gorgonzola Salad Dressing (also used as a dipping sauce or marinade)
-Field Chopped Salad… 

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Caramel Apple Bar

Caramel Apple Bar

As much as I hate to perpetuate junk food (sometimes food) during the holidays…I want to give you a half-healthy alternative to ice cream, chocolate cake, orange sticks, and pecan pie.

This is the caramel apple bar, apple sundae bar, apple dipping, or whatever else you want to call it. This is easy and definitely a sometimes food, but if you’re looking for a fast party to plan or a friend gathering where you’ll crowd around the table together, this is it. As a special treat, this is fun for adults and kids! We done this with a group of friends and also with our own children with success. … 

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How to Make Healthier Pizza


Pizza is not a common thing around our house, but sometimes it shows up. And although this looks dowsed in cheese, it’s not. This is how to make a healthier pizza. The cheese is only sprinkled on the very top – think of cheese as a spice rather than a main food. That will help with proportioning it right. And if you’re not ready to give up cheese, it will allow you to have it, but changing the way you think about cheese will change the way you use it (refrain from slicing the dubliner sharp white cheddar to snack on…that was my favorite cheese).

Pizza is crunchy and soft all at the same time. It has flexible ingredients and can be made to order. It can be heavy or taste healthy. There really are some benefits for our tastebuds here! That said, this is a sometimes food and should be made as healthy as possible.

Pizza is full of carbs, typically covered in cheese, and often has greasy components added to it.

I’m out to fight some of this.

I don’t think food needs to be greasy and thick and stick-to-your-ribs to enjoy it. Actually, the reverse is true. With food, as with a lot of things in life, less really is more; more of you feeling good. If we really think about every single thing we eat, we’ll probably get the figure we desire more easily and be a lot healthier physically. … 

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Always Foods and Sometimes Foods

Sometimes Foods v Always Foods I’m keeping it real for you. My name is Bonnie and I’m mostly vegan but tonight I ate mac and cheese and chicken nuggets for dinner.

I didn’t think I’d ever write about mac and cheese and chicken nuggets.

It’s been over a year and a half that we’ve been eating clean veggie-based meals and the kids have done really well. Although they still complain about eating salad, I’m constantly amazed at how far we’ve come. I am not making this up, I have actually heard my kids say stuff like:

“Mom, can I just have a salad for lunch?”

Or “I think I have a tummy ache, I need to eat some healthy food.”

Or “Let’s mix pomegranates in.” (I like the random ingredient idea)

Or “I want jamba juice pancake ronies. That’s going to be yummy.” (yes, that’s made a made-up recipe)

Or “Mom, you’re going to be so happy. Today at school there was a lady who came in and was talking about eating healthy foods.”


But kids, like adults, have cravings and peer pressure of their own to combat. My whole goal for my family, is that when choices are presented, we will choose the healthier options. That between cookies and fruit, someday, the kids will choose the fruit. I want them to see food as a way to fuel their bodies and not as an emotional crutch. I love food and I pray my kids will learn to enjoy food and healthy eating as much as I do…. 

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