Any Trader Joe's fans out there? There is no secret that I love me some Trader Joe's. Charlie and my parents have both comments about how I get this little sparkle in my eyes whenever I'm weaving through their colorful aisles.
I was first introduced to Trader Joe's in Athens and I was shocked at how affordable it was. Actually, I saved money by shopping at the Joe's. Most Trader Joe's stores are similar in size to a Walgreens or CVS instead of football-field-long Walmarts and other groceries. The size, to me, is one major selling point because it allows you to get in and out fast. Another reason it's an efficient way to shop is because they carry very limited brands so there isn't an entire aisle dedicated to pickles and BBQ sauce (yeah, you know exactly what aisle I'm talking about). I think this another reason why there prices are so affordable which also makes it super easy on the shopper because they don't have to compare Brand A, Brand B, Brand C, and so on!
There are SO many reasons why I love Trader Joes and I know I'm not the only one. I've heard people who don't have a Trader Joes close by will plan trips around TJ or are willing to make 30-40 drives just to go. This might be excessive but I can't deny that I haven't ever done it.
Okay, last "another thing I love", there are always new products and they rotate with the seasons. In this haul, that I'll share if I can stop drooling over how great TJ's is, features a few new products and seasonal items. The tough part about this is that you'll want to grab all the new stuff every time you go. Tempting, I know, but I limit myself to one to three new items each time I go. I seriously make a plan before I walk in...self control is good, people! Alright, don't hate me but one last thing I love. You can visit TJ's website at any time and find TONS of recipes. All of the recipes only use Trader Joes products so it makes your grocery list and cooking schedule easy.
Alright, so here's the haul:
"New to me" items:
Peruvian Potato Chips- so so good. Very colorful, crunchy and salty.
Harvest Chili-Must buy! Hearty meal that takes 3 minutes in the microwave.
Maple Almonds- Yup, love 'em. I put them in my oatmeal this morning! Not too
Almond Beverage Chocolate Bar- The creamiest non-dairy chocolate I've ever had
Elote Seasoning- An easy seasoning to just "dash" on. I liked it!
Salad with BBQ flavored chicken- such good flavor for a prepackaged salad
Legume & Spinach Salad- Also, so good!!
Blackberry Spindrift- Umm I think I like it. I don't highly recommend but I'd buy it again.
Maple & Sea Salt Kettle Corn- Y'all I almost forgot to add this but I literally have had my hand in the bag while writing this post...so yes it's so good!!
Pasture raised eggs- I read somewhere that "free range" is pointless and "organic" is overrated because true pasture raised chickens can't qualify for organic sooo there's that.
Organic Brown Rice- 3 minutes in the microwave. One bag is two servings for me. The quickest and most delicious addition to a last minute (or well planned dinner).
Tuna- I always keep cans of tuna in the pantry. Easy to add to a salad for a quick protein or make into a turkey burger when it's a lazy supper night.
Frozen Edamame- Easy to keep in the freezer and heat up for a snack or side dish for dinner.
Any Fruit and Vegetable- The fruit and veggie selection is actually what sold me on Trader Joes. The prices are so good compared to other grocery stores. I've never been disappointed with the selection.
Maple Syrup- I know that might sound weird but it's so good as a topping and in baking. (also affordable so that's a win).
**Lot's of other staples that I just didn't pick up this time but I'd love to do another haul if y'all would like that.
The Flowers- The best flowers for the best price. They offer arrangements and a variety of greens and flowers. *We didn't have any vases so I made do with the glassware we had (peep the first pic).