If you are fortunate enough to have a Trader Joe’s nearby, then I’m sure your are familiar with it’s awesomeness. Trader Joe’s is basically a health food grocery store with reasonable (and sometimes even dirt cheap) prices. Here are some of my favorite Trader Joe’s products:
1. Just the Clusters Maple Pecan Granola- This stuff is amazing. Little spoonfuls of heaven. Like most granolas, it’s higher in fat and sugar than regular cereal, so I like to mix it with another whole grain cereal, like Shredded Wheat or Quaker Oatmeal Squares. I like to top this blend off with chopped apples and cold skim milk. I also really enjoy the Vanilla Almond flavor, topped with fresh strawberries or blueberries.
2. Nuts about nuts: Trader Joes has an amazing selection of nuts and nut butters, at a very reasonable prices! Some of their nut butters include peanut, almond, cashew and sunflower. Stick with natural nut butters with no added hydrogenated oils in the ingredient list. Nuts are great sources of healthy fat. Walnuts, in particular, are high in omega-3s!
3. Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette: This salad dressing is awesome! It blends Asian peanut flavors with hints of Hispanic Jalapeno and cilantro. Plus, it’s low in fat (just 4 grams per serving!) I love this dressing tossed with an Asian style green salad (lettuce, cabbage, carrots, snow peas) topped with dry roasted peanuts. I tried it for the first time at one of the little sample stands they have at Trader Joe’s. So far, it’s the only time I’ve immediately purchased what they were selling!
4. $2 buck Chuck! More formally known as Charles Shaw, this wine has a price that can’t be beat: $1.99! This is actually an award winning winning wine, according to Wikipedia! I do a lot of cooking with wine, and this wine is perfect. It adds great flavor to my favorite meals, like my 15 minute Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Pasta. And, I don’t mind drinking a glass with my meal either! My current favorite is the Shiraz. For more great wines from Trader Joe’s, check out this Top Ten List from Jason’s Wine Blog.
What are your favorite items from Trader Joe’s?