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I love shopping at Trader Joe’s!  When my husband had his accident  and we had to live in a hotel for a month, Trader Joe’s was my lifeline!  They have a lot of healthy foods that are quick and easy to prepare and their prices are great!  Unfortunately, now that we live in Beaumont, TX the closest Trader Joe’s is two hours away in Houston.  I flew out of Houston when I went to the Olympia this past weekend and used that opportunity to stop by Trader Joe’s after I flew back!

Trader Joe's

Brown Rice Medley – This combo of long grain brown rice, black barley, and Daikon radish seeds tastes so good!  It gives a different texture and consistency than plain brown rice. I make one bag 1-2x per week so it is ready in the fridge and easy to serve with dinner/lunch.

Taco Seasoning – I love that their taco seasoning doesn’t have any MSG or ingredients I can’t pronounce in it.  I use this to spice up my chicken breasts all the time!  Plus, you can’t beat $.79 a packet.  *oops, the ingredients in the packets is shown at :39 in the video**
Uncured Hot Dogs – yes, I know these aren’t very healthy.  But, I have a 4-year old little boy who loves hot dogs, and I feel better giving him these knowing they are all-beef and nitrate free.

Nitrate Free Turkey Bacon – same as above, like that this is nitrate free.  I eat turkey bacon (either Trader Joe’s brand or Applegate Farms brand) basically every day for breakfast with 1 egg/1 egg white and avocado.

Bali Blue Moon Coffee – this is one of the best kinds of coffee I have ever had.  It has a really strong, dark, rich flavor to it.  I actually also picked up their Pumpkin Spice coffee this time and love it!

Turkey Deli Meat – Again, nitrate free, not too high in sodium, and you can’t beat that price!  Hubs uses this when he makes sandwiches for work, and I use this a lot when I make grilled cheese & turkey sandwiches for my little man.

Grilled Chicken Strips/Balsamic Chicken Strips – this is a little pricey to buy all the time, but when we were living in the hotel I lived off these pre-cooked chicken breasts.  They taste to fresh and flavorful!

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers – You can’t see this very well in the picture I took, but these are in the frozen section and are really yummy chicken burgers.  Super easy to make when you are in a pinch for dinner!  No preservatives or weird ingredients either and they end up being only $.87 per patty.

Coconut Oil and Coconut Oil Spray – I use these nearly every day when I cook!

Seasonings – I get almost all my seasonings at Trader Joe’s or Costco – best prices and awesome selection!

Organic Raw Honey – I’ve been using this a lot lately and mixing it in with cream of wheat after my workouts. Mmmmmm so good.

Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix – this is definitely more of a treat, but I’ve been making these post workout and they are delish!

Peanut Butter – Love Trader Joe’s all natural peanut butter, price is awesome, and ingredient list is short: just peanuts.  They also have an amazingly addictive cookie butter but I can’t ever buy it because I would eat the whole thing in one day.  No, seriously.

Roasted Wasabi Seaweed – this flavor isn’t for everyone but I LOVE these as a crunchy/salty snack during the day.

Trader Jose’s Salsa – (love the play on the name).  This is a thinner salsa with awesome flavor.  I like making breakfast burritos with TJ’s corn tortillas, egg whites, feta cheese, and this salsa.

Corn Tortillas – see above comment ^^  What I like about these tortillas is that the ingredients are limited.  Most corn tortillas have a bunch of stuff in them and I have no clue what it is.

Chia Seeds – Super food!  I love adding 1 Tbsp to my protein shakes or smoothies in morning.

Ground Flaxseed Mill – Another superfood.  I like mixing this with egg whites to make ‘crepes’ in the morning.  You can find this brand at other stores, but I think TJ’s usually has the best price.

Of course, I always stock up on their fresh veggies and meats too, these are just some of the normal pantry items I like to get each time I go.  What am I missing from my list?  What are your favorite Trader Joe’s items?

Your Friend,
Natalie