Favorites From Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s has finally made it to Salt Lake City! I adore the place for its quality and low prices. Here are my Trader Joe’s necessities:

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#1 Salt and Pepper Chips. I am the snack queen and there is no better place for snacks than Trader Joe’s. These Salt and Pepper chips are heaven on earth. Chips are my number one guilty pleasure since going gluten-free, and these are the best I have ever tasted.

#2 Individual Portion Almonds. We all know that nuts should be a part of a healthy diet, but the problem for me is portion control. They are a calorie dense food so even though they are good for you it is very easy to eat 500 hundred calories in just a few handfuls. These individual packages are my answer to trying to reduce #1 consumption! They are the perfect thing to have in a handbag at work to fill a growling stomach until lunch time, and cost less per pound than you would usually pay from the bulk bin. Win, win!

#3 Condiments. Dressings and condiments can be expensive, filled with preservatives and are often taste gross. I know any condiment I buy at Trader Joe’s will be delicious, will have ingredients I understand and will be inexpensive. For example, their Dijon mustard that I use for this recipe is $1.79 a bottle, the same size at my local store is more than twice the price!

#4 Oils. Trader Joe’s has replaced my bulk store buying oils. Not only is their oil equal in quality, the price is even lower and I don’t have to buy them in such humongous quantities. This balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil were only $5 a piece. I have jumped on the coconut oil train big time. Love this stuff.

#5 Gluten Free Products. Trader Joe’s has one of my favorite selections of gluten-free products. My number one favorite is this Brown Rice Fusilli. It costs only $1.99, just a little more than normal pasta and tastes so great, my husband can’t even tell it’s GF. Check out all of their gluten free products here.

#6 Gifts. Trader Joe’s is vastly becoming one of my favorite places to buy gifts. Their flower and plant selection is incredible (crazy inexpensive), they have great gift cards for 99 cents, and have so many yummy treats in cute packaging so perfect for gift-giving. They also carry their own line of personal care items and housekeeping items, which makes it easy to put together a cute little gift for $10.

Do you love Trader Joe’s as much as me? What’s on your shopping list?

6 Responses to “Favorites From Trader Joe’s”

  1. Lucinda Says:

    We just got TJ is the Dallas area and my husband and I went last night for the first time. We will definitely be going back. We picked up some cheese, crackers, 2 buck Chardonnay (I wanted to see if it’s any good for that price) and some almonds. I keep thinking of all the good gifts that could come from this place.

  2. LB Says:

    Can you believe I’ve never been to Trader Joe’s? With your recommendation, I’ll be looking for one in my area. Thanks! :)

  3. Monique Henderson Says:

    The praline pecans, great alone, even better in homemade butter pecan ice cream! Delicious! Another favorite is there frozen quartered artichoke hearts, I love the firmness/texture in my hot artichoke dip. I agree with your opinion on the flowers! If you are a milk chocolate lover, try there Pound Plus Bars creamy imported chocolate that melts in your mouth ( they make 4 packs of little bars also) Happy Shopping!

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  5. Claudia {CTBaker in the Acres} Says:

    You’re so right on the gifts! That’s become my procrastination station!!! And the recipient is always delighted. ( ;

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