Trader Joe’s Trip

Remember how I linked to this website at the end of the last post? Well, that’s because I was fortunate enough to go to Trader Joe’s recently! The closest one to me is in Albuquerque, New Mexico (about 11 hours away), but fortunately we pass through Albuquerque on our way home from Utah. My mom and I both LOVE Trader Joe’s (we used to shop there all the time when we were in California–another story for another day) so we knew a stop was in order on the drive home a few weeks ago. We’d done this one other time on our way home from Utah in January, but at that time I wasn’t as involved in healthy eating as I am now. I didn’t know what products to look for and I definitely didn’t have a gameplan. This time, however, was pretty different.

After hearing so much about TJ’s Sunflower Seed butter, that was for sure the first thing I picked out.

At first I wasn’t sure whether or not I liked it, but it has definitely grown on me. It could never replace my beloved peanut butter, but it has a distinct, unique flavor that I love.

I’d also heard that TJ’s bran muffins were quite good, so I chose some blueberry ones.

I think the stats are incredible, and the ingredients are super simple.

These were really good! Very bran-y, but that was to be expected. They were also a little too sweet for me; my mom did not like them.

I got some yummy freeze-dried blueberries.

I was ecstatic to pick out a lunch from TJ’s prepared foods section. This was my on-the-road lunch. It wasn’t great, but not too bad.

The wrap was HUGE. I could barely finish half of it.

I also got these tofu spring rolls for dinner. They were interesting as well; not my favorite.

I picked up a pre-made, refrigerated TJ’s whole wheat crust too, so the above picture is some pizza I made with it.

This juice was sooo crazy good. I wish we had thought to stock up on it, because both my mom and I were extremely sad when it was gone. Love love love.

Straight green juice. Heaven.

I also picked up some vegan chocolate chip cookies..

Heh. I shouldn’t have, but I really wanted to try them. They were really good.

I got a few other things, like some organic tofu veggie burgers that were made with kale (they were amazing!), a yummy black bean spread and some dark chocolate. TJ’s is awesome and well-priced, my friends.

I used some of my new (and old) finds to create a yummy soy yogurt mess.

Soy yogurt topped with 1/2 a bran muffin, some Galaxy Granola, freeze-dried blueberries and TJ’s sunflower seed butter.

I used similar toppings on a green SIAB.

Granola, cacao nibs, blueberries and sunflower seed butter. Yeahh.

By the way, if any of you happened to miss it, the wonderful Tiffany at The Gracious Pantry did a post featuring her version of my Cream of the Coconut! Click here to check it out. Thank you, Tiffany!

I wanted to quickly show you a picture of my current favorite sandwich: avocado, tomato, black bean and hummus on whole wheat bread. Oh, it is so good. Sprouts and cucumbers make nice additions, but the basic 4 ingredients = an amazing sandwich.

Lol, this picture was taken at my grandpa’s house in Utah. Don’tcha love his awesome table cloth?

Question of the day: What is your favorite health food store? Have you ever been to Trader Joe’s? If so, which is your favorite product of theirs? If not, which product have you heard about that would you most like to try?

Thanks for reading!

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