Five Things I’m (Randomly) Loving From Trader Joe’s

Five things I love from Trader Joe's

I haven’t done a Trader Joe’s update lately so I wanted to share five more things that I LOVE from Trader Joe’s.

Pure Coconut Water – When coconut water became popular a few years ago we used to venture over to TJ’s to get Zico.  Jim and I were training for our half marathon that year and coconut water was like rocket fuel for us.  At that point TJ’s was one of the only places we could find it but it was Zico brand.  I knew it was a matter of time before they had their own line of coconut water and sure enough now they do!  TJ’s coconut water tastes as good as any other brand but I have found that it is a bit cheaper which makes me happy!

Low Sodium Garden Patch Vegetable Juice – I love to drink good vegetable juice for many reasons.  The problem is there is very often a ton of sodium in the varieties that taste ok.  To me the low sodium versions lack flavor and just tasted flat.  TJ’s Low Sodium Garden Patch drink has an awesome flavor and it is thick which makes me feel like I am drinking freshly pressed juice.  I do not notice this drink being low sodium at all and I can taste the veggies which I just love.  (Plus it makes great Bloody Mary’s:-)).

Oyster Crackers – We love TJ’s oyster crackers.  I love that the ingredient list reads quite clean and they are PUFFY.  They taste great, too – like they were homemade.  Since it is soup season grab yourself a box of these!  Yummy with this Corn and Potato Chowder, Ham and Bean Soup or Lunchbox Chicken Noodle Soup!

Refried Pinto Beans – These are the best refried beans that I have ever had (outside of my favorite Mexican Restaurant here in Apex which just changed their beans and they are the most amazing refried beans ever known to man.)  They just taste sooo good and anytime we have other canned refried beans I get a bit said because they just aren’t as good.    I always try to have a few of these in my pantry.  Use these beans if you want to make Chicken and Refried Bean Enchiladas!

Pesto – Not only is TJ’s pesto perfectly seasoned and blended but it is super cheap.  This jar costs around $2.49 I believe – which is a great price for good pesto.  I love to have this in my fridge as it always adds such great flavor to different dishes.  Another item I always love to have on hand.

For some other Trader Joe’s Recommendations check out these other posts!

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Three things I am loving from Trader Joe’s

One of the things I have learned about visiting Trader Joe’s is that the people who work there give great honest advice on their products  – good or bad.  You have to assume that most of the employees have a bit of foodie in them – right?  So  I really feel like I can trust what they are telling me.  I’m sure one day that hypothesis will have a hole shot right through it by a bad recommendation, but for now I have not been steered in the wrong direction.

Trader Joe's Kalamata Olive Oil

A few weeks back one of the girls suggested that I try this Kalamata Olive Oil and it was funny because my first thought was that Jim wouldn’t like it because he doesn’t like olives….and then I realized that all olive oils come from olives – not just the ones with the word Kalamata in front.  It’s funny how the name just kind of threw me for a curve.  Well, turns out he likes it!  We both love it actually.

This is great dipping olive oil and I’m pretty sure I would be super happy with only a bottle of this oil and a whole wheat baguette for the rest of my life.   This oil comes straight from southern Greece to Trader Joe’s.  This is REALLY good EVOO and the best thing is you get a whole liter for only $8.99.  I’m sure it would be double if you bought it elsewhere.

Trader Joe's Balsamic Glaze

This Balsamic Glaze is a nice thick reduction of their balsamic vinegar. I think this is such a great deal.  If you were to reduce your own balsamic vinegar I am sure you would have to use quite a bit to end up with this amount of glaze and its only $2.99.

I use this the most often drizzled over a caprese salad.  You don’t need a lot because it has a lot of flavor.  It is slightly sweet and slightly tangy – love it.  Would be great on salmon, chicken, strawberries…..the possibilities are endless.

Trader Joe's Coconut Oil

Last but certainly not least on this list is Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil.  I bought this when it came out last year but for the longest time I didn’t use it.  I finally tried it when I was making pancakes a few weeks ago and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t used it before!!  It does have a coconut flavor which I loved, but it is definitely apparent in this oil.  Apparently there are some coconut oils that don’t have a coconut flavor but this one does.  I would use this in any baked good calling for oil, but I will always use this when I make pancakes from now on.  Holy cow they were good.

Coconut oil has a ton of health benefits (although you still need to remember its a fat so use sparingly.)  Besides just the health benefits it is so tasty and Trader Joe’s sells it for only $5.99.  I’m sure if you check around this is a lot cheaper than other sources out there.  Plus its organic to boot.

Next time you are at Trader Joe’s try these items out – I promise they all rock!  I will share some more of my favorites soon.  Stay tuned!