There’s no denying that 1. I’m a sucker for a new product and 2. I’m a huge fan of Trader Joe’s. So to combine the 2 I have a little common rule… every time I go to Trader Joe’s I must get one new product to try; it can be anything, as long as I haven’t purchased it before. My fridge was looking a little sparse and I was feeling very ambitious last night so I went through some products I had bookmarked from other blogs, did a little research and was on my way.
The goal: Purchase products other bloggers recommend or products I found from articles. Here’s what I wound up with.
Savory Edamame Crackers
This was actually well done product placement, stored in the checkout aisle where I was easily convinced by the helpful cashier it was a must. Salty, crunchy and 38 for a 120 calories… I think so! Very similar to a rice cracker with a little more flavoring.
Raisin Rosemary Crisps
Ok these are not a new product for me but had to be shared. They are the perfect combination of sweet and savory and crunchy yet moist… It’s a double wammy! Paired perfectly with brie cheese and if you’re feeling crazy add a balsamic drizzle or some type of jam.
This Chunky Salsa is a recommendation from Tone it Up, with only 5 calories per 2 tbsp. it’s the perfect sinless mid afternoon snack paired with some celery or organic corn chips.
Better’n Peanut Butter
I’ve seen Better’n Peanut Butter touted on a number of blogs. At 100 calories per 2 tbsp it’s got half the calories of normal peanut butter! I got a little excited and gave this one a try last night… the friend I was with said if he didn’t know, he would have thought it was normal peanut butter…and I definitely agree. This might be the favorite, we’ll have to see!
Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Bread
I buy Ezekiel 4:9 bread often and keep it on hand it the freezer, the stats on these are great! I have yet to try the Cinnamon Raisin Bread though. I’m excited to pair it with Better’n Peanut Butter (above), banana, agave and cinnamon!
Pretzel Slims are also not new to me but worth mentioning and good for snacking on with hummus when you need a quick bite.
Fat Free Spicy Black Bean Dip
This was another recommendation from Tone it Up: 2 tbsp of this fat-free Spicy Black Bean Dip is 30 calories and 2 grams of protein (which is not too shabby for a dip)! Simple ingredient list, cheap ($1.69) and recommended to pair with veggies!
I see these Steamed Lentiles paired with many standard meals on Fitnessista. I’m most excited about trying this with lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano and garlic mixed with quinoa.
Vanilla Almond Milk
This almond milk was a suggestion from Sarah, she had it in the house so I gave it a try and thought I’d switch it up from my standard Almond Breeze. The stats all line up except 10 calories more per serving, and it’s richer and has a better flavor than Almond Breeze.
Organic Brown Rice
This organic brown rice will be perfect for lazy days. Comes with 3 individual packets that you just pop in the microwave for 3 minutes. Since I am technically a household of 1 (no husband or kids), I love food that can be stored in the freezer so it doesn’t go bad.
Spicy Seaweed Ramen
I ran across Spicy Seaweed Ramen a few times and this was a random addition but I thought it was worth giving a try… I’ll let you know how it goes! I will probably add broccoli and some extra seaweed:)
Cilantro Salad Dressing
This reduced fat cilantro salad dressing will be perfect on not only salads but also on my veggie/rice/bean lunch bowls. It’s got 45 calories, 3.5 g. fat, 2 g. carbs and 1 g. protein per serving.
So do you have any favorite Trader Joe’s products that are worth giving a try?