It’s been about 4 months since Trader Joe’s opened a location near my house. I went the first weekend it opened and bought all of the ‘must have’ items. Now I am a Trader Joe’s pro. (well, not really… but I feel like a Trader Joe’s pro, so that’s all that matters) I had been working on this post for awhile, but after seeing how my first post was my most viewed in 2014, I hurried it up a bit.
So here is a list of the best items at Trader Joe’s. (according to ME)
Corn & Chile Salsa: This is amazing. I buy 5 jars each time I go there. (which is about every 2 weeks) I eat this stuff on everything. It is spicy and tangy and just plain delicious. I love to mix it in with my egg whites for breakfast, and I even put it on top of cottage cheese as a snack. (I enjoy weird food combos) This goes with any food that you like to have with regular salsa.
Green & White Teas: I love green and white tea. I drink hot tea everyday at work. I have tons of boxes of tea in my drawer. I like the taste of green tea plain, no sugar or anything. My favorites are the Organic Green Tea and the Ginger Pear White Tea. The Pomegranate White tea is pretty good too, but the pomegranate taste is a little too overpowering for me.
Iced Green Tea: In addition to their bagged tea… I am also obsessed with this bottled tea. It tastes just like freshly brewed, iced green tea. They also have a blueberry/pomegranate one that I like too, since the fruity taste is really subtle. I buy bottles and bottles of this stuff. I just bring the whole thing to work to switch it up from the plain water I usually drink. Even though I have taken them to work a million times, people still say, “Drinking at work?” or “You can’t wait to have your wine?” Or something like that. Every. Single. Time.
Mac & Cheese: The Trader Joe’s frozen Mac & Cheese is really good and I love having it in the freezer for the kids. (we like both the regular and low-fat) They love it and it comes in very handy on those busy nights we just don’t have time to make a ‘real’ dinner. I pop this bad boy in the microwave in a 5 minutes I have a perfect little meal to split between them. They devour this stuff.
Green, Beans and Grains: This is a vegetarian Indian dish that is so freaking good. I bring it to work for lunch all the time. It is a curry type sauce with chick peas, kale, and a couscous. It has a really good flavor, and it is filling… but it doesn’t have a ton of calories, making it perfect for lunch.
Yogurt Tubes: The kids are obsessed with Trader Joe yogurt tubes. I like them since there isn’t a lot of artificial junk in them. You can also put them in the freezer and the kids think they are having an icy ‘treat.’
Ginger Snaps: These are so good that I have had to stop buying them because I have no portion control with these bad boys. I don’t even really like ginger that much, but these cookies have the best flavor.
Vanilla Joe-Joes: I love Oreo’s. So I do not want to knock them, but these are better. The cream in these cookies are so rich and smooth… it’s a very different consistency than the cream in those other cookies. It is made without high fructose corn syrup and they are gluten-free, so I don’t know if that makes a difference? My kids love them, I love them. You need to buy these cookies… seriously.
So those are currently my go-to Trader Joe’s items that cannot be found anywhere else! I still have so much to try, so if you have an item you love from there, leave me a note in the comments section.