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Old 08-27-2011, 08:09 AM   #1
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Trader Joe's

I'm going to make a trip to Trader Joe's for some canned chicken. I love their brand.

What LC favorites do you get from Trader Joe's?
I need to expand my food list.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:19 AM   #2
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Almond meal (I think it's their brand) and dark chocolate bars (over 70% cocao) - I drive a long way to get these once a month!
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:47 AM   #3
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I adore TJ's!! I get:

-their individually wrapped goat cheese medallions to top cauli-pizza
-their almond meal
-their gingerbread coffee in the cold months
-their cream is the BEST!!!
-Kerrygold butter-it's the best price that I can find, cheap even!
-Full-fat fage, I can actually ONLY find it at my TJ's, nowhere else
-their Brie cheese is super yummy and again, very affordable vs "mainstream" supermarkets. ALL of their cheese is good and very fairly priced.
-nitrate-free bacon and hot dogs
-their meats and chicken
-their brand of unsweetened vanilla almond milk is only $1.69/carton (shelf-stable til opened) in the Washington DC metro area...insanely cheap! Almond Breeze brand is still only $2 vs. $3.99 at my regular supermarkets.
-their brand of Omega 3 capsules
-their raw almond butter is really, really good
-dark chocolate is good, but I still prefer 85% dark Lindt
-produce

Yum...if I weren't about to get slammed by hurricane/tropical storm conditions I'd be tempted to run out to TJ's right now!
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:57 AM   #4
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Their sprouted bread!
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Their ground beef is only 2.49 a lb. I was just there last night. Love it there!
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:33 AM   #6
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Almond meal
All kinds of nuts
Frozen turkey meatballs- great plain, with pesto sauce, or I make a LC sweet glaze w/no sugar ketchup and LC grape jelly. Quick easy meal
Cheese- always find a new one to try, great prices
Guacamole
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Dairy- cottage cheese, heavy cream, half n half
Coffee- great prices- love the whole beans in the blue canister (dark roast)
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:42 AM   #7
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Wish we had one! TJ is just moving into the Texas market this year, Dallas first. Than I think they said Austin and Houston. So I'll still have to drive an hour for high-end groceries.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:01 AM   #8
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Thanks!
I'll have to check some of these things out.

Buttoni, I hear ya! I used to have to drive about an hour to TJ's but now I live about 10 minutes from one. We also have The Fresh Market near us now and a new Whole Foods coming in. I still like TJ's the best, I think their prices are better. And, they have little shopping carts for the kids to push
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:08 AM   #9
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Wish we had one! TJ is just moving into the Texas market this year, Dallas first. Than I think they said Austin and Houston. So I'll still have to drive an hour for high-end groceries.
A lot of people think that TJs is all about exotic or high priced stuff, but it's not. They do have a lot of interesting products, much of it organic, too, but for the most part, their prices are comparable to the regular grocery store and sometimes lower, for better quality. Of course, you do pay more for really unusual things, but the staples are very reasonable.
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:59 PM   #10
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The one by me has canned wild salmon for $1.99/6-oz can, which is cheaper than Safeway.
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:48 PM   #11
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Mine has sugar-free chocolate covered almonds!

Oh, and I'm addicted to the blueberry pomegranate iced green tea! I buy six bottles a week.

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Old 08-28-2011, 01:02 AM   #12
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In addition to what has already been mentioned:

Roasted Seaweed Snack -- great lc substitute for chips or popcorn
Dubliner cheese
fresh mozzarella balls
their flavored sparkling waters 79 cents each for a liter
mango black tea (bags)
bottled unsweetened tea
frozen grilled eggplant and zucchini (thawed, it makes perfect "noodles" for lasagna)
tri tip roast
Simply Lite dark chocolate bars
extracts and spices -- much cheaper than grocery store
smoked sea salt grinder
Lox (smoked salmon, that is delicious scrambled with eggs and onions)
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:33 PM   #13
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:37 PM   #14
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I always hear about Trader Joe's but we don't have one. It seems like they have lots of awesome stuff. Wish we did have one.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:19 PM   #15
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OHMYGOSH I love that place...their butter is terrific...kerrygold butter, the price is the best....almond butter...ground beef....cheeses!!! we always choose one we havent tried...greek yogurt...frozen veggies....olive oil...flowers!! to brighten our home!!
sprouted bread....wine.....fish( ahi..ono...salmon)...salad greens...eggs...1/2 and 1/2.olives...OK this is just a start.
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:01 AM   #16
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:48 AM   #17
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I'm not impressed with the Trader joe's near up. It is small and the selection is minimal. I need gluten free and this store has very little. I wish the store was bigger, I'm sure it would have a better selection if it was.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:01 AM   #18
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I may have to make a trip to KC to check it out. It's only like a 30 minute drive for me!
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:14 AM   #19
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*definitely kerrygold butter (it's 2.69 at my TJ's and 4.99 everywhere else!)
*Santa Maria Tri-Tip, in the meat department. Its pre-seasoned and you just throw it in the oven or on the grill- delicious and I think 0 (or super low) carbs.
*organic chicken and organic grass fed ground beef.
*their nitrate free bacon is delicious but kinda pricey
*I think their Extra Virgin Olive Oil is high quality and a fair price.
*frozen seafood.
*Cheeses, Organic cottage cheese & sour cream and Organic Valley HWC- although I'm trying to cut way back on all of that.
*smoked trout!
*LOVE their roast beef sandwich meat
*Seaweed snacks! I sprinkle salt on them and they are a 'almost' chip substitute- not for dipping- just for snacking. Definitely not for everyone though
*Chicken of the Sea Crab meat- in the refrigerator section
*feta cheese salad dressing


I really like Trader Joe's...
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:43 AM   #20
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Almond meal, kerrygold butter (good price), fish (Salmon & Halibut), nuts and frozen fruit.

Definitely a store to just browse around!

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Their ground beef is only 2.49 a lb. I was just there last night. Love it there!
Is it grass-fed and finished?
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:40 AM   #22
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Their organic grass fed ground beef is $6.49 a pound at my TJ's
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I like their carnitas. Didn't see that mentioned and since I originally read about it on this site I'll mention it.
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I'm not impressed with the Trader joe's near up. It is small and the selection is minimal. I need gluten free and this store has very little. I wish the store was bigger, I'm sure it would have a better selection if it was.
Are any of them big? I've only been to 3 I think and they are all small. Still have plenty of good stuff though and reasonable prices. I wish the one near me was actually near me so I could go more often.
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I discovered another low carb treat at Trader Joe's called "Dark Chocolate Nibs". These are chocolate covered cacao nibs. The entire container (a cute little metal container about the size of a pack of gum) only has 12 net carbs (that's for 2 servings) BUT you don't have to eat the entire container (unless you just can't stop yourself--if that's the case the damage will be limited).

I actually sat and counted them out to figure out that eating 15 of these (nibs) will only cost me one net carb, and while they are tiny they are really rich and satisfying so 15 is plenty. These are really great when you are craving chocolate!

You can find them on the candy shelves near the cash registers--why do they put all the tempting stuff there????
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You can find them on the candy shelves near the cash registers--why do they put all the tempting stuff there????
So they can get a few extra bucks out of you before you leave the store, of course.

I love Trader Joe's but I've got no car and nobody to drive me.
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I love Trader Joe's but I've got no car and nobody to drive me.
Bummer, sorry (

The good news is that if and when you do get there, these keep, so stock up!
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I discovered another low carb treat at Trader Joe's called "Dark Chocolate Nibs". These are chocolate covered cacao nibs. The entire container (a cute little metal container about the size of a pack of gum) only has 12 net carbs (that's for 2 servings) BUT you don't have to eat the entire container (unless you just can't stop yourself--if that's the case the damage will be limited).

I actually sat and counted them out to figure out that eating 15 of these (nibs) will only cost me one net carb, and while they are tiny they are really rich and satisfying so 15 is plenty. These are really great when you are craving chocolate!

You can find them on the candy shelves near the cash registers--why do they put all the tempting stuff there????
They put that stuff by the registers because it IS tempting They can make more $$$. Not just TJ either.
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I love TJ's, even though I drive 14 miles to get there. I don't go often, and when I do it feels like a fun field trip for adults.
My grown son goes along and it is a fun day trip for us!
I love all the above items, and the prices are usually very good.
One of my favorites is the frozen french green beans, they are imported from France. Great stir fried with bacon, onions, mushrooms, roasted peppers and toasted sesame oil. Plus a splash of Tamari.
Of course I get foods that I would not usually purchase, so I spend more than I should. Like the flavored nuts. and the dark chocolate. In a recent taste test their canned tuna rated #1. And I agree.
Love the grass fed cheese from New Zealand, and the price is great for grass fed cheese.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:22 AM   #29
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Wish we had one! TJ is just moving into the Texas market this year, Dallas first. Than I think they said Austin and Houston. So I'll still have to drive an hour for high-end groceries.
Austin is Whole Foods' original birth place, TJ's competition.
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I love TJ's, even though I drive 14 miles to get there. I don't go often, and when I do it feels like a fun field trip for adults.
My grown son goes along and it is a fun day trip for us!
I love all the above items, and the prices are usually very good.
One of my favorites is the frozen french green beans, they are imported from France. Great stir fried with bacon, onions, mushrooms, roasted peppers and toasted sesame oil. Plus a splash of Tamari.
Of course I get foods that I would not usually purchase, so I spend more than I should. Like the flavored nuts. and the dark chocolate. In a recent taste test their canned tuna rated #1. And I agree.
Love the grass fed cheese from New Zealand, and the price is great for grass fed cheese.
Only 14 miles??? I am fortunate to only have to drive 40 miles. Before that, it would have been 225 miles.
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