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Old 08-19-2013, 10:24 AM   #1
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First trip to trader joes in one hr, HELP

What do i need to buy lol. I'm doing strict 72 Atkins...hubby regular Atkins.

I need to know if its even worth the drive...it's an hour away!
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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Sorry...can't help you with Trader Joe's. My local store is pretty good about carrying gluten free stuff (coconut flour, almond flour, etc.).
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:38 AM   #3
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I love their coconut oil and its a not too expensive.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:11 PM   #4
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Hi Nurseypoo,

I know this reply will come too late for this trip, but maybe it will help others. I also need to drive about an hour to get to Trader Joe's. Don't forget to take a cooler so you can load up! Before my first trip, I found some really good threads (used google) on this board where people made recommendations and they were very helpful. Some of my favorites may not be appropriate for Atkins '72, but here they are:

For when you can have nuts-
TJ's own peanut butter (now one of my favorites)
Marcona almonds with rosemary

TJ's Greek style feta salad dressing
TJ's salsa

frozen grilled asparagus (LOVE this!)
frozen French green beans (also LOVE these!)
frozen mojito salmon (Yummy)

fresh hollandaise sauce in the refrigerated section
Great selection of cheeses at decent prices, especially like little sampler of pre-cut squares since it's just Hubby and I
TJ cream-great taste, good price
Nitrate free bacon

I've also had good luck with their produce. Even though I live near some really nice grocery stores/farmer's markets, I buy some here when I go. Sounds silly, but their celery was some of the best tasting I've tried.

Good luck!
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:36 PM   #5
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:38 PM   #6
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If you have a Whole Foods near you or another decent store near you.. it's not worth the drive. TJ's is generally cheaper but you're going to lose about $10-$20 on gas depending what kind of car you have. TJ's and Whole Foods bascially have the same suppliers for the products they slap their label on it.. so things like TJ's olive oil is the same as 365. (Ask them, they'll tell you this)
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:43 PM   #7
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I've also had good luck with their produce. Even though I live near some really nice grocery stores/farmer's markets, I buy some here when I go. Sounds silly, but their celery was some of the best tasting I've tried.

Good luck!
Ha. I've had bad luck with their produce. They don't seem to have a high turn over here so lettuce tends to be brown and the broccoli gets a whitish off color to it..even organic. It's also looks cheap because everything is $1.99 or $2.99 but it's a few ounces short of a pound. Whole Foods has the same prices per pound and Farmer's markets are just even better.

I can't decide if I like that stalks of broccoli are packaged in a wrap..they come in like a meat package with plastic over it. Everyone that walks in the store isn't touching it but seems like that starts making it go bad faster and I don't know who is washing/touching the broccoli behind the scenes.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:01 PM   #8
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Those jalapeno olives are my favorite!! Mmmmmmm. Just bought a jar this morning.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:08 PM   #9
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I can't buy them often. It's mostly a PMS food. I eat the jar in 1-2 days and then my digestive system hates me.
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