Sunday, July 10, 2011

Store Review: I love Trader Joe’s!

I love Trader Joe’s, they have great food at great prices. Also, They have lots of healthy food and are eco-friendly. I’m not the healthiest or greenest person in the world but I do try. One of the other great things about Trader Joe’s is their portions. They seem to understand that not everyone is apart of a family and needs to feed 5 people. They seem to have what I call “single people” portions. Single people you know what I’m talking about, you get that bag of apples but it’s just you so some of it goes to waste because you can’t eat all of it before it spoils.

I don’t really have a Trader Joe’s in my neighborhood, the closest one is about 10 miles way out of my way, I wouldn’t go at all but there are a few products that I love from Trader Joe’s that make the drive out of my way worth it. They are the following :

*Note: any listed prices are what I remember them to be and may not be exact and are more ball park figures and based on Phoenix area stores, they may be different across the nation.

Green Plant Juice:
Now I know it doesn’t look all that yummy, but it is in fact quite tasty.  This nasty looking green juice packs quite a punch in the nutrition department, containing wheat grass, spirulina, barley, and other such ingredients you wouldn’t normally consume but should. To cover the taste of the not so yummy fruit juices are added such as apple and mango juices. I used to purchase Naked brands: Green Machine but it is considerably more costly and it doesn’t taste that much better. Naked runs about $9 for their Green Machine. Trader Joes; Green plant will run you about $3.50 for a larger amount. You do the math. Trust me on this one, you’ll love this drink!

Silver Goat: Garlic and Herbs Goat Cheese
I love goat cheese, what I don’t love about goat cheese is usually its pretty pricy at other grocery stores and if you want it flavored add another dollar to the already high price. When I saw this brand goat cheese and saw that it was $4.00 for this double the normal size package I figured it must not taste very good, but I took the risk. I was delighted to find out that it tastes just as yummy as every other goat cheese I have tried. Put this goat cheese on the rosemary parmesan Triscuit and you have a party in your mouth!

Sliced Crimini Mushrooms:
I like this product mainly because of the resealable bag. Usually in other groceries they come in that little box container and you have to find a ziplock to put the rest of the mushrooms in. Again, Trader Joe’s is thinking about us singles that just cook for ourselves and might not use all of the mushrooms in one go. I also enjoy the price of these mushrooms, usually portabellas or Criminis are more expensive then your standard white caps, but this package will only run you about $2.00, at least I think it was $2.00 at the most it was $3.00 which is still a good price.

Reduced Guilt Mac and Cheese:
This is one of the best pre-made Mac and Cheese that I have ever tasted. I LOVE it and at only about 270 calories per package I don’t have to feel bad that I’m eating it. If you like Mac and Cheese I would suggest giving this one a whirl! It’s only $2.00 per package.

Usually I get my vitamins at Target, but they don’t have these specifically so I get them at Trader Joe’s. I believe they were about $10.00 per bottle.