Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Got My Goods

Hope you are all having a wonderful Tuesday!  It's crackin over here with work, work, work!  I can't wait for this week to be over because that means that I'll have ahem, finished my papers and completed another quarter at school!

Last night was all about running errands, cranking out some laundry, and catching up with my papers while watching Dancing With the Stars.  Hope that doesn't ruin my street cred.  By the way, was Pam drunk?

Moving on- I made a random deconstructed burrito salad:
Spinach mix and kale topped with carrots, cauli, broc, avocado, sugar snap peas, peach salsa, black refried beans, and pickles..because they made sense at the time.  It felt like I crashed a salad bar but didn't pay $10 like I usually do.

To go along with my salad, I had a snack plate of cheese, small apple, crackers, and my new flax almond butter:
All of the components of my dessert came from my favorite store- Trader Joe's.  You guys know by now that I'm obsessed- completely obsessed with that place because they offer delicious, healthy, non-junky foods.  Rest assured you can still find Pound Plus bars of dark chocolate (I buy them for the hubby once a week) and lots of treats, but I love the simplicity and customer service the store offers.  I also try to tell people that eating healthy should not cost too much, as long as you choose what to splurge and save on.  I have been trying to come up with a list on my favorite products, but there are too many, so I'm starting with a few of my favorite items:
  • Trader Joe's Brand Vanilla Greek Yogurt- roughly $2.79 for 2 full servings of delicious yogurt goodness- cheap and a perfect sweet treat
  • Organic Plain Yogurt- perfect for smoothies or yogurt messes, all under $3
  • Peach Salsa- spicy, smokey, and has real chunks of peach
  • Ok-Mak crackers- Under 150 cals for 5 of them, super filling, and perfectly sturdy for lots of dips, cheese, toppings. I love that they are whole grains too!
  • Trader Joe's Almond Butter with Flax- holy crap this is good.  It's about $4 and the crunchy, nutty goodness is perfectly filling and satisfying.  I love almond butter and this is one of the best I've tasted.
  • Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus Dip- tangy, perfectly spicy, and reasonably priced for under $3
  • Eggs- they are in the background, but a hot item- organic and cage free is my preference and worth a couple of extra bucks!
Hope you guys give these items a try.  I obviously am not paid to talk about any of these products, and if I were, I would be one happy girl!

That's all I've got.  By the way, I was kindly told that my green monster was brown on my last post.  Yep, I'm green-monster challenged.  I think the blueberries and cocoa powder messed me up!

Have a great day all!


Mo Diva said...

I love Trader joes!
Hey, i only see one apple! are you sick?
the salad looks delish too!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I think I would like the peach salsa!!!! You have NO idea how pumped I am for my first trip to Trader Joe's ... I can't stop thinking about it!! Hehe!!

Anonymous said...

hey girl! UGH if i could have a trader joes near me i would dieeee! itd be AMAZING!!! peach salsa sounds interesting!

Mom on the Run said...

I simply do not get to Trader Joe's enough. I have not been there since gluten free and heard there is a lot of products now.

Gabriela said...

I love the pickles in your salad! And the TJ's haul is awesome, going to that store is like Christmas for me! Happy hump day :)

Anne Marie said...

I love cheese and crackers. Such a great combo!

Katie ♥ said...

Hello love!! Happy Hump Day!!!!!!!

I am loving the trader Joes Goodies that you love!! I have to try that peach salsa!! Sounds good! Trader Joes always has amazing salsas!!!!!

I did not watch DWTS because of my sons birthday but Im going to watch next week!! Pam is probably on some kind of drug!! lol!!

Love you!! xoxo

Missy said...

All of those foods sound great! Too bad it is impossible to get into the Trader Joe's in NYC! Soooo crowded.

Mari said...

POR FIN you started to make a list! Thanks for sharing some of your faves =)

AND My green monsters are usually brown too lol

Gina said...

I'll admit, I'm right up there with you. OBSESSED with Trader Joe's. I love it! I did get back turkey there once....but other than that, it's been good to me every time. I love their tempeh, I can't get over it.

I wanted to answer your question about fortifying foods. I do think it's really great, but I think people are eating too much of these foods, assuming that "more is better". This isn't true. More is NOT better, and in fact it's dangerous. Leave it up to American's to abuse it, and turn it into a bad thing.

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

That flax-almond butter is a staple in our house. It's such a good price and so delicious. I could eat it by the spoonful!

*Naomi* said...

i love ak mak crackers! and most things from trader joes!! have you tried their corn salsa OMG its sooo good!!!

Katie ♥ said...

Just wanted to say hello love!!!!! I hope your week is great!!! Yay for Friday tomorrow!!!!!!!

Love ya!!!!!! xoxoxo

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

The ONLY grocery store near my house is TJs so I am always on the lookout for good finds. Thanks for sharing!! :)

Sweta said...

Ooooh-thanks a ton for the TJ's list!! I had heard so much about it from fellow bloggers that I was over the moon when they decided to open one in our town last month. Everything is new to me-so the list definitely helps :) BTW-you've got to try their frozen "Sweet Mango Halves"-it's the best mangoes I've tasted in the US!!

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com said...

Mmm I definitely agree with your list of favorites. I love eggs especially! Great salad too!

Ashlei said...

Cilantro-Jalapeno hummus??? Sounds amazing! I love me some spicy food!!