Friday Favorites: Trader Joe’s

I love wandering the aisles at Trader Joe’s, unless I go on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when it is pure chaos. Every time I go I seem to find at least one or two new products that I want to try, plus I always make sure to stock up on my long-time favorites. Here are some of the current products I love adding to my grocery cart.

Reduced Fat Coconut Milk

I like to keep this coconut milk on hand to use in curries, smoothies, and desserts. Most canned coconut milks I’ve seen on the market have added ingredients such as gums, so I love that this product contains only water and organic coconut.

Canned Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon

Not only is salmon is a good source of protein, it is also high in omega-3 fatty acids which help keep your heart healthy. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two 3.5-ounce servings of fish, especially fatty fish such as salmon, a week.

Wild caught salmon can be quite expensive, so this canned version offers a more affordable alternative. I like to buy this skinless, boneless, no salt added version because I just can’t get past eating the skin and bones. If you’ve never used canned salmon before, try making salmon cakes/croquettes, salmon salad, or nachos topped with salmon.

Canned Salmon

*Note: If the skin and bones don’t bother you, go ahead and buy the regular version that Trader Joe’s sells. The bones are soft and edible. They can be mashed up and eaten with the salmon and are a good source of calcium.

Riced Cauliflower and Riced Broccoli

Trader Joe’s was one of the first grocery stores to jump on the riced cauliflower bandwagon when they started selling it a few years ago. They also recently starting selling riced broccoli, which I have not seen in other store chains yet. Both broccoli and cauliflower are low in calories and high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Try these as a substitute for rice in your favorite fried rice dish, use them to make pizza crusts, or even add them to smoothies.

Riced cauliflower and broccoli

Hot and Sweet Jalapenos

We love having a jar of these hot and sweet jalapenos in our fridge. Unlike many other brands of jarred jalapenos, Trader Joe’s does not add food dyes to their product. These jalapenos are slightly sweet but still definitely pack a punch of spice. Be aware that this product does contain added sugars as well as 320mg sodium per serving, so I recommend paying attention to the portion size you consume. The serving size is 14 pieces though, and I don’t think I’ve even eaten half that serving in one sitting. However, if you can pop jalapenos like candy, keep the serving size in mind. I like adding these jalapeno slices to guacamole, tuna salad, and as a topping for homemade nachos.

Hot and Sweet Jalapenos

Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend

If you’re a fan of everything bagels, give this new seasoning blend a try. It is a mixture of sesame seeds, sea salt, dried garlic, dried onion, and poppy seeds. This blend contains 80mg of sodium per 1/4 tsp serving, so be mindful of how much you use. I’ve found that a little bit goes a long way flavor-wise. Since picking up this seasoning blend, I have sprinkled it on eggs, roasted vegetables, and even chicken breasts.

What products are you loving right now from Trader Joe’s?

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