July 22, 2015

10 Reasons Trader Joes ROCKS

**This is NOT a sponsored post, I just really love Trader Joe's this much!!

Getcho self to Trader Joe's and buy ALL these things!

1) 19 cent bananas! 

I started visiting Trader Joe's almost religiously when I discovered there was one across the street from the middle school where I teach flute lessons, and would you know- they have pretty much the cheapest produce all around in the area! All good things :)

2) 4 avocados for $2.99!!!

Thats a good price for anywhere in the country! I think they went up to $3.29 when they were out of season for a couple months (gasp), but still super cheap especially for the NOVA area. Oh! and if you shop purely organic, you can get 4 for only $3.99! Still a great price.

3) Kale. Sprouts.

Seriously y'all! Its an actual hybrid between brussel sprouts and kale and (correct me if I'm wrong) they are currently available only at Trader Joe's and Whole Paycheck. They're cute, if veggies can be cute, and the combination completely takes away the potential bitterness of brussel sprouts. 

4) Peach Salsa

Its sweet, its zippy, and that's pretty much all you need to know! Oh, and you can buy it on Amazon for around $15. LOL (it will only cost you a few bucks at the store)

5) Gorgonzola Gnocchi

Now head on over to that middle frozen food aisle- there are SO many fun new products to try! One I keep going back to is the Gorgonzola Gnocchi. The serving size is totally a lie, because lets be honest, you're going to eat a lot of it. So just know that it will serve two people instead of four, and you won't be disappointed! Hah. Who doesn't love gnocchi?! Best way to describe this: grown up mac and cheese. 

6) Roasted Gorgonzola flavored oven crisp crackers

-Buy them way overpriced on Amazon-

Lets just stick with the gorgonzola because it's somehow mild and strong at the same time (is that possible? I'm not a food connoisseur...) and completely delicious. This is the perfect not boring party cracker. You'll be shoveling them in all night so go ahead and buy two boxes! 

7) 2 Buck Chuck

Technically not $2 anymore ($3.29, to be exact), but still a steal! Charles Shaw is the man. OH! And if you didn't know, we're talking about wine ;) I can't say I love ALL of the Charles Shaw wines, but the Chardonnay is one of our all time faves and we keep going back to the Cab Sav and Shiraz as well.

8) Green Fin

This Green Fin wine (particularly the "white table wine"...sounds fancy, I know) is my current absolute faaaavorite! Its organic (does that really affect the taste? I donno!), its under $4, and its delicious. 

9) Light Champagne Vinaigrette 

This dressing is low cal and low fat and high in all the tart tastiness you could ever want in a dressing, especially in this heat! My current favorite way to use this dressing is with dark greens, chicken, crushed almonds, and strawberries. You need to try this dressing AND that simple salad....might actually be in my top 10 meals ever. A SALAD....in my top 10 meals. Its that good!

10) Flowers.

Gorgeous stems ranging from $2.99-6.99 as well as potted cuties and pre-arranged floral bouquets. Theres always something different and always something worth the $! I've heard (and witnessed) that this is a go to destination for your affordable summer peonies as well ;) Bloggers/everyone LOVES peonies.

*All flowers photographs are my own and were purchased at Trader Joe's!

Happy Shopping, friends!! What are your Trader Joe's must haves?