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Nuts about Trader Joe’s

7 Aug

I received the following message from my friend Maria. She, her mom and brother each have a favorite nut offering from the shelves of their local TJ’s on the East Coast of the U.S.:

First: Raw Almonds. My brother loves  these healthy raw almonds. They’re already packed in convenient single-serving bags so you don’t overeat.

And they’re a great price, less than $6 per pound. You don’t pay extra for the convenience of single packs!

packs of almonds

Single servings of handfuls

Second: Marcona almonds. My favorite. How did I miss these on my first trip to southern Spain in the ’90s, and how did I go so long without knowing about this special almond?

I just discovered these this past May on my second trip to Spain. Marcona almond trees only grow in the southern part of the country. They’re pricey but so worth it — crunchier and flatter than regular almonds. They’re roasted in oil, and the Trader Joe’s version includes rosemary seasoning.

Marcona almonds from Spain

A Spanish find

Finally: Pepitas. Shelled pumpkin seeds. My mom loves these.

They give you extra magnesium in your diet and taste great! No struggling with shells either. 🙂

Delicious pumpkin seeds

Pepitas: Not just a seasonal snack

Thanks, Maria!

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Savor the wasabi in Trader Joe’s trek mix

8 Mar

This tasty treat – we’ve got its number. Wasabi turns up the volume in this bag of crunchy goodness – peanuts, almonds and peas.

Trader Joe's Wasabi Trek Mix: A satisfying spice bomb of nuts and peas

Trader Joe’s Wasabi Trek Mix: A satisfying spice bomb of nuts and peas

This mix’ll kick you from behind and keep you moving on down the trail. It’s the taste of off-road travel.

The only problem is being able to close the bag before it’s empty. Tighten the reins, cowgirl. Tighten the reins.

Foraging nuts for the winter at Trader Joe’s: Mesquite Smoked Almonds

8 Oct

What’s your favorite sign that autumn is here? The urge to make hot chocolate? Raking leaves from the yard? Wearing sweaters again?

For me, it’s the smokey smell of fireplaces consuming wood. The first neighbor lighting up lets me know that it’s certifiably time to pack up the summer frocks and get ready to enjoy the pleasures that come with a chill in the air. It’s the red flag dropped that announces, “Autumn is on!”

That’s a big reason why seeing this bag of smokey, salted almonds lured me to buy it. It was like the siren call of Fall, with a Southwestern twist. “Mesqueeet….Messs….KEEEEETTTTT!!!” the packaging sings.

Mesquite Smoked Almonds: A taste of Fall with the flavor of the Southwest

The almonds are great party nibbles, but don’t fool yourself. If you buy a bag 24 hours or more before delivering them to an event, they won’t make it. It’s one of those two-bag purchases – one for the group, and one for solo snacking. Just saying.

Thanks, TJ’s.

And thank you for reading and following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

What’s your favorite snack at TJ’s? Have you tried Mesquite Smoked Almonds? If so, what did you think?

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Related Links:

Mesquite smoked almonds recipe

Trader Joe’s Mesquite Smoked Almonds nutrition info

Price check: Kind Plus energy bar

17 Sep

I was introduced to the lovely Kind bars a few weeks ago at a Starbucks in Dallas. I bought one for a friend. At $2, it seemed like a reasonably priced mid-day energy booster.

Kind Plus … a better price at Trader Joe’s

A week later, though, I was in a favorite Kansas City grocery store. They offered Kind bars for about $1.50.

But then, on my next shopping excursion, I noticed that TJ’s also sells Kind Bars … about 10 cents less than the grocery.

Another price victory for Trader Joe’s.

Thank you for keeping the prices kind, TJ’s.

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Nutrition info for Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew Kind Bars

Snack Girl review

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