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Top Five Trader Joe's Finds for September

Updated: Oct 5, 2019

If there’s one thing I love almost as much as yoga…it’s Trader Joe’s. Maybe it’s the fantastic freezer finds, the perfectly priced produce, the scrumptious samples, the friendly faces worn by the crew members (or the Hawaiian shirts worn by the captains) - I could go on, but I simply love that store. The truth is, grocery shopping is a necessary evil in this life, so the way I see it is we may as well enjoy it as much as possible! (My local TJ’s also happens to be housed right next to a Pier One, but I digress…)

I know I’m not alone in my fondness for all things Trader Joe’s, so I’ll be incorporating that into my blog by sharing my top five Trader Joe’s picks of the month! Some items may be seasonal, so note that each product will be something I purchased at the time of publication. Others will be tried and true classics you may already know and love and are available all year long (except products that eventually become discontinued, of course).

This post is in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Trader Joe's; I'm just a huge fangirl!

Colombia Supremo Coffee

Let’s start the list with how I often start my day: coffee! This medium-roast pick happened to be in rotation at the sample counter while I was shopping, and I was sold after one taste. It’s whole bean, so I ground it up in the store - how cool is that?! A full-bodied blend, it boasts a bold, nutty aroma. I normally opt for TJ’s French Vanilla coffee (already ground), and I find the flavor of this one stronger. Both are delicious in their own right.

Favorite way to drink: first thing in the morning with lactose-free hazelnut cream and one Stevia packet

Autumnal Harvest Creamy Pasta Sauce

This sauce checks all the boxes for me for a weeknight comfort meal: quick, easy, and delicious. It has a subtle sweet flavor, and the hints of pumpkin, carrot, and butternut squash blend perfectly - no taste overpowers the other. The color and consistency remind me of vodka sauce, likely due to the sauce’s heavy cream. To really make this an autumn meal, I topped my side salad off with TJ’s Almond Butter Turmeric Salad Dressing.

Favorite way to eat: over spaghetti, with a side of salad topped with grilled chicken

Nutrition facts (per 1/2 cup serving): Calories, 90; total fat, 6g; saturated fat, 3.5g; total carbohydrate, 11g; sugars, 7g; protein, 2g

Here's how it paired with the rest of my dinner - yummy!

Fat Free Refried Beans

These have been a staple in my pantry for a while now. All of the flavor you’d expect from refried beans, but without the unnecessary fat. These help round out a Mexican-themed dinner any night of the week with just three ingredients: cooked beans (pinto, red and pink beans), water, and salt. Just heat them on the stovetop over a low to medium flame in a pot. Mix them up a bit to ensure they cook evenly. Keep an eye on them; as they heat up, they may stick to the pot, so wait to prepare these toward the tail-end of your cooking.

Favorite way to eat: as a side dish with grilled chicken, red bell peppers, and white onions

Nutrition facts (per 1/2 cup serving): Calories, 120; total fat, 0g; saturated fat, 0g; total carbohydrate, 22g; sugars, less than 1g; protein, 7g

Spiced Cider

Pumpkin lattes are great, but to me, this is autumn in a cup. I purchased this last year and was so excited when it returned to the shelves. Admittedly, this is something I have to be in the mood to drink, but now that the season of fallen leaves is upon us, the craving strikes more often! The taste immediately brings my mind to cool, crisp autumn evenings. It contains no sweeteners, which is exactly how I like it. If your sweet tooth is stronger than mine, you could always add a little dash of something special.

Favorite way to drink: on a cozy night with the windows open, feeling the autumn breeze while wrapped in a blanket!

Nutrition facts (per 8 oz serving): Calories, 130; total fat, 0g; saturated fat, 0g; total carbohydrate, 31g; sugars, 26g; protein, 0g

Gone Bananas

“Gone bananas” has become a verb in my household for when that late-night desire kicks in. Remember when I said I didn’t have a sweet tooth? This frozen treat has been testing my resolve. Slices of banana are coated with a thin layer of dark chocolate. It’s ideal to satisfy an after-dinner sweet craving without going overboard. They’re not too mushy or too firm - just right and easy to chew, with a little crunch from the frozen chocolate. Have a napkin nearby as the chocolate may stick to your hands a bit (or, hey, lick your fingers - I won’t tell). Four pieces equal 100 calories, so feel free to do as the name says and go bananas!

Favorite way to eat: with a hot cup of green or chamomile tea

Nutrition facts (per four-piece serving): Calories, 100; total fat, 3.5g; saturated fat, 2.5g; total carbohydrate, 16g; sugars, 12g; protein, less than 1g

What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s product right now? Have you tried any of these five? Let me know in the comments below!

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