When I first moved to NYC I saw people hauling multiple Trader Joe’s bags on the the subway. I kept telling myself Trader Joe’s cannot be that great, and refused to go shopping there because I felt if I conformed I would be coming part of the TJ cult. After one visit I was convinced that I found love in place called Trader Joe’s. Grocery shopping in NYC is similar to trying to complete some strenuous obstacle course that requires strategic planning. Imagine trying to determine how many items you buy, juggle in two arms, and fit onto a possibly packed subway.
I have become such an advocate for TJs because of their fresh produce, reasonable prices, and great thing items I never knew I needed. I decided to share with you some of my favorite items at Trader Joe’s items.
Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate – I am addicted to cold brew due to the high levels of caffeine I need to power through my day. This 32 fl oz container will only run you about $7.99. I would highly recommend adding with milk to it dilute it. By diluting you are able to use less and it will last longer as well. Starbucks who?
Coffee Body Scrub – Right in time for the spring and summer this body scrub contains sea salt, coffee beans, coconut oil, and almond oil to name a few. With the hottest staple item for this season being mules YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE. Cracked and Dry Heels Matter! For only $4.99 you have no excuse.
Mandarin Orange Chicken – So this IS Trader Joe’s top selling item! I keep two of these stashed in my freeze for a quick meal in less than 20 mins. When I first saw these in the store I couldn’t believe a frozen item could be so good. First time I tried it I legit had a backup meal just in case it didn’t work. After trying this you will be open to try more of Trader Joe’s frozen food. This bag of heavenly chicken will only run you $4.99.
Tip: Add steamed carrots and broccoli with a side of white or brown rice and you got a WHOLE MEAL.
Pork & Vegetable Gyoza Potstickers – This is another awesome item I have stashed away in my freezer. They are a quick filling snack that you can steam (which I prefer) or fry. If you are into soup dumplings then this is for you as well. This pages has about 25 dumplings it and will only set you back no more than $4.00.
Tip: If you try these and love them then try the Shrimp Gyoza next and thank me later.
Coconut Body Butter – Introduced him to real and now he hates lames. Put my husband on to this body butter and now he is hooked. But seriously it is the best smelling lotion or body butter EVER! For only $4.99 you can stay moisturized and smell a Coconut Goddess or God.
Tip: Beware of dogs while wearing this. My best friend’s dog licked my entire arm for 10 mins straight because of it.
Linguine with Pesto & Tomatoes – Another frozen food item that made me a firm believer that TJs has the best frozen food. This items takes less than 5 minutes to microwave and prepare. This great side will only cost you $2.99.
Tip: Bake a chicken breast and you have a whole meal. In a rush? Just pan-fry a thin cut chicken breast and you have a whole meal in less than 15 mins.
Great way to stay up to date on Trader Joe’s products I would recommend checking out their website and sign up for their newsletters that you can receive via email or by mail. If you have any favorites at Trader Joe’s be sure to leave a comment and share it with us.
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