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Trader Joe's, I Love You

Trader Joe’s is my regular grocery store.  I make it to a Safeway or Lucky’s every month or two. I am truly sorry if you do not live near one.  Here are

10 things I love about Trader Joe’s

1. 19 cent bananas
We eat a lot of bananas at my house. 

2. Competitively priced organic produce
Some of their organic produce is nearly as cheap or even cheaper than conventional produce at other stores: baby lettuce, romaine hearts, oranges, baby broccoli, celery.

3. No rBST in the dairy products
I love their organic plain yogurt with no fillers (as cheap as the regular yogurt!), 2% milk, and Berkeley Farm’s buttermilk.  I also love the sliced havarti (full fat, skip the lowfat version) and extra sharp cheddar.

 4. No super weird/yucky ingredients
Trader Joe's products have
  • NO artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
  • NO genetically modified ingredients
  • NO MSG
  • NO added Trans Fats

5. Roasted Plantain Chips and other snacks
We love the Schoolhouse Cookies, Chocolate Kats, Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies, Woven Wheats (imitation Triscuits with only 3 ingredients!), Ak-maks, and brown rice cakes among others.  The Roasted Plantain Chips are just like the delicious ones you can buy in South America.  You should try them. 

6. Whole wheat couscous
This is a great whole grain that can be prepared in under 4 minutes in the microwave.  Perfect when you forgot to make rice.  I buy my brown basmati rice and most of my pasta at TJ’s too.

7. Super-firm tofu
It really is firmer than any other tofu I’ve bought.  It fries up really well and is great in stir-fries and pasta salads.

8. Brownie Truffle Mix
No hydrogenated oils (most mixes do) and so so yummy.

9. Organic Corn Flakes
These are the crispiest, thinnest, most delicious corn flakes around.  And they’re organic too!  And less than $3 a box.  When they ran out for a few weeks (this is the down side of TJ – weird stocking issues), I didn’t know what to do with myself.  We also love the Shredded Wheats, Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls (we call them “Hexagons”), and, of course, Joe’s O’s.  After reading the ingredient list of my favorite name brand cereals more carefully, I decided to buy all my cereal at TJ’s.

10. Belgian Chocolate
It is hard to find non-waxy chocolate in the U.S.  TJ’s Belgian chocolate reminds me of the stuff I had in Europe.  The Pound Plus milk chocolate and 72% cocoa dark chocolate are both delectable, and an excellent deal for gourmet chocolate.  I also love the chocolate orange sticks.  Maybe a little too much.

What are your favorite TJ products?
(Yes, lots of you bloggy folks have already posted about this.)

This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday.