Grabbing groceries with Joe (Trader Joe that is)

August 3, 2008

I’ve kind of always secretly loved grocery shopping. I’ve yet to figure out exactly why, but I do know that since becoming a city girl my best foodie friend goes by the name of Trader Joe. The store is amazing and completely caters to the WIT on a budget and those WITs looking to count those ever-pesky calories.

Trader Joe Highlights for the WIT:

1. Cheap (and I mean cheap) Wine!
Barefoot runs about $3 and TJ’s carries Spanish, French, and American wines so you can easily pick up several bottles that you’ve probably never tried and very well be on your way to finding a new favorite. Oh and do I even need to mention that Trader Joe’s is the home of two buck chuck? Enough said.

2. Pretty, pretty Produce
TJ’s carries great produce that always tastes as good as it looks. Their grapes, asparagus and tomatoes always find their way into my cart and other options include pre-packed fruit in fours, bags of potatoes and lemons and beautiful melons.

3. Pre-made Salads
One of my absolute TJ faves: BBQ Chicken Salad. Trader Joe’s has an enormous election of pre-made salads that come with fresh ingredients and great combinations that you could easily place in a nice bowl and tell someone it was from a restaurant and they’d absolutely believe you. These are perfect for the budgeting WIT on the go- grab one in the a.m. and you’re set for lunch at work!

4. Various Other Favorites
I have also come to love the Light Brie, Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels, dried fruit packages (keep a bag in your desk drawer to curb cravings as the fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth and save you a whole lot of unnecessary calories), granola with dried berries and their prosciutto- mmm!

Head here to find your local Trader Joe’s and bon appetite!

Photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s

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