The Checkup: How to Become the Smartest Trader Joe’s Shopper Ever

Photo via Flickr user Mark Nockleby

Photo via Flickr user Mark Nockleby

• Did you try a new trail mix from Trader Joe’s only to realize it tastes like total garbage? No worries:  Trader Joe’s has an incredibly liberal return policy, meaning you can return anything — no questions asked — as long as you have a receipt. Or to avoid that problem in the first place, just ask to try something new while you’re at the store. They’ll let you try anything as long as you ask first! Good to know, right? That plus more tips to turn you into the savviest Trader Joe’s shopper alive. [Huffington Post]

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What To Buy At Trader Joe’s (As Chosen By People Who Love Trader Joe’s)

TraderJoesIntYou guys like lists, right? Everyone loves lists. And you know what everyone else loves? Trader Joe’s. So what would be perfect right here is a list about things to buy at Trader Joe’s.

Well lucky for you, the list-loving public, the team over at Be Well Philly has spent the last week gathering data from Trader Joe’s fans on their favorite things to buy. That data has now been assembled into a list, and that list includes such things as frozen edamame, the spinach and artichoke dip that everyone whose ever been to a Trader Joe’s ever goes bonkers over, Joe-Joe’s cookies (which truly are awesome) and Cookie Butter (which sounds like it should be awesome but just…isn’t).

Anyway, you can check out the entire list of the 20 Best Thinigs To Buy At Trader Joe’s over at Be Well Philly. Or you can just hang out here and tell me how wrong I am about that whole Cookie Butter thing.

The 20 Best Foods At Trader Joe’s [BeWell]

The 20 Best Foods at Trader Joe’s

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Last week, we asked you guys to dish on your favorite Trader Joe’s buys, and you all clued us in to a ton of  finds we’d never even considered trying, from meatless meatballs to cinnamon apple snack sticks. And because we want to have all these great Trader Joe’s finds right at our fingertips the next time we go grocery shopping, we compiled a handy-dandy list of the 20 best foods to buy at Trader Joe’s, as chosen by Be Well Philly readers. Check ‘em out below, then print this list out and take it with you next time you head to the store.  Read more »

What’s the Best Thing to Buy at Trader Joe’s?

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

The weekend is a comin’, folks! Which means my favorite day is right around the corner: grocery day. I love grocery shopping like most people love spa days. There’s just something about discovering a new favorite hummus or the cheapest raw honey around or the best soy milk on planet Earth that just makes me feel pure joy. And I know I’m not the only one who takes pride in their grocery store finds, right?

So this week, to help get my grocery-shopping discovery on, I want to ask you: What’s your favorite find at Trader Joe’s? The one thing you have to get every single time you go grocery shopping? Tell us what it is and why you keep going back for more. And if you have more than one favorite, feel free to share ‘em all. Now, ready, set, comment!  Read more »

Wegmans, Trader Joe’s Pull Fruit Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

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A California company has recalled peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. While no one as of yet has been reported ill, the company, Wawona, says in a statement that it shut down and sanitized its processing facility when a sample tested positive for the bacteria, which can cause flu-like symptoms; they are using other facilities to maintain normal operations while the problem is being dealt with.

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6 Secret Gems in Trader Joe’s Frozen Food Aisle

All photographs by Claudia Gavin

All photographs by Claudia Gavin

Confession: I’m a health coach that hates to cook.

I used to think that in order to have a healthy toned body, I had to cook 80 to 100 percent of my food—and for a while I did just that. I used to spend six hours on a Sunday shopping, chopping and cooking all my food for the week because I never had the time during the work week to cook a healthy, elaborate meal that didn’t taste like cardboard.

Guess what? This got old very quickly. I prefer eating food rather than making it. And unless you’re a Powerball winner and rolling dough, you can understand why eating out at the healthiest farm-to-table restaurants every night of the week isn’t an option, either.

So I was determined to find a solution that would save me from slaving away over the stove for hours but that didn’t force me to give up eating the foods that were good for me.

And that’s when I discovered this secret: the frozen food aisle at Trader Joe’s. Seriously, it’s one of the best places to find healthy “fast food” (i.e. food that doesn’t take 100 years to make)—you just have to know what you’re looking for.

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