Happy Wednesday, everyone!
Tonight is the quiet before the storm for me. Tomorrow school starts again and I embark on what will be the most difficult semester of my dietetic career. I say that now, but know I will most likely repeat those words when I enter into my master’s program. I go to school every day, some days to two campuses. I’m not complaining, just prefacing my next statement. While school is in season, my blog often falls towards the back burner. As much as I will love to keep up with the blog world on a daily basis and post as much as I can, I know that there are going to be days if not weeks on end that you will not hear from me. I work full time and go to school full time, not to mention this blog is a full time job with frequent overtime thrown in. This is exactly why I plan to start posting more often from school, about school. I realize that there are many individuals out there that are looking for advice and a inside look at the life of a dietitian in the making. I hope to include posts about my coursework, projects, struggles, as well as triumphs. Please let me know in the comments below if this is something that you will love to see in the near future.
Now back to our original scheduled program: Today’s finds at Trader Joe’s! A few of these items are staples in my kitchen and I will list which ones they are. Anyone who shops at TJ’s knows that you can not go in without coming out with at least one random, non-planned, delicious-looking item to try.
Haircots Verts! Lesbehonest, haircots verts are a fancy-schmancy word for green beans. I know, I know, they are slimmer and more sleek looking than the thicker variety but the taste is all the same. By the way, they are pronounced air-coh-vair. However you want to call them, I pick up at least two of these bags a week and steam them in about 8 minutes to leave a slight crunch. I normally dress them with pink himalayan sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I skimp on the oil because when you steam these, the seasonings stick to the water on the outside. Throw them in salads, on a side plate, or just in your mouth as I do!
Oh-em-gee, you guys! TJ’s has their own Shamwows but are disguising them by the alias “kitchen cloth!” Not that I have ever used a Shamwow, but I imagine it is something like this. They are thick and super absorbent and the best part is that they are washable and re-usable! BOOM! Bye recycled paper towels! My boyfriend is going to kill me. He hates that I hate paper towels and grabs at least two LARGE sheets every time he needs one just to piss me off. Seriously, I don’t get that upset but I still imagine a small tree being bulldozed over with every recycled paper towel.
Marinated Artichokes! I have been loving these little seasoned morsels of goodness in salads! The dressing I make has little olive so these babies add a little extra oomph to the salad and a burst of flavor. Try it, you’ll love it. Well, only if you love artichokes.
Vanilla Coconut Milk! Okay, okay so this is nothing new but it is a staple in my house. The macronutrient stats are not to great but not awful: Carbohydrates 9g; Protein 0g; Total fat 5g. The micronutrient stats are much more impressive: Vitamin A 10%; Calcium 30%; Iron 2%; Vitamin D 25%; Vitamin B12 25%. Did I mention that it is delicious? Not too sweet with coconut flavor that isn’t artificial.
Yeah, about that. You know how TJ’s has little goodies around the check out stations to try to trick you into adding more to your cart than what you need? Yeah, me either. I totally mean’t to buy these–NOT! I had passed by these Dark Chocolate Crisps on multiple shopping trips to TJ’s because I always thought in my head, “ew, chocolate covered pringles!” Nonetheless, after talking to one of the cashiers about them he had convinced me to try them. They are vegan, crunchy, chocolately, and the perfect way to curb my sweet tooth!
TJ’s has their own coconut water now! I have yet to try their brand but I’m sure it will be just as delicious as the carton looks. Hello, sweet, young, thai coconut! I’ll report back with what I think of it compared to other brands. Obviously, nothing beats fresh.
California Yellow Peaches! Holy yum. Seriously, last week I bought these and left them on my counter for a few days and by the end of the week I could smell the peaches and how sweet they were. Obsessed, to say the least.