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07-03-2007, 04:39 PM
I've been into eating whole foods for some time, but when I saw this sub-forum, I immediately thought of Whole Foods, the grocery store. I LOVE that store! I also love Trader Joe's. Unfortunately, both are about 1 hour & 45 min. drive for me. So, every couple of months, I take a trip to those two stores and stock up. I'll be going in a couple of weeks, and thought it would be great to see what "must-haves" you get when you go there. Here's my list:

Fage 2% yogurt (this thick, Greek yogurt has spoiled me for any other kind of yogurt)

Japanese Scallops (in the frozen food section of T.J.'s) - smaller than sea scallops but larger than bay scallops

Grilled eggplant parmesan (at T.J.'s) - only 260 calories, and believe me, it's just as good as traditional eggplant parm.

72% dark chocolate (the Endangered Species brand--it has a chimpanzee on the front)

Raw whole organic walnuts

T.J.'s natural organic peanut butter made with Valencia peanuts

Imagine Organic chicken broth (this stuff is the best)

Tongol Tuna - (less mercury than albacore, and less fishy tasting; this is the only tuna I'll eat now)

Anything else I should add to my list? :)

07-03-2007, 04:43 PM
I agree with you on those two stores!
You should try the tuna in olive oil at TJ's, it is really good I buy that whenever I go. I also love the uncured turkey bacon.
If they have that it there.

07-03-2007, 04:59 PM
Whole Foods is a bit out of my way, but sometime in the next year or so one is going in right across the way from TJs.. that is exiciting!!! :D

My favs at TJs, which I am lucky enough to be able to go to evert week are:

All of the veggies are fresher IMHO AND cheaper than the traditional grocery store!
Fresh spinach
Fresh mushrooms
Fresh eggplant
Fresh broccoli
Frsh figs
Spring salad mix
Canadian Bacon
Unsweetened Almond Milk
Egg whites in a carton - cheaper than at the grocery store
Fresh parmesan
Soy cheese
Unsweetened Kefir
Morning star farms soy sausage patties
Wild salmon
Fruit leather and fiberful bars
Apple cranberry or blueberry fiber bars - more like mini muffins - 80 cals and 13 g fiber each
Roasted garlic salsa
Roasted red papper spread - great on turkey sandwiches

and one and on... might be easier to ask me what NOT to get! :o :dizzy:

07-06-2007, 10:17 PM
TJ's must haves:

Garlic Hummus
organic chocolate soy milk (just a splash in the coffee)
fiberfuls and fruit leather
LUNA Sunrise bars
Chicken breakfast sausage links
uncured bacon
Indian fare bengal lentils
red wine!!
Organic, fair trade, shade grown coffee
Joe Joe's vanilla cookies
shredded mozzarella
always 6 loaves of the organic whole wheat bread
organic toaster pastries
Kashi good friends cinna-raisin crunch

07-07-2007, 02:27 PM
I love Trader Joe's, and do most of my grocery shopping there. My "must-haves" are

TJ's plain nonfat Greek yogurt (even better than the Fage brand!)
frozen organic wild blueberries
dry-roasted unsalted nuts (all kinds)
TJ's chunky salsa
TJ's organic green tea w/jasmine
TJ's frozen organic brown rice
TJ's kettle-brewed unsweetened black tea & green/white tea
TJ's organic marinara sauce
TJ's roasted red pepper and tomato soup
organic chocolate

I could go on and on, their prices and phenomenal!

07-07-2007, 03:51 PM
I love dried granny smith apple rings from Trader Joe's! And Whole Foods gelato. *innocent look*

07-07-2007, 04:02 PM
My faves at Trader Joe's are:

fat free blueberry muesli
fancy mixed berries (frozen)
anti-oxidant nut and berry mix
organic greens with envy (frozen - broccoli, spinach, asparagus, green beans and endamame)
white kidney beans
solid white tuna - no salt added
butternut squash soup with chicken potstickers
bruschetta spread
artichoke spread
balance bars
plain non-fat yogurt
slivered almonds
wasabi or cajun shrimp sushi or fave yogurt with honey as a special treat

07-07-2007, 11:27 PM
I'm going to have to print out this list.

Cottageby the sea, I'm glad you mentioned the T.J.'s brand of Greek-style yogurt. I was wondering about it.

Onthetree, I'm going to check out that organic coffee.

Tara D
07-08-2007, 06:55 PM
Trader Joe's:

Curry Simmer Sauce

Great simmered with chicken and veggies, then eaten over rice.

07-09-2007, 03:35 PM
I just got back from whole foods. I don't do my grocery shopping there regularly but I usually buy my snacks there..

- Whole foods brand salsa
- Kashi TLC chewies and crackers
- Back to nature cookies and graham sticks
- Anything by Amy's
- Clif Z bars

I usually have 1 snack a day so I only make a trip there like once a month - everything lasts a very long time. I buy everything else from the local grocery store, most of their produce is organic and fresh. Probably not as good as whole foods but if I did go to whole foods for that kind of stuff I would be there twice a week which is a hastle. Oh and I LOVE whole foods hot and cold food bars, yum.

07-10-2007, 10:07 AM
At TJ's I always make sure to pick up unsweetened iced tea and fat free feta!

07-10-2007, 03:38 PM
Tara, I LOVE curry dishes, so I'm definitely going to check out that curry simmer sauce.

Smiley, it's a big hassle for me to get to Whole Foods, too. That's why, when I do go, I make sure to skip breakfast at home at eat it at Whole Foods. They're hot and cold bars are like gourmet dining. My Whole Foods even has their very own chocolate store, where they make an amazing array of chocolate truffles. It's probably not such a good idea to skip breakfast before going there, huh? :)

07-10-2007, 08:21 PM
Forgot to add:

Trader Joe's masala simmer sauce. almost as good as restaurant. Punjab sauce is a yummy treat as well.

Turbot fillets. the only fish my kids will consistently eat.

Tara D
07-10-2007, 08:41 PM
On the tee, I was just going to mention that they had other varieties of the simmer sauces, too! I haven't tried the others, but the curry simmer sauce is really good. I'm having it for dinner tonight. My mom took a jar home last weekend and she actually used it to bake chicken and said it was really good!

08-08-2007, 02:46 PM
I cannot, will not live without the following things from my local organic grocery (be it Earthfare, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Chamberlains, whatever..):

Fresh produce (obviously)

As for food items:
Whole Foods granola (From the bulk bins, in the cherry flavor. Mmmmmm)
Clif Z bars (meant for kids, but 100% wonderful for a snack)
Fruit leather!
Pita chips (or if I'm really splurging, maybe some spinach artichoke kettle chips)
Julie's organic ice cream bars in blackberry covered in dark chocolate
Amy's everything (especially the tortellini in pesto)
Those organic dark chocolate bars w/ blueberries that have the wildlife on them...hahaha
Hummus. Especially Whole Foods brand Hummus.
Whole Foods vegetarian roasted veggie lasagna...heaven on earth.
Earthfare chicken/cheese/broccoli rollups
Organic sea salt flatbread crackers

But, of course, tea is my obsession:
Honest Tea (My biggest love!!!)
Iced unsweetened green tea in big gallon/liter containers
Harney and Sons organic teas (The coconut green tea is, I swear, the greatest thing on earth)
Republic of Tea white tea teabags w/ guava and pineapple (Tastes like a warm pina colada - very creamy and refreshing for no calories!)

08-08-2007, 03:22 PM
Mmmmm.... Whole Foods...

some of my fvorites:
-Mary's wheat and gluten free flax crackers
-Imagine sweet corn chowder
-SASS balsamic vinigarette salad dressing (only place here you can find that line)
-Their sushi is ALWAYS super fresh.
-the salad bar. My favorite eatery in the whole world is the whole foods salad bar.
-raw almonds

and when I just have to have it...

their macaroni and cheese. It's amazing.

08-10-2007, 03:55 PM
I just got back from there.. just a small trip because I didnt really need anything but I was bored.
- Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread (can't wait to try it!)
- Graham Z bar (I've tried all the other ones except this one, should be good)
- Everything Flat Crackers .. I'm not sure what brand they are they're relaly random they had them out for sampling hummus and there are 13 huge flat crackers for 110 calories or something. They are each like the size ofa book mark. Not whole wheat which kind of made me a little upset but whatever.
- Soy Vey (teriyake marinade, so good)

Then I just got stuff from the deli/soup bar/salad bar. Cant wait for lunch!

08-21-2007, 03:31 AM
The Cuban black beans are SOOOO GOOD! Also the pre-fab brown rice, it comes in a little bowl, you don't have to refrigerate it just heat it up!

I love to mix those two things with the roasted garlic salsa, and put fresh avocado on top...

Love the bottles of green and black tea, the hemp granola, low-carb dark chocolate.....oh gosh too many things to mention.

Oh and the frozen berry medley, they make the best smoothies, with soymilk and green tea and frozen banana.

Non-food products, I love the "spa" hair conditioner, the peppermint/hemp bath soap, and the little bags of dried lavender you put in the dryer.

TJ's is just the BEST! My 16 y/o daughter wants to get a job there in the worst way. Have you ever noticed how happy everybody is in there? They told her that they usually only hire 18+ but if she applies in Sept. they might use her for seasonal.

08-21-2007, 05:38 PM
My favorite place to shop!
mytj staples:

-fresh apples, nana's, or any fruit
-romaine hearts
-fresh basil
-the refrigerated wraps
-tj organic blue corn chips
-tj unsweetened soy milk
-quinoa, brown rice and white rice
-larabars ( dried fruit and nut bars-always cheap there)
-tj's dark chocolate bar at the check out---yummy!
-frozen fruit
-raw almond butter
-frozen alaskan salmon fillets
-jasmine green tea, ruby red chai
-organic avocados and potatoes--esp. those mini sweet potatoes.

the list goes on! I love how they always have a stand with test outs.
I got some yummy tortellini there once, and i agree there curry sauces are great.

08-21-2007, 06:54 PM
Whole foods, as well as my supermarket sell this great hummus that is only like 35 calories for 2 tbsp.. usually its 50. I can't rememebr what it is called but I know it is some woman's name.

09-01-2007, 12:14 AM
Hey all I just found out theres a trader joes about 10 minutes away from me at school. I was wondering if the prices were reasonable? Considering I'm a college student (although the food at my school is a lot more overpriced so I'm saving at a grocery store no matter what), I was just wondering if it was approximately the same price or cheaper then whole foods. Thanks!

09-01-2007, 01:27 AM
Trader Joe's is inexpensive, in my opinion. Granted, it can be an impulse-buy store so that can impact the bill, but otherwise I think their prices are far better than the supermarket.

I love their frozen Spinach Lasagna - 310 calories and so good when you're too tired to cook!
Also the fat free plain greek yogurt - great with berries
They also have several reduced calorie/reduced fat prepared salads that are excellent. The Southwest Salad is perfect with some roasted chicken added to it as is the Greek salad.

It's a little off topic, but if you like orchids, theirs are cheap compared to anywhere else! $12 is cheap enough I don't feel guilty if it dies in a month or so.

09-01-2007, 11:04 PM
smiley..btw trader joe's make a great pizza dough that is cheep. $1 for a dough that once rolled out makes a 12 inch pizza. The herb/garlic dough is the best..you find it in the refriderated section. I find that the trader joe's near me doesn't carry nearly enough...but i think mine is a very small store