My Favorite TJ’s Items along with a GIVEAWAY!! Giveaway CLOSED!

January 24, 2013

I think I pretty much love the entire store but I will show you what I REALLY love from TJ’s.  There are a million pictures because pictures are way more fun than me just telling you about the items.

Both of these dressings are incredible.  Don’t ask me which one is better because I cannot decide (believe me, I tried for like 20 minutes last night).

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The Garlic and Herb pizza dough IS SO EASY and it tastes amazing.  It takes the pizza to the next level with all of those delicious herbs mixed in with the dough.

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I don’t know what it is about this prepared salad but I love it so much.  (Ignore the serves 2… it is really a serves 1)  I think it is the dressing and the toasted almonds.  I am always trying to think of an excuse to get it.

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Our absolute favorite guac.  It has the perfect amount of spice and kick.  I also love that it is chunky!

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Not sure if this made the list just because I LOVE all Tabbouili or not but this one is real good.

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The frozen sections.  I need to try more things from this area but these 3 are my favorites so far.  The edamame (although it is cheaper at Costco), the Orange Chicken (I think that is their most popular item) and the brown rice that only takes 3 minutes to make and is so fluffy and heavenly.

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I haven’t personally bought these before (I don’t know why?) but we had them at my in-laws and they are INCREDIBLE.

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I had this at the ‘healthy’ girls night last week and was surprised at how good it is.  It is a new Jacobs’ family regular.  Billy even loves it and he usually does not like crystal lite/diet type drinks.

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Hard to ever eat plain tomato soup after eating this:

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Both of these taste AMAZING on that herb pizza dough.

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I might be biased because I love ALL brands of FMW but the maple and brown sugar ones are definitely worth buying.

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This is the marinade that we use 99.989% of the time.

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DRUM ROLL for my absolute favorite thing that I have ever bought at TJ’s. I am outraged that they don’t sell it year round.  This is my last one and I am waiting to make it for my birthday breakfast.

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I might have to go get Brooke a bag of her own Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels judging by the way she was eyeing them.

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Giveaway includes:

-Chocolate Peppermint Loaf Mix, Powerberries, Pretzel Sticks, Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels, Mini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Milk Chocolate filled with Caramel Bar and Chocolate Covered Pretzels.  

To enter Giveaway:

Leave a comment telling me anything your heart desires.  It could be anything from your favorite food to just telling me hello!  Winner will be announced on Monday!

Wendy Baxter January 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Hello! I have yet to try Trader Joes. I think this blog post may sway me. Awesome job on your trail run. Congrats!


Emily January 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I just want to say that Brooke is the cutest thing ever! Keep posting pics :)


Jessica K F January 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm

The chocolate covered pretzels are the best! Congrats on your first trail race – I’ve only done one so far too!


Emily M January 26, 2013 at 5:05 pm

ice cream, ice cream, ice cream! & TJs is ahmazing!


Megan January 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I live in Oklahoma and we don’t have a Trader Joes. :(
I think i’ll look one up next time i’m in Dallas! Thanks for sharing your favorites!


Karla January 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm


Thanks for the suggestion Billy!


christin January 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

would love some tj goodies!


JD January 26, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Congrats on the trail run! I can’t tell you how many people have asked me for the recipe when I have made the TJ’s pumpkin bread. Response is always, I’ll get back to you on that one…


Britt January 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Trader Joes is great. I get my B12s, the reduced Mac and cheese (frozen section), fruit, and high fiber. Never tried any of your giveaway items! Those butterscotch caramels would be great in ice cream and that chocolate peppermint loaf could be fun to make a truffle out of.


Ranay January 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I love TJ’s!!


Marina Chekhovskiy January 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I absolutely love that Brooke gets to pose in every blog post, she is a wonderful addition!! :D


Tracie January 26, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Hi! I’m so excited about this give away! I love Trader Joes almost as much as you do. Those Powerberries are my go to recovery treat! I also love the fact that they have the word “berrie” in them so I can totally justify eating loads of them because clearly they are good for me. Perhaps I’ll try dropping a few in my next cup of trader joes greek yogurt. Happy Running!


kait January 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

i hear tj’s has blood oranges now! my fave!


Alex January 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Ahh I wish I had a TJs near ms in Florida!! Looks amazing!


Claire January 26, 2013 at 6:51 pm

We have a Trader Joe’s here in Boston, but I’ve never had those Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels. They look incredible!


Andrea January 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I have been wanting to go to a TJ forever! They finally built one in Gainesville which is about an hour and a half away from me and where I went to college. I go there once every year to go to a football game so I will definitely be having my first trip to Trader Joes then!


Loren January 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Never tried Trader Joe’s but that all looks delish!!


Ttrockwood January 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I adore trader joes and LOVE their frozen “meatless balls” !


Alexis January 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm

My husband is Army and its now been SIX long years since we’ve lived anywhere even close to a TJ’s! Anytime people say how lucky I am to live in Hawaii (note: when we are in Alabama, no one ever said that), I always immediately say “except there’s no Trader Joe’s!” hehe:) Luckily my awesome mom sends me regular TJ care packages!


Jacquelyn Goetz January 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Trader Joes is my absolute favorite and I love reading all about your daily activities!! You keep me so entertained and you have the cutest baby :)


Kaitlin Gilbert January 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Love your blog… I look forward to see what all of your days bring… Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!


Anne H. January 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm

My heart desires a warmer year-round climate so I can walk/run with my baby more often! P.S. T.J.s is the best!!


Taylor January 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I love TJ’s! I live in Texas, so anytime I visit California (which is fairly often) I always have to stock up!


Elizabeth January 27, 2013 at 4:20 am

I know I would love me so TJ! I can’t wait to win! e


Susan Bramlett January 27, 2013 at 5:04 am

I too love TJ’s….I just turned 74 on the 23rd and can find healthy foods and can’t forget the treats as well at this store. How lucky am I that I have one very close to me.
I live on a budget and I’ve found in the frozen section….Pacific Flounder with Crab
Mean Stuffing! 6 oz. $2.99 Yummy and a once-in-a-while treat for my dinner.
Enjoy Your Family and Have Fun!!!!


Jenn January 27, 2013 at 5:42 am

I don’t have a TJ’s around me, but the last time I got to go to one, I picked up some dark chocolate covered ginger bites, they were so good! What a fun giveaway :)


Pam January 27, 2013 at 5:54 am

I went to a Trader Joe’s for the very first time while my husband and I were in Nashville a couple of weekends ago for my birthday. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I guess I was expecting something more like Whole Foods and instead it was just this tiny little old-fashioned-looking store! I loved the atmosphere. I’ll definitely go back. And now, thanks to this post, I know some things to look for!


char eats greens January 27, 2013 at 6:06 am

GAH!! I wish trader joes would hurry up and come to Canada!!’


Dana January 27, 2013 at 6:33 am

Just recently started reading hour blog and I may or may not
have sat here for two hours reading back posts…
You are hilarious! Miss my babies being Brooke’s age,
soak it all in sister! Running… Well I love it too:)
I do not – TJs near me, but love their fabulous snack selections!
I’m a snackaholic!


Katie January 27, 2013 at 7:49 am

TJ’s soyaki is the besssst! Thanks for your post about Davenport a couple weeks ago. My hubby and I drove down from Berkeley to spend the day and had an awesome time! It was quiet and beautiful and Whale City had awesome fish ‘n chips! YUM! :)


Arrienne January 27, 2013 at 8:14 am

These all look delicious. I love your giveaways!


Alex January 27, 2013 at 8:39 am

I don’t know why I haven’t bought the ice cream sandwiches either. I think I always have plans of making my own which never happens.


Princess Loredee Gabot January 27, 2013 at 8:45 am

I know this is such a desperate move, but I really want to get the pretzels. This is like the 3rd time I’ve commented hahaha


Jane January 27, 2013 at 9:11 am

Sea salt caramels! Oh my my my!! It is almost enough to make me cry tears of joy!


Emily January 27, 2013 at 9:42 am

I love TJ’s! I try to buy something new and different every time I go grocery shopping, and TJ’s is one of those places where you can really go nuts with trying new items!


Christina January 27, 2013 at 10:28 am

I am so jealous! The nearest TJ’s is 2 hours away from me but you better believe ill be making a trip up there this spring just to check it out :D I would love to try anything from this list, it all looks amazing!


Carol W. January 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

Janae, congratulations on a good trail race. You are an inspiration!


Emily January 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

I love going to TJs and trying all kinds of different things! Thanks for the suggestions, I will have to pick some of those up on my next trip. Have a wonderful Sunday!


Amber January 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Fun giveaway. I happen to love food :)


Kathi January 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Thank you for having this contest! I have just started shopping at Trader Joe’s….it’s GREAT! Going to try some of your favs on the next trip there! Have a GREAT Sunday!


Kelly January 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

As of right now my favorite food are the dark chocolate covered acai berries from Costco! LOVE! Haven’t tried the Trader Joes chocolate covered goodies you are giving away though!


Tracy January 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I wish we had a Trader Joes by us!! The closest one is being built in Miami – an hour and a half away – good thing my parents live there!


amy a January 27, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Love TJs and Hungry Runner Girl plus B1 and B2 :)


Betsy January 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm



MaryBeth January 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm

AWESOME giveaway! We recently got a TJ’s in my town and I can’t get enough of it! :)


Ally January 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I am obsessed with TJs! It’s my heaven haha


Kelly January 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I love Trader Joe’s!! Awesome job on your trail run, you’re amazing and inspirational!


Amy January 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Hi from Kansas City! I just found your blog and am loving it almost as much as TJ’s :)


andrea January 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm

I came across your blog by accident, but I can’t fathom coming across someone who loves food, running, babies, and dogs as much as I do and not take it as a clear indication that we are meant to be friends. :)


JennyV January 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I love sweet breads — pumpkin, zucchini, banana, cinnamon, you name it!


Annie January 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm

HELLO! Oh man Trader Joe’s is suuhhhweeet!! Especially their peanut butter filled pretzels… I can never find them anywhere else! Anywho, I love your blog and you are such an inspiration to me and I’m sure many others!


Rene' Whiteley January 27, 2013 at 4:34 pm

We love the Joe Joe’s sandwich cookies. YUM!
Great job at your race!


Lauren January 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Triple Dip Hummus! Frozen Macarons (almost as good as paulette)! the fact that a bag of pre-washed, pre-cut organic romaine is $1.99 rather than $3.99.. trader joe’s is simply amazing and we’re so glad it’s found it’s way to TX!


Ashley January 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Hi!! I love your blog and I love all things Trader Joes!


Courtney Vance January 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Trader Joe’s is AMAZING! How in the world are they not in Colorado yet? I just moved to Arizona and one of the most exciting things for me was that they have trader joe’s here!!


Jenny January 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I love the kettle corn! Just went to the one in salt lake for the first time and I loved everything I bought. Always helpful to know what other people love there :)


simi January 27, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I wish my 7 month old baby would sleep through the night again. She regressed a month ago:(


Cookie January 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm



Kacee Houle January 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Yay for Trader Joes! I would eat this stuff up faster than I can run… ;)


Natalia January 27, 2013 at 7:09 pm

You need a page just for Brooke’s hair. It can be like a wall of fame :)


Bri January 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Frozen mashed sweet potato at trader joes is my fav. So yummy!


Laura January 27, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I LOVE Trader Joe’s!! My roommates and I are obsessed with the pumpkin bread and muffin mix too…we bought 6 boxes as soon as it hit the shelves this Fall!!


Elizabeth January 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm

I love Trader Joes!!!


Susan Christy January 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm

TJ’s is the greatest store!!!


Chaya January 28, 2013 at 1:15 am

I love Trader Joe’s- their Peppermint Joe Joe’s and chocolate covered espresso beans are so delicious.


lauren January 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

i have a stomachache today!


Noel M February 26, 2013 at 9:16 am

I have to share this news because you introduced me to TJ’s Powerberries and they are my BIGGEST of loves right now. The original packaging company is Brookside Chocolate and they sell them at big stores like…. COSTCO! Two loves in one for HRG. The Brookside Acai with Blueberry is the same as the TJ’s Powerberry.
Here is the website:


Rocio April 9, 2013 at 10:12 am

I love your blog, always so interesting. I think you are even cooler in person :) The Garlic and Herb pizza dough is the best!! Specially because I love pizza!


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