Berry Good Creamy Cinnamon Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Oats

That might be the longest post title I have ever created and ever read.  Oops!  Moving on…  I love to shop.  I love to window shop and peruse aisles looking for the latest and greatest.  And I love Trader Joe’s, so much so that we’re on a nickname basis, heyyy TJ’s heyyy 😉

shopping + fun finds+ TJ’s = grocery shopping greatness

I know not all y’all ladies [do I have any male readers? sorry Ry, you don’t count] love to shop but let me try to persuade you that grocery shopping at TJ’s is an experience unlike anything else.  Don’t believe me?  Just check out their “About Us” tab on their website…

  • It started as a small chain of convenience stores called “Pronto Markets” before switching their name to Trader Joe’s in 1967
  • All of the employees rock Hawaiian shirts, which [I think] compliments the wood paneled walls
  • “Value” is a concept they take seriously by buying direct from suppliers [whenever possible], bargaining to get the best prices, and ultimately sharing the savings with us [the shoppers]…  In their words, “every penny we save is a penny you save”

Still don’t believe me?  I’ll let some pictures of my recent eats do the talking…

*products specific to TJ’s in bold*

Whole Wheat Tuscan Pane topped with Fat Free Cottage Cheese + pumpkin + Pumpkin Pie Spice + honey

plain Chobani + Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

Low Sodium Organic Creamy Tomato Soup + a runny egg & Reduced Carb Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas with Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole with Greek Yogurt

cranberry walnut parfait & sliced Cranberry Walnut Loaf topped with maple syrup

apples, Uncured Turkey Bacon, & cinnamon flax pancakes topped with cinnamon Chobani + cranberries + walnuts + maple syrup

turkey pepperoni, Low Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella String Cheese, rice cakes, & Healthy Bites

veggie filled salad with Frozen Artichoke Hearts

Blueberry Wheat Bran Muffin & pretzels

Pumpkin Pie Spice Belgian waffle topped with peanut butter frosting + warmed apples + raisins + cinnamon Fat Free Cottage Cheese

simple salad topped with Steamed Lentils

Semi-Homemade Cho Brownies with Peanut Butter Puffins using Brownie Truffle Baking Mix

Thanksgiving Sausage-Pear Stuffing using Sun Dried Tomato-Basil Chicken SausageWhole Wheat Tuscan Pane + mix of veggies + pears

Chicken Gyoza Potstickers

creamy cinnamon peanut butter oats topped with a Deep Chocolate VitaTop + Very Cherry Berry Blend

Whole Wheat Tuscan Pane sandwich with Horseradish Hummus + sprinkle of parm cheese + red Anjou pear

Cranberry Orange Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Pie Spice Belgian waffles fixings

One of my most favorite things about TJ’s is that they always feature new products, sometimes seasonal, other times just tasty new finds.  We buy most of our groceries at TJ’s since they also carry brand name products, but for things not available at TJ’s we’ll swing by Whole Foods or our local chain grocery store.  For some of our favorite TJ’s staples click here.

Yesterday [recap]…  #elf4Health 11/26 Day 1:  Go meatless today.

A few of you asked me on Instagram to share my berry good breakfast…

Berry Good Creamy Cinnamon Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Oats

1/3 cup oats

1 cup water

1 teaspoon stevia

a few heavy shakes of cinnamon

1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons peanut flour

1 Deep Chocolate VitaTop

frozen berries

1.  Combine oats + water + stevia + cinnamon.

2.  Cook in the microwave or stove until desired consistency.

3.  In a separate bowl, mix yogurt + peanut flour and add to oatmeal [makes for a yummy peanut butter pocket].

4.  Top with VitaTop crumbles and frozen berries.

5.  Enjoy!

*I added a splash of Silk Light Vanilla post-picture because warm oats + cold milk is tasty!*

Today…  #elf4Health 11/27 Day 2:  Send a card or handwritten note to a friend.

Tomorrow…  #elf4Health 11/28 Day 3:  Try a new workout today!

Question:  Would y’all like to see more frequent “TJ’s Featured Finds” kinda posts or a glimpse at our weekly groceries?  Call me a dork but I love reading other peoples posts about their favorite finds cause I always enjoy trying new things!  Product reviews?  Recipes using the products?  Share, share, share!

Question:  What’s your favorite TJ’s product?  If you don’t have a TJ’s near you or have never been [eek, tragedy], where do you typically grocery shop?

— Allison


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  1. can you shop and cook for me? I mean really, I am drooling over here. we have very similar tastes. i am a huge cottage cheese fan but adding pumpkin, oh holy moly i’m in love. I wish I could shop at tj’s I need one near me!!

  2. so i hate to admit this but i don’t go to tj’s nearly as much as i should. i have one super close to my house but a lot of the times when i go, they’re out of like one or two things i need and i end up having to go to giant to pick up those couple random things. laziness usually wins out and i stick with doing my shopping at giant. that being said, sometimes i’ll take special trips to tj’s and pick up all kinds of random goodies. and i love grocery store find posts so keep them coming!

    • Girlll, we should have a TJ’s date and bring Alex along so she can stock up! I have trouble sometimes finding everything on my list too but luckily a Teet is right across the street and I don’t mind making a second stop 😛 I love all of their exclusive products and reasonable prices!

  3. I love TJ’s. Wholeheartedly. It’s a good 15 minute drive from my house, and there are plenty of other grocery stores that are closer, but I almost exclusively shop at TJ’s. I especially love their whole philosophy of in season produce. I’m not gonna find butternut squash at my local TJ’s in the summer. I’m gonna find summer squash. I just think that’s so smart.

    • Love it and totally agree! I would walk a mile [in the rain/snow] or hop on the T when I was in college in Boston just to shop at TJ’s versus the local store that was across the street. The quality and prices can’t be beat!

  4. I had to chuckle a bit at the title of this post 😉

    I LOVE TJ’s too…I can spend forever in that store and never get bored. I just love it! Now I just wish that there was one closer to me than a 3 hour drive :( Some of my current favorite TJ products are pumpkin butter, the snack-size packages of almonds, and their sprouted bread. They also have awesome prices on Ezekiel bread, which I adore. I would love to try some of their frozen and dairy products, but have yet to be able too since I live too far away. I feel like I am missing out! :(

    • Oh nooo, boo for distance! As they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder. Can that be applied to relationships with TJ’s? I think so… I’m a fan of their pumpkin butter too  Have you ever tried their cranberry or fig butters? Yum! And they have TONS of great cold/ frozen options- next visit maybe you could bring a cooler?

  5. Literally everything on this post looks delicious… think I need to have second breakfast! Also, the egg in the soup is such a good idea, never heard of that before.

  6. Oh my gosh.. pumpkin pie spice waffles topped with peanut butter frosting and warmed apples? I will absolutely be figuring out how to make those this week.

  7. I love TJ’s, too! I’ve written a couple of posts regarding some of things I buy there, and I use their products all the time! The more ideas, the merrier!

    I had to look twice at one of the pictures in this post. A runny egg in soup? Interesting idea! I thought it was crazy the first time I put a runny egg on top of my salad. :)

    • Haha, I had the same thought when I first added an egg to my salad. I probably never would have tried it in soup if I wasn’t feeling lazy and tired from the gym… Glad I did though, it was tasty!

  8. I LOVED this post! All your recipes look amazing but still simple enough for a kitchen-impaired cooker like me. Too bad I don’t have a TJ’s near me…but still going to try them!

    • Thank you! Easy and semi-homemade meals are my favorite :) I love to cook but I don’t love to spend *too* much time prepping everything… Eek, no TJ’s :(

  9. I. LOVE. TJ. So much, like obscenely so. My fave product is definitely their unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

    • Glad someone else loves it just as much as me 😉 I’ve never tried their almond milk. I’ve tried Silk’s version of almond milk and wasn’t a big fan- have you tried it? How do they compare?

  10. i am completely in awe and jealous of your TJ’s. WE NEED ONE!! although, i might buy out the store. So better save up first, right? haha

    • Haha, no way jose! The products are awesome but their prices are better- definitely cheaper than the other stores IMO 😛 I’d be happy to trade you some TJ’s goodies for HB’s any day my lady!

  11. I love me some TJ’s too. So much so that I worked there up until last month!! I miss it like crazzzyyyy, but school comes first (booo.) The managers are the ones you see in the Hawaiian shirts, everyone else gets to wear t-shirts..HA! I love those pb filled pretzels, I have a hard time stopping when I open the bag, and those lentils..don’t even get me started! I swear half my lunches revolved around those for over a year!

    • That’s so cool! How did you like working there?! Ah yeah, I’ve noticed the button-ups vs. the t-shirts [I think the t-shirts are pretty snazzy] 😉 And oh.em.gee, take the peanut butter pretzels away from me, they are so addicting!

  12. is that wheat bran muffin from tj’s!? i know they have their name brand now but Zen Bakery used to do the big ones for TJ’s out here in SoCal. Their stuff is so good! I love their cranberry and mango one!

    And GENIUS for sticking puffins on top of those muffins.

  13. So much delicious foooood! Gah! I’m kind of jealous over here because we do NOT have a TJ’s in my part of the world. Clearly I need to move or something because the more TJ’s goodies I see around the blog world, the more convinced I become that I’m seriously deprived. BUT! I’ll be heading down to the States in a couple of weeks and you can BET that I’ll be hitting up Whole Foods, TJ’s, and Chipotle like nobody’s business. I think I need to pack my suitcase half full so I can bring home lots of extra goodies. Heck, I probably need to pack it 1/4 full because I need to get some clothes shopping in there too 😛

    • Eek, I fear the day that we have to move and there’s not a TJ’s near us… Fingers crossed that never happens 😛 Happy to send ya a care package! And your trip sounds awesome, make sure to leave lotsss of room for unexpected fun food finds!

  14. So as much as i LOVE this post, I won’t lie… it kind of brings a tear to my eye! I absolutely miss being able to drive 2 minutes to TJ and load up on amazing, delicious, awesome, incredible food :( :( :(

  15. Yes! Do please keep posting TJ’s posts! I LOVE that place. Those low-carb tortillas are some of my all-time faves (I love TJ’s brand sprouted breads too)–It’s sort of becoming the only place I shop these days, and yet I still see a bunch of stuff here I haven’t tried–and now need to. Horseradish hummus? Oh yes.

    • I’ve tried the sprouted breads too, I’m a fan! TJ’s is my go-to, if they’re out or don’t carry an item I’ll make the extra trip to somewhere else… Horseradish hummus = yes! I’m also a fan of the tomato basil, reminds me of pizza sauce!

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