Spring is a symbol of new beginnings, right? So, starting this semester, I’ve decided to do the bulk of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. A small, low-cost grocery store, Trader Joe’s offers the healthy eats without the high prices seen at Whole Foods. Wanting to eat something healthy and new, I tried a variety of foods to compile a list of the top five items you need at Trader Joe’s to make sure this semester turns out to be a delicious one.
1. Boneless Pork Loin Roast
Don’t know how to cook? Don’t enjoy cooking? Don’t want to exert energy to cook? If you said yes to any of these questions, then this tasty option is your best bet. You can impress your roommates by cooking it with vegetables and only spend 10 minutes making it. All you have to do is toss it in the oven or your Crock-Pot. This dish is easy and leaves you with leftovers for days.
2. Speculoos Cookie Butter
By now, this product has gotten so much hype that I had to buy it. Let me say that it definitely lives up to all of the buzz. After buying it, you may start shamelessly eating it straight from the jar. Or, if you have enough patience, it can be used as a spread or a dipping sauce. Try dipping the almond clusters (see below) in it. Best. Idea. Ever.
3. Milk-chocolate almond clusters
Guilt-free desserts can be hard to come by, which is why these are a steal. Even just one of these clusters will cure a sweet tooth in no time. Since usually just one will do the trick, these treats are sure to last you at least a week or two.
4. Trader Joe’s Wine
From the Charles Shaw to the Trader Joe’s Reserve label, these wine choices are both enjoyable and cheap. As described on the Trader Joe website, these wines are meant to be “uncomplicated and drunk young” so they’re a perfect addition to those nights when you want to make your pre-game a little classier.
5. Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole
If you’re in the mood for some quality guac, you can’t go wrong with this. This creamy creation is packed with flavor and the occasional chunk of delicious avocado, tomato, or onion. I usually enjoy it as a snack between classes or something to hold me over while dinner is cooking.