5 Favorites From Trader Joe’s (at the moment!)


Let’s talk Trader Joe’s favorites today!

I do my weekly grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s for many reasons including the small store vibe, a wide variety of unique offerings, and great pricing.

While much of what I buy can be bought in other stores (like produce), there are must-have items to grab only from Trader Joe’s.

I’ve written several Trader Joe’s Favorites posts in the past including:

Frozen: Trader Joe’s Frozen Favorites

Pantry: Trader Joe’s Pantry Favorites

Runners: Trader Joe’s Favorites For Runners

This time, I wanted to pick five of my current Trader Joe’s Favorites and share them with you today.

5 Current Trader Joe’s Favorites 

Please note that the below favorites are in no particular order! It’s hard enough to narrow down a list of favorites let alone put them in order!

Organic Ginger Turmeric Tea

This winter has been all about caffeine-free tea for me. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I am sensitive to tea so I have to be careful with the types of teas I drink so that I don’t feel dizzy. Absolutely no green tea for me and even many caffeine-free teas can make me dizzy.

I fell in love with Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Turmeric Tea a few months ago. It’s so delicious with a nice bite to it! I sip this tea every single day.

Trader Joe's organic turmeric tea

Three Layer Hummus

As someone who prefers fresh over packaged hummus, Trader Joe’s three-layer hummus is actually SO GOOD that it must be in our refrigerator at all times!

It must be the combination of traditional, cilantro jalapeno, and spicy hummus that does the trick for me. The flavor combination is just so good that I love adding this hummus to salads or whatever else I’m eating. This three-layer hummus has the perfect taste and texture, really adding that level of satisfaction to my meals and snacks.

trader joes three layer hummus

Trader Joe’s Spices

Well, it’s not like you can’t get spices at other grocery stores. It’s just that the spices available at Trader Joe’s are that much better overall. Other companies have tried to replicate the Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning but I don’t think they do as good as a job as Trader Joe’s.

I like how nicely my Trader Joe’s spices line up so pretty in the cabinet too. Oh, and the cocoa-cinnamon sugar is our favorite blend to use on warmed apple slices.

Trader Joe's spices

Organic Unsalted Peanut Butter

I mentioned this Organic Unsalted Peanut Butter a couple of months ago when I realized that Emily in Paris was obsessed with it too.

It just so happened that I bought the unsalted variety by accident in the fall and learned how good it actually is. I don’t even notice that it’s unsalted, it just tastes like really good peanut butter. I get both the organic unsalted creamy and organic unsalted crunchy peanut butter — they are both terrific types of peanut butter.

trader joes organic crunchy peanut butter unsalted

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Okay so I really tried not to add the semi-sweet chocolate chips to this post since I ALWAYS include them as a favorite but come on, I couldn’t leave them out!

Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chips are THE BEST chocolate chips on the market. If you ask me, these chocolate chips are so uniquely delicious that it’s impossible to eat another variety of chocolate chips without noticing the difference in taste.


Of Interest:

During the height of the pandemic, I wasn’t able to shop at Trader Joe’s and wrote this post about the one item I missed most from Trader Joe’s.

Here’s a look at my first grocery shopping trip back to Trader Joe’s after not going for a few months during the pandemic.

Oh, and I once wrote about the Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi in this post (with full Trader Joe’s shopping recap included too in the post). I started buying the cauliflower gnocchi again and really enjoy it. My son does too which means it’s good.




5 Current Trader Joe’s Favorites


I’m still doing the majority of my food shopping each week at Trader Joe’s. While I’ve written several food shopping posts and Trader Joe’s favorites posts, I wanted to share my 5 current Trader Joe’s favorites always on my list lately! They are not new Fearless Flyer items or anything like that, just what I find myself really enjoying.

Fair Trader Organic Columbian Coffee

There’s something so smooth and unique about this Fair Trader Organic Columbian coffee that I notice and love. It’s mild, not strong yet not weak. I can’t really put my finger on exactly why it’s now my favorite but it is.

Trader Joe's columbian coffee

Of course Trader Joe’s was out of this coffee yesterday when I needed it!

Organic Peanut Butter

I used to stockpile the pantry with Peanut Butter & Co. Crunch Time peanut butter (who remembers that?) but now I am simple. Every week or so I just grab a jar of Trader Joe’s Organic Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter. The Organic Creamy Peanut Butter is good too.

Trader Joe's organic peanut butter

Hot & Sweet Jalapenos

Just call me obsessed right now. I absolutely adore these hot and sweet jalapeños! I add them to my salads, sandwiches and use them when I make nachos and things like that. I think my jalapeño obsession started this summer when I was eating Subway sandwiches more often. 

Trader Joe's Jalapeños

Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread

While not a Trader Joe’s item specifically, I do find myself buying my Ezekiel bread at TJ. I am back in love with this cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread and especially enjoy it for lunch lately with melted mozzarella cheese and tomato. Even my son loves this bread and he is not an easy person to please in the kitchen.

cinnamon raisin ezekiel bread

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips.

I’ve said it before but I’m making it official today. Trader Joe’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips are the best chocolate chips around!

Trust me. I conducted a side by side taste test between multiple brands and the other brands actually taste disgusting when you try them close to eating these  delicious Trader Joe’s chocolate chips. Even Ghirardelli doesn’t stand a chance.

Trader Joe's semi sweet chocolate chips

Other Trader Joe’s Favorites Posts:

TJ Shop & Ways To Use Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning

Trader Joe’s Favorites For Runners

Trader Joe’s Pantry Favorites

Trader Joe’s Frozen Food Favorites 

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What’s on your Trader Joe’s shopping list these days?

Do you want to debate my claim about Trader Joe’s chocolate chips? 

Which peanut butter do you love right now?


Friday Favorites – GapFit, NARS & Kisses


My Friday Favorites have been super popular lately so I am glad that I have another round of things I am loving this week!

Friday Favorites

GapFit gFast Winterbrush Leggings:

I never in a million years thought that GapFit apparel would make it to my favorites list but O-M-G do you need these GapFit gFast winterbrush leggings for running this winter!


GapFIt gFast winterbrushed leggings

My workout apparel posts normally talk all about my love for lululemon and how I never wanted to buy GapFit apparel again because the pants always slid down or didn’t feel right.

Well, I gave these gFast leggings a try because I had a major discount at the Gap to use and I am SO GLAD that I did.

Seriously, these gFast leggings are like second skin. They are SO SOFT (they have some sort of warm winter lining without being too heavy) and fit as if they aren’t even on my body yet they do not slide down. Lately my lululemon pants don’t stay in place and start to slide down in the crotch area. I am constantly tugging and pulling to adjust things while I run which is super annoying.

What I love about the GapFit gFast Winterbrushed Leggings:

Midrise: I thought I liked a high-rise pant for running but I am preferring the midrise much better. They still sit in a good place that isn’t too low (which is maybe because I am not that tall but who knows).

Winter lining: The winter lining keeps the legs warm but I promise, there is no extra bulk.

Pockets: There’s a back pocket zipper in the waistband (which is a must for me!) plus side zip pockets too.

Comfort: Seriously, I put these leggings on and they just feel right. They do not slide down and fit true to size.

Price: I think they are marked $66.95 but the Gap is always running a deal and right now, I believe you can get them for half price or even cheaper! That’s like 3 pairs of leggings for the price of one pair from lululemon!

NARSskin Moisturizers:

I mentioned that I switched to NarsSkin back in October and I am still obsessed with their moisturizers, including their eye cream.  NARSskin products are noticeably more hydrating than any skincare product I have used in the past which is especially perfect this time of year.

During the Black Friday sales, I ordered a new container of NarsSkin Aqua Gel Luminous oil-free moisturizer (for the face) and the NarsSkin total replenish eye cream.


While I do realize that skincare products can be expensive, I totally find spending money on taking care of your skin super important. Skincare products (and good makeup) are not the extra-if-I-have-the-money type of expenditures for me like a new shirt or pair of shoes can be.

These skincare products are the part of my routine as the this-is-what-I-need-to maintain-and-survive-life type of purchases. I mean, who wants fine lines, wrinkles and to appear as if they are aging? Not me.

Hershey’s Kisses:

Ever since the holiday party the other night when I took some Hershey’s kisses home from the candy buffet, I can’t get enough.

Once we finished the candy bag that I brought home, I went to Target to buy a nice big bag of Hershey’s Kisses (the plain chocolate! not the other kinds!) because they are totally our thing right now. 🙂

Hershey's kisses

Favorite Link of the Week:

Binge Eating Story & How To Eat Course Launch < – Once again, such an honest post from Kylie of Imma Eat That regarding how restricting her eating would cause her to overeat at night. She had me at the discussion of overdoing the chocolate chips and chocolate covered raisins.

Previous Favorites of Interest:

I have written a few posts on the subject of Trader Joe’s favorites so I thought I would share them again today in case you missed them the first time around!

Trader Joe’s Pantry Favorites

Trader Joe’s Frozen Favorites

Trader Joe’s Favorites for Runners

Have a great weekend!

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3 things you are doing this weekend?

Is it crazy cold where you live? Will it affect your outdoor runs for the weekend?

Favorite kind of chocolate?

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