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The best grocery shopping day ever!

4 Aug

Hi friends, before you check out today’s post head on over to the following blogs and take a peek!

Caitlyn’s Operation Beautiful book just came out, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!  Check out Mamma Pea’s blog to win a copy of Caitlyn’s book. Both these lovely ladies set a great example to women and girls everywhere with their promotion of healthy body image.  I strongly encourage you to check out their blogs and share in spreading inner beauty.

Now back to your regularly scheduled blog, 😉

I got to visit THREE of the best grocery stores ever yesterday! I told my mom that we HAD to plan a visit to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods while I was visiting them.  Not only did we go to the two aforementioned groceries, but we also went to a new place called Plum Market (which is apparently only in select cities in Michigan) as well!  I’ve got to go back to try the fro-yo place nearby after hearing so much about foodie addictions to the icy, creamy goodness!

It was so much fun, and I got to try so many samples that I was stuffed!  I guess I’m glad that all these stores are hours, or states, away from me because I would probably spend way too much money on gourmet groceries!

The trip would have been worth it just from this purchase alone…

( Found at Whole Foods, 2 jars for $8.00!! Unfortunately the only kind my local store carries is White Chocolate Wonderful) Oh, and does anyone know whether pb is considered a “liquid/gel” for airline carry-on baggage requirements?  I definitely don’t want it confiscated on my way back home!

And check out this aisle of nut butters at Plum Market!

(Known to be loved by many food bloggers like Diana, Brandi, Julie, as well as Sheila, Katie, and Heather.)

But I was super excited to eat these,

(as seen on Mamma Pea’s Blog)

this,

(can’t remember whose blog inspired me to buy Trader Joe’s muffins)

this,

and these as well!

I’ve been enjoying all of these goodies- can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

So for breakfast today I had a yogurt mess, although it was too pretty to be called a “mess!”

It contained half a TJ’s Carrot & Ginger muffin, some vanilla yogurt, and sliced strawberries! Yum! It tasted like a healthy strawberry shortcake!

Lunch was this creation, from more items bought on the shopping spree! Mozzarella balls with spinach and roasted red pepper and goat cheese salsa on wheat toast. nom nom! Open so you can see the yumminess, and with a bite missing, cause I couldn’t wait!

For dinner, which I made, we had boiled green beans, and spaghetti with meat & veggie marinara. I basically just add a bunch of chopped up sauteed veggies (tonight was yellow bell pepper, garlic, and tomatoes) and spinach, as well as ground beef to a jar of spaghetti sauce.  I piled it all up on top of each other, yum!

So, What is your favorite thing to buy from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods?

Have you ever tried any of the products I bought, and if so, what was your opinion?

A Taste For Something New

10 Jul

So last night I baked Mama Pea‘s Banana Chocolate Chip Millet Muffins!  Ever since she posted it I’ve been hunkering for a taste of banana and chocolate.  So I waited, and waited, and waited for my bananas to get ripe. At least that’s the way it felt, usually I complain that my bananas ripen too fast in this hot and humid Texas heat.

I won’t bother you with the details since she already did a picture tutorial.  All I can say is, DELISH! I loved the slightly crunchy texture of the millet flour.  The food critics tasted them: me, the hubby, and the MIL.

My verdict: yummy, i love the banana and chocolate and texture.

Hubbs’ vote:”didn’t like the hot banana slice on top- said the chocolate and banana flavors were smacking him in the face.”  Liked it room temp though.  (Keep in mind he isn’t a big muffin eater)

MIL:  “Que rico!” Translation: very tasty!

In other food news I finally tried two food items that the food blog word is always raving about.  Sabra Hummus and  Cedar’s Tzatziki Yogurt Dip.

I’ve had hummus before, but seeing blog after blog after blog about hummus made me develop a huge craving for it.  I initially bought the Spinach and Artichoke flavor, which I used up the 10 oz. size after only a couple of days- it didn’t stand a chance! This past week I purchased the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, which was equally delish! Luckily I still have enough to last me until my next grocery run.  If I keep making crack wraps with spinach it will be gone in a wink!

When I went to the Sabra website for stats on the yummus hummus, I found out that they have FIFTEEN, yes, 15, flavors of the yummy stuff!!  I think my local walmart only carrys 3-4 kinds!  I’m definitely going to check out some other groceries to find some of the other flavors! Chipotle Hummus and Greek Olive Hummus, Pine Nut Hummus, OMG!!!

QUESTION: What flavor of hummus should I try next?

Diana is always praising the Tzatziki so I gave it a go.  Very good- creamy and tastes like a yogurty version of sour cream and onion dip, although with cucumber bits added.  Very creamy and low-cal, only 35 calories, although not too many nutrients besides that- would be an excellent alternative to sour cream or ranch dressing (as long as you only eat a serving!)

I’m really enjoying my summer finding new and interesting food products to try! After all this talk of greek yogurt, I think I’m going to have to give it another try.  Tried it plain for breakfast in Paris and thought it tasted like sour cream! (not exactly what I was looking for for breakfast with my sweet tooth!)

QUESTION: What should be my next “special” food purchase?