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CALLING All FIXERS AND TRADER JOES FANS!

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CALLING ALL FIXERS AND TRADER JOES FANS!!

I have compiled a list of my favorite must haves from one of my favorite stores!!! All fix approved and Liz tested items from this wonderful grocer!!! So get out a pen and paper to make your shopping list! Recipes and awesome tips are here!!!

Rolled Oats I love this giant bag!!! I have found so many awesome baking recipes that call for rolled oats so this large bag often finds itself in my red cart!

Lovin this muffin recipe lately:

http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/skinny-peanut-butter-chocolate-and-banana-muffins/

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Checkout these awesome pancakes:

http://mycrazylife-lauren.blogspot.com/2013/03/pinterest-pancakes.html?m=1

 

Bananas Im pretty sure every store on the planet carries bananas, but TJ’s are always good, they have organic and I’m there anyway.  As soon as they are ripe, I slice them up and freeze them for my daily Shakeology!

Coconut Oil Spray-  Have you read about Coconut Oil and its amazing benefits! Check it out!

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (not pictured)

So I bought this enormous jug from Costco and I’m pretty sure it will last me until 2029 but Trader Joes brand is great and a good price. I have replaced most of the oil I use in baking and cooking with coconut oil. Love it!

Salsa Authentica

 Simple ingredients, no added sugar perfect amount of heat.  An awesome condiment for snacks! I love their salsa! Check out their Salsa Verde too! Great for Chicken Chili!

Honey and Pure Maple Syrup

I use honey in place of sugar in a lot of my baking now. Technically raw honey is fix approved but with small kids I don’t use it. Maple syrup is also a great replacement for sugar in most baking. And it sure is delish!

Raw Almonds

 The perfect grab and go snack and if you are feeling wild and crazy you can make your own almond butter or chocolate almond spread!!

Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Butter! Swoon!!!!!!!  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/129056345545970623/

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Organic Broccoli Florets

These are just a great go to in my fridge.  I can throw together some stir fry in minutes with already prepped broccoli and some chicken!

Chicken Stir Fry

http://hip2save.com/2014/01/23/weeknight-chicken-stir-fry-recipe/

Organic Broccoli Slaw:  Ok this stuff is just plain fabulous!!! So many ways to use it oh my! Throw it in salads for some extra crunch! I use it in my Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowls to get some veggies in!

Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowls

Cooked shredded chicken (rotisserie or baked)

½ cup plain greek yogurt (regular yogurt will work but will be soupier)

Franks Hot Sauce to taste

Trader Joes Organic Broccoli Slaw

Trader Joes Organic Frozen Brown Rice

Shredded Cheese of Choice

Combine yogurt and franks hot sauce in a sauce pan and heat over medium low heat until hot, don’t boil.  Add shredded chicken to heat it,

Microwave your frozen rice!

Rinse your broccoli slaw!

Assemble your bowl: Brown Rice, broccoli slaw, buffalo chicken, shredded cheese! MMMMMM

The chicken also works great as a flat bread, over a green salad or as a wrap!!!

 

Spaghetti Squash

So I’m obsessed with spaghetti squash! Obsessed. See I am a recovering carb addict.  Like my last meal would be a bagel with butter and then some pasta with vodka sauce.  I heart carbs.  But I am very proud of the progress I have made towards staying away from refined carbs. Me My yellow container and I have a special relationship.  Ok so anyway back to the spaghetti squash.  I am not a fan of whole wheat pasta.  It just doesn’t do it for me.  And while I like a zoodle, it doesn’t fulfill that pasta craving.  But my friend spaghetti squash fills this void.  It has great texture and absorbs the flavor of whatever you put it in!!!!!

And here is the best tip I have learned. EVER!!

When preparing your spaghetti squash…..poke some holes in it with a knife or a fork.  Pop that bad boy in the microwave for about 5 minutes to soften it slightly.  Then boom! You won’t cut your fingers off when you go to slice it in half.

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats!

http://christinepechulis.blogspot.com/2014/11/spaghetti-squash-is-back-on-table-at-my.html?spref=pi

 

Almond Butter

So Autumn is pretty stingy with her teaspoons but adding them to your Shakeology or  on a multi grain slice of toast  is divine! Maybe even throw on some dark chocolate chips for a special treat! MMMMMMM

Organic Popping Corn

Pop corn is such a great snack! Don’t buy that stuff in the toxic microwave bag!! Just make your own!! Way healthier in so many ways! All you need is a pot with a lid and a tiny bit of oil! You can flavor it in so many different ways!

Check these out these delightful gems! (I don’t generally use as much oil as these recipes call for)

Mexican Popcorn

http://www.shutterbean.com/2012/mexican-popcorn/

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Rosemary Parm

http://www.fivehearthome.com/2015/05/17/rosemary-parmesan-garlic-popcorn-recipe/

 

Cocoa Powder

Toss it in your vanilla protein shake to make it chocolate!

Throw it in your coffee instead of sugar!

Makes these insanely delicious muffins! ( I use 4 ounces of unsweetened applesauce and a pinch of espresso powder in mine)

Flourless Double Chocolate Peanut butter Mini Muffins

http://www.averiecooks.com/2014/05/flourless-double-chocolate-peanut-butter-mini-blender-muffins.html

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Vanilla Extract

I love the flavor or TJ’s extract. It does not have the alcohol flavor of many extracts.  I like to put it in my coffee to add some sweetness without added sugar!

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Do you heart a pumpkin spice latte? Well guess what?! I have a healthy solution for y’all!!!!!

Pumpkin Pie Latte Shakeology!! You are welcome!!!

1 Scoop of Vanilla or Caffe Latte Shakeology

4 ounces of Almond Milk

4-6 ounces of coffee

1/8 cup of pumpkin puree

2 tsp almond butter

1/8-1/4 cup frozen banana

A few shakes of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice

Ice

Blend and Enjoy! Again….You are welcome!

Organic Brown Rice Pasta

So I am a Pasta addict.  I love pasta. I could eat pasta everyday of my life.  But A. its not good for me and B. it is not fix approved.

I am definitely not a fan of whole wheat pasta.  The texture is just way off. Ick.  I think Brown Rice Pasta is more tolerable.  Although I think I would still pick Spaghetti Squash as my current favorite pasta remix.

Whole Wheat Couscous

Couscous is such a fast and versatile side dish! And whole wheat couscous is so much healthier! Cook with chicken stock instead of water, throw in some spinach, even some pine nuts or slivered almonds! It takes 5 minutes! Great with shrimp, scallops or fish!

 Dark Chocolate Wedges

So if you frequent Trader Joes you have no doubt passed these babies in the check out line.  They are the perfect chocolate fix! A small little square of awesome dark chocolate! And how cute is the little tin!?

So there you have it folks! My ultimate list of Fix Approved Trader Joe’s Favorites!! Enjoy! Happy Fixing!

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