Coconut water – TJ

We use coconut water from time to time in some of our green smoothies – the sky is the limit when it comes to options from the Smoothie Foodie Bar in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook.

Coconut flakes – unsweetened – TJ

This organic coconut is unsweetened and perfect to use as is or toast for a few minutes until aromatic and beginning to turn golden… be careful, once the color begins to develop, if left alone, will burn before you realize it!

Tomatoes – Fresh (organic) -TJ

Trader Joe’s carries a variety of organic tomatoes, though once you grow your own, a store bought tomato will never measure up! Don’t keep tomatoes in the fridge, as they lose flavor quickly! If you haven’t made my Tomato Almond Pesto recipe for The Foodie Bar Way cookbook yet, don’t delay… our Hagenburger’s Party Pasta is my husband’s favorite...

Lemons – (organic) -TJ

I have a good friend with an amazing lemon tree, but when her tree isn’t producing, I will pick up a bag of lemons at Trader Joe’s. I enjoy lemons in a wide range of recipes from smoothies and salad dressings to Jicama Chips and even my Dazzle Berry Dessert Sauce (all recipes in The Foodie Bar Way). If I am not planning to use them in the next day or two, I put them in the fridge (in one of the...

Limes – (organic) – TJ

Trader Joe’s often sells organic limes in bags. If I am not planning to use them within a day or two, I store them in the crisper drawer in the refrigerator. Limes are key for my Cowboy Salad Foodie Bar and several other delicious recipes in The Foodie Bar Way, including Cilantro Lime Rice (watch me make in on California Bountiful TV) and Creamy Cilantro Lime...

Berries – Mixed (organic) -TJ

Trader Joe’s sells a variety of organic berries in their freezer section. No sugar added, just berries! Be sure to make my Strawberry, Avocado and Greens with Ruby Dressing- watch me make it on California Bountiful TV and get the recipe at...

Kiwi (organic) – TJ

Whenever I make a trip to Trader Joe’s, I buy a bag of kiwi! I also buy them at our local supermarket and sometimes at Costco (4 pound package). Let ripen on the counter. When the kiwi begins to soften (each may ripen at a different time, so check them each day), put it into the fridge (if you don’t eat it right...

Cucumber (organic) – TJ

When I am at Trader Joe’s, I like to pick up some organic cucumbers to enjoy with one of my hummus recipes or to put into my Curry Zuna (all in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook). Watch me make Curry Zuna on Good Day Sacramento...

Apples – (organic) – TJ

I get bagged organic apples and pears when I am at Trader Joe’s. They typically have several different varieties of...

Berries – Fresh – (organic) – TJ

I almost always buy frozen berries, but if you want to sprinkle them on Dessert Nachos (recipe on and in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook), Trader Joe’s sells...

Apple Sauce – (organic) – TJ

Since conventionally grown apples are heavily sprayed, whenever I buy apple sauce for recipes, I look for organic (store brand is fine).

Apples (organic whenever possible)

Apples tend to be heavily sprayed, so whenever possible, buy organic! I tend to buy them in 3 pound bags at the grocery store or Trader Joe’s (or 5.5 pound plastic containers at Costco – when they have organic varieties). I keep them in the refrigerator (in the lowest crisper...

Apple Sauce – (organic)

Since conventionally grown apples are heavily sprayed, whenever I buy apple sauce for recipes, I look for organic (store brand is fine).  

Cranberries (frozen)

Cranberries can be purchased either frozen (all year round) or fresh (typically in the produce area around the holidays in Nov/Dec) and put directly into the freezer in their original package (no prep necessary). When you take out the amount you plan to use for a recipe, just rinse them using a sieve or...

Dates – Medjool

Medjool dates are very plump and sweet, while also being larger than the Delget Noor variety. I typically purchase them at Costco in a plastic tub. I remove the pit and little crown piece (if still on the date), which is easiest when they are still at room temperature, transfer them to a quart size zip-top freezer bag and keep them in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator (lasts for months and months, can also be frozen). Then, they are ready to use and I don’t have to worry about a stray pit that would ruin a recipe (and maybe even my blender if I am making a sauce or...

Plums – dried (a.k.a. Prunes)

Dried plums, formerly known as prunes, are sold in grocery stores and Costco. Once the bag is open, I keep them in the fridge (lower drawer).

Blueberries – frozen

I always keep a bag of frozen organic blueberries on hand. Costco sells a 3 pound bag of these gems in the freezer section. I rarely buy fresh blueberries because they mold so quickly (like between leaving the grocery store and arriving on my kitchen counter!).

Super Fruit Blend – Organic – Frozen

We buy a bag of this organic super fruit blend every week at Costco, as it includes cherries, pomegranate arils, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. It goes into our morning smoothie and the phytonutrients protect our cells from the inside out!

Tart Cherries – Organic – Frozen

Every once in a while, Costco will sell organic frozen tart cherries, not to be confused with sweet cherries. I buy several bags for the freezer, as they are great to incorporate in my post-run smoothies!

Tomatillos – fresh

Tomatillos can be found the in produce aisle of many supermarkets, most often with the outer covering (either green or brown – dried). Keep them at room temperature unless cut (then refrigerate). They will be very tart if they are still quite firm.

Sun-dried tomatoes

Many varieties of sun-dried tomatoes are packed in oil, but these are dry and can be re-hydrated or chopped dry and added directly to a dish.

Mango – Organic – Frozen

Fruit will have the highest level of phytonutrients when it is perfectly ripe, so buying frozen mango only makes sense (as the mangoes sold fresh in the store are picked unripe, or else they wouldn’t travel well).

Mango – Dried

Trader Joe’s sells dried mango (without sulfur or sugar). They are chewy and delicious!

Pineapple – dried

Trader Joe’s sells wonderful dried pineapple, without any sulfur or added sugar. I like using this dried pineapple when making a carrot cake version of my oatmeal cookies!

Raisins – organic

Costco sells organic raisins (no sugar added) in a box, which contains 2 bags. They are a staple in my husband’s Crazy Lunch Salad!

Pears – organic

Every time I go to Trader Joe’s, I always check to see if they have any bags of organic pears (2 pounds/bag). I let them ripen on the counter until the stem end gives to a little pressure and then I keep them in the bottom drawer of the fridge.

Fruit Spread – organic strawberry and raspberry

Trader Joe’s sells these tasty organic fruit spreads that are sweetened with juice, unlike most jam/spreads (sweetened with high fructose corn syrup or white sugar). Use a clean knife, being careful not to contaminate the spread in the jar (esp. with a knife used to spread nut butter or cut...

Goji Berries – dried

I add goji berries to my Crazy Lunch Salad and Apple, Chia, Goji Oatmeal recipe. They are sold at many grocery stores with the other dried fruit or in the natural foods area. However, I typically buy them online.