Trader Joe’s

Garlic Powder – TJ

I often get granulated garlic at Costco, but Trader Joe’s also carries smaller containers of it.

Curry Powder – TJ

Curry powder is a bit different from brand to brand and chef to chef – as it is a combination of several spices and herbs. My favorite to use in my Curry Zuna recipe is Cost Plus World Market. It is a bit smoother and has a slight hint of sweetness that Trader Joe’s curry powder is...

Cayenne pepper, ground – TJ

Trader Joe’s has a small selection of very reasonably priced spices including several used in my spice blends in The Foodie Bar Way.

Pumpkin Seeds – Pepitas – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells pumpkin seeds (pepitas), raw and roasted. Pepitas get sprinkled on my Crazy Salad every single day! I keep the seeds in the...

Pecans – raw or roasted – TJ

You can find pecans at Trader Joe’s, including some that are roasted without any oil or salt. Keep in the freezer, with the rest of the nuts, seeds and whole grains/grain...

Pine nuts – raw or roasted – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells all types of nuts, including pine nuts that can be used in the Pesto Foodie Bar in The Foodie Bar Way. Keep in the freezer, with the rest of the nuts, seeds and whole grains/grain...

Cashews – raw – pieces – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells whole cashews as well as pieces (at least $1 per pound cheaper than whole). Since I use cashews in sauces and dressings, pieces work perfectly! Keep in the freezer, with the rest of the nuts, seeds and whole grains/grain products.

Couscous – Whole Wheat – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells whole wheat couscous – a one pound box for only $1.99. Couscous is a tiny pasta that doesn’t need to be cooked. Simply add boiling water to it, stir, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes before fluffing! Then, stir in finely chopped greens, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, etc… Delicious hot or cold, even as a topping for my Crazy Salad Foodie Bar in The Foodie Bar Way...

Tea – Hibiscus – TJ

Hibiscus tea packs a punch when it comes to antioxidant power! Learn more about it in this article I published in the newspaper.  Experiment with my recipe for Timaree’s Tropical Splash, or other options from the Flavored Water Foodie Bar in The Foodie Bar...

Soy Sauce – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells reduced sodium soy sauce. Don’t forget that you can purchase “regular” soy sauce and simply dilute it with water.

Quinoa – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells organic white quinoa, multicolored and red...

Oatmeal – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells several varieties of oatmeal… You can set up your very own Oatmeal Foodie Bar!

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!

Coconut sugar – TJ

My first choice for a sweetener is fresh fruit, then dried, (I use some date sugar = powdered dates). Next in line for sweeteners is coconut sugar, we use a small amount in certain recipes. Costco carried organic coconut sugar for a while, but I haven’t seen it for at least a year. Trader Joe’s carries small pouches of coconut...

Cocoa Powder – unsweetened – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells unsweetened cocoa powder that is delicious in my recipe for T’s Dreamy Chocolate Sauce for our Dessert Nachos for Breakfast! YUM!!! I also buy raw cacao powder...

Chocolate chips -TJ

Semi-sweet chocolate chips at Trader Joe’s are free of any animal products! A few might find their way into the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Foodie Bar Way cookbook – that is, if you decide not to make the Carrot Cake version of those oatmeal...

Non-Dairy Yogurt – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells yogurt with active cultures, made from soy milk, almond milk and coconut milk, but free of cow’s...

Mixed Vegetables (organic) -TJ

You can find organic mixed vegetables in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s- you can enjoy it as part of your Basic Bar for the Loaded Baked Potato Foodie Bar… YUM!

Edamame – Ready to eat- TJ

Trader Joe’s sells edamame in the produce area, ready-to-eat, as well as in the freezer section, (need to be cooked).

Cauliflower – Fresh – TJ

Trader Joe’s charges less for their cauliflower, compared to most supermarkets. We LOVE cauliflower, a few of our favorite ways to prepare it include roasted and in our nacho topping (recipe in The Foodie Bar...

Colorful Carrots (organic) -TJ

These organic carrots are both colorful and delicious. Trader Joe’s sells them in their refrigerated produce area. Use them to make a variety of recipes in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook, like Curry Zuna (watch me prepare this on Good Day Sacramento TV), or make my Zippy Carrot Slaw (watch me whip this up on California Bountiful...

Greens – ready to use/eat – TJ

I buy lots of greens, including kale and mixed greens, to enjoy throughout the week in our Smoothie Foodie Bar, Crazy Salad Foodie Bar, and, well, greens can be incorporated into nearly every meal! Lot of ideas for you in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook, including Thin Crust Kale Pizza (watch me make it on California Bountiful TV)!  Trader Joe’s has a good selection! I keep my greens in our garage fridge so that they stay colder (fridge in the house gets opened a lot during a typical morning and...

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...

Potatoes – all varieties – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells all types of potatoes, including sweet potatoes, Yukon gold, red and bags with mixed colors, perfect to steam for snacks! Keep uncooked, whole potatoes in a dark, cool place, away from...

Mint – Fresh (organic) – TJ

In my opinion, Trader Joe’s has the best fresh mint! It is less expensive and seems to last much longer than organic mint purchased anywhere else.

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...

Almond Butter – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells Almond Butter in 16 oz jars. It works well in Scot’s Granola (recipe in The Foodie Bar Way...

Brussels Sprouts – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells delicious Brussels sprouts in a variety of ways in their produce/refrigerated area. Soooo versatile and fun! Watch me prepare an amazing recipe featuring these beauties on California Bountiful...

Beets – Raw – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells raw beets, ready to grate into your favorite salad or roast for a delicious recipe from The Foodie Bar Way! If you are short on time, you can also purchase their roasted beets in the refrigerated...

Bok choy – TJ

In the refrigerated section at Trader Joe’s, you’ll find baby bok choy! So delicious and easy to prepare – raw in salads or cooked in stir-fries or my Un-Fried Rice Foodie Bar (found in The Foodie Bar Way...

Beets – Roasted and Ready to Eat – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells beets in the refrigerated section. They have already been roasted and are ready to eat… You can use them in a variety of ways, including in this recipe for Roasted Beets with Citrus – which is in The Foodie Bar Way...

Almond Milk – refrigerated -TJ

Trader Joe’s carries a large variety of non-dairy milks – some are in shelf-stable boxes that don’t need to be refrigerated until opened, while others in are in cartons in their refrigerated sections. Do a taste test to find out which you enjoy the most! Check out this article that I wrote about how to make trying new foods...

Almond Milk – Soy Milk (other non-dairy milks) – TJ

Trader Joe’s carries a large variety of non-dairy milks – some are in shelf-stable boxes that don’t need to be refrigerated until opened, while others in are in cartons in their refrigerated sections. Do a taste test to find out which you enjoy the most! Check out this article that I wrote about how to make trying new foods...

Micro Greens (organic) – TJ

Even though “micro-greens” are tiny, they are mighty!!! They are PACKED with nutrients, that your body can easily absorb, so add a handful to your salad mix, pasta dish, on top of tacos or avocado toast… the options are endless! So many recipes in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook to...

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...

Seaweed Snacks – Nori – TJ

Trader Joe’s carries nori – seaweed snacks that I use in my Curry Zuna recipe that I made on Good Day Sacramento TV (and can be found in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook). Slide an opened package into a quart size freezer bag right away to keep them...

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...

Vinegar – Balsamic – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells a variety of balsamic vinegars. I have not yet tried them all, as I tend to stick with my favorite (Kirkland).

Sugar Snap Peas – TJ

Sugar Snap Peas that are ready to pop into your mouth can be found in the produce aisle of local supermarkets and at Trader Joe’s. They are perfect for dipping into one of my hummus, dressing or guacamole recipes in The Foodie Bar Way...

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 www.TheNutritionProfessor.com and in The Foodie Bar Way cookbook), Trader Joe’s sells...

Celery – (organic) – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells organic celery in the refrigerated produce area. I buy organic celery because it is on the “dirty dozen” list.

Zucchini – (organic) – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells organic zucchini (also known as summer squash) on a consistent basis, and I find it tends to be less expensive than at the supermarket/grocery store. Some of the zucchini (as well as some sweet corn and papaya*) grown in the US is from genetically engineered (GE) seeds. If you want to avoid this, buy organic. *All commercial production of GE papayas is in Hawaii. However, most of the papayas sold in the continental United States are imported from Brazil, Mexico, and the Caribbean (and not genetically engineered)....

Sugar Snap Peas

I eat these right out of the package, just as they are or dipped into one of my dressings, hummus, guacamole, salsa featured at www.TheNutritionProfessor.com or in the my book – The Foodie Bar...

Potatoes – Get Colorful!

These colorful potatoes are perfect for steaming and having on hand to sprinkle with mesquite, Cajun or taco seasoning, or dip into hummus, mustard, your favorite oil free dressing (many recipes and even 2 Dressing Foodie Bars can be found in The Foodie Bar...

Cruciferous Crunch Collection – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells a ready to eat/cook collection of delicious cruciferous veggies, including: kale, Brussels, broccoli, green cabbage and red/purple cabbage. Sounds great for my Crazy Salad Foodie Bar (and Base), Un-Fried Rice Foodie Bar and more!

Brussels Sprouts – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells several different bags of Brussels sprouts, as well as Brussels sprouts still on the stalk (for a limited time during the winter holidays).  

Chia Seeds (organic) – TJ

Trader Joe’s sells organic chia seeds, perfect for many recipes from the Oatmeal Foodie Bar to Salad Dressing Foodie Bars.  Cooking out of the Foodie Bar Way cookbook is fun!

Salsa (store-bought) – TJ

While I love making my own salsa (See my Salsa Foodie Bar in the book), when I do buy it, this is one of my favorites.

Sausage, store-bought, plant-based options – TJ

There are several plant-based sausages available in the refrigerated area in the produce aisle at many grocery stores. While I don’t typically eat them (since they include oil), they are a “sometimes food” for my husband and kids, with one link flavoring dinner for all three of them (some of their favorite Pasta Foodie Bar combinations). Be sure to avoid varieties that include “isolated protein” as an ingredient. They freeze very well and Trader Joe’s tends to have the best...

Artichoke Hearts – TJ

While most people are familiar with marinated artichoke hearts in oil/vinegar, water packed artichoke hearts are also available in jars and cans.

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).

Baking Powder (Aluminum-Free)

Always choose Baking Powder market “Aluminum-Free” – it is typically sold right next to the baking powder with aluminum. We need reduce exposure to aluminum in our diet to protect our brain tissue (aluminum has been found in the brains of those suffering from Alzheimer’s...

BBQ Sauce

When purchasing BBQ sauce, look for one that does not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup or artificial sweeteners. Also, tomato puree should be the first ingredient! Then, you can compare sodium levels if you are trying to decide between a few choices. I will be sure to put a homemade BBQ sauce in the next book! Let me know if you have a great...

Bread – English Muffins – Whole grain

Whole grain English Muffins can be hard to find in the regular grocery store, but Trader Joe’s sells some. When I buy them, I cut them in half, wrap in plastic, put them back into the bag and then keep them in the freezer.

Bread – Pitas – Whole Grain

My favorite whole grain pitas are Trader Joe’s brand. Short list of ingredients and they are tasty! I wrap up each one in plastic and then keep them in the freezer so they don’t mold and are ready when we are. They thaw quickly on the counter.

Bread – Lavash – Whole Grain

My very favorite Lavash bread is Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Lavash, it is $1.99 for bag of 6 large pieces (makes 12 Thin-Crust Kale Pizzas!) and I love to use it to make my Cinnamon Chips for our Dessert Nachos!!! I buy several bags when I go to Trader Joe’s. When I get home, I cut the pieces in half across the middle and wrap in plastic, 4 pieces per pack, then back into the zip top bag and into the freezer. They are much easier to store in the freezer this way (when left whole, they can get wedged between other items and crack across the middle or along the...

Capers (in brine)

Look for jars of capers in the area near the condiments, pickles, relish, etc. My favorite are from Trader Joe’s. Once opened, keep in the refrigerator (use clean utensils and they will be good for months).

Chiles – Fire Roasted

Canned fire roasted chiles can be found at supermarkets and Trader Joe’s, typically near the salsas and tomato products.

Chili Pepper Sauce

This is my favorite “hot sauce” – I buy it at Trader Joe’s. Refrigerate after opening.

Coconut water

I like to use coconut water for some of my smoothies (see the Smoothie Foodie Bar), so I keep small containers of coconut water in my pantry. Larger containers of coconut water saves on packaging, but once opened, need to be kept in the refrigerator and used within a...

Tortillas – whole grain

Several whole grain tortillas are available. Here are a few of my favorites – the sprouted tortillas will be in the freezer section of the supermarket.  I usually wrap 3-4 in plastic and then put them back into the zip-top bag and store them in the...

Tofu – Organic (sprouted if possible)

My favorite water-packed tofu is Trader Joe’s Organic Sprouted Tofu. I comes in a 2-pk so that you only need to open 1/2 of the package if you are making a small amount of a recipe (from the book: Scrambled Taco or Sofritas). Store in the fridge or put it straight into the freezer. If you freeze the tofu, once thawed, it will have a very different texture – very spongy and the water can easily be squeezed out of it. This is a great option for crumbling in the food processor (pulse) and then adding to...

Tempeh

Trader Joe’s Organic 3 Grain Tempeh is my favorite – an 8 oz package provides 40 grams of protein, is only $1.99 and it freezes perfectly. We make a batch of Austin’s Seasoned Tempeh every other week and enjoy it on sandwiches and in our Crazy Salad Foodie Bar. Many grocery stores carry tempeh in the refrigerated section of the produce aisle, with the tofu, wonton wrappers, miso,...

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.

Turmeric – fresh and dried

Turmeric is an amazing root with a huge amount of research detailing the plethora of health benefits. It can be purchased fresh in the produce aisle (look next to the ginger root), or dried in powder form. The fresh root can be frozen.

Paprika – Smoked – dry spice

Smoked paprika should not be confused with “regular” paprika (bell peppers dried and ground), as the flavors are completely different. Be sure to have smoked paprika on hand, as it is a wonderful addition to many soups, marinades and several recipes in The Foodie Bar...

Nutmeg – whole or ground spice

Nutmeg can be purchased whole and grated with a microplane, or purchased ground. The outside of nutmeg can be ground and is sold as mace.

Cumin – ground dry spice

Cumin seeds can be purchased whole (and toasted in a dry pan before grinding for maximum flavor) or ground. If you are not fond of cumin, try ground coriander.

Sunflower Seeds – TJ

I use raw sunflower seeds in a variety of dressings and sauces and recommend them in place of nuts (for those with nut allergy). They are sold in bags (great price at Trader Joe’s) and in bulk (supermarket). I keep them in the freezer.  ...

Rice – Brown – Jasmin

Since all white rice starts off as brown (in the whole grain version), every variety that you enjoy can be found as brown rice (Jasmin/Basmati, etc.). I keep it in my freezer.  

Potatoes – sweet – orange colored flesh

These sweet potatoes are delicious and commonly labeled as “yams” – though true yams are very large roots, can weigh over a hundred of pounds, are white in color, and commonly grown in Africa, Asia or the Caribbean.  If you plan to roast them whole, but have had these orange colored flesh sweet potatoes and thought they were a bit stringy, try the light colored flesh varieties – as their texture is ultra creamy. Enjoy an easy recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Fries from The Foodie Bar Way or my website (www.TheNutritionProfessor.com). Experiment with steaming them for a few minutes (just slightly tender – not fully cooked), before seasoning them and putting them into the oven to get crispy. Keep them in a cool, dark cabinet away from onions until you are ready to use them, checking them daily to make sure they don’t soften and begin to...

Potatoes – Sweet – Light colored flesh

When many people think about sweet potatoes, they might picture a bright orange dish on the Thanksgiving table. However, these sweet potatoes with light colored flesh are VERY creamy when cooked (the orange colored flesh can be a little stringy, and are great when cubed or cut for roasted “fries”). If you haven’t tried them – do so right away! They are the star of our Southwestern Loaded Sweet Potato recipe in The Foodie Bar...

Pickles – (sandwich slices)

Start looking at ingredient labels when shopping for pickles and you’ll find that nearly all varieties at local supermarkets use food coloring. However, Trader Joe’s organic kosher pickles do not. Keep them in the refrigerator once opened.

Peanut Butter

Your peanut butter should have 1-2 ingredients – peanuts (and maybe salt). That is it! No other ingredients are needed! I usually buy peanut butter, at Trader Joe’s (organic if they have it in stock). We like the chunky variety. If you are used to the “no-stir” kind, full of unwanted ingredients, don’t worry – this will only take mixing it initially, then keep it...

Pasta – You have options!

My Pasta Foodie Bar includes many different noodle options – some of which are pictured below: Whole Grain (durum wheat), Edamame & Mung Bean, Edamame, Quinoa & Corn. Also look for noodles made from black beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and lentil. The ingredient list may surprise you… (some only have 1...

Almonds

When I can’t find local almonds at our Farmers’ Market, I usually purchase them at Trader Joe’s. I store all nuts in the freezer.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are tasty and a phenomenal source of the mineral Selenium. In fact, you wouldn’t want to eat too many, and put yourself at risk for developing a toxicity! 4 a month (at one sitting) have been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. You can also make my Brazil Nut Parm recipe and sprinkle on your favorite pasta dish. We keep them in the freezer (as we do with all nuts, and most whole grains and seeds). Trader Joe’s has a good price and sometimes you can also find these in bulk, but make sure they are fresh (and don’t taste...

Mustard

My daughter and I love all different types of mustard! There is wonderful research that even just a pinch of mustard powder added to greens can boost the health promoting power! Be sure that you purchase a mustard without any food dyes. Trader Joe’s has quite a selection of very reasonably priced mustards. Once open, keep in the...

Mushrooms – fresh

Fresh mushrooms can be purchased at any grocery store, though I buy a 24 oz container of them at Costco each week for my Garlic Mushrooms (recipe in The Foodie Bar Way) and on my website (www.TheNutritionProfessor.com). When choosing white button mushrooms, always look for the package with the largest mushrooms, (most health-promoting power). If I am lucky enough to find them at Farmers’ Market (see below), then I certainly pick some up. Keep them cool (right into the fridge, not left on counter), to maximize nutrient content.      ...

Marinara (tomato) sauce

Growing up in an Italian family, we always made our “red sauce” from scratch, so I am pretty picky. While I love to make my Quick Tomato Sauce (in The Foodie Bar Way), I always have a few jars of Trader Joe’s Organic Spaghetti Sauce with Mushrooms on hand. Not only is the flavor great, but the ingredients are organic, it does not contain any oil (quite uncommon), the mushroom pieces are super tiny (a plus for my son who doesn’t like to eat mushrooms when he can see them) and it sells for less than...

Lentils – Red Split

Red split lentils are great in the Seasoned Lentils recipe, or in a marinara sauce, as they get very soft and completely lose their shape. Do not use these red split lentils in the Cauliflower Lentil Filling recipe (Nacho Foodie Bar), as the texture (very soft) will disappoint...

Lentils – green – whole

While there are a variety of lentils, these green whole lentils are perfect for the Cauliflower Lentil Filling in The Foodie Bar Way’s Nacho Foodie Bar, because they hold their shape. Do not substitute red split lentils, as the texture (very soft) will disappoint you. Red split lentils are great in the Seasoned Lentils recipe in the cookbook, or in a marinara sauce, as they get very soft and completely lose their...

Oregano – dried herb

I buy organic oregano at Trader Joe’s or Cost Plus World Market and sprinkle it on my salads, into dressings and in a bunch of other recipes!

Mint – fresh herb

I buy fresh organic mint every week, either at the supermarket, or at Trader Joe’s (if I am planning a trip there). I pop open the containers and am careful to get the best looking leaves, as some have molded in the packages. The organic mint that I have purchased at Trader Joe’s always seems to last longer, esp. when I keep it in the crisper drawer in the garage...

Basil – dried herb

I typically purchase dried basil at either Trader Joe’s or Cost Plus World Market, very reasonably priced, though it is also available at local supermarkets, as well.

Mixed Greens – (a.k.a. Salad Greens)

I buy triple washed organic salad greens (16 oz container) every week for my Crazy Salad Base. I am very picky when I choose the container, and every once in a while, I will find leaves that have already started to decay. I will typically throw away a few leaves, but if many are in bad shape, I will return the container and get a replacement. (Yes, this is a hassle, but less frustrating than picking through each leaf and wondering if my lunch salads are going to go bad before I get to enjoy...

Edamame – frozen – ready to cook

I buy organic edamame (soy beans) out of their shells for our Un-Fried Rice Foodie Bar. They are ready after being cooked in boiling water for 4-5 minutes.

Peas – frozen

Peas are a great source of protein and an extremely tasty addition to any salad (you’ve might have been missing out all of this time)! I keep several bags of organic peas in the freezer, so I can add them to any recipe on the fly.

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!

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...

Ginger

Ginger root can be purchased fresh in the produce aisle and kept in the freezer, or powdered in the spice/baking aisle.