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Goodbye Gluten

wheat.jpgUntil recently, gluten free eating has been a lifestyle choice for a relatively small group of people. People affected by gluten allergies or the more complex celiac disease were given few options, and the options that they had tasted uncannily like wet cardboard. Yuck. Luckily, as places like Trader Joe’s have become more aware of the need for gluten free products and gluten free recipes, the selection (and flavor) has increased.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids at Trader Joes

omega3.jpgYou’ve heard about Omega 3 in the news, seen the bottles of supplements at grocery stores and generally accepted that it’s good for you. But what makes it so great, and where is the best place to get it? Omega 3 fatty acids are a family of unsaturated fatty acids that can provide dramatic health and healing effects to the body.

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Looking for the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season?

bodycare_basket.jpgWhy not share your favorite Trader Joe's goodies with a friend, family member or business associate? Imagine how delighted they will be when a beautiful basket of scrumptious treats arrives at their doorstep. Nikki from Bravo Baskets by Nikki can help you custom arrange a basket to suit any taste or budget.

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Time for the Green Bean Casserole Again

Don't forget that Green Bean Casserole! This quick, easy and abolsolutely delicious recipe won our October 2006 recipe contest. It uses three of our favorite products and takes just minutes to prepare.

Banana Crisps Fright

Back in March, I posted my review of Trader Joe's Banana Crisps praising their sweet taste, satisfying starchiness and crispy lightness. I marvelled how amazing these "banana babies" were with the 40 calories and 1 gram of fat per one ounce serving (2/3 cup).

Since that time, many fans posted their own fondness for these treats as well as a healthy dose of suspicion regarding the packaging. Turns out, results from 2 independent labs (one of which I called personally -- CompuFood in Ohio) show these crisps actually have FOUR times the calories and SIX times the fat.

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October Recipe Contest

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! We picked out four Trader Joe's products as ingredients for our October Recipe Contest and can't wait to get your scrumptious recipes.

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Trader Joes Pulls Bagged Spinach

To ensure that no bacteria-ridden products were sold at Trader Joe's, the company pulled all bagged fresh spinach from their shelves and issued a statement:

``Trader Joe's takes the safety of our customers very seriously . . . We instructed all of our stores to pull from sale every one of our bagged fresh spinach salads, all bagged salad mixes containing fresh spinach and all ready to eat products containing fresh spinach. Shouldcustomers have any of these products, they are encouraged to return themto Trader Joe's for a full refund.''

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Quinoa: The Mother Grain

Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is a hearty grain yet light enough for Indian Summer meals. Pick up a box of Trader Joe's Organic Quinoa and try some of these wonderful recipes for an interesting alternative to rice and couscous.

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Quinoa: The Mother Grain

Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is a hearty grain yet light enough for Indian Summer meals. Pick up a box of Trader Joe's Organic Quinoa and try some of these wonderful recipes for an interesting alternative to rice and couscous.

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Simple Snacks for Small Kids

Finally the snow, ice and freezing temperature have gone and summer is upon us. Unfortunately so is my summer figure. My flip flops are about the only thing that still fit after our long winter hibernation. I decided it was time to dust off that jog stroller, stretch my limbs and shrink my butt with some serious power walking and maybe even a jog. So after contemplating this for a few days, I finally loaded the stroller with kids and armed myself with snacks and juice. Bye bye big butt, hello swim suit!

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A Brush with Conscience

When we think of Trader Joe’s, we typically salivate, thinking of our favorites such as chili lime organic corn tortilla chips, frozen steel cut oatmeal and Sir Strawberry juice. Tucked in a corner of the store, however, is a small but worthy section of truly unique household, health and beauty products. The Recycline Preserve toothbrush is one of them.This simple toothbrush has a fascinating story behind it and I can honestly say I’m impressed.

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Help Wanted: Store Sign Artist at Trader Joes

It may not happen right away. It may take a few trips to Trader Joe’s, or maybe more than just a few trips; regardless of how long it may take, it eventually happens to everyone. Suddenly, somewhere between the corner tasting station and the colorful “New Items” sign, you suddenly realize: “It is tons of fun to work here!”

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Toddler Meals Made Easy

After yet another pea hit the wall and I wiped mashed broccoli off my forehead, I wondered what had happened to my wonderful twins who ate everything I put in front of them. Meal time was now a full scale war; it was so bad that even my dog was running for cover. I was out of ideas and out of cookbooks. It was time to take stock; a meal time overhaul was long over due, but where to begin?

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The Seven Wonders of Trader Joes

Trader Joe's is not just a store, it's a cultural phenomenon. This bargain gourmet food chain has a cult-like following and its products are now staples in many home pantries – even in caterers' kitchens. Although Trader Joe's won the hearts of American consumers with frozen hors-oeuvres, salsa, and chocolate dipped pretzels, it has many treasures for the "from scratch" type of cook. Everyone has their Trader Joe's favorites. Mine lean more towards the raw ingredients rather than prepared foods, as you might have guessed based on my obsession with cooking.

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