Three Tip Tuesday! – Trader Joe’s

Spin Tuesday how I will miss you….

No no don’t worry, my navicular bone is fine, I am not seriously injured but thanks for being momentarily concerned as to why I will miss Spin…

Today is the last Tuesday I will have the opportunity to spin for the next two months as I decided to put my Lifetime Fitness membership on hold for April and May.


Lifetime, or as I sometimes to refer to it, my fancy schmancy gym, is a hefty price to pay when I will be spending more time outdoors running and preparing for races.

I intend to pick back up in June when the pool will be open and it slowly gets hotter and I want to venture back indoors on occasion.

Anyway, I realized I promised you a fantastic recipe for pancakes today rather than offering up Passover recipes.

Oops. I did make  some lovely Passover side dishes yesterday including this stuffing.


And, I came across a terrific article from the New York Times regarding Vegan food choices during Passover with delicious sounding recipes.

While  I am vegetarian and not vegan, the recipes are still up my alley and I would make them any time of the  year, not just during Passover.

Click here for the article and recipes.

Back to pancakes.


I made the boy pancakes Sunday morning and as usual, I randomly threw together ingredients to create a delicious and healthy stack.

As you know, I don’t follow recipes well or strictly measure my ingredients but this time I paid close attention just so I could share the recipe with you.

All that was requested by the boy was that these pancakes involved chocolate chips and blueberries (don’t we just love the berry request?)…

From there I was on my own and here is what I came up with:

  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 skim milk (preferably organic…can certainly sub with almond milk)
  • 1/2 banana (mashed)
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • one egg (or 2 whites)
  • Pinch of baking powder
  • blueberries
  • sprinkle of chocolate chips

And the star ingredient:


*****Half container of Chobani bite Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Chips******




Amazing texture with the perfect touch of sweetness from the raspberry and dark chocolate yogurt.

He loved every last bite.

Nutrient dense, good source of protein, nice mix of complex carbohydrates and antioxidants from the berries and dark chocolate. Geez I sound all technical today huh.

Anyway, I am thrilled he is still requesting berries even if it means sharing my stash. I bought double the amount this week of both the blueberry and strawberry even though he is off from school and won’t be needing them for Snack Attack.

Speaking of Snack Attack, his class didn’t “win” for the month of March. It seems each class kept a running list of how many fruits and vegetables were brought in each day and then the results were announced by the principal at the end of the last week.

It is quite possible the class’ lack of trophy had something to do with cheeseballs.

cheese balls

We all know how I feel about those cheese balls. If you missed our “snack debate”, click here for the post. The boy told me that one child in his class gets to bring those balls in every day and continued to bring them each day of Snack Attack in place of fruit/vegetables…and of course the conversation turned into him wanting the cheese ball and why can’t he bring them for snack blah blah blah…

My reply? Well, the cheese ball certainly wouldn’t have helped you win now would it? He paused and agreed.

While on the topic of cheese balls, I received an email from a reader the other day regarding snack chips. She wanted to know my thoughts on Trader Joe’s White Cheddar Puffs as she felt maybe the ingredients were less than stellar.

As in my reply to her, in my opinion, if you are going to eat a chip and keep variety of chips and snacks in your house , you might as well pick the healthier version such as those sold at Trader Joe’s. At least they are made without artificial colors, preservatives and have a minimal ingredient list when compared to the processed chip choices like the Frito, Dipsy Doodle, Dorito and of course, the cheese ball.

One can’t go through life without snacking on some form of a chip.

I buy the white cheddar puffs as well as several other snack chips from Trader Joe’s. Most recently I have been buying the Crunchy Curls to mix up snack time.


Since it is Three Tip Tuesday, I decided to share my Three must-have products from Trader Joe’s (as if it is easy to narrow down to just three!).

This list is based upon what the boy and I insist on having in the house at all times.

1. Steamed Lentils


For $2.99, this is a no-brainer must-have staple in anyone’s kitchen. Especially for vegetarians. One package claims to contain 5 servings. I easily get more than 5 meals out of this baby. Eaten hot or cold (just like the package says!) these lentils are delicious and satisfying thrown into just about any meal. On top of salads, mixed into soups and sauces, used in place of meat in tacos, sloppy joes, meatloaf etc.

No need to even plan what to do with the them. Just have them in the fridge so that you can open the package and throw them into anything to complete a meal. Perfect for me since I am all about what I call “Freedom of Meal“.


Lentils added above to vegetable mix, avocado, sweet potatoes and some BBQ sauce. Delish.

2. Chickenless Crispy Tenders


The boy often makes fun of any product called “meatless” meatballs or “chickenless” chicken tenders. But these babies he loves so much that he often says he doesn’t care if they are chicken or chickenless, they are his favorite. They are so good and exactly the same as the Gardein version (just cheaper!)


3. Mini 100 calorie Dark Chocolate Bars

100 cal dark chocolate

Chocolate doesn’t need an explanation of love, does it?

Didn’t think so.

Time to get ready to take the little boy to a sports program for a few hours.

He needs the activity and I need some sanity.

spring break

I need to know:

What are your favorite Trader Joe’s products?

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  1. says

    How creative to add the chobani bite to your pancake mix! I love it 🙂
    I miss TJ’s so badly….going to have to stock up on my favorite stuff when I come back east!

  2. EZTWINS says

    Cannot wait to try that recipe- sounds delicious. My 3 favorite “must haves” from TJ are the mini 100 cal dark chocolate bars (too!), wasabi almonds and spicy soy and flaxseed tortilla chips. Happy Passover!