Before I moved to Boston, I had been previously spoiled by the abundant offerings of organic food, farms, CSA’s and farmer’s markets that New Hampshire had to offer me. So, when I moved to Coolidge Corner and realized that the nearest Whole Food’s required bribing a friend with a car to hitch a ride, or a long-ass walk up a steep hill, both ways, mind you, I was a bit disheartened.
“You mean I’ll have to shop at Trader Joe’s???”
I had a bit of snutty attitude when it came to shopping at TJ’s because it seemed to me that it was nothing more than pre-packaged snacks warehouse. I was beyond this, I mean, I would actually go to the farm to get my eggs and milk. I practically raised the animals, damnit.
Hmph. It was a prime Countess of Grantham moment, one in which would dissipate quicker than this year’s Red Sox.
Fast forward 2 years, and not only is Trader Joe’s one my favorite places to shop (I’m still partial to Whole Foods), I recommend their products to my clients, and I’m now blogging about them. Go figure.
Although, I admit, they do not have the freshest produce, or the biggest selection of organic meats, I do rely on a lot of their foods for staples in my meals and snacks, as well as in my programs for my coaching clients.
Over the past weekend, I experimented with an organic applesauce snack idea that I wanted to share with you. It being apple-picking season and all I thought this would be a great fall snack. Aside from going to the farm, picking the apples, and then mashing them yourself, the Trader Joe’s version stacks up to taste, minus the labor.
When you don’t have a friend to bribe, head to your neighborhood TJ’s and pick the ingredients below for a quick, healthy and yummy snack. This would be a great carb choice for breakfast or even post workout. Enjoy!
- ½ cup Trader Joe’s Organic Apple Sauce
- 1 tbs. Kerry Gold Butter
- ¼ tsp. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 tbs. Trader Joe’s Baking Walnuts
- Warm up ½ cup of Trader Joe’s Organic Applesauce in a sauce pan with 1 tbs. of Kerrygold butter (pictured below). Or if you don’t mind radiation and shit, you coooooould use a microwave.
- Add the Pumpkin Pie Spice and walnuts on top.
- Great as a carb source and post-workout snack.