It’s that time again!
Foodie Penpals has quickly become something I look forward to every month. It’s so great to be able to “meet” bloggers and readers from all over the country. You really do form special, little relationships through this project, and I’m so grateful to Lindsay for coming up with the ingenius idea. You rock, girlfriend!
This time around, I received a package from Theresa, author of Fueled by Wings. To my surprise (and utter excitement), she delivered a stellar package of Trader Joe’s goodies!
I swear Theresa read my mind because just about 80% of the goodies were those I’ve seen countless times while perusing the aisles of Trader Joe’s. They’re the kind of snacks I’ve seen and thought, “I totally want to try those sometime!”
First up? Spicy and tangy almonds!
These are so spicy! I was really taken aback at first but they quickly grew on me. I also learned that the combination of hot pepper and lemon, while surprisingly delicious, only allows me to consume a few almonds at a time. At least they’ll last me awhile!
I’ve seen TJ’s roasted seaweed snacks floating around the blog world for awhile and was excited to give them a whirl! To be honest, I wasn’t a fan. I just couldn’t get past the “sea-like” flavor – it reminded me of fish. They were also super thin and kind of melted in my mouth, which I wasn’t a fan of. I really wanted to like them!
Pineapple salsa? Enough said. This stuff is so yummy! I placed some on top of my Tone It Up black bean burgers and the sweetness from the pineapple really showed through. Deeelish!
Theresa, I want to kiss you for giving me this stuff. This eggplant garlic spread is UNREAL – like, insanely delicious. I went through it in three days because I started to revolve my meals around it. I found myself saying, “What can I eat for lunch that will force me to include the eggplant garlic spread?” Turns out the answer is anything.
Roasted coconut chips! I’d never seen these before Theresa so kindly gifted them to me. It was love at first bite. Remember when I used them in my morning bowl of protein oats? Yeah, that rocked. I’ve been brainstorming some recipe ideas that would call for the coconut chips but I’m coming up short. Suggestions are welcome!
Last but not least, we have dried bananas! My dad and I bonded over these and I can’t really say enough good things about them. There is no added sugar – just dried bananas is the ingredient – which I totally love. They are incredibly delicious too!
Alright, I’m out. An early bedtime is on the horizon!
Question of the Day: What is your favorite snack from above? Have you tried any of them?