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Unsurprisingly, these taste just like Nutri-Grain Bars

Dan Myers

Trader Joe’s makes cereal bars in a handful of flavors, and we decided to put its most standard variety, strawberry, to the test.

These cereal bars are obviously intended to mimic Nutri-Grain bars, and they do a very good job of doing just that. They have the same general look and smell, even though these are a bit thicker and have a little more filling. The shell contains organic wheat flour, and the filling contains real strawberries along with a whole host of natural thickeners and sweeteners. Each bar also weighs exactly 37 grams.

There are two major differences, however, between the Kellogg’s and Trader Joe’s varieties. First, the Kellogg’s brand contains ingredients like niacinamide, potassium bicarbonate, and dicalcium phosphate, whereas the Trader Joe’s ingredient list is made up entirely of easy-to-pronounce words like organic wheat bran, baking soda, and invert cane juice. Second, the Trader Joe’s bars are much sweeter, almost candy-like: containing 17 grams of sugar per bar, they pack in 6 more grams than Nutri-Grain. They also contain 20 more calories, 2 fewer grams of dietary fiber, and .5 fewer grams of fat.

So if you’re looking to eat a cereal bar that has more real food in it than Nutri-Grain does, go for the Trader Joe’s brand. Don’t expect it to have less sugar, however.

Click here for all our Trader Joe's product reviews.


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Apple Fruit Bar

Although the taste of this line of snack bar is pretty much spot on, especially with the coconut and mango flavors, the texture is off-putting.

It technically isn’t a granola bar because the only ingredients are apple and whatever other fruit the flavor is, including banana, strawberry, coconut, and mango. I think that adding oats would totally turn this bar around into one of my favorites.

The redeeming qualities are that they’re gluten-free, kosher, and only 99 cents each.


Trader Joe’s Kicks Off 2021 With Hell in a Jar

Well, slather me in cookie butter and roll me in Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend, because 2021 is HERE and so is a ton of new stuff at Trader Joe’s. Including the hottest, spiciest product it’s ever sold. Intrigued yet? I have heartburn! It’s crazy how the years keep coming, presidents change, pandemics rage, and Trader Joe’s manages to find a new way to season nuts. Let’s embark on this journey together, forever.

Hatch Chile Chicken Wraps
Pop one of these hexagons into the oven and your lunch can be a crispy, somewhat dry flour tortilla containing a few tender bites of almost spicy chicken, black beans, and goo sauce. On a walk after this lunch, my partner proclaimed, “My burps taste like gas station.” Which is high praise, depending on what circles you run in. (Never-ending circles.)

Uncured Turkey Bacon & Cheese Sous Vide Egg Bites
Jiggly smooth! Radiate these for a few seconds in your magic box, douse in hot sauce, and squish between an English muffin for optimal results. Alternately, stuff your bra with each bite, then enjoy as a snack later in the afternoon during another boring Zoom.

Hot Hot Crispy Habanero Peppers
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People love chile crisp, so why not crisp chiles? These are crispy, wispy shreds of fried habanero slices. They are the texture of fried butterfly wings. If you eat one straight, you will feel things ignite behind your eyeballs. They are truly hot. Like right on the tongue, HOT. There’s no slow build here, no nuance of flavors and spices. It’s a little shred of hell. And I love it here. On Instagram, a friend we’ll call “Cousin Tony” conjectured that this is the spiciest product Joe has ever sold, and I agree. Previous hot sauces and ghost pepper this-and-that did not come close. Try it yourself!

Organic Yellow Taco Shells
Been AWHILE. Been awhile. These oily shells must be revived in the oven, otherwise, you’ll have chewy, stale folded-over tortilla chips on your hands, which are also covered in oil. They’re so oily! But—thoughtful pause—at least they’re organic.

Everything But the Bagel Nut Duo
I’m getting tired of this anti-bagel agenda. And these nuts—rancid from sunflower oil past its prime, dry and dusty, lacking the dried garlic integral to the spice mix—sealed the deal. I want everything AND THE BAGEL, Joe. Enough is enough.

Guara Almonds
TIL Guara almonds are slightly larger than Marcona almonds. They remind me of the “slightly irregular” socks at T.J. Maxx, my second favorite TJ. They’re fancy, but off-brand fancy. And that’s good enough for me, baby. These Guara almonds are buttery and don’t leave a bitter aftertaste, but they DO leave your fingers glittery with salt. Lick each finger and let the salt commingle with the Purell. There’s nothing quite like it.

Grainless Granola
What is granola without oats? Sticky seeds all stuck together. Fantastic! One huge clump will satisfy your midafternoon cravings for something, anything, whatever’s closest. It did mine!

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe
It instantaneously congealed on my plate into a mound of gummy worms bound by cacio-e-glue. Baaad.

Cacio e Pepe (AGAIN?!) Ravioli
Rubbery ravioli stuffed with ricotta, parm, and pep. Much better than the frozen spaghetti.

French Onion Macaroni & Cheese
If you miss traveling during this endless pandemic, heat some frozen macaroni and cheese in your oven, eat it directly from the sad little tray, and pretend you’re on a plane. A special edition from Trader Joe’s airline food collection, this slightly oniony baked pasta mush will make you feel full when you’re hungry.

Cuban Style Citrusy Garlic Seasoning Blend
Inspired by Cuban mojo sauce, which is wet, this is a combination of once-wet things that are now dry. Hmm. I want to bathe in tangy-garlicky-sweet-citrus mojo sauce. Not sure what I’m going to do with this mojo exfoliant. The dehydrated lime zest and lime oil come on STRONG and puckery, and then the garlic and onion make themselves known, while the dried herbs cheer from the stands. Sprinkle it on things you will cook over fire, report back on how it went!

Za’atar Seasoning Blend
There’s chickpea flour in this za’atar that seems to serve as filler, making it a little dustier than the Israeli-style blend I get from the Spice House. The lemon oil, another random addition, is overpowering. There are better za’atars out there, or you could DIY, but I appreciate Trader Joe’s for helping people get one step closer to za’atar fish and chips.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Trader Joe's "This Cranberry Flavored With Other Natural Flavors Walks Into A Bar. "

I'm torn about this product.

I liked the bars. In fact, my initial reaction was that they tasted even better than the non-seasonal varieties--blueberry and strawberry.

It was also instantly obvious that this is not what cranberries taste like--way too sweet for that. A quick look at the list of ingredients explains it. The first three components of the filling are "brown rice syrup, sugar, cane syrup." Put a bit more bluntly, that would be "sugar, sugar, and more sugar." There is absolutely no trace of what should be the natural cranberry tartness.

In case that's not enough sugar for you, move on to the ingredients in the shell, and you'll find that the list begins with "organic wheat flour, dried cane syrup, invert cane syrup." In other words, "flour, sugar, and more sugar."

The list of ingredients in the filling also helps explain that mysterious clause not found in the titles of the other similar products: "flavored with other natural flavors." After the three forms of sugar, we find apple powder, glycerin, modified food starch, water--then, finally, cranberry juice concentrate, pectin, "natural flavor," citric acid.

Each bar has 140 calories, 25 of which are from fat, 8 from protein, 52 from sugar, and 52 from other carbohydrates. (I realize that means 3 calories are missing. I assume this is from rounding errors in the nutrition information.)

So basically Trader Joe's managed to appeal to my nearly insatiable sweet tooth. I guess you can consider that a success of sorts. They do taste good. But there are no cranberries here, and precious little of anything that ever came from a cranberry. And tons of sugar.

That's not what I want from a breakfast/snack bar.


Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bisque

There's nothing better than a hot bowl of soup in the fall. Usually, one orders a butternut squash version, but Trader Joe's takes things up a notch by giving us a perfect fall option of pumpkin.

Eat This, Not That! Verdict:

The flavors in this were surprisingly delicious. Some were a bit hesitant to try it, but the sweet and savory mix in this jar were very pleasant. One editor said, "I love this bisque. It's wonderful, and it takes the quintessential pumpkin flavor to a sophisticated level. Brilliant texture too."

Another just said, "yum! A delicious savory pumpkin product. Give me more!" But a different taster wrote that "the texture is soothing, but butternut squash has better flavor." Fair argument, but for a pumpkin twist, this was a decent crowd-pleaser.

Some thought this "tasted more like sweet curry than pumpkin … but good." Others said they were "barely getting any of the pumpkin flavor." This had "very present spices, just not very pumpkin-y. It was a nice soup though," one taster wrote. Considering we served this cold, this was good to hear.


10 “Healthy” Trader Joe’s Products That Aren’t So Good for You

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Trader Joe’s is pretty much the grocery store of our generation. They’re not afraid to offer 60 pumpkin-flavored products at once, but they’re also daring enough to have frozen ethnic foods that taste just as good as the real deal. And, quite frankly, everything is reasonably priced – even for cheap college students like us. Naturally, people may turn to their large assortment of food to look for healthy items, but there are some products that may seem healthy, but actually aren’t.

That doesn’t mean that you should avoid these foods altogether – just be more aware of what you’re eating.

1. Crispy Crunchy Broccoli Florets

Photo courtesy of @giiinaaagiiinaaa on Instsagram

There are only 220 calories per serving, but 130 of them are from fat, reaching just about a fourth of what you’re supposed to take in each day. Grab your broccoli from the produce section and not the snack aisle next time.

2. Just the Clusters Vanilla Almond Granola Cereal

Photo courtesy of @carrie_l_berry on Instagram

Each serving contains 12 grams of sugar, and that’s only 2/3 cup of granola. If you’re like most people, you’re eating more than that, which means you’re taking in much more than the sugar of one serving. Make your own granola at home instead.

3. Barbecue Chicken Salad

Photo courtesy of eatingatjoes.com

Forget that the word ‘salad’ is even in there, it might as well be just barbecue chicken. Each serving contains 20% of your recommended daily saturated fat, and 30% of your recommended sodium intake. All from a salad… sheesh.

4. “This Fruit Walks Into a Bar” Fruit Bars

Photo courtesy of thingsiloveattraderjoes.com

Cereal bars are quick and easy to eat, plus they have fruit in the middle, so they’re a great breakfast item, right? Wrong. Steer clear of the heavy added sugars and preservatives and get some fresh fruit and oats instead.

5. Falafel

Photo courtesy of laziestvegans.com

Falafel seems like a good, plant-based alternative to meat patties, but these puppies have 30% of your daily saturated fat and are quite high in sodium.

6. Meatless Meatballs

Photo courtesy of eatingatjoes.com

Lessening your red meat intake is helpful, but eating these as a direct replacement isn’t that great of a practice. These balls are salty AF, with 24% of your recommended sodium for the day in just 6 meatballs. Perhaps you should try these zucchini meatballs instead.

7. Soy Creamy Frozen Desserts

Photo courtesy of eatingatjoes.com

Sure, going dairy-free has its benefits like easier digestion and clearer skin, but this ice cream alternative has over 20 grams of sugar per serving. Make this non-dairy ice cream instead, that way you can control what you actually put in.

8. Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap

Photo courtesy of animmovablefeast.blogspot.com

For a mere wrap that has chicken salad, the entire thing has over 600 calories in total, but it also has half of your total fat and sodium intake for the day. Ouch.

9. Greek Honey Yogurt

Photo courtesy of eatingatjoes.com

With 24 grams of sugar and 10 grams of saturated fat per serving, you’re better off just adding honey in plain greek yogurt. It may not help your seasonal allergies, but honey is still pretty damn good for you.

10. Strawberry Chia 100% Juice Smoothie

Photo courtesy of @traderjoesliving on Instagram

If you told us that there were 24 grams of sugar in one entire bottle, we’d be okay – except, there are 24 grams in one serving, which is just half the bottle. Ruh-roh. You might want to sneak in your chia seeds some other way.


1. Organic Silver Dollar Pancakes

Sina D'Amico

Who doesn't love having pancakes for breakfast? With these frozen pancakes, you won't have to worry about prep time. You put them in the toaster oven and then you have a delicious breakfast ready in minutes. Spice up your pancakes with butter, maple syrup and some fresh fruit.


Do Trader Joe's, Whole Foods live up to hype?

1 of 45 Preston Liversidge of Amherst, Mass. holds up a bag of roasted seaweed snacks, "They're awesome, my kids love 'em," outside Trader Joe's in Hadley, Mass. Friday May 4, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

2 of 45 Times Union writers Tim Obrien, left, and Steve Barnes outside Trader Joe's in Hadley, Mass. Friday May 4, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

4 of 45 Times Union writers Tim Obrien, left, and Steve Barnes outside Trader Joe's in Hadley, Mass. Friday May 4, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

5 of 45 Exterior of Trader Joe's in Hadley, Mass. Friday May 4, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

7 of 45 Bua, left, and William Norris of Northhampton, Mass. outside the Whole Foods market in Hadley, Mass. Friday May 4, 2012. Upon hearing that the Capital Region will be getting a Whole Foods Market, William said "You're gonna love it." (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

8 of 45 Bua Norris of Northhampton, Mass. outside the Whole Foods market in Hadley, Mass. Friday May 4, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

10 of 45 David Minor of Bernardston, Mass. outside the Whole Foods market in Hadley, Mass. Friday May 4, 2012. Minor regularly makes the 40 mile trip from his home to shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

11 of 45 A customer carries a shopping bag outside the Whole Foods market in Hadley, Mass. Friday May 4, 2012. Minor regularly makes the 40 mile trip from his home to shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

13 of 45 Sidewalk display at Whole Foods market in Hadley, Mass. Friday May 4, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

14 of 45 Exterior of the Whole Foods market in Hadley, Mass. Friday May 4, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

16 of 45 A view of the Former Office Max on Wolf Rd. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 in Colonie, NY. This site is likely to beome home to Capital Region's first Trader Joe's. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union) Paul Buckowski Show More Show Less

17 of 45 A view of the Former Office Max on Wolf Rd. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 in Colonie, NY. This site is likely to beome home to Capital Region's first Trader Joe's. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union) Paul Buckowski Show More Show Less

19 of 45 A new matress store, Sleepy's opens next to the Trader Joe's site on Wolf Road in Colonie Thursday March 22, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

20 of 45 A peek through the windows shows work has begun on the new Trader Joe's site on Wolf Road in Colonie Thursday March 22, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

22 of 45 A new matress store, Sleepy's, at right, opens next to the Trader Joe's site on Wolf Road in Colonie Thursday March 22, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

23 of 45 A new matress store, Sleepy's, at right, opens next to the Trader Joe's site on Wolf Road in Colonie Thursday March 22, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

25 of 45 Future home of Traders Joe's on Wolf Road in Colonie N.Y. Thursday May 3, 2012. (Michael P. Farrell/Times Union archive) Michael P. Farrell Show More Show Less

26 of 45 Future home of Traders Joe's on Wolf Road in Colonie N.Y. Thursday May 3, 2012. (Michael P. Farrell/Times Union archive) Michael P. Farrell Show More Show Less

28 of 45 A new matress store, Sleepy's, at right, opens next to the Trader Joe's site on Wolf Road in Colonie Thursday March 22, 2012. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union) John Carl D'Annibale Show More Show Less

29 of 45 A view of the Former Office Max on Wolf Rd. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 in Colonie, NY. This site is likely to beome home to Capital Region's first Trader Joe's. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union) Paul Buckowski Show More Show Less

31 of 45 Sears at the Colonie Center in Colonie N.Y. Thursday May 3, 2012. Whole Foods, the natural and organic foods grocer, will open its first store in the Capital Region in the spring of 2014, leasing 32,000 square feet of space in the Sears store at Colonie Center. (Michael P. Farrell/Times Union) Michael P. Farrell Show More Show Less

32 of 45 A Whole Foods store in Bedford, Mass., April 18, 2012. Whole Foods has stopped selling seafood that is caught by trawlers, a move it says will reduce overfishing but has riled New England fishermen. (Evan McGlinn/The New York Times) EVAN MCGLINN/NYT Show More Show Less

34 of 45 A customer pushes a stroller in front of a Whole Foods Market Inc. store in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Whole Foods Market Inc. is scheduled to release quarterly earnings data on Feb. 8, following the close of U.S. financial markets. Photographer: Victor J. Blue Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg Show More Show Less

35 of 45 Whole Foods Market Inc. signage is displayed outside of a store in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Whole Foods Market Inc. is scheduled to release quarterly earnings data on Feb. 8, following the close of U.S. financial markets. Photographer: Victor J. Blue Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg Show More Show Less

37 of 45 Customers check out at a Whole Foods Market Inc. store in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Whole Foods Market Inc. is scheduled to release quarterly earnings data on Feb. 8, following the close of U.S. financial markets. Photographer: Victor J. Blue Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg Show More Show Less

38 of 45 Customers are reflected in the window of a Whole Foods Market Inc. store in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Whole Foods Market Inc. is scheduled to release quarterly earnings data on Feb. 8, following the close of U.S. financial markets. Photographer: Victor J. Blue Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg Show More Show Less

40 of 45 Customers shop at a Whole Foods Market Inc. store in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Whole Foods Market Inc. is scheduled to release quarterly earnings data on Feb. 8, following the close of U.S. financial markets. Photographer: Victor J. Blue Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg Show More Show Less

41 of 45 A customer shops at a Whole Foods Market Inc. store in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Whole Foods Market Inc. is scheduled to release quarterly earnings data on Feb. 8, following the close of U.S. financial markets. Photographer: Victor J. Blue Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg Show More Show Less

43 of 45 Customers shop at a Whole Foods Market Inc. store in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Whole Foods Market Inc. is scheduled to release quarterly earnings data on Feb. 8, following the close of U.S. financial markets. Photographer: Victor J. Blue Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg Show More Show Less

44 of 45 Whole Foods Market Inc. signage is displayed at a store in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Whole Foods Market Inc. is scheduled to release quarterly earnings data on Feb. 8, following the close of U.S. financial markets. Photographer: Victor J. Blue Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg Show More Show Less

HADLEY, Mass. &mdash On a commercial strip here, in a region rich with colleges and small cities, a Whole Foods Market sits three-tenths of a mile from a Trader Joe's grocery store. Whole Foods shares a shopping plaza with a Walmart and a Sleepy's mattress store, among others, while Trader Joe's largest neighbor is Target.

The commercial zone is reminiscent of Wolf Road in Colonie, where, within a couple of years, a Whole Foods store will open in what used to be part of a Sears store, across the street from Target. Three-tenths of a mile away will be a Trader Joe's next to a Sleepy's.

While both appeal to foodies drawn by fare beyond what's available in chain grocery stores, the newest entries in the Capital Region's supermarket wars are more complementary than directly competitive with each other. And each distinguishes itself from the chains &mdash Price Chopper, Hannaford, ShopRite &mdash that attract most local shoppers.

Put simply, Whole Foods is a gourmet store stocked with largely organic, natural foods and products manufactured with an awareness of their environmental impact. The offerings are generally more expensive than those in mainstream supermarkets, often significantly so, but not always. Some items are cheaper than identical products at Price Chopper and Hannaford.

A typical Trader Joe's store, in contrast, is half the size of an average Whole Foods store, which in turn is half the size of the new Albany ShopRite, and many of Trader Joe's prices are bona fide bargains. Rib-eye steak was $14 per pound cheaper at Trader Joe's on Friday than at Whole Foods. The Whole Foods beef was regionally raised, grass-fed and all-natural, which the TJ's meat was not, but the price difference was profound: The Whole Foods steak cost three times more per pound.

To get a glimpse of what the two stores will add to the Capital Region food scene when they arrive &mdash Trader Joe's within a few months, Whole Foods by early 2014, according to company projections &mdash two Times Union reporters drove to the Pioneer Vally in western Massachusetts to investigate.

Tim O'Brien is a married suburban father of two teens who wouldn't know a candlenut from a kumquat and whose primary concern when grocery shopping is price. Table Hopping columnist Steve Barnes is none of those things. O'Brien had never been to a Whole Foods or a Trader Joe's. Barnes knows both stores. Here are their impressions.

"Organic potting soil!" Steve shouts as we walk up to the Whole Foods store.

You would think dirt would always be all-natural, but, sure enough, the store sells organic potting soil. Steve is a gourmand, and I am whatever is the opposite of a gourmand. Apparently, gourmands also care about inedibles like potting soil.

Entering the store, the first thing I notice is the bananas. Organic "Whole Trade" bananas from Colombia are 79 cents a pound, while similar bananas from Ecuador are 20 cents more per pound. I am not sure of the difference, but all the bananas strike me as nicely yellow, not the absurdly green ones I normally find at the local Hannaford. But I wonder how one decides between Colombian and Ecuadoran bananas if price is not a concern.

An assortment of brightly colored peppers catches my attention. Whole Trade orange peppers from Mexico are $3.99 a pound, those from Holland and Israel $2 a pound more. Is there a taste difference between Dutch and Mexican peppers, or are we paying for the airfare? Steve approaches and mournfully eyes a particular kind of mushrooms, which he tells me are West Coast morels. I think they look like honeycombs or brains. They are $39.99 a pound, too high for Steve, though he says that price is down a bit from what he was quoted in Albany recently. He says he'd buy them if they were $20 a pound. I cannot imagine paying such a price for fungus.

I ask Steve if people do all their grocery shopping at either store, or if they use them mainly for certain items.

"No one goes shopping for toilet paper at Whole Foods," he assures me.

And yet it is sold there, $4.49 for six small rolls that would probably last a day in my house.

In the dairy section, I get my first strong inkling of what attracts shoppers to Whole Foods. Above the milk, little signs list the farms where the products are made, how many miles away they are, and a little bit about them. Mapleline Farms, a handful of miles away, milks its Jersey cows in the morning and delivers the milk to the store that afternoon. Similar signs introduce two farmers named "George and Karen," and I feel guilty about not buying their products now that we are on a first-name basis.

Whole Foods, it seems, carries the same appeal as shopping at a farmers' market. You feel like you're supporting a person instead of a conglomerate.

Meat is ranked on how kindly the animals were treated before their deaths and subsequent butchering. Rankings range from 1 for "no cages, no crates, no crowding" to 5+ for "animal-centered."

Nearby, people on their lunch breaks line up at the salad, vegan and rotisserie bars, eager to pay $7.99 a pound for their meal.

Crumbcakes, however, are two for $5.

Outside, David Minor of Bernardston says he drove 40 miles to shop at both Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.

"It's just high-quality stuff, great service," he said. "You may pay a little more for some of that."


Katherine Baker

Looking to mix up your oatmeal game? Grab some steel cut oats. Unlike rolled oats, these babies are not steamed, rolled and toasted. The resulting texture is a bit toothier than rolled oats, and is hearty and delicious.

The cereal aisle can be a tricky place to navigate. With so many options, it's easy to get carried away.

Next time you're looking for a nourishing cereal that not only tastes amazing, but also won't break the bank, head to TJs and bring up this list. Your wallet and tummy will thank you later.


Watch the video: How To Use Trader Joes This Blueberry Walks Into a Bar Cereal Bar Review (September 2022).


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