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$93 at Trader Joe's (March Grocery Trip)

I'm not sure if this is true for many people, but I actually love to wander around supermarkets the same way other people go shopping for clothes or shoes. It's always interesting to see the latest brands and the newest types of snacks.

In the recent few years, I've done most of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. I've found it a very affordable alternative to Whole Foods in terms of organic items and overall freshness quality.
I used to be an avid purveyor of Whole Foods, Fine Fare, Fairway, Key Food, and Morton Williams. Depending on the location, these supermarkets would have multiple floors, expansive seating (good for studying or chilling out), clean bathrooms, and rows and rows of goodies!

While Trader Joe's doesn't have any frills, it does fulfill my foodie cravings and grocery needs this month!

$93.25 got me 38 items, averaging $2.45 per item. Breakdown (pennies rounded up):
  • $20.00 - Frozen Meals: 1 scallops & mushroom pack, 1 seafood paella, 2 turkey meatball packs. 
  • $18.70 - Vegetables: 2 cans artichoke hearts, 3 bags of indian dal (lentils) sauce, 1 bag mixed bell pepper strips (frozen), 2 organic veggie blends (frozen), 1 broccoli florets (frozen).
  • $17.60 - Carbs and Snacks: 5pack everything bagels, 2 boxes of cereal, 1 puffed pea snack, 1 bbq chips, 1 spicy cheese crunchies, 1 mini dark chocolate pretzels.
  • $7.70 - Meat: 1 dozen eggs, 1 pack raw chicken tenders.
  • $6.70 - Fruit: 5 bananas, 1 bag organic strawberries (frozen), 1 bag berry blend (frozen). 
  • $6.50 - Drinks: 1 unsweetened almond milk, 1 matcha almond milk, 1 orange juice.
  • $15.90 - Misc: 1 bag chia seeds, 1 box butternut squash soup, 1 bottle kombucha, 2 single serve greek yogurts, 1 wedge of brie.

Great haul, if I do say so myself! I stocked up on items I know and love (Indian dal, frozen fruits and veggies) and got a lot of snacks and frozen meals to try-- I probably could've gone easier on the snacks, but I'm sharing it with my guests and SO, so all is good :)

For dinner on Wednesday, I was not craving meat, so I made a sweet and savory yogurt bowl instead!
Ingredients: mini dark choco pretzels, yogurt, chia seeds, banana, and (not pictured) flax seeds.

Final Product - ta da!

And here's a close-up shot of my perfect yogurt bowl dinner.

Definitely breakfast worthy as well, but I super full from that bowl. According to MyFitnessPal, the calories was just shy of 500. A hefty meal for yogurt. I completely forgot to use some frozen fruits for my bowl, but there's always next time.

 
Money well spent.

Have a great weekend! I'll be snacking away :)

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