Three C’s & TJ’s Finds

I hinted in my last post that I picked up some goodies at TJ’s during my ‘second shift’

I love the TJ’s wall of nuts

And this was my Instagram picture I posted with this caption: “So many nuts. Both in tj’s and in the world!”

As mentioned, IG is my new love.

Follow along and be prepared to be addicted to it!  If you don’t have an iphone, sucks for you.  <–Not to be blunt or anything.  Not sure if you can there’s apps for Instagram with other phones but I know it works with my iPhone.

But back to the nuts.

I went with 50% less salt peanuts (because I am super sodium sensitive) and the lime & chili mixed nuts.

The lime & chili mixed nuts are amazing.

Really, truth be told, I have been trying to find nuts like these

Chili +Cayenne + Lime + Peanuts

…ever since I returned home from Mexico City.

But I have realized that chili powder + lime peanuts are harder to come by than I thought.

And I almost made my own.  And still may.

This blend, however, rocks.

They are hot, and the more you eat, the hotter they get.  And there are flakes or pieces of lime leaves and red chili pepper “skins” and I eat it all.  Very little, if any, garlic, onions, and minimal sodium which is all perfect for me.

I have been told they have just lime & chili peanuts (not at my TJs) and their lime & chili cashews only are sold out.  Darn. But no complaints: Buy this blend if you like a KICK!

They were also sampling this coconut milk

Brand new product!

I imagine this will take the blogosphere by storm sort of like peanut flour did until they discontinued it.

It was really good.  Not overly sweet, but still sweet, with faint vanilla tones, not too thick like regular coconut milk can be (more like a reduced fat coconut milk) and also not overly coconutty if that makes sense.

Sometimes coconut milk can taste like you’re drinking a bottle of Hawaiian Tropic but this beverage was not that way at all.

I didn’t even used to like coconut anything.  But boy, times have changed.  I have lots of coconut recipes here

Including Magic 8 Bars

I personally still like my coconut milk kefir recipe better (coconut water + coconut milk + one packet of starter) that I make on the countertop.  I do love my fermented beverages.  But for what it was, a $1.99 premade beverage, two thumbs up on the new TJ’s product.

Next up, my fave section of the store.  Well, wait, it’s too hard to pick a fave section.  Dried fruit, nuts, coffee, baking supplies, dips, condiments, too hard to choose.

The coffee section always makes me happy.

Here’s my daily go-to ‘joe

All ground up.

I love this coffee. 

I have a coffee reviews post where I’ve reviewed about 20 coffees, and for what it is, price, availability, and taste, this is and has been my daily coffee for about 5 years.  I always go back to it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go pick the chili skins lime leaves out of my teeth from those nuts.

I need something with coconut in it.  Maybe a Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowball

No Bake, easy, one bowl, crowd pleaser.  Store in freezer for times when you just need chocolate.

And I can wash it all down with some coffee.

A Vanilla Iced Coffee sounds perfect.

From my last post, thanks for telling me I’m superwoman even though I just do what I need to do, and just somehow find a way to get it all done.  I sleep less than most, I suppose.  But yes, many of you do also feel like you have a ‘second shift’ Or third or fourth shift and jobs.  I’m more in the final categories but it works and I’m happy and can’t imagine life any other way right now.


1. What’s your favorite of the three C’s I mentioned: chili (powder), coconut, or coffee?

And if there’s one you don’t like, which one and why do you think that is?

I love coffee the most.

And actually didn’t use to like coconut anything.  I thought it was all too overpowering and just tasted like I was eating, or ingesting, tanning oil.

But times changed and I like coconut and coconut containing recipes now but am still careful not to go too overboard or I do tend to feel a little overpowered by it.

And I love heat/kick/chili but don’t like sodium/garlic/onions and it’s harder than you’d think to find the former without the later.

2. Any TJ’s finds you’re loving lately?  <–I know I just asked this but it bears repeating.  Or have you noticed regional distribution?

The veggie masala burgers that people rave about in other parts of the country are not for sale in San Diego and there’s also some wine I know we can get here that others can’t get.  And I’m sure the tomatoes and watermelon I buy at TJ’s in San Diego isn’t the same that they are shipping to Rhode Island or Minnesota.

P.S. Last reminder about the $25 Giveaway.  Winner announced Friday.


67 Responses to “Three C’s & TJ’s Finds”

  1. Jackie Smith — July 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm (#

    My newest TJ’s find is the frozen peach “Otter Pop” type thing. No added sugar!

    I’m surprised that my TJ’s (Fresno) has the veggie masala burger but San Diego doesn’t. Weird!

  2. Deborah — July 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm (#

    Of the 3 C’s, no contest for me…I love love love coconut! Chips, shreds, oil. Mmmmmm And I just realized yesterday that I am fresh out of coconut. Only have coconut oil and coconut milk.

    No love for the Droid? lol …oh well. :)

    I wish I had a Trader Joe (or Whole Foods) close by. Closer than an hour anyway!


  3. Ann Claire — July 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm (#

    You have me seriously craving some chili lime nuts! I might have to make some homemade as I’m not sure if I can find them in Colorado.

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — July 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm (#

      I just edited the post to add this line re the nuts:
      “And I almost made my own. And still may.”

      Yes, i may just do that too :)

  4. Lisa — July 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm (#

    I love all 2 C’s…coffee and coconut tie for first place though.

    TJ’s is great—I don’t have access to one when I’m home, so it’s always a destination point when traveling. I buy the SFSB, lots and lots of nuts, and random other things. I bought the crunchy seaweed snacks and loved them, but recommended them to someone who really thought they were gross…so I think they’re only good if you like the “sea” taste!

    I have a droid (for now)…no IG on there. An iphone is on my To Buy list. Now with a macbook and ipad, I might as well have the phone too!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — July 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm (#

      get it!

      i wasnt using my phone anywhere near to it’s capacity til recently and still fall wayyy short but am loving the camera function and IGram and being able to use the pics for my blog, big time!

  5. Ragnhild — July 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm (#

    Oh, I so wish we had TJs in Norway!! Thanks for giving us a sneak peak into heaven ;)
    I think the chocolate section would have made me happiest! Or the nut butter section!!

  6. Jaime — July 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm (#

    I actually don’t like chili powder, coconut, or coffee – sorry!

    Loving this post though b/c I LOVE TJ’s, and go there just about daily as there is one 5 minutes from my house. <— dangerous lol.

    and I agree with you that the nut section is totally fun there! So much variety.

    My TJs staples consist mostly of produce. Right now I'm loving their organic strawberries and baby carrots :-) I also LOVE their honey mango shave cream (smells like HEAVEN) and their almond bar soap.

  7. Jess@HealthyExposures — July 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm (#

    do you realize how jealous i am right now? ;) i know i say this every time, but…i. want. a. tj’s. that wall of nuts?! oh, man. i’d get lost in there, i swear…
    i suppose it’s best for my wallet that one isn’t nearby, huh?

    i love coffee AND coconut…please don’t make me pick one favorite! haha. i’ve always adored coconut, though.

  8. Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh — July 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm (#

    I am so happy TJ’s has coconut milk!
    I use coconut milk all the time (from the carton) because it is so creamy and perfect for smoothies and such!
    Loove TJ’’s a dangerous place!

  9. kate — July 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm (#

    Gahh I love Trader Joes I went there yesterday :)

  10. Lindsey @ Gluten-Free Lindsey — July 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm (#

    AHH! I don’t know if I could choose between the 3.. I’m eating coconut with my breakfast at the moment & plan on having some coffee when I’m done eating! If I HAD to pick one…. I suppose it would be coffee :)

    I wish we had TJ’s here!!!

  11. Christine (The Raw Project) — July 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm (#

    Love TJ’s nut selection and always ship them to FL in-laws. Very cool on the coconut milk, I’ll have to look for it on the next trip.

    1. Probably coffee.
    2. The spiced soybeans were good, I also dig the flattened bananas.

  12. lynn @ the actor's diet — July 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm (#

    i will NEVER get sick of TJ’s posts

  13. A. Cook — July 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm (#

    WOW the three C’s question is a tough one! I love all three, but I guess if I had to choose I would say coffee is my favorite. It’s just so awesome and I love having it as a part of my day, every day.
    Regarding Trader Joe’s, I feel like every time I go in there, they have something new that I can’t resist trying! Today it was “Reduced Guilt Skinny Fries.” They are like the Pop Chip version of potato sticks; very tasty. And speaking of Pop Chips, Trader Joe’s makes a great version of those, too!

  14. Holly @ The Runny Egg — July 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm (#

    Out of those 3, coffee is my favorite and coconut is not my favorite. I’m starting to be ok with having a little bit of coconut flavor here and there, but the texture still drives me nuts — it just tastes like wax to me!

    Latest TJ’s finds — I’ve rediscovered how good their kettle corn is and how much I like their Three Buck Chuck!

  15. Ali @ Urbanfruitbat — July 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm (#

    I have to say, I always hate it when I eat something on holiday, that I know I can’t get back at home. It just makes it all the more depressing to leave. But alas, such is life I suppose! I would have to say chili is my fave of the three. I get SUPER jittery with coffee, and one time I bought a fresh coconut and tried to make my own dried flakes… but I think it was rotten because it made me SO sick! Now I can’t even think about coconut without getting queezy. I love to go shopping on my work breaks too!

  16. Cait @ Cait hates Cake — July 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm (#

    I don’t care much for coconut, but I love my coffee and I use chili powder in a LOT of my dishes. I’ve had the chili lime cashews and they are awesome! The seasoning gets all over your fingers and it’s way spicy if you lick it off ;)

  17. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — July 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm (#

    Ok, this post just reenforced my desire to make the trip to TJ’s so etime in the next week or so. Their nuts section is my favorite! Their closest store is 75miles away, so I stock up when I go.

    Why does iPhone have all these can’t live without apps after I switch to an HTC! Haha

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — July 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm (#

      scott just ditched his iphone and got some other phone. the man gets/switches phones and plans like every 6 mos. i really cant keep up with him. lol

  18. Juliette — July 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm (#

    Coffee 4 SURE!
    I don’t have a TJ’s where I live, BOO! From my little trip to Southern Cal., I did manage to stock up on some of TJ’s spices.

  19. dragonmamma/naomi — July 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm (#

    I’ve never seen the chili-lime mixed nuts; I wonder if they replaced the peanuts with that? Also, I’ve never seen the O.N.E. coconut water at TJs. Last time I looked, all they had was Zico brand, which is definitely not one of my favorite coconut waters. I’d better look again!
    I can’t possibly choose between coffee and coconut; that’s like asking me to choose between my heart and my lungs!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — July 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm (#

      well i think you’d like this coconut beverage. it’s milky, not watery, as you can see from that 1 pic

      Reminds me..I should run a ONE giveaway soon. Will email my contact :)

      and when i asked the guy about the peanuts you told me about he was like huh? had never seen/heard of them and suggested the cashews lime/chili or the mixed nuts. you HAVE to try these mixed ones. went back today and they had the cashews but honestly the blend i got looks ‘chunkier’ with extra leaves and skins and stuff in it…for me, that’s a selling point!

  20. Lauren — July 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm (#

    THANK YOU THANK YOU!! Now I know a few things to keep my eye out for tomorrow! ;)

  21. Betsy — July 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm (#

    Believe it or not, I do NOT like coffee in any shape or form – hot, cold, ice cream, or even the smell!! So bizarre. Chili is a wee bit too spicy, so I guess that leaves me with coconut! And, yes, I do love my coconut water! Makes my grocery bill huge, but it’s so tasty and thirst quenching. I also enjoy macaroons and homemade coconut popsicles!

    As far as TJ’s goes, haven’t been in over 6 months. Our local TJ’s is always packed full of people, and i just enjoy the atmosphere of Whole Foods more! That nut selection sure looks great though. Enjoy your weekend, Averie!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — July 14, 2011 at 7:32 pm (#

      I used to think TJs was pandemonium and i never ‘got’ why ppl loved it. that and coconut things. boy, times changed but if WFs works for you – great!

  22. Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles — July 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm (#

    No instagram for Droid, I was so bummed when I tried to find it!!!

    I used to HATE coconut. Now I absolutely can’t get enough! Definitely my favorite of the three Cs. I think coffee is my least favorite. Not a fan of the taste, I used to drink wayyyy too much anyway. Since I quit, if I have it I just get jittery.

    And I just discovered TJ’s Dark Chocolate Covered Cranberries. I’m in love!

  23. katie @ KatieDid — July 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm (#

    No smart phone for me, oh well! I’ll just have to follow along and gawk at the cool pics I suppose.
    Coffee trumps all C’s for me, and most things actually. I am loving dark roast french pressed ice coffee in the morning with heavy cream. Ahhh I can’t wait to wake up already just to have my fix!

  24. BroccoliHut — July 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm (#

    This post has me “craving” a TJ’s trip!! I love their sunflower butter and wasabi peas:)

  25. Carey @ Positively Blonde — July 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm (#

    Have you ever had the Chile Spiced Pineapple from TJ’s? So good! And addicting!

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — July 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm (#

      no but now i want it!

      i bought a fresh pineapple there. maybe ill add some chili powder to it. not really kidding either :)

  26. julie — July 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm (#

    dude the tjs nuts wall is balls insane haha i get so overwhelmed there that i usually try to avoid it hahaha i feel that way about the cheese wall too. also i am SO jealous of iphoners like UBER jealous i hate everyone with an iphone only because i’m a jealous blackberry using hater hahaha atleast i admit it right!

    thank you for increasing tomorrow’s tjs bill by 1000% percent ;)

  27. Emily @ Comfortable Home Life — July 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm (#

    Why is TJ’s so beauteous and bountiful? Seriously.

    I love all three C’s! Except I don’t like coconut water. I’ve tried it twice now and I just can’t stomach it. I was actually looking for coconut creamer (there’s another c!) for my iced coffee today. No luck at Publix but I’ll for sure find it at WF tomorrow!

  28. cathy — July 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm (#

    COFFEE!!! and i love the scent of coconut tanning oil – does that count?!
    “So many nuts. Both in tj’s and in the world!” – i was thinking of you last eve because it was looking pretty much like a FULL MOON out there, and i was hoping there’d be no nutbars out on the streets…or that no appliances would break in my home!
    no tj’s up here, us poor canadians! :)

  29. Emily n — July 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm (#

    Talk about moving and Trader Joe’s…I just moved from the East Coast to New Orleans. Due to moving company disasters, I “squatted” in my new home for nearly 3 weeks without clothing, furniture, and, worst of all, my coffee maker and magic bullet. I started a job and had to go to Target to buy a couple items of clothing that would be acceptable and discreet enough to rotate until my clothes made it off the truck / I got a couple paychecks.
    It was/is crazy, but I’m surviving. I love my new city. The only thing I miss of my old life (besides my friends, of course!) is my proximity to Trader Joe’s. The closest one to me is now 9 hours away.

  30. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin — July 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm (#

    I can’t choose between coffee and coconut – they’re both so good! I guess I’d go with coffee though since I drink it every day!

    This post makes me so jealous that we don’t have TJs here in Canada. It seems to have so many unique products! And even though I can get coconut milk here, I definitely can’t get it at those prices. :P

  31. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — July 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm (#

    My latest find at TJ’s is the almond milk they have in the 32 oz cartons like almond breeze – I was pumped.

  32. Brooke — July 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm (#

    My most favorite TJ’s find is probably the frozen green beans…they taste awesome and are perfect when I am in a pinch and realize I didn’t buy a veggie to go with dinner…

    Oh…and of course, the super cheap organic black beans…LOVE those!

    Brooke Annessa

  33. Katie — July 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm (#

    Coconut is barfy, and chili is good, but I couldn’t live without coffee. DAILY. Multiple times a day. In fact, all morning long. Today, I had two cups at home, and then went to my office, where I made more. I am the only one there who drinks it!! This is the first university I’ve been to where the faculty lounge/copy machine/office supplies office doesn’t have a coffee maker! I’m bringing mine to my office, and I have an extra french press that will also live there. I just need to get a microwave now.

    That was off topic. Sorry, you mention coffee and my mind just goes. TJs is cool too. I don’t go there but once a year, but I love that Sumatra coffee; that’s a must buy.

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — July 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm (#

      i know you dont like coconut. i never used to either and am still careful about how much i use and when…but it’s like almond butter..the avg person just adores it. :)

  34. Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) — July 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm (#

    Chili-lime is my favorite flavor combo in life! :)

    I will choose coffee over most things. I am an iced-coffee disciple.

  35. Baking 'n' Books — July 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm (#

    So cruel! No TJ’s here ;) BUT probably a good thing for me! I agree with the Coconut Milk, it’s hard to find a good brand. But I’d like to have something to vary up my milks because I drink ALOT of almond milk. I kind of wonder if I should just try making my own? If it would be cheaper – and it wouldn’t have the added ingredients in the store-bought stuff? I don’t know…

    Someone recently told me I should be drinking Kefir because it’s good for the gut! I picked some up but it’s dairy milk. I’ll try it anyways – but will have to check out your recipe. Thanks!

  36. Sheila — July 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm (#

    I love shopping at TJ’s
    The three C’s Coffee, Coconut followed by chili powder.

    I am considering giving up coffee, but not before I try out some of your coffee ideas:)

  37. Heather (Where's the Beach) — July 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm (#

    OMG just got those damn sesame honey almonds – freaking amazing. I may never leave Chicago LOL. Definitely going back for another bag or 3 before I leave. Now, as for the C’s – gotta include spice so chili power or chipotle. MMMMM

  38. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — July 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm (#

    Definitely coconut although, after waking up with a headache yesterday and realizing it was due to lack of caffeine I’m apparently pretty addicted to coffee so that’s not far behind.

  39. Jolene ( — July 14, 2011 at 8:52 pm (#

    Ooooooh, tough question! I love all three of those, but I guess I would have to choose coffee.

  40. Michele Sparrow — July 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm (#

    Oh coffee for sure. Then coconut. I actually absolutely love them both, but coffee is what I get up for. Hahaha! :-) I have a frozen coconut water every night with NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia and cinnamon and I also make my green smoothie with coconut water. I drink hot coffee in the morning with organic unsweetened soymilk and then drink a large iced coffee with same soymilk and vanilla stevia…every day! YUM! Have also tried those nuts and they are delicious!! :-)

  41. Baking 'n' Books — July 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm (#

    Oh Averie – may I ask your recommendations re: cameras – since your a photographing all-star! (for real!). I seen the one in your online store – but it’s definitely out of my league. Any recommendations for someone starting out but wanting to get good quality and not ‘crap’ either?

  42. Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! — July 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm (#

    LOVE coffee. it’s the one ‘unhealthy vice’ that I really have no desire to get rid of, I like it that much. And for the longest time I was afraid of coconut… I’m getting over it, it’s just so delicious…

  43. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — July 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm (#

    I used to be the same way about coconut. Now I can’t get enough!

    Coffee is still my favorite “c” though. :)

  44. Amber K — July 15, 2011 at 9:14 am (#

    Hmm…I don’t like any of the three c’s and I don’t have a TJ’s near me. So basically my entire comment is pointless…LOL

  45. Kelly — July 16, 2011 at 4:57 am (#

    Please post a recipe for chili and lime nuts I would love to make my own! I know our TJ’s does not have them.

  46. Nathalie — July 16, 2011 at 8:26 am (#

    Definitely coconut :-) I love that kind of coconut milk- for a change, it is easy to find in supermarkets in the UK, which I can’t say for almond milk unfortunately…have to get that from health food stores charging an arm and a leg for it.
    TJ finds? No TJ’s over here unfortunately :-(

  47. Tanya — July 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm (#

    COFFEE :) totally my favorite. I do like chili in hot meals though. Coconut for me is good when it’s in coconut milk ice cream!

    We don’t have Trader Joe’s here, but I grew up with it in CA. We were just in New Jersey, and I made my husband take me there. Obviously I bought stuff that didn’t need a fridge, since we were on the road. I really love the raw trail mix I picked up. I also picked up their soymilk, which I really liked. And an almond milk, although it was sweetened (they didn’t have regular unsweetened, which is what I normally buy). I used to love their coffee too. And actually, I used to get their Whole Wheat Sourdough bread, but I didn’t see it this last time :( I really wish they’d expand.

  48. Gena — July 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm (#

    I actually just discovered the magic of shopping at TJ’s. So money-saving and so many tasty prepared foods!

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