Tag Archives: Trader Joe’s

A Very Filling Breakfast.

12 Jul

So glad to hear you all enjoyed your weekend! If you’re playing catch-up from the weekend:

I must share with you a new treat I found at Trader Joe’s yesterday: Protein Power Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins. Yes, yes, yes.

(Side note: it may seem like I’m rather obsessed with protein. I assure you, it’s just a coincidence!)

Anyway, these muffins are amazing. They are very dense and only about half the height of a regular muffin. Each muffin packs 2g of fiber and 7g protein. And for only $1.99 for 6 – it’s a steal!

While in bed last night, trying to fall asleep (that’s a whole other topic for a another post!) I was thinking of ways to incorporate these little treasures in my breakfast. Alas, I had an idea!

What’s that I see? Oatmeal? And a cut-up muffin on top? Oh, yes. And it was absolutely delicious! So delicious and filling that I didn’t even need nut butter. Crazy, I know.

Ok, friends. I have a lot of work to do. I need to prep for my phone interview tomorrow (whee!), head to the gym for Body Pump, scour the internet for new job postings and just enjoy this beautiful Monday. Well, I should say stormy Monday…it looks like it might rain!

Tell me, what did you have for breakfast? Any new concoctions to share?!

Review: Aria Protein

9 Jul
Disclaimer: The views expressed are my own. I paid for this protein powder and was not compensated in any form for this review.

I’ve been on the lookout for a decent tasting protein powder for quite some time now. I’ve tried the chocolate kind from GNC…blech. I’ve also tried Whey Protein Powder in chocolate from Trader Joe’s. Also not a fan. I wanted so badly to find a protein powder that didn’t taste like, well, crap. Excuse my highly sophisticated vocabulary. 😉

You see, I recently bought a 3-month gym membership and have taken a liking to Body Pump. For muscle recovery reasons, I have become more aware of my protein-lacking diet.

Sure I eat cheese and greek yogurt (which by the way, is a great source of protein!). I have chicken about twice a week, so that’s good. But I know I could be doing better.

While in Trader Joe’s the other day, I noticed Aria Protein, an all-natural women’s protein. It’s from the makers of Designer Whey, which I’ve heard a lot about through various blogs.


I was intrigued that this protein was specifically designed for women, so I thought, “what the heck?” and grabbed the vanilla container.

I very excited to try it and after rushing home from Body Pump yesterday, I made myself a fabulous smoothie. It contained: skim milk (out of almond!), plain greek yogurt, strawberries, 1/2 frozen banana and 1 scoop of Aria.

Note: the serving size is 2 scoops – but I wanted to ease into the taste.

Friends, I have found my protein! I am very happy with the flavor, the nutritional stats and the benefits of Aria. The price isn’t too terrible either: $9.99. There are 17 servings per container, and I’ll probably only use half a serving at a time, so this will last a while!


Here are the facts:

80 calories/serving

14g protein/serving

Excellent source of folic acid (100% DV) & calcium (28% DV)/serving

50/50 Whey & Soy blend



I know many people have a protein powder that they enjoy, but if you’re still searching I suggest you try Aria Protein!

Do you use a protein powder? If so, what’s your favorite?!

What’s Your Soup of the Day?

29 Jun

Good evening, bloggies. Hope your Tuesday been just fab. I’m so glad I have so many fellow Target-obsessed friends out there. 😉

I’m very very excited to share with you the din din my husband and I enjoyed tonight. I feel like you deserve to know a little bit more about me in regards to this special dinner.

I heart soup. With all that I am. I was the girl growing up that asked at every restaurant my parents took me to, “what the soup of the day” was. Seriously.

Soup is such a comfort food – no matter what type it is. I am not biased.

So now that you understand that my love for soup runs deep, please don’t judge me when I tell you that we had soup for dinner tonight, albeit  it was 90+ degrees out. Whatev.

But friends, it wasn’t just any soup. It was Spicy African Peanut Stew.

:Cue the heavenly angels:


This recipe is courtesy of Peas and Thank You, and it was delicious!

Spicy African Peanut Stew – Peas and Thank You
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 sweet potato, cubed (about 1 c. total)
1 1/2 t. curry powder
1/2-3/4 t. garam masala (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 t. cumin
1 T. minced ginger
2 t. minced garlic
stevia to taste – I omitted this
dash of cinnamon
1 can fire roasted tomatoes, in juice
1 can light coconut milk
2 c. vegetable stock
2 T. natural peanut butter
1/2 c. uncooked quinoa

Throw everything into your slow cooker. Set on high for 1 hour, then switch to low for 4 hours. I needed to crank mine back up to high for the remaining hour, to fully cook the sweet potatoes.

We enjoyed our spicy stew with these bad boys from Trader Joe’s.

Garlic Naan – such a fabulous creation. Such fabulous ingredients: wheat flour, water, garlic, milk, yogurt, coriander leaves, sunflower oil, salt.

Oh, yes. We had soup for dinner on one of the hottest days of summer yet.

Do you eat soup during the summer? Or do you stray from hot dishes during these months?

P.S. Don’t worry, I’m ending this night on a cool note: vanilla soy ice cream.