Last Saturday my girlfriends and I went down to Des Moines for the day to do some shopping and just have some quality time. We hit up the mall and went to Red Robin for lunch. It was after lunch that I was most excited for and the main reason we drove 2 hours to shop! Ready for it?!?
That's right! Saturday marked my first time EVER in a Trader Joe's!! AHH!! For those of you who don't know what Trader Joe's is, the store has healthy and more organic foods but at a decent price (like a Whole Foods but cheaper). I never knew what it was until I started reading blogs. One of the blog I frequent the most, Sweet Tooth Sweet Life, always shows new finds from Trader Joe's that Courtney finds and tries out. I emailed her before the trip down to the store and asked her what products I should keep my eyes open for - Thanks Courtney! One of the items on her list was something that sparked my interest in going down to check this place out. Can you guess? Well, my roommate Marci had just received some of their products from her aunt and she had me try Powerberries! WOW!! One of the best little treats I've ever had! :) So energizing and delicious!
After walking up every aisle, some more than once to make sure I didn't miss anything, I walked out of the store with a bag full of goodies. At the checkout, thinking my purchase was going to be about $50 or more, I was pleasantly surprised that my total was only $27.11!! I was very impressed and happy :)
So share with you what I purchased, of course I took some pictures.

This is my load! (Can you tell I like my sweetness?) Do you see what's on the left?
Yep! Powerberries!!
They look like little Whoppers or Junior Mint candies, only WAY WAY better for you! (And dare I say, more delicious, which is why each of us bought 3 bags!)
These Clif bars and Luna bars are things that I see in many blogs, including Courtney's. I checked the price at our Hy-Vee and they were about a quarter the price at Trader Joe's as they are at Hy-Vee. Crazy right!!
So this is something that Courtney recommended to me and said it was delicious. I'm excited to test it out because the description at the bottom of the jar doesn't really explain what it tastes like, so we'll see ;)
Courtney recommended I get the no-guilt brownie mix. However, I've learned that when you get "no-guilt"/"fat-free" products, they replace fat with more sugar and sometimes it's just better to get the original product. I compared these two and sure enough the sugar was about doubled in the no-guilt version. Plus, the fats in the mix weren't the terrible ones AND it's a treat right, so it should be good :)
I forgot to take this out of the fridge for the group photo but Courtney recommended two types of pizza dough and I decided to get the garlic and herb pizza dough. Even as a dough, it smells so good and I can't wait to make homemade pizza soon!

Sorry for all the exclamation points in the post. Can you tell I was excited about my purchase?
I hope all of you are sparked to check out Trader Joe's. Have you ever been? What are your favorite products?


Looks like you got some great stuff!! :)


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