I just throw in any nuts or berries I have, but my favorite combo is freeze dried berries (raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries), some shredded coconut, and some chopped walnuts or pecans. Covered in coconut milk. The berries even turn the milk pink! Fun!
I'm new here and just getting into the paleo lifestyle. My weight loss has finally got a jump start from eliminating nearly all carbs and all gluten from my diet.
I had to chime in about Trader Joe's. I absolutely LOVE it!. I used to travel about 40 miles to the closest store, but last summer they opened a new one just 5 miles from me, so I'm thrilled.
I buy a lot of their organic produce, cheeses, nuts, and frozen items mostly for my husband. They are all great quality and great prices. For example I bought a delicious cantalope there the other day for 1.79. (I eat a tiny bit of fruit about every other day) In Safeway or Fred Meyer they are usually between 3 and 4$$$.
TJ's is a smaller store than the supermarkets, and they carry only one of most things. It's a great place to shop for Paleo, and I will review in a more general way here, including foods that are not Paleo for the sake of those who have family who don't follow the Paleo plan.
For example, they will have have only one tartar sauce (which is the best I've ever had), or one kind of chocolate chips, etc. Almost all are their own store brands with a few exceptions, such as Dr. Brommer's Castile Soap, or Columbus deli meats prepackaged or some cereals such as Kashi. Most produce is prepackaged. Because of the size of the store there is a limited variety, but the quality is tops, and most everything is natural or organic. Very few additives. I get some of my produce there, and some organic meats. Nice cheese selection. Coffee is so-so in our opinion. I get tea there and electrolyte water. Snack foods (if you eat them -- I don't but my DH does) are great. Limited cleaning products, soap, shampoo, Tom's toothpaste. Limited selection of baking products. Great prices and quality on soups, broths, beans, sauces, nuts, dried fruits. Some supplements, highly rated by Consumer Labs. Wonderful prices on pastas and rice and nuts. Unique prepped foods such as ethnic food if you do that sort of thing -- I don't. Wonderful frozen foods of all kinds. Good frozen fish/seafood, turkey meatballs, frozen chicken, unique pizzas (for DH), berries, some veggies, all at great prices and quality. It's a very different store from what you find anywhere else. Prices are good, quality is high, value is excellent.
I don't do ALL my shopping there, but I do the major portion of it there. I shop at Sunflower for most fresh organic produce, and at a local meat market for grass fed beef. Costco for paper goods and sometimes organic chicken if it's fresh. The health food store for goat milk and goat cheese, coconut flour and other health food & hard to find products. ( I know, goat dairy is not paleo, but it's the only dairy product I test okay for so I use a limited amount). Virtually the only thing I buy at the supermarket is extra light olive oil to make mayo, since TJ's doesn't carry it.
When we lived 35 - 40 min away from a TJ's I still made the trip once every week or two. Hope you get there to check them out and enjoy your adventure ;-)
Edited by: DORI36 at: 6/15/2012 (16:55)
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This is crazy. Houston finally got a Trader Joes (well 45 min - 1 hours drive) and these are the photos of the opening. It opened today at 8 am to lines of people... We really need one here. I'm pretty sure that Krogers or HEB grocery stores don't get lines like this.
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