Michelle, it's Wednesday. You know, Wal-Mart Wednesday. The alliteration makes it easy to remember what you're supposed to post today...is your baby brain really that off?
No, my friends, I'm well aware that today is, in fact, Wednesday, the day I typically post about Wal-Mart. However, this past week I have visited no Wal-Mart due to my pilgrimage home to Knoxville for Thanksgiving Break. While in Knoxville, I love getting to peruse the expanded selection of grocery stores available to me- Trader Joe's, Earthfare, Whole Foods, Kroger, Fresh Market.
I would be a liar liar pants on fire if I told y'all I only grocery shopped at Wal-Mart when in Corsicana. I do shop there on a weekly basis. Yet a few times a month when I find myself in Dallas for yet another baby doctor's appointment or friend's birthday or whatnot, I try to make a trip to Central Market, Trader Joe's, or Sprouts.
On Monday after hitting up my West Side YMCA for some Zumba and yoga, I did a quick paleo pregnant lady stock-up on things I wanted to snack on and have on hand for the week while I'm home. Alas, going the Monday before Thanksgiving was a little bananas in pajamas, but it rivals just Saturday afternoon in Dallas's Greenville Avenue Trader Joe's. Don't let my small size fool you; I can throw an elbow and push people out of my way as needed.
So below are some of my go-to's I've been stocking my paleo fridge and pantry with, both in Corsicana and here in Knoxville.
If you've never been to Trader Joe's, you're really missing out on something remarkable. Affordable prices, seasonal produce and items, effortless entertaining items like cheeses and spreads, frozen gourmet sides and entrees, not to mention a solid selection of budget-friendly and fun wine.
1. Pomegranate Body Butter
Creamy, smooth, and perfect for this pregnant lady's itchy skin and less than attractive feet.
2. Organic Greens
Tremendous variety of organic greens and blends of them- spinach, kale, arugala- at $2.49 a bag.
3. Harvest Turkey Salad
For an on-the-go meal, this is a salad of all salads for me. All of my Thanksgiving favorites in one salad. Perfection.
4. Organic Honeycrisp Apples
Since you buy fruit individually, I recommend searching for the largest apples in the stack...at least that's what I do. Don't be ashamed to dig.
5. Harvest Blend Tea
Holy guacamole, this stuff is the bomb. It's like an herbal apple cider. Plus, it's under $2.00 a box. Score!
6. Fig Goat Cheese Log
So goat cheese is already my favorite of the cheese family. Yet adding dried fig takes this salad or appetizer ready cheese to a whole new level.
7. Organic Canned Pumpkin
You may be asking yourself if you can really tell the difference between regular canned pumpkin and organic canned pumpkin...the answer, mis amigos, is yes. The texture is so much smoother and the flavor is much sweeter.
8. Shaved Brussel Sprouts
Take your brussel sprout game to the next level with sautéed shaved brussel sprouts. I toss in some diced onion and apple before sautéing these in the pan. Delish, y'all.
9. Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix
What a perfect Thanksgiving morning breakfast treat for you and your family! These would be great to have on hand all holiday season, too.
10. Almond Butter Granola
Is this necessarily festive? No, but it is darn tasty! I love how it has big ol' chunks of granola clusters, and the price cannot be beat!
11. Two Pound Bag of Precut Butternut Squash
Talk about a time saver! Roasted butternut squash has never been easier.
Could I have gone on and on? For sure, but I know y'all have cooking and meal prep and other pre-Thanksgiving festivities to attend to today. I understand.
I'm about to get my own Thanksgiving prep on and hop aboard the cranberry and sweet potato train (yes, I marshmallow my sweet potatoes).
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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