Trader Joe’s Raw Creamy Almond Butter
After I finished Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter, I picked up another nut butter at Trader Joe’s. This time, the battle was between almond butter and peanut butter. The last almond butter I had was Justin’s Classic Almond Butter. It was very good! I liked it a lot! Though, I can’t remember the last time I had peanut butter. It must’ve been ages ago. I do miss peanut butter, but almond butter was staring directly at me in the eyes. I couldn’t resist! So, I chose almond butter in the end. I guess peanut butter goes on my to buy list the next time I’m at Trader Joe’s. ?
The almond butter I chose is called Trader Joe’s Raw Creamy Almond Butter. Yes, everyone. I chose creamy instead of crunchy even though I prefer crunchy. I needed a change. The Trader Joe’s Raw Creamy Almond Butter is unsalted. If you prefer salted, it is available. To me, salted or not, it doesn’t matter. I always add my own salt anyways. Piiiink Himilayan Sea Salt! ❤ Now, let’s take a look at the nutrition facts and ingredients. I hope this is helpful if you’re considering purchasing Trader Joe’s Raw Creamy Almond Butter!
- 190 calories per serving (2 tbsp, about 14 servings per container)
- Total Fat: 16 g (Saturated Fat: 1 g)
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate: 7 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Sugars: 1 g
- Protein: 7 g
- 8% Calcium
- 6% Iron
Ingredients: Raw Almonds ~ It contains only almonds.
Photos of Trader Joe’s Raw Creamy Almond Butter:
This is what the raw creamy almond butter looks like. It appears creamy and smooth like it’s supposed to. I enjoyed playing with it in this demo. ?
Here are my thoughts on Trader Joe’s Raw Creamy Almond Butter, since I’ve been incorporating it into my daily health routine. First, as with all raw nut butters, there’s a layer of oil on top. Before using, mix the raw almond butter with a spoon. ? The consistency of this nut butter is very runny but creamy at the same time. Be very careful not to spill it. The texture is rich, creamy, and smooth. In the photo shown, you can see specs of finely crushed almonds. Nevertheless, the raw creamy almond butter is still creamy in texture. There’s no crunchiness to it at all. It is what it is. It’s a creamy almond butter, and that’s what you get!
I’m really enjoying this raw creamy almond butter. I find the creaminess absolutely delicate on the palate. I enjoy eating it by the spoonful as a snack. I love adding it to my protein shakes. With the creamy nut butter, it blends in much better compared to crunchy nut butters. I like that a lot. The creamy gets bonus points for that. It makes the texture of my shake smoother and more aesthetically pleasing. Ooooo! ? Maybe it’s time to switch over to creamy??!! I might! Just imagine using it in homemade protein bars and other baked goods — muffins, pancakes, waffles, bread! So creamy, smooth, and delightful! I’m truly enjoying the smooth texture of it, as you can tell. I’m loving it so far! ❤
Have you tried Trader Joe’s Raw Creamy Almond Butter? How was it? Leave a comment and share your experience! Read more on the last nut butter I used ~ Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter
Trader Joe’s Raw Pumpkin Seeds
Just in time for the fall season, I purchased Trader Joe’s Raw Pumpkin Seeds. This was after I finished Trader Joe’s Raw Pecan Halves. Check out my thoughts on Trader Joe’s Raw Pecan Halves HERE (review) and also HERE (nutrition information). So, why did I choose pumpkin seeds? It’s almost October, and I’m feeling very pumpkiny, hehe! ? Besides nuts, seeds sure do offer a ton of health benefits too. Remember chia seeds and hemp seeds? Read more about them:
*Viva Naturals Organic Chia Seeds*
*Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts*
Here’s my 1 lb bag of pumpkin seeds from Trader Joe’s! I’m planning on making fruit and nut bars, protein bars, muffins, bread, cookies, and spreads like hummus/seed butter with it. Also, tossing them into salads and oatmeal. Munching on them when I need a healthy snack. I’m feeling very creative right now. I loooveeeeee it! ? Baking season is officially here!
Nutrition Facts & Ingredients: The only ingredient in this bag of pumpkin seeds are Pumpkin Seeds. No sodium added. Looking at the nutrition facts, pumpkin seeds are a great source of plant-based protein! 9 grams of protein for 170 calories. 9 grams may not seem a lot for the amount of calories, but it is for a seed. Keep in mind that pumpkin seeds are a complete protein. That means they contain all essential amino acids for the body. Along with protein, it provides heart healthy fats and fiber!
Why eat pumpkin seeds? This is why.
10 Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- High in zinc and magnesium
- Decreases cholesterol
- Prostate health
- Relieves insomnia (contains tryptophan)
- Good for heart and liver
- Good for skin and hair
- High in plant-based protein
- Promotes bone health
Have you tried Trader Joe’s Raw Pumpkin Seeds before? Share your experience with me!
Products I’ve Tried at Trader Joe’s
Hey everyone! Ready for some empties from Trader Joe’s? Here’s a list of products from Trader Joe’s that I have used up. Done and done! This is what I think about each product. But, the final question is, “Will I buy it again?” Read on to find out! Enjoy! ??
#1. Trader Joe’s Organic Pea Protein Powder Unsweetened
I’m officially done with Trader Joe’s Organic Pea Protein Powder Unsweetened! My experience with this organic pea protein powder has been amazing. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did just because it’s a pea protein powder. Seriously, I was dead wrong. This organic pea protein is awesome! Pea protein, if you didn’t know, is a complete protein. The amino acid profile is bomb. It contains all essential amino acids including branched chained amino acids (BCAAs). I find this protein powder very simplistic compared to other protein powders I have used. With this organic pea protein powder, it is what it is. No BS. You get what you see. I really like that. As for the taste, it grew on me over time. It was meh at first. As time went on, I started to get used to it. Here’s a tip to make your protein shake taste better with this organic pea protein powder. Try using coconut water instead of a plant-based milk! Or, even better, you can mix the two up! It tastes sooo much sweeter and more yummy with it! I highly recommend Trader Joe’s Organic Pea Protein Powder Unsweetened if you have not tried it yet! Love it! ❤
#2. Trader Joe’s Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum
I’m done with Trader Joe’s Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum! The bottle lasted ONE whole month! I used it without any issues. No breakouts. No skin irritations. Nothing. So cool. This serum works tremendously well on my oily, acne-prone skin. When applied to the skin, the serum feels lightweight and leaves the skin feeling hydrated. I enjoyed applying this serum immediately after exfoliating my skin with Trader Joe’s Blueberry & Acai Facial Scrub. The serum sinks into the skin amazingly. It’s like a soothing post-exfoliation treatment. It feels so nice! Of course, I would buy Trader Joe’s Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum again! I already did. ?
#3. Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter
I didn’t think I would fall in love with Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter. I did. ❤ This unique mixed nut butter contains Almonds, Cashew Nuts, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Hazel Nuts, and Pecans. What a lovely mixture of nuts it is. I really, really liked it! This little jar provides a nice dose of healthy fats that are beneficial for the skin, heart, and brain! If you’re indecisive on which nut butter you want to take home while at Trader Joe’s, go for the mixed nut butter. You won’t regret it. It’s tasty, and I loved adding it into my post-workout protein smoothies. Also, eating it by the spoonful, hehe! NOMZ!
#4. Trader Joe’s Organic Chia Seed
Organic chia seeds are super healthy. I use it every single day in my protein smoothies. It makes the consistency of the protein smoothie thicker and more dense. Also, it makes the protein smoothie extra nutritious with its protein, fiber, and omega-3’s. This small bag of chia seed from Trader Joe’s works just as well as other name brands I have tried — Nutiva and Viva Naturals. I give Trader Joe’s Organic Chia Seed a thumbs up! ? What I’m using now: *Viva Naturals Organic Chia Seeds*
#5. Trader’s Joe’s Tea Tree Oil Pure Vegetable Soap
My opinion on Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil Pure Vegetable Soap was pretty neutral the last time I talked about it. Once I finished the second soap bar, I started to like it more. This soap bar made my skin baby soft and smooth to touch. Ooooo! ? It has definitely done a better job at cleaning my skin compared to big brand names (Dove, Lever 2000) without containing too many ingredients. Let’s compare the ingredients between Trader Joe’s, Dove, and Lever 2000!
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil Pure Vegetable Soap: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Glycerin, Tea Tree Oil, Sodium Chloride, Pentasodium Penetate.
Dove White Beauty Bar: Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate Or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate Or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
Lever 2000 Bar Soap Original Scent: Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate, Water, Stearic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate, Petrolatum, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Mineral Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Coconut Acid, Sodium Stearate, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, BHT, Titanium Dioxide.
Yeah…I’ll stick to Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil Pure Vegetable Soap.
#6. Trader Joe’s Raw Pecan Halves
I’m absolutely addicted to nuts. I add them to my daily foods constantly. Some examples are oatmeal and trail mix. I snack on them before dinner. Pecans, they are yum! The weird thing is, I hardly ever purchased pecans before this. After finishing a whole bag of pecans, I’m madly in love with them. They are going on my faves list now among the other nuts — almonds, peanuts, pistachios. I will be purchasing more pecans in the near future to get a variety of nuts in my diet. I say YES to Trader Joe’s Raw Pecan Halves!
#7. Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo
I’m on my second bottle of Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. So far, I’m not liking it at all. This shampoo has dried out my hair terribly. My Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner can’t even save my hair. I won’t use the Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo to wash my hair anymore. It’s not salon material whatsoever. The cashier told me it was on par with salon hair care products. It’s not. So not worth it. The same goes for the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner. They’re no good. Even though the shampoo didn’t work out for me, I was lucky enough to make use of the shampoo. Besides using the shampoo to wash hair, I tried using it as a makeup brush cleaner. Wow, it worked! I would only purchase Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo to clean my makeup brushes. To wash my hair? Nah. To clean my makeup brushes? Yes, yes!!!
My experience with Trader Joe’s products have been good so far. I really do love their products. The majority of their products work for me. I’m happy with the purchases and results. How about you? Have you tried any of the products listed above? What have you bought at Trader Joe’s? Did they work for you? Tell me about it! ?
Viva Naturals Organic Chia Seeds
I ran out of Trader Joe’s Organic Chia Seed. I didn’t buy another. Not because I didn’t like them. They worked perfectly fine. I simply wanted a larger bag that would last much longer, so I found this large bag of chia seeds on Amazon. A 2 lb bag of Viva Naturals Organic Chia Seeds! ? It is non-gmo, vegan, gluten-free, USDA organic, and kosher.
Nutrition Facts & Ingredients: There are 60 calories per serving (1 Tbsp). It’s packed with healthy fats, fiber, and plant-based protein along with calcium and iron. Wonderful! ? Contains only Organic Chia Seeds (Salvia hispanica).
I love chia seeds in my smoothies and protein shakes. I’ve been using it daily in my green smoothies (now green protein smoothies). I can’t wait to start this new bag of chia seeds today! It has about 76 servings per bag. This should last me a little over 2 months or so with consistent use. I find chia seeds really good at keeping me full for hours, which is great for weight loss. Not only that, it’s very good for you and has tons of health benefits. Go here to learn more about the health benefits of chia seeds. It’s only a bag of chia seeds, but I’m pretty excited for it! haha. ?
Have you used Viva Naturals Organic Chia Seeds before? Trader Joe’s Organic Chia Seed? Other unmentionable brands? Share your experience!
Trader Joe’s Organic Flaxseed Meal
Let’s have a chat about FLAXSEED!! We’ve talked about chia seeds (Trader Joe’s Organic Chia Seed) and covered a little bit about hemp seeds (Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts) but never flaxseed. So, I decided to add some flaxseed to my diet. It’s healthy. It’s good for you. Why not? The flaxseed I purchased is from Trader Joe’s. It’s called Trader Joe’s Organic Flaxseed Meal. Here it is (pictured). Read more about it below.
Trader Joe’s Organic Flaxseed Meal:
- Light, nutty flavor
- Refrigerate after opening
- USDA Organic
- Great in oatmeal, smoothies, pancakes, waffles, or any of your favorite baked goods
- High in ALA (Provides 3000 mg of ALA per serving, 187% of the 1.6 g Daily Value for ALA)
Ingredients: Organic Ground Flaxseeds.
Nutrition Facts: A serving of Trader Joe’s Organic Flaxseed Meal is 2 tablespoons for 90 calories. Not bad at all. Remember, Trader Joe’s Organic Flaxseed Meal provides 3000 mg ALA per serving. ALA is alpha-linolenic acid. A form of plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. It’s good for the heart. It’s good for your health. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, this is one of the many ways to get essential omega-3’s into your diet!
Photos of Trader Joe’s Organic Flaxseed Meal:
This is what Trader Joe’s Organic Flaxseed Meal looks like. It can easily be incorporated into a bowl of warm oatmeal (keep reading to find out how), homemade protein bars, and other baked goods. It works out great! I highly recommend it! Whole flaxseed is available too if you’re interested. You can purchase them and grind them up yourself. I prefer my flaxseeds already milled for me out of convenience, but I am open to using whole flaxseed (which I have in the past). Which do you prefer? Do you prefer whole flaxseed or ground flaxseed??
Why eat flaxseed? This is why! 10 Health Benefits of Flaxseed!
- Lowers blood pressure
- Prevents colon cancer
- Good for the skin and hair
- High in fiber (contains both insoluble and soluble fiber)
- Rich in lignans (a phytonutrient)
- Anti-bacterial and anti-viral
- Heart healthy
- Good source of iron
- Good source of plant-based protein
How to Use Flaxseed:
I’ve been adding 1-2 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Organic Flaxseed Meal into my oatmeal. Flaxseed blends very well in a warm bowl of oatmeal. I’ll show you how.
Step 1: Add oatmeal with your choice of plant-based milk. Some days, I use coconut milk. Other days, I use soy milk. I switch it up all the time. Cook the oatmeal and milk mixture as you normally would.
Step 2: Add 1 tablespoon of flaxseed into the bowl of oatmeal. It looks dense and heavy. Don’t worry about it. It’s going to work out just fine. You can use 2 tablespoons too if you choose to. Your choice.
Step 3: Mix the flaxseeds with the soft oatmeal mixture. It should look like this. This bowl of oatmeal just became healthier! ?
Step 4: All done! Today’s oatmeal. I used half a banana, pecans, coconut shreds, and sprinkled some pink Celtic sea salt on top. Mmmm! ? This is so perfect!
That’s it! Enjoy! ? It’s really that easy! In addition to adding flaxseed to oatmeal, protein bars, and baked goods, you can also add them to your cereal, protein shakes, and smoothies! What can I say? Be creative. The sky is the limit! Have you used flaxseed before? How about Trader Joe’s Organic Flaxseed Meal? Share your experience with me! I would looveeee to know! ~ *How to eat healthy at Trader Joe’s!*