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Trader Joe’s April Edition

Sharing some new products I tried from Trader Joe’s this month including watermelon jerky, banana bread crisps and a few low carb items as well.

A quick note before I share my new finds. Recently, I’ve received a lot of requests to provide nutrition information for the products I feature and highlight low carb items. I started providing nutrition information in my last post and will continue to do so. I am also going to start sharing a few low carb snacks starting with this post, which you can find in its own section under the heading “Low Carb Snacks at Trader Joe’s” towards the end of this post.

Watermelon Jerky

One of my favorite new items. I read about this product a few months ago but could not find the new item at my local Trader Joe’s. I had just about given up, thinking maybe they were no longer stocking it, when I finally found it this month.

From the name, I guess I was expecting a vegetarian meat jerky substitute. But instead, it is dried watermelon. When dried into thin slices, the watermelon has a chewy, jerky-like texture. I love chewy dried fruit, so I found these to be delicious.

I love making dried fruit in the summer but never thought to try making dried watermelon. I will definitely be trying it this summer.

Banana Date Nut Bread Crisps

Another new favorite. The crisps are very crunchy and they taste just like banana bread. Sometimes the names for Trader Joe’s items can be a little gimmicky, but these crisps really taste like a loaf of banana bread dehydrated down into crisps. I’ve enjoyed snacking on these.

Milk Chocolate Caramel Crunch Medallions

These medallions are quite pretty. When you open the box, the medallions are sealed in a sheet of gold foil. The medallions are stacked in pairs so there is 18 to a box.
It’s basically a chocolate shell, filled with caramel and topped with crunchy hazelnut and sugar crystals. I like the contrast of the textures.

Belgian Truffle Ballotin Box

Trader Joe’s usually comes out with some variation of Belgian truffles every few months. These aren’t particularly memorable but they still provide a good assortment.

Low Carb Snacks at Trader Joe’s

Freeze Dried Raspberries

I’ve been enjoying a lot of the freeze dried fruit options at Trader Joe’s like freeze dried grapes and freeze dried dragon fruit chips. So I decided to try their freeze dried raspberries.

One thing I’ve noticed since taking photos of the nutrition information is that Trader Joe’s provides nutrition for the entire pouch/package for a lot of their freeze dried snacks, which makes it difficult to determine the real carb count.

A small handful of these is enough for a snack but there are around sixty in one pouch.

Raspberries are low in sugar and a small amount is usually allowed for a low carb diet. Since nothing has been added to these raspberries, you can use fresh raspberries nutrition information to get an estimate on the carb intake.

Crispy Crunchy Broccoli Florets

I first tried out this item in March and loved it enough to buy more. The broccoli florets are vacuum fried.

Again, keep in mind that the nutrition information provided is for the entire bag (and even then the net carbs is pretty low). One bag usually lasts me 2-3 snack sessions.

Riced Cauliflower

Not a snack but Trader Joe’s is my current go-to source for fresh riced cauliflower. Some stores make the riced cauliflower pieces too big, some too small. Trader Joe’s version is just right for my preference and I use this to make my favorite cauliflower rice dishes like my garlic parmesan cauliflower rice or sheet pan cauliflower fried rice.

That’s all for now! As always, please share any of your favorite finds you think I should try. I’m hoping to find the new jerk-style plaintain chips at my local store soon.

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