Tuesday, March 6, 2012

WIAW: New Foodie Finds.

This week for WIAW I thought I'd switch it up a bit and share a few of the new foods that I've been enjoying lately! There's been a couple of really good finds - mostly at Trader Joe's - that I'm super excited to share with you guys.
Up first: TJ's White Bean and Basil Hummus.

This stuff is thick, creamy and SO flavorful! It tastes a lot like pesto sauce to me, except it's healthier and has a more tangy flavor. I bet it would be awesome stirred into some pasta - planning on trying that later this week!

I've been dipping carrots into it, eating it straight out of the container (it's that good!), and the other day I had toast with the hummus and eggs. Definitely one of my current favorite breakfasts!

Next: PB2.

It's definitely caught on around the blog world but after reading a ton of posts about it I really wanted to get some for myself. I was this close to ordering it online when I happened to notice it was in a local grocery store called Lunardi's for $5 - the same price as it was online, without the shipping!

I was a little nervous about how it would taste since I've tried peanut flour before and wasn't a fan - but somehow the PB2 was a LOT better! It definitely has a really good nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness that I wasn't expecting. I also love how you can make it as thick or as drippy as you like, and there's 5g of protein per serving.

I've been enjoying it slathered on bananas with chocolate chips (my own version of ants on a log!), dipping apples in it, and eating it plain. I love making it really thick and just eating it with a spoon- for some reason it's super satisfying!

#3: TJ's Pizza Parlano (with italian sausage, uncured pepperoni, roasted peppers, and roasted onions)

This pizza was really good and full of flavor! The ingredients list had foods that I recognized (I don't buy pizzas with meat unless the meat is minimally processed), and for once the actual outcome looked like the pictures on the box, haha!

It was perfect for a quick and easy dinner, and I will definitely be buying it again!

#4: Clif Crunch White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars.

I've been on a huge white chocolate macadamia nut kick and these bars are amazing. They're perfectly sweet and crunchy - perfect for satisfying my raging sweet tooth in a healthy way! 

They're even better when smeared with some nut butter (although what isn't better with nut butter??) 

And lastly: Trader Joe's Refried Beans with JalapeƱo Peppers. 

Kind of random, but I'm a huge bean-lover and these are some of the best refried beans I've ever had. They're not too spicy, and they have just the perfect amount of flavor. My dad, the other bean-lover in the family, really liked these too! 

I've been making omelets with the beans, shredded mexican cheese, and salsa - mmmmmm!

what are your most recent foodie finds?
favorite store to shop for food at? my favorites are Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Costco, and even Target. 


  1. YUM everything looks so so good! Especially the PB2 ;) I'm gonna have to make a trip to TJ to pick up some of that hummus and those re-fried beans!

  2. All of your eats look delish!

    I tried something similar to PB2 that I found at a local health food store and loved it. Where did you get the PB2 from? I can't seem to find it around at any of the health food stores.

  3. My favorite places to shop are definitely Whole Foods and Trader Joes! And seeing the PB2 on the banana has just confirmed it: my hunt for a jar is on!!

  4. Everything looks great and yayyy for peanut flour! That hummus sounds fab!

  5. The PB2 is great! I keep forgetting that I have some in my cupboard!

  6. I love the white chocolate macadamia bars!! So much better than nature valley! I've actually never tried pb2! I just use peanut flour. I find that adding a little salt helps. Maybe when I run out I will try it though!

  7. I'm always so jealous of everyone who gets to go to trader joes :) PB2 is the best! Try it in smoothies :D

  8. YUM everything looks so great!! I just recenty ordered some pb2 online and am so anxious to try it!

  9. Great post, thanks! I have a Lunardi's up the street. I'm gonna run in there ASAP to look for the PB2.


  10. yum all of your food is making me hungry! I've never thought of putting hummus on pasta... but it sounds amazing, I'm definitly going to have to try that sometime!

  11. Looks delicious!
    I'm so jealous you have a TJ's around you- they sell such awesome stuff!
    I just tried the new Luna Peanut Honey Pretzel...good stuff :)

  12. I've been wanting to try the PB2 for the LONGEST TIME!!! I'm so glad that you like it -- we're going grocery shopping tomorrow; maybe my store will have it too! :)

  13. Oh my goodness I eat an "egg-a-dilla" with refried black beans and salsa like EVERY DAY. My housemates are like eww eggs and beans? and I say HOLY YUM :) Loved your other eats of the day. I have peanut flour and am not a huge fan. I was really encouraged to hear you like PB2 better, I think I'll try it now!

  14. Oh my goodness I eat an "egg-a-dilla" with refried black beans like EVERY DAY! My housemates all say ewww beans and eggs? and I say HOLY YUM :D Also I spent way too much money on peanut flour and am not a huge fan. I was really encouraged to hear you like PB2 better, I'd really like to try it now!

  15. That hummus looks and sounds sooooo yummy. We are getting our very first TJ's here in the area at the end of the year- woohooo. I've never been in one! I'm super stoked for it.

    (btw, I just found you and enjoyed reading so far!).

  16. that omlette looks mmmmazing! haha :)

  17. omg. you are totally the reason i ordered pb2. it gets here tomorrow and i feel a little lame about how excited i am about it. but, the thought of being able to eat mass quantities of pb without guilt is super appealing. i hope i like it as much as you!