Took a small day trip into the Metroplex; Dallas/Ft. Worth for those not familiar. Trader Joe’s is now in Ft. Worth off S. Hulen (just off I-20, don’t go to Hulen Mall off I-30). We’ve heard from friends and on internet sites this is one of the best places to go for organic, gluten free, and low sodium/no salt.
As we pull into the parking lot, there is a crew member directing traffic to parking. They would not let us proceed to find a spot and instead directed us to one as they saw it emptying. This place was PACKED!!!! We get inside and get a basket and start at the produce department. All organic and fresh and wonderful. We picked out some pears, nectarines, and pink lady apples. All very reasonably priced. We also found some true baby carrots. I take those to lunch instead of chips. Satisfies the desire for something crunchy. And I like raw carrots.
It was hard to get around, as so many people had the same idea to shop on a Saturday afternoon. We checked out the cheese department and there is quite a variety. Even a yogurt cheese!!! Found some snack cheese sticks with fairly low sodium, only 135 mg per stick. That’s quite good as the stick is much more cheese than just a slice. So, being careful, Old Rooster can now add cheese to his tacos and garnish other dishes.
As is so stereotypical of hens and roosters, the Old Rooster went too quickly through, only looking at what he immediately was interested in, whereas I really wanted to browse. It was awfully crowded, so I just followed his lead.
We found some chips very low in sodium so he can enjoy a small snack. Found cracker even lower in sodium that he can enjoy with cheese or salt free, organic peanut butter, no salt tortilla chips, no salt added marinara (which has about the same low sodium as our homemade spaghetti sauce and can be used for those rushed times), some delicious cookies (we ate some on the way home) with very low sodium, natural fruit juice gel candy (like the orange slice candies, but healthier) and two kinds of cereal with very low sodium. A frosted flake and raisin bran. We have only been able to find shredded wheat as a no sodium cereal.
We also bought some wine and beer that was very unique. Oh, and picked up some seaweed snack for Sailor Man, our son. He just LOVES seaweed.
Do go to Trader Joe’s website and visit one personally if you get the chance. The prices were very reasonable, even though we considered the fish and meat high, you can expect to pay more for organic. I look forward to going again and maybe getting to go through a little more leisurely……