Beware of Trader Joe’s!

That title makes this post sound way more serious than it actually is. But regardless, Trader Joe’s can be a dangerous place for Paleo folk like me who have a weak spot for delicious ‘Paleo’ Plantain Chipstreats. It’s far too easy to skip over their lovely meats and produce and head for their well-advertised ‘healthy’ snacks. I actually don’t shop there often, because I usually buy what I can at farmer’s markets, and get everything else at Whole Foods. But I went there a couple days ago in search of plantain chips, thinking that if I eat something I hate (sardines) with something I love a bit too much (plantain chips), I will eat reasonable amounts of both. That logic definitely didn’t hold up, and I still hate sardines. On the plus side, I think I made myself dislike plantain chips by association! Normally I think plantain chips are totally fine to eat on a regular basis, but the ones at TJ’s are made with sunflower oil, which isn’t the greatest. Plus, eating a whole bag of anything in one sitting is bad news.

But I also found a NEW treat at TJ’s, and this one is even more dangerous than the plantain chips. Essentially, they are ‘healthy’ York peppermint patties, and they only have three ingredients. 

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Why do these taste so good??


Candy doesn’t often have paleo-approved ingredients

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a peppermint patty, but I’d wager these taste pretty darn close! I knew that buying them was a bad idea, considering honey isn’t low-FODMAP in the least, but now I just have to hide them from myself so I don’t eat them all. This is what they look like on the inside: Honey Mint

I also made the mistake of shopping at TJ’s after eating bacon for breakfast. Bacon for breakfast means thirsty Alyssa, and thirsty Alyssa apparently buys liters of coconut water and chugs them in the car on the way home. For some reason, I didn’t think that plain water, or even the single-serving size of coconut water, would adequately quench my thirst. I had to go for the liter. And then I felt like an idiot because I was bloated all evening.

Clearly, I either need to stop shopping at TJ’s, or muster up some more self-control.

Meanwhile, those of you who can eat chocolate in a sane, controlled fashion should see if your TJ’s has those honey mint candies! They really are delicious, and with only three ingredients, they’re probably a good choice for those days when you really want some candy.

In other news, I’m actually going to post some useful research soon! As much as I know you love hearing about my life, I’m going to try to have a worthwhile post up here by the end of the week. I think my first topic will be saturated fat, because although every paleo blogger and their grandma had written about the fact that saturated fat is actually good for you, I want to satisfy my skepticism and curiosity by doing my own research on the subject. Plus, I find it’s the myth that’s most entrenched in the collective psyche, even more so than cholesterol, so I think it’s a good choice for my first topic!

One Thought on “Beware of Trader Joe’s!

  1. Clint on April 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm said:

    I’ve done a lot of research on sat fats and I agree that saturated fat is good for you. I am looking forward to seeing what your research comes up with. 🙂


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