Trader Joe’s Must-Haves


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Elizabeth Martinez, Staff Writer

Any dedicated reader of the Royal Reporter knows that I LOVE food, especially vegan snacks (obviously from Trader Joe’s of course!). Whether you are vegan or not, I guarantee these items will become a part of your weekly Trader Joe’s run (or daily run – I don’t judge).

First, I will start with my favorite lazy snack. Do not sleep on these! They are called rolled corn tortilla lime chips. If I were to describe them in two words, I would say they are “Gourmet Takis.” However, I think these should not even be compared to Takis because the flavor is different. Since we are at an all-girls school, I could also say this one is my go-to period chip.

Rolled Corn Tortilla Chili & Lime Takis.
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Next, if you are feeling like you need a little spice in your life, check out the Sriracha tofu! These small packs are full of protein and have the best flavor of Sriracha. The best part about this tofu is it’s so easy to pop in the pan and make the best veggie stir fry.

Sriracha Baked Tofu.
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This next item is not only the best for snacking, but you can also mix this with the first few items. This item is called Mediterranean hummus. You might be thinking, “not another typical vegan girl with a love for hummus…” Ok hear me out, this is not just any hummus. I’m telling you that there is no way this hummus isn’t sent from above. The flavors mixed with olive oil-drenched in pine nuts surrounding the top layer acts as the cherry on top for this perfect dip.

Mediterranean Hummus.
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Hope you have room for dessert! We are moving onto the classic vegan chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. If you gave me a bag of these, I promise you the bag would be empty ASAP.

These cookies can have added coconut or walnut. Today I chose to go with coconut!
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Last but not least, I had to include another dessert item. This item is definitely the most underrated and weird combination, but don’t let that fool you. This item is called Dark Chocolate Sunflower Butter Cups. The amazing rich dark chocolate surrounding the sunflower butter is something you must try for yourself. Is it better than the classic Reese’s Pieces? YES.

Sunflower Seed Butter Cups.
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Since you just finished reading this, you are probably on your way to TJ’s right now. If you are not, I’m concerned because these items will change your life. Am I exaggerating? Absolutely not. Run to your nearest Trader Joe’s for the best snacks in town. Seriously go. Stop reading now and go!