After several serious posts, its time for some fluff. Delicious fluff.  Ever since having surgery I have had to relearn how to eat.  I have minimal space in my stomach so I always want to ensure what goes in there is good for me.  A few months after the surgery I was craving something ANYTHING sweet.  I had a bag of gummy bears.  I sure learned my lesson.  Hardcore.  So… much… pain.  I have spent the last eight months retraining and relearning my eating habits.

One benefit of being back in California is TRADER JOES.  Yes, I love me some Trader Joes.  Before the surgery I loved it for its cookies and its salads and its taquitos.  Now that my stomach is itty bitty salads are not a good idea.  Simply not enough nutritional value in there.  Cookies – def not.  Sugar makes me sick.  Taquitos are a possibility, but I can really only fit about one.

So, on one of my recent shopping trips I took it slow.  I really looked at everything that Trader Joes has to offer. It is so easy to miss something awesome.  So, without further ado, here are some of my new favorites.

These are brand new.  They are tofu nuggets.  In my house we call them tofuggets.  Which sounds vaguely dirty, but I am a big fan of smashing words together.  I am not a tofu person.  Tofu is gross.  It is slimy.  It has no flavor.  It is not good.  Why the hell did I buy these?  Because I love edamame.  LOVE.  And these tofuggets have edamame in them.  SOLD!  And guess what?  They are DEEEE-LICIOUS.  Like chicken nuggets.  Flavorful.  Crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside.  But with edamame!!  Score.  And with 10 grams of protein (must reach 60 a day) per serving these are awesome.  One note though – I cook them for about 5 minutes longer than recommended – they puff up and get crispier then.

Eggface turned me on to these little cheese triangles.  They are a little on the pricey side, but I get them for a treat a couple times a month.  It is a great way to have some nicer cheese without committing to a whole block of it.  People that are post surgery can’t eat much in one sitting.  A whole block of cheese can be hard to get through without some help!  So these are perfect.  And the cheeses are great.  All with different flavors, nothing bland.  A nice switch from my usual cheddar cheese sticks from Target (though I have hard core love for my Market Pantry cheddar cheese sticks).  The Manchego is my favorite.

Okay, I don’t know if these little guys are new or if I just discovered them but I love them.     They are lower in the protein than just eating straight chicken, but I am so tired of chicken breasts that I needed something new (hence my willingness to try tofuggets).  The lemongrass flavor is pretty intense so if you don’t like lemongrass I would skip it.  I happen to like lemongrass and find them to be delicious.  Light, crunchy, not greasy like some eggrolls.

Well, that’s a wrap.  There are some Trader Joes products that I have been disappointed with – but maybe you just shouldn’t buy eggplant parmesan frozen.  Or maybe I don’t like eggplant.

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