Halfway, Trader Joes Finds, and Pregnancy Cravings/Aversions

Hey Friends!! Happy freaking Friday!! We are currently on a road trip out west with a couple close friends for the next week. This is our first trip (besides Dallas) since covid and we are more than ready for a little change of scenery. It was the perfect time too because you know how I had been bragging about the lovely 70 degree weather we have had lately in San Antonio? Well a cold front is coming through so time to get out of town.

My husband and I popped into Trader Joes the other day for a few things and ofcourse ended up buying soo many things. What can I say, Trader Joes is my vice. ;). We grocery shop weekly at our local HEB, but will occasionally stop into TJs for our favorite select items or new fun seasonal items there. I would love to hear from you guys on what your favorite TJ products are or what specialty grocery stores you love. I’m a fan of Whole Foods and Central Market too. 🙂

I saw several people post on these plantain croutons over the last few weeks so I will admit these were my main reason for wanting to stop by TJs. :). I am obsessed with their plantain chips and cannot keep them in the house. LOL. I snagged 2 bags of these croutons and one is almost gone. 🙂 But hey, I am proud I have been eating more salads lately so there’s the plus side. I also had these on top of lentil soup – SO good for a nice crunch!! They are really little so you can add a bunch for not a ton of calories.

I have also been wanting to try these chips made with cassava and coconut. They were good, but nothing to rave about. But the ingredient list is good and a nice alternative to corn chips.

Now these chips were right up my alley. A little healthier and really tasty.

See, I told yall I liked the plantain chips so ofcourse I had to grab a bag of the dark chocolate drizzled plantain chips. I should have grabbed a few more bags because Jon and I ate almost the whole bag in one sitting. The sweet and salty combo is my jam!

I love beets especially on a salad, but the fresh kind are just way too high maintenance for me. :). I usually use the canned kind, but saw these in vinaigrette and grabbed a jar. So yummy and I love that you can just twist the top back on and store in the fridge for later.

Ofcourse I had to grab another bottle to add to my inventory. I love this seasoning on almost everything – eggs, salads, veggies, and especially roasted potatoes. I always keep at least one extra bottle in my spice cupboard – I can’t run out, that would be sad. 🙂

Ok, let’s talk pregnancy cravings and aversions. It is so funny because this is the number one question I am asked by people and I usually have the most boring answer, “I’m not really craving anything and after the first trimester, I am back to eating my normal diet.” In the first trimester I certainly couldn’t fathom eating a salad or salmon (or any seafood for that matter), but I didn’t really crave anything. Well things have quickly changed. I have always been a vinaigrette kind of girl, but y’all, I cannot get over my current craving for Caesar salad/dressing. We ordered takeout a few weeks ago and my husband asked for my order and it included a Caesar salad and his jaw dropped. LOL. I don’t think he’s ever heard me order one before. But I grabbed this bottle up at TJs because I don’t see this craving going anywhere anytime soon. 🙂

Another pregnancy craving of mine has been chocolate. I’ve always loved chocolate, but I typically prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate. Well not anymore. I always pick up these dark/milk chocolate covered almonds at TJs (they are soo good) and it usually works out well because I like the dark ones and my husband likes the milk chocolate ones. Well ya’ll I ate all the milk chocolate covered almonds. The dark ones taste really bitter to me right now so here we are. 🙂

Our little super bowl spread. We watched with Jon’s brother and his girlfriend so it was very low-key. I was there for the food and commercials, as always. 🙂

Halfway there people!! Last time I told you we were heading to our 20 week anatomy scan and I can report that all went well!! Little baby P was sucking his/her thumb and had the hiccups!! sooo cute!! But all measurements were right on track and we are officially halfway to meeting our baby!! At the beginning the halfway point felt like such a big milestone and I cannot believe it is here already!! I have been working hard on our registry and figuring out plans for when the baby arrives and our parental leaves from work. I’ll do another post on all this coming soon! (PS – Thank you SO much to my dear blog friend, Taylor. You know what you did. ;)).

A few meals I have been loving lately.

In the mid-morning I have been having greek or coconut yogurt with fresh fruit, dates and some peanut butter. This holds me over until mid afternoon. I usually try to sneak in a quick workout at lunch so I like to have something in my tummy before then.

I have been on a smoothie kick lately too. I was loving more fruit/green smoothies, but lately I have been liking more chocolatey tasting smoothies like this one. Frozen banana, dates, cocoa powder, vanilla protein powder, ice, almond butter and unsweetened almond milk and I top it with unsweetened shredded coconut. My husband loves this combo too so it has been on repeat in our household lately. I prefer eating my smoothies out of a bowl with a spoon. Do you prefer it in a cup with a straw?

I made the best salad for lunch the other day so I just had to share. It was chopped romaine, cucumber, beets, hearts of palm (I always forget about these, but they are so delicious in a salad), hard boiled egg, plantain croutons, left over grilled salmon, and the TJ Caesar salad dressing. So yummy!

One last picture before I leave you. My daddy bought us our baby stroller and it arrived the other day so I put Jon straight to work assembling it. 🙂 He refuses to use the directions and likes to just “figure it out” so eventually he got it all put together. The baby things are starting to pile up in the nursery!!!

I hope you all have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend!! I will try to check in next week while we are away, but I will just play it by ear. Tell me what you are all up to this weekend!! XOXOXO

4 thoughts on “Halfway, Trader Joes Finds, and Pregnancy Cravings/Aversions

  1. Yay! So glad y’all got it! Hope you’re having a great, relaxing week and congrats on escaping the winter storm—good timing! I’m always glad to see food reviews and Trader Joe’s especially, and am happy to hear it hits some pregnancy cravings! I haven’t tried the plaintain crisps but those sound like a great healthier alternative to croutons—hopefully I can grab some soon and top on winter soups!

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