I really hope you guys have a Trader Joe’s by you. I love that place. They really have some good stuff there. And Cheap wine, well mine doesn’t have cheap wine but the one 45 minutes away does.
I rarely get through a shopping trip anywhere without TJ telling me he is hungry, so one day at Trader Joe’s (TJ’s – haha! get it?) when he found these Fiberful Bars and said he wanted the “green one” I was skeptical that he would like it, but did not want to deny him the opportunity to try. Well he loved it! YAY! Score one for the sneaky veggie snack!!! At $0.49 a bar I grabbed a bunch.
These lovely little snacks are not bad for you either. They have 6 grams of fiber, and I know all you weight watchers people are looking for ways to sneak in fiber into your diet. They have dried fruit, psyllium husk and flaxseed (and some have veggies). The flavors are Mixed berry, Apricot, Blueberry Apple and Fruit and Veggies. And the best part, they are only 1 Weight Watchers Points+ per bar. Give one a try next time you are at TJ’s
Who doesn’t love chocolate? I guess there are some people, but they are just weird in my opinion (I kid). When I found these Sunspire Grain Sweetened Dark Chocolate Baking Chips I was crazy excited. 2 Tablespoons of these chips are only 2 PointsPlus, whereas 2 tablespoons of traditional chocolate chips are 4 PointsPlus. Score! Below are the full nutritional stats on these as compared to Hershey’s dark chocolate chips.
(Note on Hershey’s, if you go to their site and look up the nutritional information it is for 1 tbs only)
SUNSPIRE (2tbs) HERSHEYS (2tbs)
Calories 80 140
Calories from fat 35 80
Total Fat 4g 9g
Sat Fat 2.5g 6g
Trans Fat 0g NA
Cholesterol 0mg NA
Sodium 0mg 10mg
Total Carb. 9g 18g
Dietary Fiber 0g 2g
Sugars 2g 16
Protein 2g 2g
Now go make some chocolate chip cookies!
I don’t know about you, but I REFUSE to spend $5.00 for an ounce of spice blends. Its crazy how much they charge for this stuff. And for the amount I use?? I will end up throwing 3/4 of it out because spices lose their potency after a while. So one day I did a little poking around on the internet looking up various spice blends, and my goodness! So easy! And most of the stuff you have already in your spices. Here are a few I found (why re-invent the wheel?):
Pumpkin Pie Spice (original recipe found here)
- 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3 teaspoons ground allspice
Mix all spices together, done and done. Make sure you keep this in a spice tin or plastic container. Something that seals well. This makes about 23 teaspoons.
Taco Seasoning (original recipe found here)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
Be your own chef here, if you like things spicier add more chili powder or red pepper flakes. Or tone it down if you like things on the milder side. Keep in an air tight container.
These are just two so far…I will keep on the hunt for more money saving homemade spice blends.