Two Comfort Foods

I went to Trader Joe’s today to stock up on various foodstuffs. As I sat problem-solving what to write about tonight on my blog, it occurred to me to throw in a plug for two Trader Joe’s products that I think are especially good. Clearly, TJ’s has many other products that are great, but these two add a bit of happiness to my life every day.  Here they are:

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints: Just Three Ingredients.

These mints taste a lot like a peppermint patty but consist solely of honey, chocolate liquor, and oil of peppermint. No sugar or preservatives at all. My students, all of whom are sugar eaters, would tell you that these are adequately sweet without any oppressive honey taste. I highly recommend these for chocolate lovers who want a touch of a treat without a jillion calories. There are 140 calories for 3 and I guarantee they will satisfy your sweet tooth quite well.

mInts

 

Trader Joe’s Spiced Chai Tea

This is my current go-to hot beverage with added milk (I use non-fat dried milk) and Stevia for sweetener (honey is also great in this). This will warm you up and wake you up, as well. It’s a treat because of all the flavors, but also it’s a great comfort drink that will add a little pleasure to your day.  It contains black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, Chinese star anise, black pepper, nutmeg, roasted chicory, natural flavor and vanilla bean.

Chai

 

Let me know if you give either of these a try.  I’d love to hear what you think.  And your comfort foods, what are they?

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Two Comfort Foods”

  1. I buy dark-chocolate-covered ginger from Trader Joe’s. I find ginger is the only think that relieves arthritis in my neck (from too many years of staring at keyboards and computers).

    1. I’m interested in the idea of the ginger helping with arthritis in your neck. I’m sure that’s true – all the healing power of ginger and other herbs – glad to know of that, but sorry to hear about your neck. I just bought fresh ginger from TJ’s to make ginger cookies.

  2. My doctor and insurance company sent me through 12 sessions of physical therapy, and it did not help. A co-worker recommended ginger a few months ago, and it has been like a miracle drug. The pain has been reduced by about 80 percent. I also put crystalized ginger in hot green tea, which seems to soften it, then spoon it out and eat it after drinking the tea. I am normally skeptical about these kind of recommendations, but it has been real for me.

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