When it comes to Trader Joe’s, you don’t have to explain to me how delicious a frozen quiche is for Sunday brunch, or how your kids yell for sweet Belgian waffles drizzled with berry compote on Saturday mornings. . And those chocolate croissants that were fermented overnight before baking? It was my secret weapon for every sleepover my daughters hosted from 2005 to 2012.
Brown sugar boba kit. Sure, you can find boba tea in just about every city block these days, but why bother with it when you can whip it up in your own kitchen? Movement: “Add a cold espresso to your tea,” Alex suggests.
Corn and wheat tortillas. They have the flexibility of flour tortillas and the flavor of corn tortillas, and they happen to be the perfect size for an egg and cheese scramble. movement: Place 1 beaten egg in a greased nonstick frying pan over medium to low heat. Let stand until almost set and sprinkle a little sharp cheddar cheese on top. Place the tortilla on top of the cheese and heat until the cheese melts and sticks to the tortilla, 1 more minute. Flip the tortilla and cook for an additional 30 seconds, then serve with hot sauce, folded or sliced.
Everything but bagel seasoning. This Trader Joe’s A-Lister probably needs no introduction, but the sesame, poppy, salt, garlic, and onion mix is my house fairy powder. Movement: Shake it over avocado toast, scrambled eggs and savory oats.
chia seeds. Affordable and loaded with fiber and protein, it’s a perfect on-the-go breakfast when you stir it up with the milk you’re drinking these days. Movement: Mix 1/4 cup with 1 cup of almond milk and 1 tablespoon of syrup and let stand for 30 minutes (or overnight) to make chia pudding. Mornings are topped with nuts, fruit and granola.
hash brown patty. As Alex points out, “We all know frozen hash brown patties are a God-given gift.” Movement: “In college, I used to make breakfast burritos out of TJ flour tortillas—hash brown patties toasted in the toaster oven and cut in half. A spoonful of refried beans, scrambled eggs and hot sauce,” says Alex. “A great way to start the day.”
candy pecans. Pecans are already in the Hall of Fame when it comes to nuts in general, but what about this candied crispy version? (The only rival is its cheeky cousin, the sweet and spicy pecan, who usually sits right next to the candy on the shelf.) Movement: Sprinkle over yogurt, chia pudding, or oatmeal. Or just eat it yourself with a handful.
An unexpected cheddar cheese spread. A dip version of Traders’ favorite aged cheddar is a favorite with crackers and fruit. But what about breakfast? Movement: “I was so happy I scrambled into the scrambled eggs,” says Alex.
Gluten Free Norwegian Crispbread. I eat a few of these crispy, salty seeds throughout the day (especially with hummus) and love them most at breakfast when I’m craving bagel flavor rather than bagel crumbs. Movement: Spread some cream cheese and chopped red onion on top.
Instant unsweetened oatmeal pack. You’ll find that most flavored oatmeal packs are sweet or obsessed with spice. Movement: Made with almond milk and topped with maple syrup and fresh blueberries.
smoothie extra. I usually use a scoop of almond butter, but Alex had some next-level ideas for smoothie add-ins. Movement: “Coconut. Cottage cheese. Chai flour. A spoonful of apricot jam. A squeeze of date syrup.” 1 cup of dark chocolate peanut butter.”
thank you, Alex! Which Trader Joe’s products can help with breakfast?
PS Trader Joe’s hack and the zucchini muffins you eat every morning.