Everyone is always looking for new food ideas, so here are my finds from a recent trip…. to Job Lot!
Do you ever think of Job Lot when you think of food shopping? I do! While you’re obviously not going to find essentials like fresh vegetables or meats, it’s always fun to walk through their food section where you will discover an eclectic variety of groceries and almost always for an awesome price.
If you live in Rhode Island you know about the Ocean State Job Lot. I’ve lived in six different parts of the state and there has always been one nearby. While visiting their website for the first time, I just learned that they have 126 stores! (15 in RI) I had no idea they were that widespread.
Another really cool thing about Job Lot is you’ll always find new things there. This can be a negative when you find something you love and then it’s gone– but that’s just how it is! Stock up when you do find something you’ll use. Their website even has a Coming Attractions tab where I see Tretap Maple Sparkling Water for 75¢ that I will now be on the lookout for. Check out the short video on the Tretap site to learn what their maple water is all about. You can click on the links of any of the Job Lot treasures I mention below to find out more about the companies and their products.
First up: For you coffee lovers!
I have not been into coffee much lately…but I find myself loving these.
For you caffeine-sensitive people like me, be careful, you will feel these!
- 3 flavors (at my Job Lot): Double Espresso, Salted Caramel, Mexican Vanilla
- Made with Fair-Trade Arabica Beans
- only 7-8 grams of sugar per bottle
- Lower acid than traditionally brewed coffee
I’d never encountered these before and I have somewhat of a bar obsession. Pretty tasty and caffeine can come in handy on a bike ride, hike or even during a long day at the office.
- 3 flavors: Mocha Latte, Caramel Macchiato, Coconut Mocha
- Infused with a cup of real coffee, no synthetic caffeine
- Organic, vegan and gluten-free
To fulfill your requirement for my favorite food group: Chocolate!
I got the 85% for eating and the 90% for a flourless chocolate torte recipe. They also have a 70% if you like to go a little sweeter. And they also have these amazing truffle balls if you really want something sweet and yummy.
Clearly an overstock item from Christmas, but does that really matter?
TAZA makes stone-ground chocolate that is “bold, rustic and satisfyingly gritty–unlike any other chocolate you’ve tasted.”
For your protein and omega fats:
Good quality, ready to eat seafood. Pantry essentials.
- Tuna responsibly fished in the North Pacific
- Sustainable harvested sardines
- Both are excellent, convenient sources of omega-3 fatty acids and protein
For creating a tasty, fast and easy Asian food meal:
Simply stir-fry your favorite veggies and add a protein source like shrimp, chicken or tofu. Then stir in this sauce and you’re done. Serve over brown rice or quinoa if you like.
- Available in red and yellow varieties as well
- Perfect for adding exotic flavor to your home cooking
- Only 3g of sugar per serving
For a special peanut butter treat:
Yes, this is peanut butter with sugar and cocoa butter.
And yes, you CAN eat delicious things like this sometimes.
For healthier cooking and baking:
Coconut oil, Tropical Green Organics Coconut Sugar and Bob’s Red Mill Shredded Coconut
- Coconut is healthy– we now know that saturated fat is not something to avoid
- I try not to use too much sugar but I really love making these Cashew-Butter Cookies which call for coconut sugar
Try this: Saute an onion in 1T coconut oil, add in 1lb of ground beef until cooked, then stir in a jar of Muir Glen plum tomatoes, some chili powder and spinach (plus any other veggies you want)– and you’ve got dinner plus leftovers for lunches.
- Organically grown tomatoes
- Jarred tomato products are so versatile and a super easy way to boost the veggie content of any meal– definitely something to stock in your pantry
I was excited to find these– when I worked at Whole Foods we sold them and we had a box of samples that I used to drink on my breaks. I really believe they do help you feel calm when you’re stressed.
- Tulsi, aka Holy Basil, is an adaptogenic herb revered in India for thousands of years to support a healthy response to stress and promote balance and harmony
- Naturally caffeine-free (except for the green-tea variety)
- Comes in several herbal flavors, as well as in a green-tea blend
Let me know about your favorite Job Lot food finds!