My New Favorite $5 Seasonal Trader Joe's Find

My New Favorite $5 Seasonal Trader Joe's Find

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Danielle Blundell
Oct 22, 2018
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I'm a grazer — it's probably one of my biggest diet downfalls. I'd rather pick on a couple of little things every few hours than down a heavy meal. (I blame it partially on the fact that I haven't had a job that actually encouraged taking a lunch hour in more than a decade.) Which brings me to a recent road trip I took. I obviously needed car snacks! And Trader Joe's was clearly the place to go for such provisions.

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I had grabbed my usual plantain chips (the bag with the monkeys on it; not the sweet ones) and a bottle of sparkling water when this gray bag of Organic Turkey Apple Bites caught my eye. A new and seasonal-sounding find? I had to try it! Spoiler alert: It hit the spot. (Because protein and apples!)

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I did kind of go in expecting them to be jerky-like, and that was a mistake. (My boyfriend ended up hating them for that reason.) These organic turkey squares have an entirely different texture — more spongy than chewy. But that ended up being a good thing, once I got used to them. They look like LARABAR minis, only thinner. And the texture was similar, but meatier (obviously). They're not crumbly either, which is key for a travel snack.

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As far as taste goes, I was into the savory-slash-fruity situation they have going on. You can actually detect that hint of sweet apple and raisin in each bite, as promised on the packaging. After checking the nutrition facts, I was surprised that TJ's accomplished this flavor profile without sugar or any other artificial sweeteners. (I'm still not over that knee-jerk Whole30 reaction to the sugars in any processed food I encounter, by the way.)

At $5 for a 2.5-ounce package, Trader Joe's Organic Turkey Apple Bites aren't super cheap, but they will keep you going when you're on the road — or at your desk and feeling hangry.

Have you tried these? What'd you think?

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