Without a doubt, fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. Once September hits and the weather dips below 50 degrees, anything orange with "pumpkin" in the name — from candles to face masks to even those infamous spiced lattes everyone talks about — is a must-have. That being said, I'm so thankful for Trader Joe's. Every year, the grocer gives fans like myself a healthy dose of autumn-inspired food choices to satisfy all our cravings. Not to mention, everything's super affordable! This year, I took a little trip to see what's new — here's what I found.
1. Pumpkin O’s Breakfast Cereal
I grew up eating cereals for breakfast. And although I try to avoid them now because they're just so sugary, THIS box is too good not to devour — plus, it only has nine grams of sugar per serving. Not bad at all, especially considering each cup is packed with fiber — a trade-off I stand behind. My favorite part about these Pumpkin O's is that they combine the crunchiness of Cheerios, which I love, with the perfect hint of pumpkin spice flavor. Enjoy them dry or with some cold almond milk — the choice is up to you!
2. Autumnal Harvest Creamy Pasta Sauce with Cauliflower Gnocchi
Sauce Price: $3.49
Cauliflower Gnocchi Price: $2.69
Pasta is my true love and comfort food wrapped in one. Sadly, I don't eat it too-too often since it's such a heavy carb. But this cauliflower-based "gnocchi" is a wonderful substitute that tastes exactly like regular pasta with the same chewy texture. Topped with TJ's Autumnal Harvest Creamy Pasta Sauce, it's a hearty dish I look forward to after a long day. The best part? Both combine wholesome ingredients full of vitamins like 100% of your daily vitamin A intake and 15% of vitamin C. A double win if you ask me!
3. Pumpkin Soup
When it’s cold outside, soup is my number one savior to keep me warm and full. This pumpkin delight is so creamy with a hint of sweetness, you'll wonder how you've gone your whole life without a spoonful. There's only 2.5 grams of fat per serving — and you can pronounce all the ingredients on the label (which is a great sign, btw).
4. Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea
As soon as I spotted this cute festive tin, I knew I just had to grab it — and man, I'm so glad I did. This tea has saved me lots of cash, because instead of buying Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Lattes every morning, I brew up a cup of "pumpkin spice rooibos" instead. It's not too strong and has a semi-sweet aftertaste I don't mind at all. Pro tip: I prefer adding a touch of almond milk to make it go down even smoother.
5. Pumpkin Cream Cheese
Total Price: $1.99
Being an adopted New Yorker, I live for a good bagel with cream cheese. While this one has added sugar, there are only four grams in two tablespoons. Experimenting, I added a dollop to my cinnamon oatmeal with almond milk one morning, and it was beyond amazing! This stuff's a little treat well worth adding to your shopping cart next time you're out.
For more pumpkin-spiced treats and the complete rundown on nutrition facts, click here. Have any more fall goodies you'd recommend? Comment below!