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I walk 11 NYC blocks to Trader Joe's and only buy what I can carry. Here are 10 items I love that don't weigh me down on the way home.

I walk 11 NYC blocks to Trader Joe's and only buy what I can carry. Here are 10 items I love that don't weigh me down on the way home.
  • I walk to Trader Joe's and only buy what I can carry back to my NYC apartment.

  • Some of my favorite items include Trader Joe's fresh Atlantic salmon and mushroom medley.

  • I also love grabbing the family-style meat lasagna when I make a trip to Trader Joe's.

I've been a fan of Trader Joe's for 10 years. Since I never had a location in my area, I always stopped at the store when visiting other cities. Needless to say, I was psyched when one finally opened within walking distance of my NYC apartment.

I shop for myself, choosing lightweight items that fit easily into two bags for the walk home.

I tend to do a week's worth of shopping at a time and find it easier to carry my items home than roll them 11 crowded blocks in a cart.

Here are 10 items I love picking up at Trader Joe's.

I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's burrata, prosciutto, and arugula flatbread.

A box of Trader Joe's burrata, prosciutto, and arugula flatbread in a red shopping cart.
I like to chop up cherry tomatoes to add to the flatbread.Eva Leonard

This hearty flatbread comes heaped with delicious burrata, prosciutto, and arugula. It comes in a narrow box that easily fits into a shopping bag without adding too much weight.

After baking the flatbread, I like to cut up cherry tomatoes and add them to the other toppings for extra freshness, Vitamin C, flavor, and fiber.

I pick up Trader Joe's fresh Atlantic salmon for a quick and easy dinner.

A package of Trader Joe's fresh Atlantic salmon.
I serve Trader Joe's fresh Atlantic salmon alongside broccoli florets. Eva Leonard

When pressed for time, I sprinkle these Norwegian farm-raised salmon filets with a little sea salt and pepper and pop them into the microwave. I like to serve them alongside Trader Joe's frozen broccoli florets for dinner.

Trader Joe's chicken burrito bowl comes in a zesty chipotle Southwest-style sauce.

A Trader Joe's chicken-burrito bowl in a box. The meal includes seasoned-chicken breast with brown rice, black beans, red quinoa, cheddar cheese, and corn with a chipotle southwest-style sauce.
Trader Joe's chicken burrito bowl is packed with 22 grams of protein. Eva Leonard

One of my favorite meals from Trader Joe's is the chicken burrito bowl, which is well-seasoned and comes in a zesty chipotle Southwest-style sauce.

It's a filling blend of chicken breast, red quinoa, cheddar cheese, brown rice, black beans, bell peppers, and corn that delivers 22 grams of protein per serving.

I use Trader Joe's chunky homestyle guacamole as a substitute for traditional condiments.

A circular container of Trader Joe's organic chunky homestyle guacamole in a red shopping cart.
Trader Joe's organic, chunky, homestyle guacamole tastes great on salmon.Eva Leonard

I like to slather this organic, chunky, homestyle guacamole on roast-beef sandwiches instead of using traditional condiments or cheese. It also tastes fabulous on salmon.

Because I walk to and from the store, I opt for the single-serving cups of Greek nonfat yogurt.

Containers of Trader Joe's plain Greek nonfat yogurt.
I like to top Trader Joe's Greek nonfat yogurt with muesli and fresh blueberries.Eva Leonard

I enjoy Trader Joe's plain Greek nonfat yogurt for breakfast almost every day, topping it with muesli and fresh blueberries.

Because it's packed with protein, it helps me power through mornings. It also makes a great late-night snack.

I buy the individual 5.3-ounce serving cups because they make balanced weight distribution easy when I'm carrying a shopping bag home in each hand.

Trader Joe's mushroom medley is great for making chicken dishes.

A bag of Trader Joe's mushroom medley in a red shopping cart.
Trader Joe's mushroom medley includes four different types of mushrooms. Eva Leonard

The mushrooms in this 12-ounce medley are pre-cooked in extra-virgin olive oil, sunflower-seed oil, parsley, salt, and garlic.

A fabulous blend of champignons, oyster mushrooms, boletus, and slippery Jack mushrooms, the medley makes a quick, tasty addition to chicken dishes.

The fairly flexible packaging also makes it easy to squeeze this into the crevices of an almost-full grocery bag.

I get four servings out of Trader Joe's family-style meat lasagna.

A box of Trader Joe's family-style meat lasagna.
Trader Joe's 2-pound family-style meat lasagna is worth carrying home.Eva Leonard

When I'm craving a hearty meat-and-cheese dish, I opt for Trader Joe's family-style meat lasagna. Because I can get at least four servings out of a box, carrying this 2-pound item home is worth it.

Trader Joe's cod provençale with ratatouille and rice is one of my go-to meals.

A package of Trader Joe's cod provencale with ratatouille and rice in a red shopping cart.
Trader Joe's cod provençale is easy to carry home.Eva Leonard

Trader Joe's cod provençale with ratatouille and rice is one of my favorite go-to meals. This dreamy dose of French cuisine makes the perfect quick lunch or dinner.

A bonus? It's easy to tote a few of these meals home without breaking a sweat.

I add burrata and heirloom tomatoes to Trader Joe's mushroom ravioli.

A bag of Trader Joe's mushroom ravioli with mushroom-truffle sauce.
Trader Joe's mushroom ravioli is imported from Italy.Eva Leonard

Trader Joe's mushroom ravioli is a heavenly restaurant-quality Italian import. I typically get three servings out of each bag and like to top the ravioli with a dollop of burrata and some heirloom tomatoes.

The mushroom-truffle sauce is delicious and takes this meal to the next level.

Trader Joe's mini milk-chocolate bars make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

A box of Trader Joe's mini milk-chocolate bars in a red shopping cart.
Trader Joe's mini chocolate bars are available in dark- and milk-chocolate varieties.Eva Leonard

A little Belgian chocolate goes a long way. These delights are available in dark or milk chocolate and pack a lot of satisfaction into their petite size. I love to use them as an afternoon pick-me-up.

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