Healthy Snacks…at Marshalls & TJ Maxx

by Grace Boyle on January 25, 2012

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You may not really be understanding my title, but believe reader, I wouldn’t steer you wrong.

You know near the back of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores you can find kitchenware? You can also find gourmet gift baskets, food, tea and snacks. When I was alerted of their frequency of new foods, I had to check it out for myself.

This month as I’m eating gluten-free, I was surprised to find 6 different snacks all gluten-free, low in calorie and healthy.

I tried:

  • Bare Fruit Granny Smith Apple Chips which are 100% organic, apples coming from Washington state. Ingredients? Organic apples.
  • Gourmet Nuts Dried Edamame which are roasted and salted to perfection and great for popping as a healthy, protein-rich snack.
  • Mrs. Mays Cran-Blueberry Crunch that are vegan and gluten-free hearty granola-like squares that fueled me with their antioxidants while snowboarding last weekend. They’re filled with cashews, almonds, pistachios, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, sesame seeds, cane juice and sea salt. I was also touched to learn Mrs. Mays gives back to charities with her proceeds.
  • Regal Gourmet Snacks, Dried Fruit, a small store that started in Philly in the 70’s has now grown to 50 different mixes and more than 100 varieties of nuts and dried fruits. They’re low in calorie and no added ingredients, just the fruit baby.
  • Smokehouse Soups & Spices, Country Bean Soup which is a lentil soup that comes dried, with added spices. Simple, but a nice addition for a winter evening.

All the snacks amounted to only $25 and they’ve been keeping me fueled at the office and on my mountain weekend trips.

I like to see the small-town stories of these providers which have since grown, by providing to these stores. It seems they have also kept their integrity because these snacks were wholesome and hit the spot.

Next time you’re shoe shopping or perusing through these stores, peek in the back. I would be curious to see what you find!

Disclaimer: Marshalls and T.J. Maxx “challenged” me to see what I could find in their stores food-wise and provided a gift card to taste test. I have since been back and bought this food on my own. All opinions as always, are my own.

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  • Lacy

    I was in a Home Goods store (owned by TJ Maxx) last week and was really impressed with their selection of fancy oils and vinegars. They had all kinds of interesting olive oils, plain and infused, as well as truffle oil, hazelnut oil, etc. Plus a bunch of different kinds of vinegars. I’m definitely going to remember that for foodie gifts!

    • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

      That’s exactly it – they’re really good for food gifts. I learned that almost monthly they will have a new batch of food, baskets, artisan items so it’s never really the same. I went for a specific health-kick to see what I could find and was surprised at finding this much which were all good. Nice to see the food love is everywhere!

  • Dawn

    Hi! Excited to see all these GF snacks. My daughter and mother have celiac and it’s wonderful when we can find new snacks that are GF and from Marshalls/TJ Maxx. Can I ask if you’ve noticed any changes since going gluten free?

    • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

      Hi Dawn! Thanks for sharing and stopping by. I actually just went totally gluten-free in January. To be perfectly honest, I think I needed 3 months to see real differences (it’s hard for me, I’m Italian!) but I felt lighter. I think it’s great and when I can or have that option, Ill choose gluten free when I’m out.

  • Mo

    Can anyone help? Bought a granola at Marshalls. Burgundy bag, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cranberries.
    Haven’t found it since.

    MO

  • Judi

    LAST WEEK i was in a Tampa store. Found a bag of –I think it was called Fiber–with raisins-mix it with your food, i bought a bag, and really enjoyed it. Went back yesterday for some more, no one knew what i was talking about. I would like some inf on buying some more, please help. tks, westcoast swing—Judi

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