Trader Joe's Frozen Berries: A Delicious Summer Snack

 (2007)

G. Stolyarov II

See Mr. Stolyarov's Index of Selected Writings, Originally Published on Associated Content / Yahoo! Voices.

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~ G. Stolyarov II, July 21, 2014

If you seek a cold snack this summer as a remedy for the heat, you need not head for the ice cream right away. Trader Joe's frozen berries present a healthy alternative that you can enjoy without guilt. When they are eaten cold, they make an excellent replacement for ice cream, with far fewer calories!

Trader Joe's Mixed Berry Medley, consisting of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, is one of the most affordable brands of frozen berries out there. For only $2.69, you can get 16 entire ounces of them; so for every ounce, you pay about 16.8 cents. This is compared to $3.95 for 10 ounces, or 39.5 cents per ounce, for Cascadian Farm Harvest Berries or $4.99 for 10 ounces -- 49.9 cents per ounce -- for the Woodstock Farms berry mix. Clearly, with a more than twofold difference in price from the competition, Trader Joe's frozen berries are a bargain purchase.

Furthermore, Trader Joe's Mixed Berry Medley has won high praise and ratings from a panel of five San Francisco food professionals who evaluated and compared nine different brands of frozen berry mixes; Trader Joe's came out on top with a score of 76, compared to 72 for Cascadian Farms and 56 for the next-highest-ranked brand, C&W Berry Medley. Among all the frozen berry brands, Trader Joe's frozen berries are remarkable for their ripeness, sweetness, and maintenance of good shape. Moreover, at only 80 calories per cup, they can be consumed without guilt, even in multiple servings at a time.

This summer, consider eating some Trader Joe's frozen berries while they are still cold, right out of the freezer. You will then sense the frozen berries' resemblance to strongly fruit-flavored ice cream. Eat them one berry at a time, so as to prolong your enjoyment and to keep alleviating the heat. In the meantime, the rest of the berries will partially thaw, which gives them some of their best taste.

Unlike regular berries, which perish after a few days, even in a refrigerator, Trader Joe's frozen berries can last for months at least in the freezer. You need not worry about eating all the berries within a short time span; take your time and get a few whenever you wish. For those who enjoy cooking, Trader Joe's frozen berries can at any time be thawed and used as ingredients in a fruit salad or dessert. They can also serve as components in a cool, refreshing smoothie -- a tasty way to combat the summer heat.

Another way you can eat Trader Joe's frozen berries is by sprinkling some of them on top of a vanilla or fruit-flavored yogurt. With this healthy alternative, you need not fall for 250-calorie "fruit-on-the-bottom" yogurts; purchase a Dannon Lite yogurt with only 60 calories in it, and put about ten frozen berries into it. The entire combination will be around 70 calories and is guaranteed to be more delicious than those plain yogurts mixed with highly calorific jam.

Trader Joe's Mixed Berry Medley can be purchased at Trader Joe's stores. These stores are scattered throughout the country, with locations in most states.


Gennady Stolyarov II (G. Stolyarov II) is an actuary, science-fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. 

In December 2013, Mr. Stolyarov published Death is Wrong, an ambitious children’s book on life extension illustrated by his wife Wendy. Death is Wrong can be found on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Mr. Stolyarov has contributed articles to the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), The Wave Chronicle, Le Quebecois Libre, Brighter Brains Institute, Immortal Life, Enter Stage RightRebirth of Reason, The Liberal Institute, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

In an effort to assist the spread of rational ideas, Mr. Stolyarov published his articles on Associated Content (subsequently the Yahoo! Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices) from 2007 until Yahoo! closed this venue in 2014. Mr. Stolyarov held the highest Clout Level (10) possible on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and was one of its Page View Millionaires, with over 3,175,000 views. Mr. Stolyarov’s selected writings from that era have been preserved on this page.

Mr. Stolyarov holds the professional insurance designations of Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Personal Insurance (API), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE), and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF).

Mr. Stolyarov has written a science fiction novel, Eden against the Colossus, a philosophical treatise, A Rational Cosmology,  a play, Implied Consent, and a free self-help treatise, The Best Self-Help is Free. You can watch his YouTube Videos.Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at gennadystolyarovii@gmail.com.

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