I’m a softy for the Olympics. I’m sure many of you may share that same sentiment. It just makes me feel good. What makes feel so warm and fuzzy? I want to believe there’s still genuine competition and sportsmanship on an international level. In a way by saying that, I’m showing my cynical side. Most certainly. But I’m an idealist at heart. I’m enjoying an inspiring event as I write this. I sense the good vibrations, the good energy, and I feel the love.
You know where else I’ve always felt love? Trader Joe’s has always been good to me. It’s been so clutch to this (for more TJ posts click here) blog. And even if the results have not always been the most positive, I still find many without trying too hard.
An Olympic themed tea was not necessarily what I was seeking out. Though that would be nice. Maybe I’ll get to that next week. My visits to this store have shrunk and I need to fix that. So I fixed it today and a lovely display rack of their Sweet Tea and Bollywood popcorn did the trick. Yes you read that right, Bollywood popcorn with Vegan Tikka Masala seasoning. I didn’t know any of this existed. I grabbed a bag of course.
This pairing may not make sense but if their featured in front of the store then why quibble? If Trader Joe’s says its ok then who am I to dispute? There is a hint of sarcasm here. Not to be outdone, as I strolled around the aisles I discovered Mango Coconut Popcorn. This looks scary and potentially habit-forming. However, if you’ve noticed my posts I’ve been in a mango kick this summer. And I don’t see why not. Oh how I love summer. And I’m loving the Summer Olympics. And we’re only getting started.
None of this screams the Olympics. None of this is remotely good for you. I put my little spread together and started feeling gross. These athletes are in shape and inspiring. This is not quite like going to the movies but it’s a monumental event that only happens every two years.
I’ll get the negatives out of the way. I’ve never loved sweet tea. This will hardly change that. But, pure cane sugar and no high fructose corn syrup could lead me to change my mind at some point. Many of you are going to love it. But this isn’t me.
But both flavored popcorns’ are so bad for you and oh-so habit forming. Be careful, the caloric and fat content is high. I already feel like more of a non-athlete versus these Olympians. This Olympics party spread won’t do anything to dispel that.
I put most of it back in their bags. But beforehand I took some fun shots, and even some of my animal friends joined, and were looking for some foodies. They slowly crawled their way to get some eats but this wouldn’t be right. But just like any athlete, they never gave up. They put up a fight. But I did them a favor. The most important fact that should not go unnoticed is that they worked together. They looked out for each other and motivated each other every step of the way. This is the true spirit of the games of the 31st Olympiad!
But yeah, the tea and snacks should only be taken in small doses.
And who puts iced tea in a mug? Well I think this particular mug would be a viable exception.
Next time you’re at your local Trader Joe’s be on the look out for these treats. I think most of you will enjoy. And speaking of enjoyment, we have two weeks of thrilling Olympic coverage. I hope you get a chance to be captivated. I already have been. And more is coming.
If I can keep the Olympic Spirit going, I’ll continue next week.