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This Person Found an Entire Lizard in Their Trader Joe's Kale

This Person Found an Entire Lizard in Their Trader Joe's Kale


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UPDATE: After Cooking Light published this story yesterday, the mystery shopper stepped forward to share more details over Twitter. Grace Goldstein is the D.C. local who discovered a dead lizard sprawled out in her bag of Trader Joe's kale on Tuesday.

Goldstein took to Twitter to reveal her identity after seeing the story that we ran:

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People magazine saw Goldstein's Tweet directed at Cooking Light and asked her to share more details about the horrifying discovery, and now we've learned just how the whole ordeal went down.

“It was a back and forth between denial and horror, which amounted to a lot of asking my boyfriend to see the bag of kale and identify the lizard and shrieking and pushing it away and refusing to go near it…and then asking to see it again,” she told People.

Goldstein was torn on what exactly she should do with the kale—we originally suggested she might use Trader Joe's shopper-friendly return policy to her advantage, but she ended up sticking the kale (and the decomposing lizard) into the freezer.

“It’s a little too close to my late night ice cream for comfort," she says.

Goldstein says that she has formally reached out to Trader Joe's and that the chain is looking into what possibly led to the lizard ending up dead in the kale, but the psychological damage might far outweigh anything else. She shared that she's off kale for now—"I’m really into spinach now."

Kenya Friend-Daniel, the public relations director for Trader Joe's, shared this official comment in an email to Cooking Light this morning.

"We are committed to providing customers with great products of the highest quality and are currently working with our vendor to look into and address the matter."

The original article, published on April 4, continues below:

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There's nothing like ripping into a bag of fresh kale (possibly even at breakfast)—but one shopper's bag from Trader Joe's housed a surprise: A tagalong that probably snuck in during production.

Yes, a full grown lizard can be seen lounging in the bed of greens.

The photo surfaced on social media platforms after the shopper sent a snap of the horrifying discovery to friends, including one Kate Berner, a D.C. local who couldn't help but share the goosebumps-inducing image with the whole world.

"I’m the number 1 #traderjoes apologist," she writes, alongside a clear photo of the sizeable specimen, "But this lizard in my friend’s kale isn’t great…"

We have a lot of questions for Kate and her friends—like, is there a small chance that the little guy is still alive?! And did the home cook throw out the bag—or share the discovery with the crew at the local Trader Joe's where it was purchased?

The bag appears to be Trader Joe's standard pre-washed, pre-cut kale, which retails for $2.29 in stores.

Not that we'd wish this on anyone, but Kate's photo reminded us of the store's amazing return policies. You can return anything that you have tried and don't like (whether or not it contains a reptile), even without a receipt and/or if the product is already open. We are sure that this bag of kale qualifies for a speedy return. Maybe try their kale chips, instead?

Sadly, this is not the first time the Internet has been horrified at such a discovery—earlier this year, a woman in Maine found a full-bodied blue-belly lizard in her chopped salad mix (missing a tail, which she's unsure if she ate or not). And we're sure it's not going to be the last, so if anything, we're all now fans of an extra lettuce wash...just in case.


The 14 Best Frozen Meals From Trader Joe’s

I love to cook, but some days I am just not in the mood. For me night now, it’s the combination of doing so much at-home cooking over the last year plus raising a toddler while pregnant. You can pretty much guarantee I’m drained of energy by 7 p.m. Once my toddler is in bed, the last thing I want to do is pull up a recipe and spend more than 10 minutes at work in the kitchen.

So like any inventive (and tired) mom, I head to the freezer and grab a meal instead. Freezer meals aren’t what they used to be—anyone else remember thinking it was a treat to get a TV dinner? Many now can actually taste just as good (sometimes better) than home cooking.

If there ever was a freezer section of my dreams, it’s of course found at Trader Joe’s. I love the variety of options and—even though I’m a fan of takeout when I’m feeling too tired to cook—I do think some of their freezer meals can compete with ordering out (with a much better price tag). Many Trader Joe’s frozen items can be filling enough on their own, while others can easily be paired with a grain or salad to make the meal feel more complete.

Whipping up some rice or a simple green salad to pair with a frozen entrée is much easier than brainstorming and prepping an entire meal. Mom hack: I aim to make a large portion of grains on Sunday to have on hand for these semi-freezer meals throughout the week.

Need some freezer-stocking inspiration? These are the best frozen meals that you can grab during your next visit to Trader Joe’s.

Vegetarian


Sheet Pan Trader Joe’s Kale Gnocchi.

Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi was the food craze of 2019, and my sheet-pan recipe for turning it into a tasty weeknight dinner was my top post of the entire year! When I saw the news that Trader Joe’s was releasing a brand new version this year — Kale Gnocchi — I couldn’t get to the frozen food aisle at my local TJ’s fast enough! I used a similar method for cooking the Kale Gnocchi (ignoring the instructions on the bag, which give a soggy, unpleasant result) and baked them on a sheet pan until warm and crispy. Also on my sheet pan, Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs, sweet butternut squash, shallot slices, and cherry tomatoes that burst and release their flavorful juices. To finish the dish off, I drizzled the roasted kale gnocchi, meatballs and veggies with a thyme-infused brown butter and lots of fresh parmesan cheese. The result was delightfully tasty, and dare I say even a bit more addictive than its cauliflower gnocchi predecessor! Get the full recipe below:


You Shouldn't Trust Pre-Washed Greens&mdashHere&rsquos the Quickest Way to Clean Them

In a nutrition course I took in college, one professor insisted that we all wash our pre-washed salad greens before eating them, even if they’re labeled triple-washed. The horror story she gave us detailed an unfortunate customer finding a dead, chopped up BAT in her “pre-washed” bag of shredded lettuce.

If you don’t believe my story, there are plenty more on the internet to support the case. One woman found an entire lizard in her bag of Trader Joe’s kale, and that’s not the first time a lizard has been the cereal-box-prize in a bagged salad.

Even if you religiously scrub your fruit, making sure to wash everything, including your avocados, you might be overlooking the most bacteria-laden produce in your fridge.

As much as we𠆝 rather ignore the issue, “triple-washed” can’t always be trusted, even though you’re paying more for the pre-washed varieties. The same goes for fresh herbs. We’re not germaphobes over here, we just like our salad greens to be without-a-doubt clean… and we prefer that they consist solely of greens. I’ve never once been in the mood for lizard salad.

To keep the process as convenient as humanly possible, here’s the quickest way to cleanse your veggies, whether they’re triple-washed, ready-to-eat, or straight out of the farmer’s market harvest.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

With a salad spinner, this entire process is way less of a hassle. Starting with clean hands, dump the bag of greens into your salad spinner basket and fill the whole tub with cold water (if you don’t have a salad spinner, you can use a large bowl for washing and place a large colander inside for easy draining). Gently squish and soak the greens in the bowl, then drain the dirty water. Repeat the process a few times, until the water pours out clean.

Fill the bowl again and add a few spritzes of fruit and vegetable cleaner (if you have it) or a splash of white vinegar. After swishing the cleaner around and soaking the salad mix for about 2 minutes, drain the water and rinse the greens with cool running water. Pat dry with a clean kitchen towel or by spinning the produce in your trustee salad spinner. (If you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of the salad spinner.)

Tedious as it may seem, this method will ensure that dirt and bacteria hiding in the leafy crevices are completely washed out. It’s also a good way to make sure no unexpected guests made their way into your dinner.

Now, try your clean greens in one of these delicious recipes: 15 Easy Dinner Salads


The Best Trader Joe&rsquos Snacks to Get You Through *Any* Stressful Time

I would marry the pancake bread if it were socially acceptable.

Doesn&rsquot it seem like just a second ago you were a kid without a care in the world, and now all of a sudden, you have bills to pay and a favorite GROCERY STORE? Yeah, same. Life comes atcha fast. Scary fast. Which is why I&rsquom forever indebted to my lord and savior, Mr. Joe. Or should I say Mr. Joe&rsquos? Whatever, Trader Joe&rsquos is my holy grail and I&rsquod like to tell you why.

Trader Joe&rsquos employees are SO nice. They&rsquoll let you open anything in the store and try it right there, so you don&rsquot have to waste your money on something you would have ended up hating. And if you do somehow buy a snack you don&rsquot like, you can return it, no questions asked. Too good to be true? You&rsquod think! But guys, it&rsquos real.

Aside from the A+ customer service, TJ&rsquos own line of food products and snacks is a thing of pure magic. They somehow concoct treats you never knew you needed (cookie butter sandwich cookies?!) but now you can&rsquot live without. You can&rsquot find their specialty items (unexpected cheddar cheese!) at any other grocery store, and everything is ex-treme-ly reasonably priced. So if you&rsquore looking to stock up on loads of goodies the next time you hit Trader Joe&rsquos, I&rsquove put together a list of the very best snacks to satisfy every kind of tooth (sweet/salty/


  • Washington, D.C. Trader Joe's shopper Grace Goldstein didn't notice the reptile until she had already taken her purchases home
  • She shared a photo of the lizard lying among the pre-cut and cleaned kale visible through the plastic bag on social media, where it quickly went viral
  • Trader Joe's has responded to the incident saying it is work with the vendor to look into what happened

Published: 23:19 BST, 8 April 2018 | Updated: 11:37 BST, 10 April 2018

Likely the last thing you would expect when opening up a package of kale would be to find that it is actually less than vegetarian.

But that's just what happened to Washington, D.C. Trader Joe's shopper Grace Goldstein, who was left screaming when she discovered a whole dead lizard lying among the leafy greens in her bag of pre-cut and cleaned kale.

Speaking to People, Grace revealed that the shock of the find hit her in waves, saying: 'It was a back and forth between denial and horror, which amounted to a lot of asking my boyfriend to see the bag of kale and identify the lizard and shrieking and pushing it away and refusing to go near it…and then asking to see it again.'

Unwelcome sight: A Washington, D.C. shopper at Trader Joe's has found a dead lizard in a bag of the grocery chain's kale

Putting it out there: Grace subsequently shared a photo of the deceased critter on Twitter

Grace snapped a photo of the dead reptile visible through the plastic bag and shared it on Twitter and Instagram.

She wrote: '@traderjoes why is there a lizard in my bag of kale? [puke-face emojis] have never been so appropriate. #traderjoes #kale #lizard #lizardinkale #vomit.'

One of Grace's friends Kate Berner shared her own photo of the hair-raising find on Twitter as well, writing: 'I’m the number 1 #traderjoes apologist, but this lizard in my friend’s kale isn’t great. '


  1. Spicy Brown Deli Mustard -This was the only Whole30 mustard I could find at TJ’s. We love mustard and use it in tons of marinades, so having this on hand is a necessity!
  2. Coconut aminos – A healthier alternative to soy sauce – soooo yummy. This is great for adding to marinades and making stir fries with
  3. Vegan Kale Cashew & Basil Pesto (refrigerated)
  4. Yuzu Hot Sauce
  5. Bomba Sauce

Salsa, dips and guac are great

  1. Salsa- I checked all of the ones that my local store had and here are the Whole30 Trader Joe’s Salsas that I found:
    1. In the refrigerated section: Mild Pico de Gallo, Extra Hot Habanero Ghost Pepper Salsa, Salsa Especial,
    2. In the isles: Organic Thick & Chunky. Salsa, Salsa Verde, Salsa Autentica, Hatch Valley Salsa, Garlic Chipotle Salsa, Organic Tomatillo Roasted Yellow Chili Salsa, Double Roasted Salsa,
    3. Salsas are perfect for putting on eggs, adding into recipes (Sometimes I throw a jar into my Paleo Turkey Chili for extra flavor), or just adding on top of meals. I love this Roasted Garlic Salsa on top of my Whole30 Chicken Fajitas!

    This frozen blend of sweet potatoes, quinoa, carrots, and kale, is a great thing to keep on hand for quick lunches. Zip a bowl in the microwave and toss some chickpeas or a fried egg on top, and you've got yourself a filling veggie and whole-grain packed meal.

    Katherine Baker

    This is a hearty lettuce-free salad made from chickpeas, black beans, and tomatoes. Legumes are some of the healthiest foods out there, and this salad packs in not one, but two. It's delicious on top of a bed of greens, or with some whole-grain bread or naan.


    "My absolute favorite at Trader Joe’s is their jerky selection, specifically their turkey jerky. It’s a great source of concentrated protein, and it’s portable. I’m a fan of balancing macronutrients and pairing your protein with some carbohydrates — maybe a fresh piece of fruit, for instance. I also love that there are organic options and nonorganic options, if you’d like to save a buck."

    "These broccoli florets are great because they have a lot of fiber, a solid amount of protein, and are low in sodium. Plus, it only has three ingredients!"


    You Shouldn't Trust Pre-Washed Greens—Here’s the Quickest Way to Clean Them

    In a nutrition course I took in college, one professor insisted that we all wash our pre-washed salad greens before eating them, even if they’re labeled triple-washed. The horror story she gave us detailed an unfortunate customer finding a dead, chopped up BAT in her “pre-washed” bag of shredded lettuce.

    If you don’t believe my story, there are plenty more on the internet to support the case. One woman found an entire lizard in her bag of Trader Joe’s kale, and that’s not the first time a lizard has been the cereal-box-prize in a bagged salad.

    Struggling to cook healthy? We'll help you prep.

    Even if you religiously scrub your fruit, making sure to wash everything, including your avocados, you might be overlooking the most bacteria-laden produce in your fridge.

    As much as we’d rather ignore the issue, “triple-washed” can’t always be trusted, even though you’re paying more for the pre-washed varieties. The same goes for fresh herbs. We’re not germaphobes over here, we just like our salad greens to be without-a-doubt clean… and we prefer that they consist solely of greens. I’ve never once been in the mood for lizard salad.

    To keep the process as convenient as humanly possible, here’s the quickest way to cleanse your veggies, whether they’re triple-washed, ready-to-eat, or straight out of the farmer’s market harvest.

    With a salad spinner, this entire process is way less of a hassle. Starting with clean hands, dump the bag of greens into your salad spinner basket and fill the whole tub with cold water (if you don’t have a salad spinner, you can use a large bowl for washing and place a large colander inside for easy draining). Gently squish and soak the greens in the bowl, then drain the dirty water. Repeat the process a few times, until the water pours out clean.

    Fill the bowl again and add a few spritzes of fruit and vegetable cleaner (if you have it) or a splash of white vinegar. After swishing the cleaner around and soaking the salad mix for about 2 minutes, drain the water and rinse the greens with cool running water. Pat dry with a clean kitchen towel or by spinning the produce in your trustee salad spinner. (If you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of the salad spinner.)

    Tedious as it may seem, this method will ensure that dirt and bacteria hiding in the leafy crevices are completely washed out. It’s also a good way to make sure no unexpected guests made their way into your dinner.

    Now, try your clean greens in one of these delicious recipes: 15 Easy Dinner Salads


    This is Good Stuff: Trader Joe's Kale Chips

    I haven't been doing this blogging thing for too long yet, but I have learned that there's a fine line between trying to sound like you know what you're talking about and being an overconfident know-it-all.

    I was reminded of this tonight when watching an episode of the TV show Party Down--which I'm about as late on as I was with Arrested Development--when the character Roman DeBeers (played by Martin Starr) said,

    I sincerely hope I never become that guy (for many other reasons, too), but the thing is, sometimes you want people to listen to what you have to say. Today is one of those days. I want to talk about the new Kale Chips from Trader Joe's, which I found to be utterly delicious and worthy of a little splurge.

    It must be said that one prohibitive aspect of the Kale Chips is their price: $4 for a 2 oz. bag. When I saw the Kale Chips in the store, then noticed the price, I walked right on by. Fortunately, K later investigated more closely and was willing to take the plunge. And by the time the night was over, we'd finished most of the bag. It was only then that I realized the chips would be worthy of a blog post, hence the pictures below featuring mostly crumbs. Trust me, there are some larger pieces in the bag, though they do break easily.

    The packaging is the first thing Trader Joe's deserves kudos for the mock-comic book design is unique and effective in touting that these Kale Chips are not just tasty ("zesty nacho") but also super(hero) food: an "excellent" source of Vitamin A and a "good" source of fiber, Vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

    Fresh kale is never all that cheap, and it shrinks down a little when cooked. And if you want to make your own kale chips, it's really quite the process: cleaning, drying, and cutting it, removing the thick stems, and then drying it out in the oven or a dehydrator. Taking all that into account, the price of these chips is far from excessive.

    Cashews are the second ingredient, which also helps to explain the cost--and some of the awesome flavor. These are vegan chips, and the cashews and spices effectively mimic natural cheese flavor, which pairs well with the pleasantly-bitter background taste from the kale.

    Calling it zesty nacho doesn't really do the flavoring of the Kale Chips justice, though. We're not talking Doritos-taste here, and the remaining ingredients help explain that. You've got sunflower seeds, carrot powder, red bell pepper powder, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, salt, garlic powder, and chipotle powder. The nuttiness of the cashews also comes through, and though chipotle powder is the final ingredient, it isn't an afterthought--combined with the bell pepper it adds that little bit of zest that gives the Kale Chips more depth of flavor.

    Each bag is just two servings, 150 calories apiece, with 9 grams of fat (1g saturated). Not bad at all--the fat comes primarily from the cashews, so even there you've got good fat. And yes, you do get a solid amount of vitamins and nutrients from such a tasty snack.

    No, they may not be the best deal, and if you're looking for as many nutrients as possible you'd be better off cooking up a pot of fresh kale. But if you want a uniquely delicious and healthful snack, then I can confidently--though hopefully not pretentiously--recommend Trader Joe's Kale Chips.


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