I remember when getting healthier options wasn’t “a thing.” It wasn’t trendy to seek out specialty grains, certain types of algae for energy, probiotics, less-ingredient-foods…(though in figure skating and dancing, many top athletes were promoting them, so I learned early!) But somewhere along the line (within the last decade), the notion hit the mainstream.
I don’t much care for being trendy and honestly, I’m not about to go pick up some herbal cleanse concoction or extreme take on a protein shake just because the larger population (at least the larger, health-conscious population) says it’s the “it” item of the moment. But what I am incredibly thankful for is that the level of trendiness has prompted countless retail establishments to open their doors and cater to those of us looking for healthy options.
The other day I happened upon a MASSIVE Whole Foods – one that, quite possibly – dwarfed two or three normal ones. I was in heaven! The prepared section is one I don’t tend to purchase a lot from, however, as I find many things are overcooked (no doubt over concern regarding internal temperatures, the feeding of the general public, and the potential for suits!) BUT…everything else? I was thrilled!
I don’t use cow’s milk for one – milk and I don’t much care for one another. The sheer number of choices of almond, coconut, hemp, cashew, and other nut milks was (albeit overwhelming) astounding! I was also able to find my crunchy seaweed snacks in spades…IN the flavor I prefer. 😀
Oils…another wonderful example. The “personal care” area was enormous – I had a pick of countless essential oils, herbal supplements, body lotions, whatever… The seafood looked amazing… The pick of nut butters, produce, soups…even olives! (healthy fats)…was phenomenal.
Oh, and then there was the coffee. I personally use Maple Syrup in my coffee – why? It’s one of the healthiest sweetener options out there. Agave actually IS more like sugar BUT…I’d SO much rather use a drop of honey than use sucralose, aspartame, nutrasweet etc.! And of course, they had almond AND soy milk over on the fixing station – at Starbucks, you have to ask for (and sometimes PAY for) that option.
So for me…the trendiness is something I embrace, because then I have the wonderful luxury of finding stores with monstrous footprints, filled to the brim with healthy meal choices. Definitely not complaining about that! (More like stuffing my face! 😉 )