Holy Whole Foods!

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. 😀

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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.

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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.

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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! 😉 ) 

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Weekend Lunch

Right before moving, my hunnie and I had a chance to get together with all the parents (always a treat – they are all amazing! ❤ ) We went out to dinner together, which was a ball, but he and I had a chance to get some lunch together earlier.  It was a gorgeous day…still quite warm, but Fall was undoubtedly present, trailing on the end-of-summer breeze.

We sat outside and ordered some unsweetened iced tea – I’ve recently decided I am steering clear of Splenda (sucralose) and the like, as I *may* have intolerance.  (PS, that’s rather a topic all its own.  Alarming, some of what I was reading!)

I feel like whatever I order is simple – fortunately this waitress agreed!  Most of the time I can order healthily and people are accommodating – it is SO much more commonplace these days to be asked to “modify” a meal, whether because people are more health conscious, have allergies etc…  But in the end, a simple meal without the extra butter, oil or paraphernalia IS easy to prepare.  So modify away!

I asked for “a usual” for me, baby spinach, tomatoes and grilled chicken.  That’s it.  Nothing else!  It sounds sp plain but when you add salt and pepper and chip it up a bit, the moisture from the baby spinach helps it all mix in.  It’s delicious, and incredibly good for you.  It’s also filling because of the protein, so I’m not starving in two seconds. 

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I’m looking at it now, somewhat hungrily, actually!  I used to eat a lot of lettuce, but baby spinach, or really deep greens, pack so much more of a nutritional punch that it’s worth at least mixing some in if you don’t want to go ALL in.