Monday, July 28, 2014

Visited the New Sprouts Farmers Market

I was on the north side this weekend for a few days. While out running around I passed by the new Sprouts Farmers Market on Scenic Hwy. in Lawrenceville. I'd been hearing about it on the radio and, being a healthy eater, "had" to stop in to check it out. I didn't have a lot of time so the following is based on my first, quick impressions.

There was a lot to like. Loads of fresh veggies, bright and cheery, friendly staff and a great selection of gluten-free foods.

As a fairly savvy price shopper I went on the prowl for things I buy often to compare value. I found that if you shop the sales (Van Gluten-Free Waffles, 2 for $5 as compared to a regular price of $3.17 at Kroger) then I came out ahead.

However, on many of my fave items I was dismayed at the high cost. I recently wrote about Against The Grain Pizza that I buy at Publix for a regular price of $9.99. It was $12.99 at Sprouts. Yikes, $3 hike!

I guy a rice bran bread (sorry, can't think of the name at the moment and I'm OUT). At Kroger it's $6.99, ditto for Sprouts. At Trader Joes it's regularly $4 and some change. A minimum of $2 difference.

I am always on the hunt for gluten-free/sugar-free items. The combination is hard to find. I found a Barbara's brand Rice Crispie that was fruit-juice sweetened*. I bought their last three boxes.

They had watermelon's for $1.98 --- a most excellent price. Many of their fruits and veggies were extremely well priced. I grabbed one of their sales fliers so I could peruse later and found some dynamite sales.

Bottom line - they're on my list of "to shop on a regular basis". I will shop the sales and grab the items that I can't find anywhere else. Sigh. I was hoping I would have found a one-stop-grocery-shop. Oh well, I did find a place that will allow me to incorporate more fresh vegetables and fruits at a lower price.

They will be opening two more locations in the Atlanta area in upcoming months:
August:
5130 Peachtree Pkwy.
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
678-690-1249

September:
3630 Peachtree Pkwy.
Johns Creek, GA 30024

I noted that they were opening 12 new locations around the U.S. in the near future. This is a store that is expanding FAST! Watch out Whole Foods and Trader Joes, they are going to give you some real competition. Course, you and I will be the beneficiary of that competition I'm guessing (or hoping).

*sugar free to me means no honey, fructose in any form, maple syrup, chemically made sweeteners (Splenda, etc.), corn syrup, etc. Fruit juice sweetened in find.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cutting back on dairy...

My son has been sharing videos and other info on meat, cheese, eggs, etc. that has me looking at narrowing my diet even more. I'm already pretty much totally vegetarian but not vegan. I eat cheese, eggs, milk sparingly. Cheese might be my biggest difficulty if I decide to go vegan.

I tried substituting almond milk for cow milk a while back. It just didn't work well in my hot tea in the morning. I ended up going 50-50, have of each. It wasn't the taste as much as the texture and how it mixed with my tea. I put twice as much almond milk and it still doesn't come close to the sensation on my tongue of cow milk and tea. Plus, I like my tea piping hot and a ton of almond milk cools it down too much.

I thought I'd toss my situation out to the world (or at least to those few who've found this blog) to see if you had any suggestions or better solutions than almond milk. Soy? Might give that a try.

Here's a few of the videos / programs I've watched if you're interested:

Food, Inc.
Forks over Knives
King Corn
Food Matters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4DOQ6Xhqss - trailer)

Watching this one now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6nGlLUBkOQ (The Men Who Made Us Fat)