While I was used to enjoying the yellow colander of grapes (that I speak of on my homepage) and fresh home cooked meals at Nana’s house, at home with Mommie it was a different story. I could eat a box of sugary cereal by myself with whole milk. I would eat a box of pepperoni pizza pockets in a flash. I loved frozen lasagna. I have had many packets of fifteen cent ramen noodles over the years and let’s not forget fast food cheesy nachos, sausage, egg and cheese biscuits and the 3 piece with a biscuit. I understood what home cooked was, but I was exposed to quick/pre- packaged foods and I enjoyed those just like I enjoyed the yellow colander of grapes.
So, how did a pre-packaged and fast food monger become a grocery snob? The answer is easy as Costco’s vegan apple pie. When you know better, you do better! After lots of research and growth during my journey as a vegan, I have discovered that the lifestyle REQUIRES quality produce. I visited the grocery stores that are near me and discovered that Trader Joe’s, Sprouts and Safeway are the better choices for quality and variety.
Upon leaving the gym on Sunday, I intended to walk over to Sprouts, but before I got there, stopped at Grocery Outlet. I was only supposed to be there for a moment – just browsing. But, I ended up buying my groceries for the week. It is a very discount-y kind of place. No bells, no whistles. I can’t say that I enjoyed my experience there, but I got what I needed (and some of what I wanted) at a reasonable price. Grocery Outlet carries organic veggies, name brand vegan sundries and even plant-based milks! If you are attempting to stretch your dollar (like me right now), give Grocery Outlet a try.
No matter where you shop though, PLEASE shop in your neighborhood. Each dollar you spend either supports healthy communities or nah! Keep your money local and build a statistical profile on the type of food your neighborhood requires. Vote with your dollar!