For the entire week before I had pigging out on cookies, artichoke and spinach dip loaded with cheeses, bacon, cream, butter, and all the other rich foods that Christmas wouldn't be the same without. I also felt very tired, but just chalked it up to all the demanding activities that holiday entails.
I bundled up and drove over to Nature's Pantry before the storm hit. I wanted to buy organic vegetables and fruit just for this week even if they were more expensive, the benefits would outweigh the cost.
I was surprised and delighted to find that the majority of the produce was the same price or cheaper than the pesticide laden stuff from the supermarket. Some local, some not, but definitely a thriftier alternative to Shoprite or Price Chopper organics whose prices are nearly doubled. They have a small variety, mostly root vegetables, mushrooms, kale, cabbage. Nick and I have already made a resolution for the new year to strive to eat more local produce even if that means sacrificing our favorites because they're out of season.
I was also amazed at how many people were shopping there, and during a snowstorm! I met two women from South Africa (with beautiful accents if I may add) that were organic vegans, shopping in the bulk section. We had a chat about how much cheaper the organic bulk grains were here than any packaged non-organic version in the supermarket. Who knew this little oasis existed right here in Newburgh?
I try to make my juices part green, part purple, part fruit for this week. This one has wheat grass, kale, golden beet (ran out of the regular ones), pear and a bit of ginger. Then I stir in some probiotics for good measure. MaryJane and Nick prefer just the beet and apple/pear juice, a bit sweeter and more palatable, but they follow our home's golden rule, "That you must try everything, if you like it have more, if not, you try it again some other time."