Our Trip to Whole Foods :)

Hi Friends!

I hope you are having a fantastic day!  I am feeling relieved today because not only did Mark and I get all our belongings out of our storage unit, but we’re also almost through the renovation projects in my mom’s home after the flood.  The finishing touches were put on the new flooring the day before yesterday, the new furniture has been delivered, and all we’ve got to do now is work through issues with the invoice from the restoration company we used.  It’s been a whirlwind of activity for several weeks, and I’m ready for everything to become settled again.  I really love adventure, and we’ve had wonderful adventures this year, but now I’m ready for some stability and a less nomadic lifestyle.  The great news is that if that is what I’m feeling a longing for, then that is what is on its way.

Anyhoo, we have been so busy with other things that we have been running out of groceries and not wanting to drive out to get more.  However, today is such a beautiful day, so Mark and I decided to go on one of our favorite outings – a shopping trip to Whole Foods Market.  Yes, we love to shop there for groceries.  I mean LOVE!  I never used to like grocery shopping.  Once we started our No New Plastic experiment, grocery shopping became a fun game, because we had to literally think outside the box in order to buy foods without packaging.  Now we love going there because we love the people we meet, love their eco-friendly and organic products and produce, and they also have great recycling programs in the store.  We even went to a Tour of Italy Wine & Cheese tasting there, and we had so much fun!

Today I was in love with all the beautiful colors of the produce.  I love Love LOVE fresh, organic produce.  It makes me feel nourished on so many levels.  It makes me feel so yummy good just to see it and touch it.  The colors were so gorgeous, I decided to take lots of pictures.  Here are some of my favorites so you can become enamored too!

Gala Apples at Whole FoodsAren’t these Gala Apples beautiful?!  We make a delicious salad with them.  We mix romaine lettuce, chopped almonds, gala apples, dried cranberries, and chopped carrots with oil and vinegar salad dressing.  Sometimes we also add tomatoes or whatever else we have on hand.  So delicious!

Lemons and Limes at Whole FoodsThese limes are amazing in fresh, homemade guacamole.

Tropical Fruit at Whole Foods

Plums at Whole FoodsThese plums are gorgeous!  I love all the different colors on their skins.  They even have yellow plums, which have a pointy top like a hat.  Imagine a plum with a hat – I wonder why it would wear one?  Maybe it doesn’t care for the rain, or maybe it prefers the shade.  Maybe it is part of a witness protection program.  Who knows?

Coconuts at Whole FoodsI love the hairy, rough skins of these coconuts!  All the other fruit around them was smooth, so these rough fellas really stood out.  I can just imagine a face on the one in the middle of the pic on the bottom row.  His mother probably gets on at him for not fixing his hair.  Then there’s the shocked face of the one on the top right.  Doesn’t it look shocked?  Ha!  Like, “Hey! I think she’s taking a picture of us!”

Whole Foods Produce SectionI just love the reflection of the fruit in the metal scale.  If you look closely, you can see me taking a picture!  I didn’t even realize until we got home that I was in the pic.  I even wore green, even though I didn’t realize it was St. Patrick’s Day.

Whole Foods Onions, Flowers, and AsparagusAnd finally, the purple onions and very fragrant and colorful flower section!

Thank you for sharing this journey with me!  Mark and I had such a great time shopping there (as always).  The clerk told us we should become the poster children for Whole Foods, and I totally agree!  I would love to do their commercials.  I’ve gotta go work on my submission 😉

Love,

Melanie Jade 😀

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  • http://www.mywingsofdesireblog.blogspot.com/ Helen

    These are great photos Melanie!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Helen!

  • http://jaseoncards.wordpress.com/ Jase

    I just read an article this morning that recommended not necessarily buying organic produce for foods with heavier skins, such as onion and avocados. Basically, the thicker the skin, the less pesticides will be absorbed anyway. So we can still eat healthy while saving some money.

    And given the cost of groceries lately, that’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned! 🙂 If you’re interested the article was posted at Lifehacker.

    I love to make guacamole all summer long. And salsa, which I make fully chunky. Yum! If I hadn’t just eaten lunch I’d be hungry now.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Jase! Your salsa recipe sounds yummy! We’re looking for a good recipe for salsa, so please send it along. For me, buying organic produce is more than just good for my body. When the pesticides and other chemicals are sprayed on farmland, it pollutes the ground, water, and has a detrimental effect on the farm workers and everywhere the wind blows near the farm. People and land for miles around can be affected just from the wind and water moving the pollutants. One way I cut the cost of groceries was to stop buying packaged food. That makes a big difference and offsets the cost of buying organic for me.