The Healthy Junk Chronicles: Bulk items are you friend

Let’s face it…healthy foods can be pretty expensive! Sometimes, I feel like I’m buy Louis Vutton instead of “organic”, “all natural”, “grass fed”, “gluten-free” foods. I didn’t post for a while because I was racking my brains trying to figure out the best ways to get you great food…at a budget.

Today, it hit me in the head. BUY BULK! Now I’m sure you heard this before. As a matter of fact, I know you heard buying bulk is the way to go if you want to enjoy organic food but do you know how many items come in bulk, especially if you know where to look?

I thought of this today. I went into one of my favorite food stores in Manhattan, Integral Yoga Natural Foods, craving their Cherry Vanilla Granola. I got the idea from my boyfriend to eat it like cereal (I also have this late love for Rice “Drink”…we’ll talk about that later). I ended up buying $14 worth of the stuff. At first, I was like, “damn this is expensive.” But when I saw how much I put in the bag (a about 4 lbs.), a huge light bulb came over my head.

This is going to last me a super long time and it won’t spoil. Should I really be upset? Especially when this great tasting food is around $5/lb?

I know someone from Brooklyn is saying, “girl, that’s expensive.” Not for NYC!! It’s a damn good price for the West Village and I’m not mad. I then realized how many things I buy in bulk: herbs, rice, pasta, even organic maple syrup! And at the end of the day, I save a lot of money. Hell, I can even get detergent in bulk if I want too (thank goodness for DIY…baking soda, apple cider vinegar, water, lemon juice, etc)!!

So if you want to find out where you can get items in bulk, here’s a quick guide:

Your local food co-op. You’ll be surprised how many food co-ops are popping up throughout NYC. Click here to find out.

Your local health food store/natural market. Integral Yoga Natural Foods and other stores like it know the power of bulk. Sure, they can sell that expensive stuff but if they want repeat customers, they will have bulk in many items. If you don’t see it, ask for it. Trust me, then will go through hell and high water to make sure they get it for you (or at least tell you where to go).

At the end of the day, when you have to deal with mega chains like Whole Foods (also known as Whole Paycheck), competition among smaller stores makes no sense. Whole Foods doesn’t have much when it comes to bulk because they need the big brands to keep them afloat. So support your local store, save money, and still maintain your health.

Thank me later.

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Junk News XIX: ‘Healthy’ foods that can pack on the pounds

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I personally had no idea that quinoa can pack on pounds. Dried Fruit is very well-known for packing on pounds because of its sugar content. Nuts and seeds have lots of “good” fats but fat is fat and if it’s not processed by the body properly, it sits there on your gut or your butt.

Fruit smoothies are along the lines of dried fruit…just another way for a lot of sugar to get into your system (same with fruit juices) but hummus? I figured that’s one of the low-calorie ones!!

I just want to mention something about salads. Instead of adding cheese, bacon, or shrimp, try adding other kinds of greens (instead of lettuce) such as watercress, arugula, or even endives. These bitter and sweet greens can add to the flavor of the salad without having to add a meat or fat filled or too much salad dressing (the main culprit behind the increased calories of a salad).

So the ‘moral of the story’ is that moderation is key!! Almonds are super healthy for you…one of the best things you can put in your mouth. But you have enough common sense that too much of anything is no longer healthy and fat enriched foods like nuts¬† will add to your gain if you eat like 10 handfuls at once!! Don’t go crazy and feel guilty if you eat too much of one of these foods (dried fruit and almonds are my passion). Don’t be so literal in your train of thought. Enjoy your healthy junk and even more so, enjoy your healthy outlook on the junk you consume.

I missed you guys…I hope you missed me too. ūüėČ

and remember…if you’re gonna consume junk, it might as well be Healthy Junk!

Link Up XXIII: Dezeen ¬Ľ Stereotype by Daizi Zheng

Dezeen ¬Ľ Blog Archive ¬Ľ Stereotype by Daizi Zheng.

Caroloto...made from Hummus and Carrots. ;)

I (l) this! This is “Healthy Junk” at its finest! Daizi Zheng took healthy foods and made them look like drugs and junk food. Despite the comments, I like the design and idea behind this.

Maybe Daizi has started a trend…hmmm. ;)

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Junk News IX: Perez Hilton – Fat Ass Alert

I just read this and had to post it to you. Here’s an excerpt from Perez’s post:

After leaving her Jenny Craig regiment, the former Cheers cast member started to indulge in all the things she was never allowed to have. “My food demons are Chinese food, sugar, butter. A lot of butter.

Didn’t I just talk about Chinese food (or Chinese-American, to be more specific) the other day? Yep, sure did. ;)

Now there are a lot of things that Kristie can do AND STILL KEEP HER JUNK!! One really good instance is with butter. Instead of regular butter, she can use organic ghee. According to food-india.com, Ghee is a clarified butter without any solid milk particles or water. Now as far as the sugar…we’ll definitely talk about that more in Healthy Junk. Why? Because this entire post is about sugar and the control of it. Continue reading