From ‘hippie grocer’ to Whole Foods Market

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Big news coming out of Buffalo this week! The very first Whole Foods Market in WNY opened! I’m not exactly sure if I have ever been to a Whole Foods before so I am very excited to check it out!

Before setting out, I decided to do some research….Thanks to Sugar I listened to a great NPR episode “How I Built This with John Mackey”. The podcast provided background on how Whole Foods Market originated and how the CEO never gave up on his love for food.

Then, I checked out the website, they offer a lot of information including recipes, healthy eating tips, coupons, and more! With the “Whole Foods, Whole Paycheck” mantra, the sales section gave an idea of what to look out for as I browse the store. Usually, we say to always bring a list, but this was an exception 🙂

Here’s what I thought…

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Let’s just take a minute and admire how beautiful this coffee section is ❤

Pros:

  • Coupons available online
  • Produce section was colorful and bright! Had a lot of options, straight from the garden or ready to prepare fruits and veggies.
  • Bulk Section: from grains to trail to pasta, this bulk section will have everything you need.
  • Asian: Whole Foods had an awesome selection of Asians foods; specifically different varieties of noodles and sauces.
  • Prepared food. I will always be biased to Wegman’s prepared food section. However, Whole Foods provided great options for lunch, dinner, or snacks. They have a salad bar, hot foods section (with lots of veggies), soups, sushi and more! I will definitely be checking this out again.

Cons:

  • Prices: you will spend more money but the products are organic and higher quality especially for fresh fish and meats.
  • Same items as your local grocery store. Save money by buying the staples elsewhere (hint hint Aldi)
  • Organic does not mean healthy. It is possible to eat all organic but still not have a balanced diet.

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I am an Aldi girl. I believe good food shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. If you are willing to spend the money at Whole Foods, this is the place for you. As for me, I will stick to my local farmers market, Aldi, and Wegman’s.

What do you think about Whole Foods?? Comment below.

Have a spicy weekend, Cinnamon

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