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It's not just for party supplies and beach noodle toys anymore. Yes our neighborhood dollar store I have found lately, is the 'go-to' spot for many of our household needs. Not only that, but when my kids visit their grandparents, they always look forward to their ride to this frugal establishment with Papi for their shopping spree- now that's just genius! I mean, my 19 year old just stays home and is obviously not as excited, but his 4 and 8 year old siblings go wild at the sheer thought of the candy and toys they'll grab inside this place!
As I stated before, The Dollar Store is where folks usually go for the last minute gift bag, party napkins, balloons, etc. But I have also picked up some fabulous nail polish colors, mail packaging and office materials, greeting cards (good ones too!), wine glasses, and cookbooks for four quarters a piece! What's more, brand name and off-brand comparable food stuffs are also found on the shelves. Everything from frozen fruits and vegetables to seasonings and condiments are found in these stores and make perfect 'cents' to your budget! (see how I did that, ha!)
Check out the article in the link below from BuzzFeed and see if the 12 items they list will save you money on your grocery bill too!
*12 WAYS GROCERY SHOPPING AT THE DOLLAR STORE CAN SAVE YOU MONEY*
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.....because it usually gives us a bubbling gut, ugghhhh!! Luckily, in my search for all things deliciously-culinary health related, I stumbled upon a couple of tasty lines of lactose-free ice creams that are proven to be easy on the belly rumbles, lol! Even better, one is actually vegan (and just so happens to be my favorite!). This just goes to show that more and more people are finding their way to a more plant based lifestyle and are demanding it be tasty!! Well, from the looks of it, the food producers are listening!
So enjoy the video, and don't just take my word for it, head out there and find your favorite! And PLEASE be sure to comment below and tell me what you think!
Make it a Great Tasting Day!
God, family, food. Yep, and in that order! As a self proclaimed culinary health foodie, I have seen and tasted up close and personal food trends and health fads that have come and gone. Trendy diets, detoxes, and cleanses too. And yes I've tried a few in my day- a vegetable soup flush here, and 'grade B' maple syrup lemonade cleanse there. And indeed for that moment once completed (not even going to describe the level of mood swings when you begin these food hiatus'), you're pounds lighter and your attitude is on cloud 9!! .....then you eat...and it all goes to hell in a hand-basket. In most instances you gain back not only what you initially lost, but a few more ponds that you've found along the way! Here's my point- unless you plan on eating that magic weight loss soup or only sipping on that spicy lemonade for the rest of your life, all you lost is coming back, and with a vengeance!
My thought process: A skinny person is not necessarily to be assumed 'healthy', nor is a thicker individual necessarily 'unhealthy'. Once you get the mindset to make 'healthy' not only your priority but your way of life, i.e., lifestyle, a much satisfied and health-ful person you will be.
Out of all the food fads throughout my lifetime, one tidbit seems to always prevail- plan-tbased is best. No, this does not necessarily mean all the world should ONLY eat grass for the rest of their lives. However, making plants primary and animal protein the smaller portion on your plate, is not at all a bad thing. Salads are not the only dishes to be enjoyed within a plant-based lifestyle. Roasted seasonal vegetables have taken over as a more tastier option when eating from the earth. Various beans/legumes, and even veggies taking the place of certain grain carbs such as rice and pasta, are heavily on the climb as the more tastier and beneficial choice. And yes, salads are a one bowl traditional go-to for vegan, vegetarian, plant-based grazers alike, but the salads of today are created thoughtfully 'outside the box' where in most cases lettuce is either a very small ingredient if included at all.
If a more gradual approach is what you're seeking, there's an option for that as well. There are loads of veggie 'meat' substitutes out there for those transitioning desiring a more textured vegetable replacement. However, be mindful that just because it's not meat doesn't mean it's better. In all things consumed and applied to your body, check the labels. Make sure your meat-subs are free from GMOs, too many ingredients with more than 8 letters (lol!), and are artificial anything! I'm not going to bash the product lines that are guilty of providing such ingredients for the sake of taste, but I will acknowledge my top two (2) favs:
And that's my take!
This beautiful sister right here touched my spirit and inspired my soul! DeAnna's food journey, no, her life journey alone is so faithful and filling, it's no wonder we stood in her store and talked for almost an hour yesterday! She's constantly looking for ways improve her already prized jewel, Simply Produce on Roosevelt Hwy in College Park, Georgia. Her suppliers consist of local gardeners and farmers right here in our own metro area- now you can't get more local than that!! It was a beautiful site seeing such a diverse group of customers walking through her door to fuel their bodies with nature's produce by way of SP! (There was a line waiting for the doors to open!!) Her knowledge and expertise about farming fresh fruits and vegetables is stellar. And no need to worry if you don't see what you need on her shelves- she SPECIAL ORDERS for your desired need!! The customer service is phenomenal! And EVERYONE knows that AC thrives off of GREAT customer service, given and received. So I already knew when I walked up and she greeted me as 'Queen', this was the place for me!! Beautiful people, phenomenal heart and passion for the love of feeding the soul, and awesome fresh local produce conveniently available right here in our community, 'Simply Produce' is AC Art of Food’s new spot for always local, always fresh produce.
Now let me get off here and make my list for next Saturday!!!! *GO SEE DEANNA at Simply Produce- it'll do your body good!!!
Simply Produce LLC
3375 Roosevelt Highway, Suite F
College Park, GA 30349
Satuday 10am- 5pm
*Closed Sunday & Monday*
Make it a Great Tasting Day!
I've recently become a fan of podcasts, and one in particular that gives me life is 'The Read' with Kid Fury and Crissle. During their sponsor credits they rave about the snacks from naturebox. What made the sponsor shout even more attractive was the '50% off your first order' offer when you use the specific code from the podcast...uh-uh-uh, you gotta go listen to their weekly hilariously opinionated, politically conscious, always woke, and current-events-ripping podcast to get that valuable piece of info😉.
While listening one day at work, I pull up www.naturebox.com on my computer and am immediately in love with the vast variety and taste combos of these healthy snacks! So I peruse the site, selecting to my cart snacks that tickled my fancy the most, applied my discount code (thanks Kid Fury and Crissle!), enter my payment/shipping info, and less than a week later my huge brown box arrived! I immediately rip open each pack nibbling here and there getting a sample of everything! There was not one snack I did not like, but here are my top 5 in order with #1 being just that, my #1 tasty snackmazing pick!
A naturally delicious way of snacking that's outside the box (ALL puns intended)! I highly recommend this line of snacks that have a minimal listing of ingredients that I can easily identify and pronunce! I have also referred friends and family to this snackline, primarily to keep them away from my snack stash!!
I have my own line of healthy snacks that I make from scratch, but when time gets away from me and life begins to happen, I reach for my naturebox snacks and I'm a happy camper!
👍5 out of 5 ACAOF Green Apples rating👍
But don't just take my word for it, go to www.naturebox.com for your discounted first order today!
...an Abstract Taste in Food