On Tuesday, James and I walked down to 99th & Broadway to browse a natural foods store called The Health Nuts. Our main goal was to find nutritional yeast in bulk, but of course we were sidetracked by a million other wonderful items. I will admit, this place is a bit pricey, but it reminded me of the GreenStar food coop that we were members of back in Ithaca, NY. Being a member of the coop, James would work for 2 hours per week, and we would receive a 17.5% discount.
Even though The Health Nuts is far from a coop, just being around all of that wonderful food gave it a local, not-in-NYC feel.
Photo from New York Magazine
This is just a small part of their extensive bulk section:
Check out our purchases–
While we still bought soy milk, I am really into trying other non-dairy milks. We meant to buy oat milk instead of two almond milks, better luck next time. The Hemp milk is yummy, but probably an acquired taste (it’s a little bit dry).
Bragg’s and two juices. Two kinds of coconut water! I have been getting headaches from these hot runs, so I was eager to try a natural sports drink. I tried the Zico water first when I got home from Tuesday’s 3.5 mile run. The flavor is great, and I had enough energy to clean the house, make dinner, and put together an Ikea wardrobe (the only way to gain more closet space in a NYC apartment). The best part? No headache. Coconut water is naturally fat free and low in calories. There is no added sugar (the only ingredient is coconut water), and it actually contains more potassium than bananas, which is good for this banana hating health blogger. The five electrolytes coconut water contains: Nitrogen, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium, Calcium Oxide, and Magnesium Oxide.
Muesli, Bulgur, Shaved Coconut, Nutritional Yeast, and an exotic trail mix with Goji Berries, Cacao Nibs, and other things that I cannot remember.
Organic kale, organic peaches, spinach, and baby bok choy.
And I finally bought Chia Seeds! Not just for Chia Pets, these seeds are a superfood. They contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, high levels of protein and fiber, and antioxidants. Able to hold about 9x their size in water, they slow down the absorption of carbs and control appetite. There is also some indication that chia seeds are beneficial to diabetics and can help with thyroid problems.
On Wednesday morning I added them to my bowl of overnight muesli. They get a gel like coating making them fun to eat.
I also used the baby bok choy on Wednesday. I cooked it in olive oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and red chili flakes, and served it over noodles.
Did you notice the two new bowls from Ikea? I have two more to use very soon, along with a new tea mug.