Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vegan Shops for Veggies

Weekend Warrior: It's time to stock up on my must-have fresh Fruits & Veggies for the week! 

And what better way to do that than by going to a neighborhood farmers market & supporting local farms & small businesses trying to be socially responsible with organic fields & sustainable growing techniques?!

personally LOVE the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood because it houses every bit of fantastic food & delicious drinks & plenty of other goodies, all inside one huge warehouse. 

Buyer Beware: YGFM is only open on the weekends: Sat & Sun 8am-4pm.
So you really do have one-stop shopping for the whole week for your Farm-Fresh kitchen essentials.

Vitamins, Minerals, Anti-oxidants, Oh My! One of the things I delight in when I come here are the beautiful colors of the rainbow! Your diet should be filled with greens, yellows, reds, oranges & more!

Not to be confused with the processed neon orange of Cheetos or highlighter yellow shade of Mountain Dew... But rather the beautiful crayola crayon colors that really exist in nature!

Next, I thoroughly soak up the selecting process! I smell citrus, I thump watermelons, I squeeze avocados, I pick perfect peppers, I like symmetry in sweet potatoes & I search for the deepest green lettuces.

I even put Trent to work in the veggie selection process but here's what I quickly learned... you can take the Indiana boy out of the corn fields... But you can't take the corn fields out of the Indian boy!
Especially when searching for sweet ears of corn... Get it?!

And if you thought I only lost him in the produce department... You have no idea how fast a man's attention span goes flying out the window when there are free samples involved in the grocery shopping trip! 

In his defense, we came straight from the gym & we were both starving! Also, the beauty of a great farmers market is that the booth owners encourage you to taste their treats, so that you feel good about what you're purchasing, instead of just buying blindly!

Taste-Testing is encouraged everywhere! And in our case, the mini-appetizers put us in the mood for lunch & looky what I found:

"My Vegan Place" is run by this amazing Vegan Chef named Marcello that sells burritos complete with veggie "meat" & "sour cream" & awesome Vegan Pizzas!

He's got my business! Trent even enjoyed the Vegan Burritos - they were perfect for a post-workout Saturday brunch while crossing grocery shopping off the to-do list!

Don't forget to partake in the cold-pressed juices or smoothies while you're there to truly get the green experience or for my not-so-healthy friends... Check out the homeade sangria next to the mozzarella stand!

And don't forget about the exotic stuff that you can't find at Publix, Costco, Winn-Dixie or Target! Dragon fruit is ALWAYS at the stand towards the back, near the cooked food, across from the olive bins. 
But when your tummy is stuffed and your grocery cart is full...

Go visit the Animal Rescue booth! As a passionate Animal Advocate, I always preach, "Adopt, Don't Shop!"
Many people don't realize that saving a rescue cat or dog is the best way to control the pet population (along with spay & neuter, which is a MUST!) & save unwanted pets from death or being abandoned in the street. And for those of you who think rescue groups don't have puppies to adopt out... Then just soak up this baby chi-weenie! 
(That's a chihuahua-dachshund mix pup) 

So, after the gym, we got our healthy & organic eats for the week, we chowed down on a yummy vegan brunch & got a little puppy love before we hit the road... Does it get any better? 
Sure beats driving through the mcdonalds drive-thru, dontcha think?! 
Well I think this should be a standing Saturday morning date... Wanna meet us there next week?!