Flageolets….Chana Dahl…..Kalijira: Yoga Poses or Food???!!!
I admit, some bulk foods still sound like yoga poses to me, and I’ve been completely intimidated by them in the past. But now, Flageolets, Chana Dahl and Kalijira are the types of beans, split peas and rice that I buy at my local Whole Foods in Venice, CA, and use to whip up delicious healthy meals. With some help you can bet the bulk food basics you need to do the same…and save a lot of $ at the same time.
This all happened after I found my new BFF: Bulk Basics: A Simple Guide to Buying and Cooking Bulk Foods. These brochures are available at Whole Foods or you can access it online. Armed with this how-to guide filled with storing, cooking, uncooked-to-cooked ratios and even gluten level information, I’m more confident than ever about mastering the art of cooking bulk foods.
Instead of being fearful and intimidated…
I’m now showing bulk foods who’s boss in my kitchen.
Buying bulk foods is a great way to cut back on the amount of processed food you eat, it’s more environmentally friendly and saves you $$$$.
These types of healthy eating resources from RDs are cropping up in grocery chains everywhere. There are literally hundreds of supermarket dietitians working for most of the major and regional retailers where we buy our food. These dietitians create nutrition materials about just about everything and have lots of healthy recipes and menu plans that you can usually find on the retailers’ website, blog, Facebook or Twitter. They also create a lot of in-store nutrition materials for shoppers (like Bulk Basics).
So, whether you shop at Whole Foods, Safeway, Kroger, Albertson’s, Meijer or Wegman’s, no matter. All the major retailers have some type of nutrition communications program. You may have to look or ask for it.
Happy, healthy shopping,
–Kelly Plowe, MS, RD