My mom bloggy friend Jessica of Mom in Me were invited to visit our local Sacramento Whole Foods Market. It’s a great way to familiarize ourselves with their offerings and get to try a couple of healthy recipes they’ve concocted.
Whole Foods is a nationwide grocery chain that provides the highest quality of natural and organic produce and products to the market.
We all have our favorite go-to supermarket or grocery stores. We often buy depending on several factors: proximity to our home or work location, price, quality of food, etc.
If price is always an issue, Whole Foods Market wants to break the misconception that they are expensive just because they only offer natural or organic produce. We can always agree that the quality of their items wins against others hands down.
Stephanie Dodds, their Healthy Eating Specialist, was on hand to share the Whole Foods story. There were wonderful discoveries that day and I want to share them with you. Here are some key take-aways I’ve learned from our visit.
- You can do a taste-test before you buy. Did you know that? I didn’t!
Stephanie shared that almost any product in the store, you can do a taste test before you purchase it. If you’re not sure if the fresh juice is something your tastebuds will love, then request for a taste test from any of the store staff.
- You can buy a portion of the produce or product. I didn’t know this either!
Is that watermelon too big for you? What about that red cabbage? You can buy a portion of those items if you don’t need the whole thing. How awesome is that?
- They offer a huge selection for people with dietary requirements.
- They have a Healthy Eating Specialist to give you free advise.
Check your nearest store to see if there’s another Stephanie who is always willing to help you with your diet needs, meal planning, recipes, etc.
- They adhere to the strictest of standards when it comes to food safety.
Did you know that you cannot place non-organic and organic produce side by side without a divider between them? Whole Foods make sure they do that and place a clear plastic divider should they need to place organic beside a non-organic produce.
- They sell local produce as best as they can.
They source locally which gives the customer the freshest available produce as they do not have to be shipped from out of state or out of the country.
- They research competitor products and offer equivalent Whole Foods product at lower or equal price.
This addresses the elephant in the room when it comes to Whole Foods. The price is always assumed as too expensive. But they run a program where they offer similar products for the same or even lower price compared to the other grocery chains.
There were many more discoveries that day and I will try to share them in the following photos below.
Taste test please! And they obliged.
Plastic barrier between non-organic and organic produce
Fresh juices! We get to taste a sample of these too
Bulk section selfie with our bulk kids
Stephanie demonstrating the Cucumber Soup
Karen of MrsLookingGood
Jessica of MomInMe
Best Salad Dressing on Kale
This is our “Give Me Some Attitude!” pose! Stephanie nailed it!
Are you doing your grocery shopping at Whole Foods? Or if there is one near you, are you going to check it out?
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I was not financially compensated for this post. We were invited to tour the local store and meet the Healthy Living Specialist. All opinions are my own.