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Apr 29, 2008 10:37 PM

Discount Health/ Natural Food Stores

I'm changing my diet, but unfortunately, my wallet is still the 'ol same size :(

I'm just a girl who wants to get her chowing act together -- processed foods, bad!

Any places in our lovely city you'd like to suggest?

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  1. Eating healthier to me means eating tons more and a larger variety of vegetables. Fruits as desserts and snacks. Fresh nuts, seeds.
    One place to find cheap produce is the Manhattan Fruit Exchange at Chelsea Market. Very decently priced and fresh produce, nuts, seeds, spices. I don't get there as much as I would like because it's so far from me.
    Another cheap option is buying produce in Chinatown.
    I buy my nuts at Kalustyan's but it isn't really cheap. If someone has suggestions for a good place to buy cheap fresh nuts, I'm all ears.

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    1. re: abud

      I'll be checking out Manhattan Fruit Exchange soon. Thanx!

      As for Chinatown, I go there from time to time (just 2 days ago -- mangos are everywhere, and so yummy) but I'm not familiar with a lot of the produce. They don't label! Not to say the stuff they have don't look enticing ..

      1. re: abud

        Also, Trader Joe's seems to be the answer.

        1. re: abud

          Economy Candy on lower East side has great prices on nuts (and candy).

          1. re: abud

            Yesterday, for organic fresh fruits and veggies, a friend recommended a website, Located in Brooklyn, they deliver to Manhattan at no charge. There is 1 sign up registration fee - $25 I think. You sign up for a certain size box (4 choices), and you get a wide variety of fruits and veggies that fit into that box. Check out the website.

          2. Trader Joes has very good prices on nuts, natural cereals, protein powder and the like. I get protein shakes at Vitamin Shoppe, watch for sales.

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            1. re: Ora

              Yes, I'm glad you mentioned Trader Joe's, I've recently shopped there and I love it!
              As fro the protein shakes, I'm not really familiar with them, so I'm going to hold them off, for now.

            2. If you want to eat out and be healthy, Eva's on 8th St near 6th Ave is the best. Not really a sit down restaurant, but great for a quick bite or take out/delivery.

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              1. re: mjh5821

                Great! Whenever, I'm in the neighborhood and feeling hungry, I know where to go now. Thanx!

                1. re: Sunshineness

                  That place is really good! Make sure you check it out if you're around. They have some really cheap stuff too (last time I went, which was a while ago).

                  They also sell supplements and vitamins.

                2. re: mjh5821

                  Also, if you eat out healthy on a budget, do you also shop healthy for when you're dining-in on a budget too? If so, any recommendations?

                  1. re: Sunshineness

                    It's already been mentioned a bunch, but I've really found that Trader Joe's has the best prices on healthier options. Miss Needle also mentioned Westerly Market, I shop there less frequently but they have a great selection of a wide variety of health products.

                3. for some things, I shop at the bulk section of the natural food store on 3rd ave at 16th st (sorry, I can't remember the name). there's always something on sale every month, and it's fun to try whatever it is...quinoa, puy lentils, etc. I second TJ's for nuts and cereal.

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                  1. re: Sophia.

                    Noted, thanx! I'll be giving this unrememberably named place a try the next time I take a swig at Trader Joe's.

                  2. Check out the Park Slope Food Coop- yes, you have to do a work shift, but the prices are the very lowest anywhere and the quality is high. 12,000 members and counting can't all be wrong.