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Healthy foodstuffs on Long Island

toby1355 May 5, 2008 02:53 PM

I am sick and tired of trying to find healthy breads, cookies and crackers in Long Island food stores. I am interested in products that have whole grain whole wheat and or other whole grains in them. Like wise, them using I want using honey or if necessary sugar rather than dextrose, sucrose or other 'oses. I want canola oil or other "better" oils rather than the "bad" ones. Certainly no transfats.

There is very little in the above three kinds of products that can be obtained in mainstream food stores. So please help. And I've been to Trader Joe's and many of their products do not pass muster. Like wise Fairway and WholeFoods on Northern Blvb. I'm in Central Nassau county, so I'm pretty centrally located. Have Healthy products?, Will Travel. Thanks

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    scunge RE: toby1355 May 5, 2008 04:24 PM

    Cornicopia , I believe in Patchogue as well Wild By Nature Setauket,Hampton Bays and maybe Northport they do have a website

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      Scott_R RE: toby1355 May 5, 2008 05:17 PM

      Have you been to Sherry's in Babylon?

      (Doesn't honey consist of fructose and glucose--some of the "other 'oses"?

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        coll RE: Scott_R May 7, 2008 05:23 AM

        Love the Gordon Ramsey clip! I hardly ever see him actually cooking.

      2. phofiend RE: toby1355 May 6, 2008 04:57 PM

        All sugars are "oses" and plain old table sugar is sucrose, a disaccharide made up of glucose and fructose. Dextrose is just another name for glucose. It is a simple sugar, and used (and made) by the body for energy.

        That being said, I find whole grain breads all over the place, especially Whole Foods and Wild by Nature, in Huntington.

        1. coll RE: toby1355 May 7, 2008 05:00 AM

          We have a really militant health food store here in Riverhead, called Green Earth, relatively big place and I think mostly everything is organic too, there must be others like him elsewhere on the Island. He even has a little organic cafe in the back. He wouldn't sell anything that wasn't 100% healthy and pure.


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            msciara RE: toby1355 May 9, 2008 08:08 AM

            Funny, I am coming out to LI to visit and was wondering the same thing myself. Although Fairway and Whole Foods does the trick for me.

            Here's a list of health food stores on LI. Maybe you can call ahead and ask if they have what you're looking for.


            Oh, and I agree about Sherry's in Babylon. It's pretty awesome. I also like Eden's way in N. Massapequa.

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              coll RE: msciara May 9, 2008 11:11 AM

              That's funny, I just found out someone I know had started up BOGO, I know she delivers around the Hamptons and is very knowledgable. Not as many around as I would have thought, though!

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                msciara RE: coll May 9, 2008 11:55 AM

                I know, I kept checking for more directories like, "that's it?" BOGO looks pretty awesome though. If I ever do move back to Long Island from California I will surely move out east, and will keep BOGO in mind.

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                  coll RE: msciara May 9, 2008 01:38 PM

                  She's looking for someone to work for her right now....so hurry back ;-).

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              tomatoe RE: toby1355 May 14, 2008 08:18 PM

              Try Jandi's in Oceanside. Another great health food store is Rising Tide in Glen Cove.

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                toby1355 RE: tomatoe May 15, 2008 08:54 AM

                Thanks to all who replied to my post. I've tried Jandi's and found it only so-so for what I wanted but that was last year so maybe I'll try again. I'll also make an effort to get to Glen Cove soon.
                It's interesting to me though that, by a clear majority, most of the places mentioned and/or listed in the Yellow pages are in Suffolk county. I wonder why that is so.

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                  Scott_R RE: tomatoe May 15, 2008 09:20 PM

                  Rising Tide's still around? Haven't been there in YEARS. Maybe ten??
                  Used to go there when they had that "deli" section, making their own salads and the like. When they closed that, it wasn't the same.

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                    eomnonroe00 RE: Scott_R Jun 15, 2008 08:31 PM

                    new one in flushing meadows, right on the service road of the lie, just east of utopia parkway, exotic superfoods, raw food bar, juice bar, foods, lectures also, they have a website, and a page on youtube

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                      bruceb04 RE: Scott_R May 12, 2009 05:24 PM

                      FYI - Rising Tides "deli" section is up & running. Actually, don't recall it ever being down.

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                        Scott_R RE: bruceb04 May 12, 2009 07:59 PM

                        I'd gone back to Rising Tide this past March--first time in years that I'd been there. The deli section was a bit disappointing; I don't know if my timing was off, but they had quite a bit of empty space in the case.

                        My favorites:
                        Jandi in Oceanside (fantastic grocery section, very nice deli)
                        Dr. B-Well in Plainview (sounds like a vitamin shop, but has a big deli)
                        Cornucopia in Sayville (some of the best soups I've had anywhere, and a great vegan BLT wrap)

                        I like Sherries for groceries, but they don't have a deli section at all (pre-made wraps etc.).

                        Technically most answers (mine included) have been off-topic; the OP was talking about breads, cookies and crackers. I don't know of a good bakery, but I've been making my own sprouted wheat bread from the Laurel's Kitchen book.

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                    GCGuy RE: toby1355 Jun 16, 2008 08:22 AM

                    Food for Thought on 7th in Garden City.

                    Market w/ prepared foods.

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                      jonathankavner RE: GCGuy Jun 18, 2008 08:45 AM

                      What's the story with the organic market that is supposed to be opening across from Key Food?

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                      MacTAC RE: toby1355 May 13, 2009 07:29 PM

                      I haven't been there in a while, but maybe...

                      Dr B Well Naturally 8 Washington Ave, Plainview

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                        pward RE: toby1355 May 31, 2009 10:10 AM

                        Have you tried one of the local farmers market...

                        Long Beach - Wednesday 11 am to 7 pm; they have a true organic baker. I had his rye bread and it was absolutely delicious. There is also a seafood guy with an awesome selection. Not to mention the fresh produce.

                        RVC - starting Sunday June 7th there is going to be a Farmers Market on Sunrise Hwy in Rockville Centre - parking lot #12. The hours are 7 to 12.

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                          Scott_R RE: pward Jun 1, 2009 05:15 AM

                          Meaning what by "true organic baker"? Organic is pretty meaningless these days--most current organic sources are major agribusiness that merely pay lipservice to the term

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