Thursday, March 15, 2007

Whole Foods' salad bar rocks!

It's a very big deal when the FAQ gets a great salad. Because I'm allergic to lettuce (which is freakish in anybody's book, I know) I can't get salads unless I make them myself. I especially lament the absence of Caesar salad, which was my favorite prior to The Discovery.

There's a Whole Foods near my office that has become my home away from home. Say what you will about corporate America, that giant conglomerates are killing mom and pop businesses, etc. but Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheck) has done a great job in bringing truly healthy food into the mainstream. You pay top dollar for it, but the choice is there. And they are excruciatingly anal about revealing ingredients for everything in their prepared food sections, which is great news for those of us with food issues.

Witness this lovely salad, which was envied by others. Baby spinach substitutes for lettuce. Red peppers sub for tomatoes. Corn, peas, artichoke hearts, black bean salad and garbanzos, topped with slices of preservative-free Black Forest ham. Dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette, I got a beautiful range of veggies (and protein) without feeling deprived whatsoever. And on ANY kind of restrictive diet, that is an accomplishment indeed.

PS. Day 2. They have a hot food bar too. Meatloaf, steamed broccoli, a spicy Indian cabbage/potato side dish. Ah, I could move right in, next to the chocolate and coffee aisle, and be quite happy at Whole Foods.

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