Whole lot to do? Head to Whole Foods.

Even though midterms have passed, it seems as though my school workload hasn’t gotten any smaller. With the end of one test, comes the start of preparing for the next. So with my life as full of tests and projects as it is lately, my time available to cook healthy meals has definitely gone out the window. Although reaching for my phone to order a pizza, or being tempted by the smells of fast food as I walk through campus is often times enticing, I know that I will feel better and be better equipped to get work done if I eat something good for my body. Enter into the picture: Whole Foods.

Not only does Whole Foods offer great meals to-go, they also have a wide variety of ready-made snacks, so naturally that was my first stop!

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Fresh, All-Natural Peanut Butter
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One of my favorite foods of all-time is peanut butter. I love peanut butter on pretty much anything possible! So when I discovered that Whole Foods made fresh all-natural peanut butter from scratch, I was ecstatic. Now I could eat peanut butter and feel a little less guilty! It has the perfect peanut taste, without all of the oil that you get in normal peanut butter.

Customize Trail Mix Station

Customize Trail Mix Station
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Not only does Whole Foods have fresh peanut butter, but they also have a trail mix station that allows you to try a wide variety of mixes! Being able to customize your portion size allows you to be able to get a few different mixes, instead of single, bulk bag of one mix that is usually offered at grocery stores. Most of the mixes are also offered with or without salt, and roasted or non-roasted, making a snack that tends to have a reputation of being too salty or greasy, healthier.

After I gathered my study snacks, the smells drifting across the store from the fresh food section lured me over. Instantly I was overwhelmed with options for my dinner.

Salad Bar

Salad Bar
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My first stop was the salad bar, and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. The bar was fully stocked with every possible vegetable and topping for a salad imaginable. After loading up my to-go box with fresh greens, I went on to explore the other food options.

Fresh Vegetables & Sides Buffet

Fresh Vegetables & Sides Buffet
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Wide Variety of Soups

Wide Variety of Soups
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I decided to get a bowl of soup to go with my salad and was extremely pleased with the chicken tortilla soup. It was full of flavor and was very filling, a quality that I find to be rare in soups, making me happy with my decision.

Fresh Pre-Packaged Meals

Fresh Pre-Packaged Meals
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Asian Inspired Meals
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Even though I had already chosen my dinner for the night, I stumbled across a wall of pre-packaged meals and side dishes. Since I was already there, I decided to go ahead and stock up on a few of these meals to have in my fridge throughout the week.
All-in-all it was a successful trip to Whole Foods. I love how they really cater for those with a hectic lifestyle, serving as a one-stop shop for groceries and meals. In addition, every time I buy food at Whole Foods I know I am eating something that I can feel good about. I can truly say with confidence that I will be back at Whole Foods next time I need a quick, healthy meal on the go!