As the point of this blog is to EAT ORGANIC, a lot of people ask me where I get the ingredients to make my recipes or where I buy my food in general.
I haven’t bought anything (apart from water) in a ‘regular’ supermarket (like Mercadona, Tesco’s or Publix) in probably over a year. Thankfully an organic supermarket opened right next to our house 2 years ago. The momentum took a while to pick up, but I’m glad to say it has become quite stocked with all sorts of goodness.
This is where I buy the unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, the coconut oil, the organic sauces, the coconut & almond milks, the spelt flour, the brown rice, the spelt noodles, quinoa and buckwheat, the organic chocolate, the agave syrup, the coconut sugar, the nut butters, even cat food and toothpaste. Everything you buy at your local grocery store you can pretty much buy there. Don’t forget organic dishwasher and detergent!
There are a few downsides to this store, mainly that many products go out of stock fairly often and take a bit too long to be restocked. The owners & staff are very nice, but they are not very good at directing you in what to buy or explaining why certain things are beneficial, or know how their product/produce tastes. My advice is know what you need before going to buy it! I shop there a lot so I will be reviewing a lot of their products.
I love this store because it has everything! Up until now most health stores have had the same unappealing nonsense that make you wanna say – fuck this, let’s go buy a cheeseburger and die young.. But this store has so many options, you don’t feel restricted at all, even when you are an organic vegan! We usually get our fruits & vegetables delivered at home but we buy last minute things we need at this store too. You will definitely get tempted by their many sauces, juices and packaged treats!!!
Note that you still have to read labels whilst shopping in organic stores, this one included. I have found quite a few uncertified products that contained very suspect ingredients and even GMOs in many health stores. Be very wary of soy products and gluten-free products. Not only is soy unhealthy for us, but most soy is genetically modified. And gluten-free packaged products usually contain partially hydrogenated oils – aka trans fats, the worse types of fats for us! Always look for the EU leaf, that at least gives you peace of mind in knowing the food is certified organic and GMO free.
Remember that animals from “organic farms” are not treated any better than conventional agriculture animals, they are not injected with hormones or antibiotics, but they are still caged up and exploited. Animal cruelty is very much alive in organic farms (to my dismay!) so if you want to go cruelty free, GO VEGAN!
You may find prices ‘outrageous’ at first, especially if you’ve been buying the cheapest things at your local grocery store.
Most things are considerably more expensive then you are used to, but you have to understand you are used to eating shit, that’s why it’s so cheap. Using high quality ingredients, for example using coconut sugar or maple syrup instead of refined white sugar in an energy bar, is considerably more expensive to make.
Same with different kinds of flours, natural preservatives, ect.. You get what you pay for. It takes a few months but you get used to these differences in prices.
Some prices will surprise you though. Yes, the fancy treats are 2-5 times more expensive than you’re used to, so are the meats, fish and cheese, but you’ll find that the tomato sauce is only a few cents more, the beans, the rice, the lentils, the flour, even the fruits & vegs are decently priced. The main foods you need to nourish your body? They are affordable, and organic – it’s a no brainer.
I’ll do another post soon with my favorite products from the store.
Health is wealth. Invest in your health people!
Love, Tasha xx
You can find the organic store in the Monte Los Halcones plaza (next to Supercor & All in One Cafe), on the Ronda road. 2 mins from San Pedro!