Stop No. 2 – Bulk Section
The bulk section is a great source of affordable healthy-eating inspiration — just one of many reasons that Wittenberg, who keeps more than 100 neatly labeled jars in her pantry, loves to linger in the bulk section. She’s also an avid shopper of interesting lentils and beans. “French lentils, black beluga lentils, Spanish lentils — we eat a different kind of lentil at least twice a week.”
Swift favors red quinoa, black rice, wild rice, amaranth, kasha and milled flaxseed. And Katz gets a range of bulk dried fruit, as well as raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds — all of which go into the insulated “snack pack” he carries everywhere he goes. “I think of my snack pack as a kind of umbrella in a hostile nutritional environment,” he says.
Bulk-section tip: Look for unsulphured brands of dried fruits — they don’t look as pristine and they don’t keep as long, but they have no sulfites, a preservative that many people find disturbing to the digestive system.