The new Sprouts Farmers Market is finally open in my hometown of Winter Park, Florida! It feels like Christmas morning walking into the new store with its eye-catching displays and prices that can’t be beat. In this post I’m going to fill you in on my favorite finds from a sneak peek tour of Sprouts!
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Prior to the new Sprouts Farmers Market opening in Winter Park, I had only visited a Sprouts once before on a family vacation in Arizona. I loved the accessibility to quality and fresh ingredients at affordable prices. Unlike most stores where affordability is a selling point, Sprouts had everything I needed making it a one-stop-shop.
During the sneak preview of the new Sprouts in Winter Park, there were a few areas of the store that stood out as favorite finds.
The focus on fresh produce.
I love how Sprouts features the wide variety of produce offered by placing it in the middle of the store. Usually, the produce section is an afterthought with the aisles (aka, processed foods) being the main hub. At Sprouts, it’s the opposite. The produce and bulk bin area take up the majority of the floor space with the aisles and prepared food sections playing a supporting role on either side.
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Sprouts has a fantastic offering of both organic and conventional produce, offering something for everyone from the most picky eater to the adventurous foodie. Usually, there’s a misconception that eating healthier is more costly due to the surplus of fresh produce in the cart. At Sprouts, you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank because the prices are an average 25 percent lower than competitors. More kale, please!
I always wonder what grocery stores and restaurants do with the near-expiring or flawed items. Sprouts values giving back to the community and minimizing food sent to landfills, so instead of trying to sell defective items at a discounted price, the store donates them to local hunger relief charities. In Winter Park, they have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank and Feeding America.
A variety of products for various dietary needs.
One takeaway from my most recent visit to Sprouts was the variety of products and prepared foods they had available for different dietary needs. I’m always on the lookout for healthy alternatives to convenient foods and was pleasantly surprised to see a great selection of plant-based and plant-powered foods in the freezer section, packaged foods with minimal ingredients and even a hummus snack box with veggie sticks! Whether you’re keto, paleo, vegan or just looking to eat healthier, no one has been left out at Sprouts.
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Bulk bins for minimal needs.
The bulk bin area is always a favorite of mine for saving money. When I’m testing out a recipe or trying something new in the kitchen, I only need a little bit of something and don’t want to have to buy more than I need. Sprouts offers bulk nuts, seeds, dried fruits, grains, flours and even spices!
A favorite healthy snack hack is to load up in the bulk bin area for a DIY homemade trail mix using a combination of nuts, dried fruits (no sugar added) and coconut chips.
As a health coach and cooking instructor, the grocery store has quickly become my second home. I find myself at the store more days than not, which means having a Sprouts just five minutes away from home is a huge time (and money) saver. I can’t wait to make the Sprouts Farmers Market in Winter Park my new home!