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Is Earth Fare in PBG Worth the Trip?

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We took our first visit to EarthFare on PGA Boulevard in Gardens this week. If you’re wondering where it is exactly, it’s just west of the Military Trail/PGA intersection, just past Saito’s restaurant, across the street from Rocco’s Tacos and The Cooper.

We were very impressed with Earth Fare and all of it’s offerings. There were some really big sales, like Buy one, get one on $45 containers of Bone Broth Protein and Collagen Protein, that might just be promotional for their first few weeks of opening, but there were also really good prices on other things that appear to be more ongoing. Overall, it was very much worth the trip and over half our purchases were “sale” products.

This was a visit with our two kids so keep in mind there may have been really cool parts of the store we may have missed, but I will share my favorite purchases and parts of the store.

It’s a similar feel to Whole Foods as you walk into the produce section first. They carry healthy salad dressings like the Primal brands we recommend in the produce section. Good fruit and greens selection at pretty reasonable prices. I bought their house brand of mild salsa and it might be my new favorite salsa, so good!

From there you can make your way to the back right corner for the meat and seafood section. We picked up a few Organic Grass Fed Beef Patties 85% Lean. I love these things, they have so many more uses past just burgers like a meat sauce for gluten-free pasta or vegetable noodles (also at Earth Fare), or a sweet potato hash. I didn’t get anything from behind the meat counter but heard from several members that they were really happy with their purchases from there. 

I’m such a snacker. If I could take two snacks to a deserted island with me it would be almond butter and Coconut Oil Potato Chips, and some Zevia to stay hydrated. 🙂 Lucky enough for me, these were ALL on sale. (Jackson’s Honest for chips & Justin’s for nut butters) Deduct one point from Earth Fare for not carrying Nikki’s Coconut Butter. 

Let me take a second to throw in a few warnings here. The first is that I’m eating for MY goals and they are particular to me. I don’t hold back from eating chips and nuts or nut butters because I’m not trying to lose any weight. This is a place where you don’t want to overdo these packaged products.

Warning #2. It’s easy to assume every product in a store like Earth Fare or Whole Foods is good for you. Whole Foods of 2008 is a lot different than the 2018 version. I use to cringe at the products they use to carry and the ingredients they promoted. While the ingredients have come a long way, you still have to check labels to see what you are actually eating. For instance, this soda by BlueSky looks great on the label with natural ingredients. When you check the sugar content you’re looking at about 30grams in one can…yikes! Definitely a “cheat” there. 

I was so impressed with their supplement section. Like I mentioned above, BOGO on protein canisters is a BIG DEAL. They carry Ancient Nutrition and Bulletproof products like we do at the gym. I was also impressed by prices on other supplements. There is no supplement for a bad diet, but if you have a great diet and need some I would do some browsing and price comparisons.

This is more of a shoutout for this product than Earth Fare but it’s cool to see so many flavors of this granola in stock. I love this Purely Elizabeth brand and haven’t had a bad flavor yet! My favorite is the chocolate sea salt. 

Bone broth, tea, and kombucha/probiotic drinks have become a staple in my diet. I love water, but do get bored by it, especially at night when I want a little substance/excitement in my life. (Will get to the red wine in a little.) Check out these single bone broth servings.

In our private Superhuman Squad Facebook Group we recently talked about doing egg cups in muffin tins for an easy breakfast on the go. Anytime you cook you want to avoid olive oil in high heat applications. That’s why avocado oil or coconut oil are great substitutes (Notice the 500 degree ad on the avocado oil). We ALWAYS try to avoid canola oil at all costs.

One of our recipes from our cookbook that was also featured in FastPaleo’s Top 100 Recipes of the Year, is Wild Salmon Avocado Egg Salad. You can also find the recipe on FastPaleo’s Site. Great choices here and they have their own Earth Fare branded can.

These Cascadian Farms Organic vegetables are a great way to get your daily veggies. And getting them BOGO was just an awesome bonus. They are very reasonable at full price even.

I had some more pictures to share but was trying to keep the kids busy with my phone and some got deleted in the process. Here are a few more items that made it into our cart.

Vegetables like broccoli florets, brussel sprouts, mixed greens, Veggie Chips & Farmhouse brand crackers (for the kids). Boneless/skinless chicken thighs, gold potatoes, corn. Strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe. Cashew milk. Almond milk. Coconut water. Gluten free pizza and pizza crust (Against The Grain brand).

We did get that red wine, on sale of course. Also, their ice cream selection didn’t disappoint. During the Superhuman40, I’ve tried to be as dairy free as possible so I tried “Coconut Bliss” ice cream and loved it. “So Delicious” brand is also a favorite of ours. (Side note: We recently discovered “Cashewtopia” at Whole Foods and love it, but it’s not at Earth Fare.)

We went by their warm food section and hot/cold food bars. It was hopping with people so it must be pretty good.

I think it’s very cool that Earth Fare has a Food Philosophy.

They pledge that their food is free from added hormones, antibiotics, artificial fats and trans-fats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors and preservatives, bleached and bromated flour.

How do I know that? Because they make sure it’s written on every receipt. Well played guys.

We will definitely be back again soon and look forward to our next shopping visit.

Keep Living Superhuman,

Tony