Clearwater: Nature's Food Patch - Vegan Delight
Nature's Food Patch is the ideal health food store for any person who wants to live a healthy life.— Kenna McHugh - Living a Healthy Life
Food and Health
I am all about food and health. I eat vegan, most of the time, and I notice how well I feel and look healthy when I do. Kansas State University reports people eating healthier causes a positive effect on their overall health. Contrary, not eating healthier even affects workdays lost to major health problems.
The university reports 80 percent of heart disease cases and Type 2 diabetes are prevented by people eating healthier. Being physically active and not smoking helps as well.
That being said, when traveling to Clearwater, Florida, I visit Nature's Food Patch. I call it a healthy heaven of delicious food and vegan options. The vitamin selection is perfect for my needs, and probably, yours.
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Good Healthy Food - Finding Vegan Options
Nature's Food Patch is located at 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755. It's not the easiest store to see from the street because its signage is small. Look for the CVS store and turn into that parking lot and you will find it near a chiropractor's office.
Organic produce is the first thing I saw when I entered the store. To the left of the organic produce section are two refrigerators full of vegan desserts, crackers, and other vegan options.
All Raw Vegan Certified Organic Chickpea Carrot Croquettes caught my attention. croquettes are traditionally fried but these are not since they are raw. The ingredients were mouthwatering.
Raw Chickpea Carrot Croquettes
Chunkie Dunkies Almond Butter Crunch
Chunkie Dunkies Pure Foods manufactures Almond Butter Crunch. I tried them, and they are delicious. All organic and vegan ingredients. Eating them is a pure guilt-free indulgence. Right there on the package, it says "plant-based," which means they are healthy with no animal products. They were mouth watering and crunchy. On a cold day, I'd dunk them in hot chocolate.
Mint Chocolate Haystacks
I came across these yummy morsels - Mint Chocolate Haystacks. They are all organic, raw, and vegan. I didn't get them because haystacks are not my favorite snack. You can take a look at the photo and read the ingredients because if you like what you see you can eat them, too.
Nature's Food Patch has quite a selection of vegan products including raw food products as well. If you are traveling in the area, this is the place to go for raw, vegan food.
All Natural Supplements
Travels can sometimes make a person sick. If you are into natural remedies and need to find a health food store with all natural supplements. If you are not sick, you might run out of dietary supplements and need to get a refill.
The benefits of dietary supplements are well-known for people who like to eat well and take care of themselves naturally. Nature's Food Patch selection of vitamins and supplement is huge. They carry all the name brands like Solaris, Nature's Way, and Nature's Plus. The store's homeopathic section is plentiful, too, if you are interested in homeopathic care.
Bulk Herb Section
I was so delighted to see they carried bulk herbs. The selection is huge. They had all the herbs I needed. Buying in bulk is so cost-effective. The herbs are stored on shelves in easy to open containers with little scoopers. I just scooped the amounted I needed into little plastic bags the store provides with a twisty.
I was looking for "true" cinnamon and asked a clerk for help. He was right there showing me where it was located. I didn't have to wait long for help.
Deli and Salad Bar
My hometown is Sacramento, California. I shop at the Sacramento Natural Food Coop. They could learn a few things from Nature's Food Patch about what to have on their Deli and Salad Bar menu.
I went to their deli twice on two separate occasions I felt the person taking my order knew what vegan meant. She gave me the best options on their menu. Both were wraps, but the vegan cornbread and vegan soups smelled and looked so delicious. I just couldn't eat everything in sight, though I wish it was possible.
The Yucatan wrap was my favorite. It is made with the store's very own Yucatan burger, which they sell fresh in their cold case. Another wrap I devoured was tofu wrap. It tastes so well. Each time I visited the store, I completely wished Sacramento had a Nature's Food Patch store.
Meat and Cheese Eaters Are Welcome
To be perfectly clear, the store also caters to meat, cheese eaters, and vegetarians. The food is still super good for you and as a meat eater, you will appreciate it. While I looked around the store waiting for my wraps, I noticed turkey meatballs and other meat dishes available. Veggie pizzas that smelled so good.
Nature's Food Patch in Dunedin
New Store Opened In Dunedin, Florida
Nature's Food Patch opened its second store in Dunedin, Florida. I am very excited about the company expanding they're wares. On the store's Facebook page, a customer commented that the store is smaller and doesn't have a salad bar like the original store in Clearwater. Another customer mentioned "not the same items on the menu, but still, I like the store's philosophy."
The staff at Nature's Food Patch are kind, friendly, and helpful. One particular staff member clarified what to expect at the new store in Dunedin, "Next time you're in the area, definitely check out our new Dunedin location! It is smaller to fit the quaint downtown community, but we do have a deli and cafe with inside and outside seating." The staff member also told me the new store has a juice bar, made fresh from scratch soups a grab ‘n go salads, fresh sandwiches from the deli. And of course, their special coffee called Patch coffee. "We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!" added the staff member.
With that, I hope the next time I am in Clearwater I will be able to visit Dunedin as well.
Love the Dunedin location. I wish the veggie burritos were on the menu. Looks like I'll still be heading to Clearwater for my fave.— Customer Posting on Facebook
I arrived in Clearwater and went directly to the store and bought some food and snacks. The staff are always so helpful. I needed help twice and both staff made sure my questions and needs were answered.
Kanas State University Article on Benefits of Eating Better
© 2018 Kenna McHugh