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 eating well and being healthy. I eat vegan, most of the time, and I notice how well I feel and look when I do.
Kansas State University reports people who eat healthy food produces a positive impact on their overall health and outlook on life. Contrary, people not eating healthy food causes workdays lost to significant health problems.
The university reports 80 percent of heart disease cases and Type 2 diabetes prevention occurs when people eat healthier. Being physically active and not smoking helps as well.
That said, when traveling to Clearwater, Florida, I visit Nature's, Food Patch. I call it my little patch of delicious food and vegan options. Vitamin selection fits my needs and yours.
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Locating the Storefront
Nature's Food Patch resides in a strip mall at 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755. It's not the easiest storefront to see from the street because its signage is small. You look for the CVS store and turn into that parking lot, and you will find it near a chiropractor's office.
Good Healthy Food - Finding Vegan Options
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 attracted me to desert. 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.
If you like haystacks, take a look at the photo, and read the ingredients, 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. If you are traveling in the area, this is the place to go for raw, vegan food.
All Natural Supplements
Traveling can sometimes make a person sick. If you are into natural remedies and need to find a health food store with all-natural supplements, Nature's Food Patch is the place to go. If you are not sick and you ran out of dietary supplements and need to get a refill, this store has it all.
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 sufficient, too.
Bulk Herb Section
The store offers bulk herbs, and I found the herbs I needed with easy to open containers and little scoopers, small plastic bags, and a twisty. I needed "true" cinnamon and asked a clerk for help. He showed me where they stocked it. I didn't have to wait long for help.
Deli and Salad Bar
Health food stores 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, and 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 delicious. I wanted to eat everything in sight, though I knew it not possible.
The Yucatan wrap was my favorite made with the store's very own Yucatan burger, which they sell fresh in their cold case. The other was a tofu wrap that I devoured. It was yummy. Each time I visit the store, I wish I could take Nature's Food Patch home with me.
Meat and Cheese Eaters Are Welcome
To be 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 looked yummy and smelled so good.
Nature's Food Patch in Dunedin
Store In Dunedin, Florida
Nature's Food Patch opened its second store in Dunedin, Florida. I am very excited about the company expanding their 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, and fresh sandwiches from the deli. And of course, their unique 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
Staff Member Helpful
I arrived in Clearwater and went directly to the store and bought some food and snacks. The staff is always so helpful. I needed help twice, and each staff member made sure I had everything I needed.
Kanas State University Article on Benefits of Eating Better
© 2018 Kenna McHugh