Last Saturday, as I was outdoors enjoying the fresh spring weather, (raking up enough leaves to fill more than a dozen lawn bags) I developed quite the appetite. As I didn’t want to get side tracked with my “project,” I thought I would run out and pick up something healthy and quick, so off to Nature’s Bin in Lakewood I went…
The produce glistened..the “healthy” cookies were calling my name…the fancy vitamin-packed waters were literally jumping into my basket. And then…I came upon the newly expanded prepared foods section, which is where my new obsession began. When all was said and done, along with my sandwich (with fresh sprouts), I had also purchased 2 pine nut & golden raisin empanadas (which I ate for dinner that night), a tomato & goat cheese tart (which I ate for dinner the next night), a container of peanut chicken whole wheat soba noodles (which made for a great bring-to-work lunch) and a lemon chive quinoa salad (which I ate for dinner last night!), my quick trip to a local favorite turned out to be way more than a lunch pick up, it literally has fed me all week. If you haven’t been to the remodeled Nature’s Bin, there is something waiting to fill your fridge, so stop in on the way home tonight.
Did you know that Nature’s Bin is much more than just a natural foods store? This comfortable place where many Cleveland area residents have shopped for years is really a rehabilitation training facility in disguise. Its mission is to “help people with disabilities achieve successful integration into the work place,” and they do an amazing job at it. Everyone was so pleasant and welcoming I couldn’t help but think, why don’t I do all of my grocery shopping here?
As always, a trip to Natures Bin wouldn’t be complete without a new tube of organic, natural, super shiny and very tasty lip gloss. If nothing else, I would stop in just to check out the spring selection of flavors! :)
Nature’s Bin is located on the west side of Lakewood on Sloane Ave – right off of West Clifton. 18120 Sloane Ave. Lakewood, OH, 44107 216-521-4600