You know how you always want to eat better, and you finally get in the right mood set, clean out all of your junk food and head to the health store only to realize everything is too expensive and you’ll be lucky to afford a salad and a few bananas? If you aren’t familiar with this realization, just wait. I myself used to be this person. It always starts with all the ads on TV promoting weight loss using miracle cures or commercials promising blenders that can “blend away all the calories in your food and make it healthy”. When you do finally get away from the TV, you get online or go to your local store to get your daily essentials and you are surrounded by people who you might sometimes feel like are watching you check out at the store with all your groceries and that one candy bar that you feel they are secretly judging you on. What if I told you there is a place you can go, that not only has all the healthy food you could need or want, but that also has all the household essentials at prices that are comparable to what you’re spending right now and that’s full of people who don’t judge?
I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Fresh Thyme, located in Fairview Heights, Illinois (along with all their other convenient and nearby locations in O’fallon, Kirkwood, Town and Country, St. Louis and St. Peters, Missouri) believes that eating right shouldn’t break your budget and I couldn’t agree more. The main reason I “fall off the bandwagon” when it comes to eating right is the price and from what I’ve heard, I’m not alone. Fresh Thyme really does serve extremely fresh food at amazing prices, but they are also so much more than just a place to stop and grab your produce. The first time I walked in, I couldn’t believe the selection. When writing this review, I literally had to turn back to the website to make sure I was including all of the great items that this place has to offer. The list of products on their website is as follows:
- Natural meat, raised without hormones
- Seafood flown in daily
- Hearty breads and delicious treats from local artisan bakeries and hot out of our ovens
- Healthy meals made in our kitchens which are ready to eat on the run
- Barrels full of natural and organic bulk foods
- Locally roasted organic coffee beans
- Aisles of nutritious and delicious groceries
- Earth-friendly cleaning supplies
- Specialty foods
- Gluten-free and dairy-free options
- Plus a whole department filled with vitamins, supplements and pure body care products.
Before you shake your head in disbelief, just know that they really do have all of these things and more! You can literally get everything on your list, and if you miss anything, this place has some of the friendliest employees who are always wearing a smile and willing to help however they can. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the warmth and friendliness that is offered by their staff every time I stop by. I love going in and browsing all of the new specials, seeing familiar faces and picking up items that I can use to fix a meal for my family that I can feel good about and even the occasional bottle of wine. And don’t even get me started on the household essentials this place carries! You can get everything you need to clean your home in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, organic coffee for that extra burst of energy and even ready-made meals so that you can relax with a healthy meal when it’s all said and done!
If this doesn’t convince you to stop in, then you are missing out! At the very least, I encourage everyone to check out their website not just for the general overview, but also for the fast and easy recipes and great money saving coupons! And for those of you that might have a problem making it to the store, or who think it might be a bit of drive from your current location, I completely understand and so do they! Because Fresh Thyme realizes that some have transportation hardships, they partnered with Instacart and are currently making an effort to expand their home delivery service! It won’t be long before they will be able to deliver your groceries directly to your door and they have a great area on the website for you to enter your email and get notified as soon as it’s available! It truly doesn’t get any easier than this. If you want to make some positive changes to benefit yourself, or those you care about, take the first step and start at this place. Trust me; you’ll be glad you did because I know I was.
Author: Jessica Kirk-Gregory