We all splurge at the grocery store from time to time. A wedge of cheese, a nicer bottle of wine, high-end chocolate. These upstanding pleasures, however, are not what I'm talking about today. The grocery store also offers the lure of tasty treats that aren't so gourmet, and packaged foods that do a little extra work for you. Do you ever succumb to these grocery store temptations, bypassing the healthy whole foods and reaching for a processed treat? I do! Let me show you what I feel a teeny bit ashamed about buying last week...
Last week I went to Costco for the first time ever to shop for my brother's wedding reception. Now, I haven't had reason to shop at Costco previously — there are just two of us in my household. My usual shopping habits include picking up meat, fruit, and vegetables for a week at a time, and avoiding processed snacks as much as possible. I'm not snobby about it — I know I am super lucky to have time to cook vegetables for the week and not rely too much on processed foods.
But, you guys. I saw this huge box of grapefruit segments in little individual cups at Costco, and something came over me. I grabbed it with glee. I love grapefruit and often cut it up for breakfast, but in that moment there was just something totally irresistible about all that grapefruit, so easy to eat! I felt momentarily guilty — all those plastic cups! — but got over it promptly and stacked up my treat in the refrigerator.
And honestly, as a splurge, I still don't feel bad about it. It's a great healthy snack when I need to grab something quickly. But it was indeed a splurge, and my husband laughed long and hard when I showed him one dozen cups of grapefruit lined up proudly in the fridge.
Can you relate? Are there little conveniences or splurges you allow yourself at the grocery store?
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(Image: Faith Durand)