Do you ever wonder why the grocery store has only one ‘health food’ isle? I guess that means the rest of the store is junk food, right?
While I’m not perfect every day, I’ve gained a real appreciation for real food for my family and fur-babies. I’m especially interested in optimal fueling and recovery as an athlete and distance runner, which means I’m always on the lookout for healthy, natural resources.
Sometimes finding great choices for healthy food at the store is challenging.
But, I have an answer for you if you live in the Chicagoland area!
About 3 years ago, I had to drive over 20 minutes to the nearest health food store… until they put in a new store in my town that was even better!
Moment of Truth
I love this store.
If I have extra time to ‘window shop’, you won’t find me at the outlet mall. You will find me perusing the Fruitful Yield essential oils or homeopathic displays getting all nerdy learning what combinations work for
stinky clothes different ailments. (I’d probably be a holistic doctor if I could do it all over again).
Or, I’m checking out the protein bar isle reading all the yummy ingredients and nutrients to figure out what to carry with me on my next long run!
All the ingredients are on the label you see here!
So you can imagine my excitement when I was invited by Karen at Trading In My Heels to join her for a tour from the store manager, Tina, and her amazing associates over at the Elmwood Park, IL location. They are getting ready to celebrate their one year anniversary with some fun which I’ll share in just a few moments…
But first, there are some very specific reasons why I choose to run to Fruitful Yield as my store of choice and maybe why you’d like to check them out, too!
I learned so much on this trip and now I’m loving it even more, especially because Fruitful Yield provides such personal AND knowledgeable service.
Everyone I talk to knows something about the product and if they don’t, they find out from someone who does. The company is very serious about making sure their employees receive training every week to help the customers make informed decisions about the products in their stores.
Noa helped guide me with several general product suggestions to help me with my head cold and asthma. I learned about the benefits of black elderberry and how research shows it may strengthen immunity and reduce the severity and time you have a cold (it worked for me and I’m a convert!).
Please say hi to Noa and thank him for me when you see him!
I was really impressed with the prices.
Every health-conscious person can agree that healthy can sometimes seem expensive. To me, you can’t put a price on having the best health possible. However, being able to save wherever I can is important to this mother of three growing and very hungry boys!
I think my little athletes would love this cereal that quite honestly is the same price as some of those sugar laden choco-puffs you can buy at any regular grocery store. In fact, this same Pro-Teen cereal is cheaper than the regular price at Wal-Mart!!!
Love the play on words and this healthy option for kids with allergies!
How can Fruitful Yield afford to do this?
Easy. They limit their advertising so they can pass on the savings to their customers. 80%-90% of their products are at wholesale pricing which is 20% cheaper than retail!
TIP: When you see this little “everyday low price” sign, you know it’s 35% or more cheaper!
I even went home and did a little google searching and sure enough, Fruitful Yield had very competitive pricing often times beating out the big names like Amazon!
Yes, organic, healthy foods and products CAN be affordable when you shop smart.
You name it, they have it!
Vegan, organic, non-gmo, grass-fed, nut free, gluten-free, soy free, sesame free!
Sometimes you go into a health food store and they have just a couple (or one) options for a specific item, but this store had so many choices!
Their frozen and refrigerated section full of great foods!
I was really happy to see all the Asian foods, especially wild caught seafood, Japanese kimchi, shirataki noodles, kombu kelp, organic soy sauce and more. Usually, I have to go to the Asian grocery store to get some of these specialty items.
This store even had Honey Stingers and Vega endurance gels… wow! I’m in heaven.
In fact, if you have a store near you and you don’t see a favorite product you’ve found in another store… or that you love. Just ask! They listen to their customers 🙂
The best part of Fruitful Yield is their generosity with their time, smiles and samples!
Come to any store and you’ll find free samples when you walk in the door and often tucked into other locations within the store. There’s also tons of free educational materials, recipes for healthy eating and always great conversation!
We met this gal from Vega who let us try several samples of her yummy protein shakes! I liked the Coconut Almond and Mocha flavors the best.
It’s only fair that I mention I was given this amazing goodie bag filled to the top with wonderful products created with the athlete in mind and a gift card for helping Fruitful Yield get the word out about their store and event this weekend. I’m so very thankful for their thoughtfulness.
The sunflower seeds & rolled oats cookies? Inhaled and devoured. I was really excited to receive a few Now Foods items and new products I’ve been wanting to try and will let you all know what I think about them in future posts.
So here’s the fun news I want to share with you!
This weekend, Fruitful Yield is celebrating its first anniversary at all its stores in the Chicagoland area with a Fruitful Yield Get Fit – Get Healthy Expo.
Check out the new Elmwood Park store on Saturday, Jan 23rd from 10am-4pm and Sunday, Jan 24th from 12pm – 4pm. They will have lots of demos, drawings, gift bags, and many samples for you to try!
Have you been to a Fruitful Yield store before? What’s your favorite health food product you can’t live without?
Founded by Elmwood Richard in 1962, Fruitful Yield was opened in Elmhurst, IL to give consumers direct access to natural and healthier foods and products. Today, Fruitful Yield is known as Chicagoland’s leading natural food market with 13 stores across the West and Northwest suburbs. Still owned by the Richard family, Fruitful Yield promises only high quality standards, helpful and educated staff, a wide selection of products and everyday below-retail pricing!