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Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Carolina Sanchez

It is that time of the year again; everywhere we go sugary treats and bottomless casseroles and leftovers tempt us for days. Passing the plate is easy, but most people want to skip the weight gain that follows. Cue the crash diets and gym membership surge. Eating healthy during the holidays does not have to be a difficult feat. There are several things you can do to make sure you stay on track this holiday season.

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Best Grocery Stores in Manhattan

Carolina Sanchez

Don't expect to find a super-sized Publix or Costco in Manhattan. Real estate in Manhattan means top dollars, and grocery stores have to make the best of the limited space. You may have to shop around to find the best options and prices, and don't expect to find everything under one roof in Manhattan. It is not uncommon to go to 2-3 grocery stores to get everything on your list, and sometimes it can be time consuming.

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Food Shopping in NYC: Best Fruit Cart in Manhattan

Carolina Sanchez

When you have to walk 1 mile to the grocery store, suddenly the logistics of buying a watermelon become a challenge. Or maybe you want to stock up for the week because you know you have a busy schedule ahead of you, but you'll have to figure out a way to get it all home.
What about the "wintry mix," aka grab bag of weather that New York offers in the winter? Not so conducive to paper bags. If you've never lived in New York, you probably take grocery shopping for granted.

After living in NYC for two years, I can say that grocery shopping is a learning process. You learn to go to the store several times a week, like in many countries.  In this way, you buy less quantity, but there is also less food waste. You are able to choose fresh produce throughout the week, instead of letting it wilt in your fridge and go uneaten. In this week's post, I am highlighting my favorite fruit cart in New York on 6th Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets, right outside of the Trader Joe's.

They are there in all weather conditions, and they always have the best prices and best selection of fruits. I had a chance to get to know the guy that works at the stand over time. He hails from Bangladesh and came here three years ago. He always tells me the truth about the fruit, and when I ask him if the fruit in question is sweet, he tells me his honest opinion; "no sweet, no buy." He has all sorts of fruits and vegetables, sometimes organic too. Some of my favorite things to buy are papaya, mangos (Haitian, Champagne, and other varieties), okra, lychees, cherries, and persian cucumbers.

First cherries of the season at the fruit stand on 6th Ave between 21st and 22nd Streets in NYC 
At Whole Foods, the cherries are $9.99/lb and here, the same cherries are $3.00/lb. And if ever I have bought something that didn't live up to the "no sweet, no buy" motto, I just told him next time and he would give me another one free or my money back, no need to show him the fruit or vegetable in question.

Raspberries at the fruit stand on 6th Ave. between 21st and 22nd Streets in NYC
Shopping at a big grocery store is convenient and maybe faster than going to several different stores, but I enjoy the personal rapport you can develop with a small store. It feels nice to have someone remember my face from week to week, and unlike a traditional grocery store, price negotiation is on the table. He always gave us the best price though, so we didn't need to talk it down. There are plenty of fruit stands around NYC, but not all of them have this kind of service, quality, selection, or prices.

Want to learn more savvy shopping tips? Check out my post on Best Grocery Stores in NYC. 

Location: 6th Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets
Nearest Metro: 23rd Street and 6th Ave (F, M lines)
Hours: 9am-9pm
Payment: Cash Only
Top Fruit Picks: Lychees, Persimmons, Figs, Mangoes, Cherries, Bananas, Papaya

Haitian and Tommy Atkins Mangoes at the fruit stand on 6th Ave between 21st and 22nd Streets in NYC

D1 Student-Athletes To Have Unlimited Meals and Snacks

Carolina Sanchez

The last thing you want to hear after a 3-hour tennis practice is that the cafeteria closes in 30 minutes. So by the time you finish practice, you have to skip stretching and risk having sore muscles, or worse, injuries, and run over to the campus cafeteria with a 20 pound racquet bag on your back

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