I have always liked visiting public markets and local shops but as I started my journey towards a gluten-free, plant-based lifestyle, things got a little more complicated. At first, it was difficult for me to find food I could eat beside fruits and veggies. I also thought it was quite expensive, but as I educated myself and explored local shops, things got easier. Below are some tips, places and accessories to make this lifestyle enjoyable.
* Eating a plant-based diet doesn't have to be expensive. Choose fruits and vegetables that are in season and on special. A lot of grocery stores offer loyalty programs and though some of them are a bit a work to get the greatest benefits, they can be worth it. Consider buying in bulk, especially for things like nuts, beans, lentils, flour and seeds.
Places to shop
Public Markets and local heath food stores, bakeries......
Markets and local shops are found throughout the world and they offer great products and a wealth of flavours. Get to know where your food comes from. Buying local ensures you of the freshest products and is good for the environment, with the lowest carbon footprint. Try new fruits, veggies, bakery goods, and so much more that these vendors have to offer. Markets and local shopkeepers are usually happy to give you a sample or tell you how to use their products. I like visiting these places to find new varieties of produce and products. It is also stimulates the senses and gives you a sense of well-being.
*Atwater Market (open year-round) - In the summer you can find many restaurants that represent all sorts of cuisines. There is a very nice vegan stall that offers great food too.
*Jean-Talon Market (open year-round)- Situated in the middle of little Italy, this is a fun place to eat and visit.
More information on Montreal's public markets:
La Mie Bio
Situated in Pointe-Claire village on the West Island, this is a quaint bakery/pastry shop. The owner is very knowledgeable. She offers a good variety of gluten-free, vegan options that are delicious.
Rachelle Béry Vaudreuil
There are many Rachelle Béry stores around Montreal but the store in Vaudreuil is large and offers a great variety of products, including fresh produce and ready to eat food.
I found that this is one of the cheapest places to buy nuts and seeds in the Montreal area.