Fruitos Direct

Fruitos Direct delivers fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices from the farmer, to your door. Delivery (for Ballina) happens once a week, on a Friday.

There are two options, a $35 box or $55 box (which usually comes in two boxes). You can also get a dozen fresh free range eggs for $4.99.

Our first trial box was free ($35 box). Was amazing to come home to, as we were out when it was delivered, it was left on our doorstep.

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Doing the whole30, I found I was going through two $35 boxes a week (delivery used to occur twice a week in Ballina), so changed to a $55 box to see the difference. It was amazing! They include more variety and some more “upmarket” fruit and veggies.

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BallinaGirl loves delivery day. It is almost like Christmas. She loves seeing what’s in the boxes and picking out things she wants to eat.

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After my first $55 box, I started changing what I got. I requested certain herbs, kale, garlic, chilli, turmeric and even galangal, and none of other items. The amount that turned up in my box? Wow! I’m impressed, unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of it all before consumption. Oops!
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You can contact Fruitos Direct on 0422 844 436. They deliver to
Ballina, to Lismore, to Ocean Shores, and most places in between. They can even send out a text on the day before the regular delivery day to ask if you want to order, and you can reply by text, which is handy for forgetful people like me 😉

For more information visit their website: http://www.fruitosdirect.com.au/

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Green (paleo) Bacon

While doing whole30, I realised I would be without bacon… Until Amy from Fighting Fit Super Centre noticed the “paleo” sticker in the butcher in the Main Street of Alstonville. They soon discovered ‘Green Bacon’, and brought new happiness to all of the whole30ers in our group.

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Green Bacon has been cured by the butcher, who is also following a paleo diet, without any of the unwanted stuff. No sugar, no preservatives, and no grains (check your labels! It’s amazing what you can find in bacon!!). They even slice it fresh, when you order it.

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This bacon is awesome! A bit fattier than my usual bacon, and it still has the rind on it, but it is oh, so delicious! It crisps up quickly, and brings a party to my taste buds.

It is a little expensive, at $24/kg but, it is well worth it as a little treat for my weekend breakfasts with the family. I’m not sure I would even go back to normal bacon once my whole30 has finished.

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If you are interested in getting some Green Bacon, or even checking out some of the other paleo marinated meats they have at Alstonville’s Quality Meats, head to 83 Main St, Alstonville or call them on 0266280825.

Paleo Sausages

I am loving paleo sausages right now. Cherry Street butcher makes two varieties, a thick one with fennel and a thin one with paprika. I could have them mixed up, but whatever flavour the thin one is, it is delicious!

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What makes them a “paleo sausage” is that they are made with no grain fillings (meatier!), no sugar and no preservatives. So you need to freeze these bad boys as soon as you get home or cook them quick! Neither are a problem for me, although working out how I should break it up can be. Sometimes the kids eat all of what I have made for me, other times I end up eating the whole lot and have too much!

BallinaGirl and I have been having a few sausages over the past couple of days, especially after I discovered how delicious it was dipped in to a whole30 approved baba ganoush that Amy from Fighting Fit Super Centre had made. Yum!

You can call Cherry Street Butcher to order some, on 02 6686 2610.

P.S. I am doing whole30 at the moment. I’ll have to write up a blog post about it when I’m finished. More info on whole30 can be found here.