By COLlive reporter
Devorie Blasberg wants to make eating healthier a little bit easier for locals in the Crown Heights neighborhood.
Herself on a gluten free and sugar free diet, she is aware of the challenge to have healthy snack alternatives readily available. She uses lots of dried fruits, nuts and nut flour in her recipes, which she found to be quite costly, wherever she shopped.
To meet the demand for more affordable dried fruits and nuts, the Crown Heights native, along with her husband Yosef, is opening “Fruits ‘N Nuts” in the basement of her President St. home.
“The store is located in our home, so our overhead is very low,” Blasberg explains. “Our goal is not to make a huge profit. The goal of the store is to provide a service to the community.”
The boutique store will offer a variety of dried fruits, such as mangoes and dates, and nuts, like pecans, cashews, almonds and more from companies like Klein’s and Nutty Natural, both under the OK hechsher.
“Nuts are heart-healthy,” says Blasberg. “One ounce of almonds, walnuts, peanuts or pistachios provides about 8 grams of protein and makes a nutritious snack. A serving of nuts makes a healthier snack choice than potato chips or candy,” she explains.
The store will also offer nut flour, an alternative to regular flour and great for cupcakes and almond bread. Other specialties will include their own house made pecan nut bars and energy balls made of fruits and nuts.
“Many people in our neighborhood are becoming more health conscious, but these items are usually very costly and possibly not affordable for some,” Blasberg says. “Our prices will be the lowest you will find anywhere – most items even cheaper than Costco,” she says.
The store will be having a grand opening on Sunday, Lag B’Omer, 1-4 pm.
1607 President St. Bet. Troy and Schenectady
Regular store hours will be flexible, with afternoon and evening hours available. (2 pm – 9 pm)
For more information and appointments call 347-450-1722.