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Some foods are worth paying for

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The Sprout

The Sprout is the only raw food restaurant in South Carolina. Their food is moderately priced, but it's worth the drive to Mt. P. Their smoothies, filled with fruits and veggies like kale, carrots, and ginger, range from $3.25 to $6.77. Try the veggie burgers on sprouted rolls for $9. Their desserts, like the chocolate macaroons, are very tasty too. It is one of the healthiest and most innovative culinary experiences in Charleston. Everything they have is to-go, so you can bring it back to your dorm. Another plus is that it looks so funky, your roommates won't sneak into the fridge and eat it.

Granola

The average City Paper staffer doesn't wear Birkenstocks — heck, some of us don't wear shoes at all — but we love our granola. It's the perfect way to start your day or keep you going between meals. Add fruit and yogurt and it's a well-rounded meal. We like to buy ours in bulk, which can become expensive. Go Lean Crunch has tons of heart-healthy fiber and is low in calories but can sell for almost $4 a box. Look for specials on Nature's Path cereal. You can usually find some deals on it at Earth Fare or the Teeter.

Salmon

If you're going to spend your money on one piece of meat, salmon should be it. The nutrients in it are said to help prevent multiple types of cancer, protect you against sunburns (which you'll need after skipping class to go to the beach), lower hostility levels, and support brain function. Plus, it's delicious. But make sure the fish you buy is caught in the wild and not farm-raised. (Did you know they sometimes use dye to make the fish pink?). Hint: We recently saw some wild sockeye for $7.99 per pound at Publix.

Genesis 1:29 Sprouted Grain and Seed Bread

This bread doesn't come cheap ($5.49), but if you store it in the freezer in between meals, it will last you a long time. It is full of nutty-tasting seeds like flax, pumpkin, and sunflower, and grains like quinoa, barley, and kamut. Best of all, everything in Genesis bread is sprouted, so it contains all of its digestive enzymes and full nutrient content. Many companies cram glucose, starches, and other artificial ingredients into their whole wheat bread. Always look at labels. Studies now have shown that sourdough bread may be better for you than whole wheat due to the spike whole wheat causes in blood sugar levels. Whole wheat is different than whole grains, which are still on top.

Hemp Milk

A quart of this stuff may cost you a pretty penny ($3.99), but it's so damn good. If you compare the nutrition facts with regular pasteurized milk, it's almost laughable how much better hemp milk is for you. It's got more calcium and phosphorous, and it's loaded with Omega 3s and 6s. Taking a sip of it gives you an instant energy boost. Try almond milk for a less expensive and still nutritious alternative to hemp.

Alluette's Cafe

Alluette's holistic soul food is pricey, but if you're in the mood for good southern cooking, it's one of the only quality healthy options. Alluette lightly fries her famous shrimp in organic, trans fat-free oil. All of the meat they use is grown without hormones, and there are a good amount of vegan and vegetarian options.

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