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Published July 25th 2014
Simply good - or bad, it's up to you
Situated on South Pine Road, is a business by the name of Simply Good. The unassuming shop front and business name really don't do justice to the fantastic variety of goods for sale inside. I entered the store intending to "just have a look" and found myself leaving with the ingredients to make my own delicious toasted muesli.
It would be impossible to list each and every item on the shelves but there are large plastic containers of processed nuts, raw nuts and seeds, dried fruits, glacé fruits, savoury snacks, sugars, coffee beans, legumes and beans, rice, salt, cereals, bread flours and mixes. If that sounds like a lot, I should warn you that within each of those categories, there are many varieties! People requiring gluten free items haven't been forgotten - there's a range of GF products on the shelves too.
Now if the sound of all this healthy food is making Simply Good sound like just another health food store, then I've got news for you. The sweet tooth is also very well catered for, with large containers of lollies and chocolates just waiting to tempt you. I counted 84 different varieties of mainstream sweets, some of which will take you for a stroll down memory lane. There are also four varieties of sugar free, carob coated sweets for those who need or choose to be "good".
With eight varieties of coffee beans and then cocoa powder as well, you can have your pick of hot beverages too. Home made peanut butter, honey and a wide range of herbs and spices can also be found in store.
So what did I purchase? My shopping receipt included: organic rolled oats, pepitas, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, unsalted cashews, flaked almonds, dried mango, dried cranberries, bran, organic dried blueberries and roasted almonds. This made just over 1kg of delicious toasted muesli which cost me $12.97! Only last week I purchased a 500g bag of toasted muesli from the deli and paid a crazy $14.99 for the privilege. Not any more! You'll find my Mango and Cranberry Toasted Muesli recipe here.
Whether you're stocking the pantry, getting ready to do some baking, embarking on a healthy eating plan, looking for some healthy nibblies or just desperate for a good chocolate fix, this is your place to shop. My muesli is so tasty with passionfruit yoghurt in the mornings and even manages to make me feel quite saintly - a great way to start the day. However, I'm afraid that next time my shopping receipt just might show a few strawberry clouds and perhaps a little bag of chocolate gingers - simply naughty.
Go on, be "simply bad"
Parking is easy and right outside the store so there's no need to carry all those goodies very far. It is worth noting that Simply Good also has a store at 3/156 Morayfield Road, Morayfield.
I shop here too. I didn't think anywhere could beat the buying power of the supermarkets so I compared the prices expecting that things here would be more expensive, but I was amazed that most of the things were definitely cheaper. It's also great for specialist ingredients (GF recipes I'm looking at you!) to be able to just buy the amount you need rather than pay heaps for a whole bag of something when you only needed a couple of teaspoons! And buying spices by weight is literally a tenth of the unit price or less!! I refill most of my spice jars for 10-20c! It's wonderful. My only problem has been an outbreak of weevils once because I didn't freeze some organic brown rice I bought here and kept in the cupboard for ages. Now I just try to buy smaller amounts more regularly and freeze anything I'll have around for more than a few weeks. No problems since!