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It’s hard to believe a road trip can include healthy food stops along the way. While en route to New York City from a whirlwind girls weekend in Montreal, my friends and I were mentally prepared to dine at McDonalds. Normally I’d rather starve or eat my own fingers than hit a Mickey D’s, but with a car full of four hungry girls we needed food fast. (Not to be confused with fast food.) As we grudgingly approached the exit for a greasy mega-chain, we came across a nondescript sign for Conroy’s Organics. Not sure what we were getting ourselves into, we put the pedal to the metal, veered off the highway and were excited to see what was around the bend.

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There it lay, sparkling in a grassy field amidst a sea of strange marble animal sculptures—ranging from roaring lions to arched dolphins—the life saving nutritious pit stop we’d been asking for, Conroy’s Organics! (8173 State Route 9, West Chazy, NY).

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The four of us quickly got to ordering and picked up an Organic Hot Dog dripping with condiments in a soft pliable bun, warm Potato Knishes, hearty bowls of Vegetarian Chili and Spinach Spanakopita. You’ll have to forgive me, I was so busy plotting my next meal that I forgot to see what else was on the menu! But I do remember there being organic fair-trade coffee and teas, baked goods, soups and sandwiches. Not to mention fresh produce (we stocked up on corn) and a store full of organic natural products from skincare to crackers!

I guess the moral of the story kids is don’t be afraid to venture off the beaten path to find that hidden culinary gem. Go on, be a risk taker, that next unexpected exit may prove to be fruitful and if it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, pull a u-turn and find the closest McDonalds.

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