WHAT TO BUY AT WHOLE FOODS ‣‣ Budget Friendly & Healthy

WHAT TO BUY AT WHOLE FOODS ‣‣ Budget Friendly & Healthy

July 24, 2019 30 By William Morgan


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– Hello, my friends.
Welcome to my channel.
If you’re new here my name is Alyssa.
Today’s video is kind
of like a grocery haul,
but it’s a little bit different
because I’m going to be sharing
the staples that I buy from Whole Foods.
A lot of you know that I shop,
not primarily but a lot
of times at Whole Foods
and I often get questions from you guys
as well as people on
Instagram and in my email,
what are the things that I always buy
when I’m at Whole Foods
versus some of the other grocery stores.
I’ll be honest, I’m not a
big Trader Joe’s shopper.
The ones here in the city are
just way too crazy for me,
and I just can’t deal with it.
Maybe if and when we leave the city
I will become a more avid
Trader Joe’s shopper,
but for now I stick to my local
around the corner grocery
store as well as Whole Foods.
So when it comes to Whole
Foods there are things
that I have found to be really affordable,
really high quality,
and things that I can’t
find anywhere else.
I think that’s one of the
beauties of Whole Foods
is that they do actually carry products
that you honestly can’t find other places.
A lot of times they have snacks
or other specific products
that are only at Whole Foods,
at least here in the city.
So I will include some of those,
but I’ll also talk a little bit
about the just basic
staples that I choose to buy
at Whole Foods versus
my local grocery store.
So if you guys have
any questions as we go,
make sure to drop them
down in the comments.
Without further ado, let’s
go ahead and dive in.
So this kind of goes along with
my staple grocery list video,
so if you have not yet watched that
I will link it down below for you.
But number one for me at
Whole Foods is spinach,
and their just general greens section.
Whole Foods has their own brand,
so 365 brand is the Whole
Foods branded items,
and they’re usually quite a bit cheaper
than other things that you
might find in other stores,
or other name brand items.
So when it comes to greens
I always buy a giant carton.
It’s two pounds, I think, of spinach.
And I use that for my
smoothies on a daily basis.
They also have just individual
bags of things like spinach,
but they have a whole
variety of different greens,
so sometimes I’ll get arugula,
sometimes I’ll get mixed salad greens.
Whatever I’m feeling for
the week, I will get that.
I will also pick up
their packets of romaine.
They have bags of romaine
that have three individual
hearts of romaine,
and we have those for
salads all week long.
So the first thing that I do
whenever I’m in a Whole Foods,
and it’s kind of great
because it’s usually
at the entrance of the Whole
Foods is the greens section.
So I always stock up on greens.
From there the next item
that I always like to buy at
Whole Foods is their bananas,
and the reason for that
is that they not only
have organic bananas,
but they also have organic
and fair trade bananas.
So I try to do as best I can,
support fair trade companies
or fair trade farmer situations.
I really wanna make sure that the products
that I’m buying here that are imported,
the best that I can and
the best to my ability,
are supporting the farmers
that are growing them.
So that’s one of the reasons why I love
shopping at Whole Foods
is that they do have a lot
of fair trade products,
their organic bananas being one of them.
So I always pick up organic
bananas when I’m there,
and their bananas are
also really affordable,
which are great,
so I would say that that
is probably for produce,
those are the two staples
that I get at Whole Foods.
The next thing that I always buy
is, I’m gonna lump these
two things together,
but frozen fruit and frozen vegetables.
So again, their 365 brand
is incredibly affordable.
They have a whole range of organic fruit,
as well as organic vegetables.
So for me, big smoothie
bowl eater as you guys know
from all of my what I
eat in the day videos,
but I like to stock up on frozen fruit
from their organic line of the 365 brand,
things like strawberries,
blueberries, blackberries,
raspberries, frozen
cherries, frozen peaches,
frozen pineapple, frozen mango.
They honestly have pretty much everything
that you could want for smoothies,
and I basically just rotate
my supply in and out.
I usually shop at Whole
Foods every other week,
just because it’s a
little bit farther for me,
so I’ll stock up on fruit,
and then I’ll just kind
of change things out
and restock as I go through stuff.
Number four on my list
is frozen vegetables,
and specifically we’re talking
about frozen cauliflower.
I have frozen cauliflower
in my smoothie bowls
pretty much every single day,
and I always like to get the
organic frozen cauliflower
from Whole Foods.
It’s actually the only
one that I will buy,
and the reason for that
is that it is precooked.
And I have not done a ton
of testing, I’ll be honest,
but the brands that I have tested
that have frozen cauliflower
do not precook them,
so basically what happens
with the Whole Foods one
is that they have cooked it already.
I don’t know how they cook it,
they probably boil it or blanch it,
and then they freeze it.
So what the benefit of
that for us as the consumer
is that because it’s precooked
it’s a little bit easier
on your digestive system,
and it probably won’t cause
as much bloating and/or gas.
The next thing that I like to
buy at Whole Foods is Tofu.
Again, they have 365 brand tofu,
and what’s great about is that
they have an organic line.
They do not have spouted tofu,
or at least under the 365 brand.
I do sometimes buy the sprouted
tofu that they sell there,
but if that’s not available to me
I’m still very happy with
their 365 brand of tofu.
It’s a really great price, again organic,
and it’s basically
everything that I would want
in a kind of tofu,
so I usually opt for that
because it’s a very affordable price.
Next in the kind of dairy-ish section,
I’m walking through the store in my head
so that’s how I’ve ordered
things, but almond milk.
They have, again, a huge
selection of almond milk.
They have their over 365 brand,
but they also have a brand that
I have not been able to find
at other stores here in
the city called Malk.
And I really like that brand
because it is not only a
little bit more affordable
than their competitor, which is New Barn,
but it’s also made from 100%
nuts and filtered water.
So instead of some of the
other brands of almond milk
that use fillers or they
add, fortified with vitamins
or things like that,
Malk is 100% whatever the nut is,
I think they have pecan,
cashew, and almond,
and the filtered water
and maybe a little bit
of sea salt or maple
if you’re getting the maple flavor.
So it’s really high quality,
it tastes really good.
It is a little bit on the pricey side,
but the reason why I
included it here on this list
is because A, if I’m buying Malk
that’s the only place that I can find it,
and number two is they also
have their own 365 brand
so if you don’t wanna
opt for the Malk brand,
the 365 brand is really high quality
with a great ingredient list,
and it’s a little bit more affordable
than some of the name brand almond milks.
Next on my list are eggs.
I do buy eggs on a weekly basis,
especially because Matt is an egg eater
and I do some baking with eggs.
I personally eat eggs sometimes.
It’s not like an everyday thing for me,
but you guys already know that
because I talk about it a lot, but anyway,
they have a huge, great selection of eggs
and they have really
high quality standards.
But aside from just that
they also have different levels of eggs.
So I know that when I’m going there
I always buy the brand Vital Farms.
I actually don’t buy
the 365 brand of eggs.
The reason why I buy Vital Farms
is that they are the highest
classified humane practices
of the eggs out there.
I’m sure some of you who are watching
are going to find something
wrong with that brand,
but it’s the one that I
have found that is the best.
I don’t personally have access
to get to the farmer’s
market all the time,
so I like to support Vital Farms
because I have talked to the brand
and I’ve read a lot about what they do.
So that is the brand
of eggs that I choose.
I go for, honestly, the
most expensive variety
because those are usually
the highest quality
of life for the chickens.
So I do buy my eggs at Whole Foods
just because they have a huge selection
and they have a good price point too.
Next on my list is beans,
and actually a lot of just
canned products in general
at Whole Foods is really affordable.
I’m specifically choosing
beans because protein
is on my must have weekly grocery list,
so beans are one of the
things that I swap in,
and I like to buy the
beans at Whole Foods.
Number one is they have
a huge organic selection,
so I’m always trying to buy
organic as much as possible.
They’re also very affordable.
They’re only 99 cents for
an organic can of beans.
And all of their beans are
in non-BPA lining cans,
so they are trying to do their best
to make sure that we’re
getting quality products
in our canned.
If you have access to
doing instant pot beans
I would recommend that,
but if you don’t, a lot of people don’t,
buying canned beans is just a way of life
if you are mostly plant-based,
so I like to buy the ones from Whole Foods
because huge selection of organic,
also in non-BPA lining cans,
and they are a really great price point.
And again, the same goes for other things
like tomatoes, and broths, and
pastas, and things like that,
that their own 365 brand
is really affordable
and really high quality.
All right, the second
to last thing on my list
is nut butters.
Again, Whole Foods has
their own 365 brand.
For the most part I really like
the nut butters that they sell.
The only thing that you
need to be careful of
is looking at the ingredient label
of the nut butters because some of them
do include more than
just the nuts themselves.
So that is my criteria when
I’m shopping for nut butters.
It has to only be the nut
itself inside of the jar.
I don’t wanna add sugar, I
don’t wanna have palm oil.
I don’t need it to be
spreadable like Skippy.
I just want a fully 100% peanut butter,
almond butter, whatever it is.
So they sell peanut butter,
they sell almond butter,
they sell cashew butter,
and then my favorite thing that they sell
is their organic tahini.
I’ve not found a tahini that I like better
than the 365 brand tahini.
So if you’re looking for a good tahini
definitely get theirs.
I think you can actually
also get it on Amazon.
It is fabulous.
So the final thing on my list
is kind of just a general category,
and this is an aisle that I go down
every single time I’m in Whole Foods
because they’re always getting new things,
and that is the snack aisle.
I love shopping the snack
aisle at Whole Foods
because they always have new products,
they always have new brands,
and their snacks are also
generally on the healthier side.
So I always like to pick up pretzels.
I love Quinn pretzels,
they’re really delicious,
also gluten-free and vegan.
They also have this line
of cauliflower snacks
which I have seen the brand elsewhere,
but I haven’t seen the entire product line
that Whole Foods has in other stores,
Their vegan nacho cauliflower
chips are so good.
And then I also love the
Siete chips that they have.
They have different Siete chips
than some of the normal
regular grocery stores.
They’re like the smaller bags,
and they’re a little
bit of a thicker texture
which makes them more scoopable.
And then they also have
the super seed crackers
from Simple Mills which are
a staple in my pantry always.
I’m a big cracker fan.
I love dipping them in
hummus for a quick snack.
And what I like about
these super seed crackers
from Simple Mills is that they
are not almond flour-based.
And the reason for that
is that while I absolutely adore
their almond flour crackers,
they are literally crack to me,
I could eat a whole box
in one sitting no problem,
they also are very heavy sometimes
and I get a lot of almonds
in my diet elsewhere,
so I like to change things up
by swapping out almond flour products
for other things like
their super seed crackers
or even sometimes Mary’s Gone crackers.
And that pretty much does it, my friends.
Honestly I shop at
Whole Foods like I said,
almost every other week.
Sometimes I’ll get it
delivered via AmazonFresh,
but I absolutely love shopping there.
It’s my favorite grocery store.
I just feel so zen when I
walk into a Whole Foods.
I know that the products
are really high quality,
I fully can stand behind
the produce section.
Everything is just looking
fresh, and vibrant, and healthy,
and they also actually surprisingly
have really good deals.
I know that people think of Whole Foods
as, quote Whole Paycheck,
but I actually did a comparison
between Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s,
and they actually have similar pricing
on a lot of the staple items.
Sometimes Trader Joe’s
is even more expensive.
So, if you’re interested in checking out
that video I’ll drop it down below,
but I hope you guys enjoyed this one.
If you’ve any other Whole
Foods staples that you buy,
I know I didn’t mention
things like meat and seafood.
I honestly don’t buy
stuff like that there.
If Matt wants to buy chicken
he can pick it out himself.
I’m not really buying that for him,
but these are just the staples
that I buy on a weekly basis,
and they’re things that I
incorporate into my diet
and I feel like I can make a
lot of different meals with.
So I hope you guys enjoyed it.
If you have any questions,
comments, anything like that
make sure to drop those down below.
I’ve also included a blog post
to go along with today’s video
so you can read more about my selections,
maybe get some recipe ideas
for the different ingredients that I buy,
and I hope you guys tune
into tomorrow’s video.
And otherwise I hope you guys
have a fabulous rest of your day.
I will see you in the next one,
which will be on Friday.
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