How to navigate a health-food store on a budget!
We challenged HUM’s Director of Education, Sarah Greenfield, RD, to tackle Whole Foods on a budget. Here’s her haul for a week of groceries with only fifty dollars to spend.
Strategy & Tips For Budget Grocery Shopping
“Whenever I go to the supermarket, I start in the produce section and try and load up on as many vegetables as I can,” Sarah tells us. She also considers her macronutrients, looking for a healthy balance of fiber, fats, complex carbohydrates, and protein.
Then, it’s good to think about the versatility of your ingredients. Consider whether you can use each item a few different ways to keep your meals interesting throughout the week. Many of Sarah’s items can be roasted, used in a stir fry, eaten fresh as a snack, or included in a smoothie.
“A lot of times you think you’re going to spend all your money at a higher-end supermarket. But keep it simple, shop the perimeter of the store, and try not to get too many pre-packaged items. That’s the best way to get the healthiest meals while also staying on a budget.”
Sarah’s Whole Foods Haul
Mixed Greens, $4.99
Mini Bell Peppers, $4.99
Yellow Zucchini, $3.41
Sweet Potato, $2.47
Brown Rice, $2.99
Unsweetened Almond Milk, $2.99
Pasture-Raised Eggs, $3.79
Organic Ground Turkey, $5.39
Total Spent: $50.35