I make no secret about this…I am really into Whole Foods.
The first time I went into Whole Foods, I was in my second year of graduate school, and looking for a place to get food that wasn’t Jimmy Johns or Dunkin’ Donuts (the two places that were directly across the street from my school at NC State). I stumbled into Whole Foods, and it was one of the first times since I returned from fat campthat I felt like I’d found my people. Weird folks. Who wanted a salad. Just like me.
Following my grad school graduation, when I couldn’t find a job, but needed to pay bills, I took a job in the Whole Foods bakery and coffee shop, where I blended, latte-ed, and packaged baked goods with some really cool people for a few months until I could find something a little more in line with what I wanted to do.
Working there, I was absolutely immersed in the culture, and tried foods I’d never imagined trying. Kombucha, chia seeds, vegan treats, natural remedies for common ailments….the whole shebang. I went from a diet of subsisting primarily on Lean Cuisines and Yoplait Light to more “whole” (tee hee) foods, and saw a real change in my body and my energy (I started running pretty regularly around that time too).
So, despite the fact that Whole Foods can be pricy, and sometimes grates on peoples’ nerves, I’m pretty loyal, even as some of the other chains branch into organics, because Whole Foods, in my mind, was one of the first that made good food accessible to idiots like me.
Want to see what idiots like me buy on our trips there? And mayyybe get a little explanation as to what all this crap is?
//Frozen fruit + Trop 50. I use this for my smoothies in the morning. Typically I do a red solo cup, fill it with fruit, add a scoop of protein, some chia, and some Trop 50 to cover the fruit to make my smoothie. It’s quick and painless, and doesn’t require much prep at all. Plus it’s WAY cheaper than ordering a smoothie, and easier to control what goes in it.
//Cedar Roaster Red Pepper Hommus. Their spelling, not mine! I like hummus, but I have yet to find hummus as good as what I had at fat camp for my alternative vegetarian meals. This hummus ended up being okay, but really didn’t change me. It was pretty cheap for hummus though.
//Noosa. This full-fat Greek Yogurt is absolutely delicious, and because it’s so calorie-dense, an entire container can serve as a meal in the morning, or half can serve as a snack after lunch or something. Again, pricey at first glance, but two servings in a container softens the blow.
//Lettuce. Pretty straightforward. Sometimes I eat green things for lunch. Not too many though, cause holy fiber these days!
//Bulk dried mango. This one is a treat for me. I LOVE dessert, but it doesn’t love me back so much. The bulk dried mango is probably one of the cheapest sources of dried mango you will find without any added sugar. Added sugar and chemicals are usually the trap with things like Craisins and mango. This is more like fruit leather, just cut up and dried out for a few days.
//365 Black Chia Seeds. Chia has been this pregnant lady’s best bud as of late, but it can be super expensive. Whole Foods has an in-house brand, which is a whopping $3 cheaper than the other brands. Great source of soluble fiber, protein, and a little burst of energy as well.
//Fruit mixes. This one is a pricey luxury because I wasn’t loving any of the prices on produce anywhere this week and I need fruit. So I ate like half for dessert the other night, and brought the other half in to supplement my lunch.
//Grape Leaves. This baby can deal with Mediterranean food for sure. These are a great snack, and delicious!
For a grand total of about $81. My priciest items were definitely the fruit and the chia, and I escaped without kombucha or a cookie that would have driven the bill way up randomly – so I should be set for a while, minus the more perishable things (fruit and lettuce), which I will need to make a run for next week again.
Do you have any special foods needs? (Veg, Gluten Free Options)?
Where do you do your shopping for fruits/veggies?