Whole Foods is one of my favorite grocery stores. It's clean, bright, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and they have a huge selection of healthy foods. However— and this is a big however — Whole Foods isn't exactly cheap, and a few items can quickly put you over your usual food budget. Read on for the top foods worth splurging on at Whole Foods, along with a few options that might be cheaper than you expected. (Bonus!)
Buy These 5 Foods at Whole Foods
1. Unique oils. You can't beat Whole Foods selection of oils. If you're sick of regular ol' olive oil, try a bottle of coconut oil, flaxseed oil or pine nut oil. Whole Foods has so many fun kinds to try, and a little goes a long way so the price tag is a little easier to— pardon the pun — swallow.
2. Local produce. If hitting the farmer's market isn't convenient, shop for local produce at your Whole Foods. They usually carry a decent selection of whatever produce is in season in your area. Many times local produce is at a pretty affordable cost, too!
3. Supplements. The world of supplements can be confusing and downright scary sometimes. Whole Foods almost always has a knowledgeable staff member in the supplement aisle, ready to answer questions and find what's right for you.
4. Bulk items. The bulk bins at Whole Foods are amazing! Whether you want to get just a few nuts, try a new type of flour or are looking to get a small amount of a certain kind of beans, the Whole Foods bulk bins offer variety, convenience and, because you can get the exact amount you need, they can be a money-saver, too.
5. Sustainable seafood and fish. Whole Foods has its own standards for farmed seafood, including third-party verification, to make sure that the farmed seafood it sells is responsibly farmed. While the fish at Whole Foods may not be as cheap as it is at your regular grocery store, you can certainly feel better about eating it.
Whole Foods also runs sales quite frequently, so be on the lookout for those deals!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.