Breaking up is hard to do...with Whole Foods
We try to show discipline. We avoid going. We wish we could stop. But alas, we can't resist what others just don't have.
Whole Foods Market is smart. Its 365 Brand's reasonable pricing lures cost conscious shoppers into the store. And once they are "in", they buy MORE, whole-paycheck style. We do. It's how our small basket adds up to 3 figures in a shopping nano second.
So what are these products that we can't live without...that are so far superior that we will likely never be able to kick the Whole Foods habit? Keep reading. *** Follow us on twitter
Almond Milk. We've posted on the benefits of Almond Milk over other dairy & non-dairy options; and until a few months ago, we preferred Trader Joe's version. No longer. The 365 Brand Original is smooth and delicious. Better. Note that we prefer the aseptic containers so that we can buy in bulk and store them. And we like the 1 Quart size; they take up less room in the fridge.
The Salad Bar. Need we write more? Certain locations outshine others, but we love to pile our containers high. And it shows at checkout...a typical spend: $15!
Galeos Miso Dijonnaise Dressing. This is the ONE dressing that we buy at Whole Foods. We've tried many others. Most of our favorites come from Trader Joe's. But this honey mustard style dressing hits the spot. And we only see it at Whole Foods.
Soy Crisps. Way back we could buy Soy Crisps at Trader Joe's. No longer. Some big box grocery stores sell them, but they aren't nearly as tasty as the 365 Brand version. We favor the BBQ and/or the Ranch flavor. Sweet & savory, low-cal, & 7g protein per serving. Soy gets a bad wrap lately and it is one reason we dumped soy milk in favor of almond milk. But we couldn't give up these crunchy treats that are tastier than any rice crisp. (And now rice gets the bad wrap due to arsenic!). Learn more about soy crisps here.
Wallaby Maple Yogurt. Okay, we can buy this yogurt elsewhere, but Whole Foods nearly always has it in stock and we love the non-traditional flavor. And yogurt is one product where we completely eschew any artificial sweeteners. We use the yogurt as a topping...so one container gets eaten over a few days.
Honorable mentions. Once we are in the store, there are a handful of other products we always pick up:
- Unsweetened Acai (freezer). If you want a way to use these health bombs, check out this post for our Acai Oatmeal.
- Amy's Spinach & Feta Pizza snacks (freezer). Tasty, kid friendly, and there's spinach in there! We like the 20% RDA of calcium per serving (5-6 pizza bites).
- Wing-Time Buffalo Wing Sauce (Garlic). Yum. It's a little sweet, spicy and tangy. We'll drizzle over steamed broccoli or add it to our salad with other dressings. Chicken marinade & dipper...lots of options. 2T is 50 calories and sodium is negligible. And a 2T serving packs 35% RDA of Vitamin A, 10% Vitamin C and 6% Iron. Wow.
- Natural Bars or any other "natural" product. It's fun to try new things and you can count on Whole Foods for an array of everything! we'll often try a new product here. Other stores just do not have the breadth of good-for-you goods.
Other stores have upped their game for natural and organic, but we think Whole Foods remains the leader.