Struggling to complete a Whole30 diet because you don’t have any health food stores around? It is possible to do with only Walmart and on a budget! Check out my Whole30 Wal-mart shopping guide.
In an ideal world we would all have access to Whole Foods and Trader Joes and have the budget to shop at them. Let me tell you that is not me. My nearest Whole Foods is 3 hours away. Any health food store is at least and hour and I always immediately forget what I needed when I walk in if I happen to be there. I am sure many of you run into the same problems I do with getting to fancy grocery stores.
Did you know that 90% of all Americans live within 15 miles of a Wal-mart? That means it’s accessible to almost everyone! I’ve managed to make it the whole way through a Whole30 round with using Wal-mart almost exclusively. I’ve had several personal friends and seen countless others online lament how they can’t do a lifestyle change or be healthy because they can’t afford it. Read: The don’t have access to or the budget for Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s/Costco. So I decided to give my tips and tricks and a Whole30 Wal-mart shopping guide.
If you are trying Whole30 for the first time be sure to check out my tips for prepping for a round!
This was a surprising one to me. Soooo many condiments have added sugar or soy oil. There are lots of great recipes out there to make almost all of your own condiments. Wal-mart does not sell a compliant brand of mayonnaise, ketchup, BBQ sauce, coconut butter, or coconut aminos as far as I am aware currently. But it is super easy to make your own versions of several of these things yourself or you may just have to order online, though that can be expensive.
Mustard: Annie’s Organic Dijon Mustard
Nut Butters: MaraNatha, Justins, or Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter. Just be sure to choose the plain/no added sugar flavors.
Ghee: Carrington Farms Organic Ghee
Cooking Oil: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, etc. Most oils will be compliant and Wal-mart carries a huge variety.
Canned Coconut Milk: Thai Kitchen
Salsa: Most Pace salsa flavors are compliant. Just watch out for beans and corn!
Broth/Stock: Swanson Natural Goodness Broth
Milks: Almond, Coconut, Cashew all plain with no flavoring added. Be sure to read the labels! Silk and So Delicious usually have a no-sugar added flavor.
Flavored Water: Walmart carries LaCroix and Bubly in a variety of flavors. All are compliant! For a budget option just add fresh fruit to your water.
Most every whole meat will be compliant (think chicken breast/thighs, steak, pork chops, roasts, etc.) but be wary around deli meats, bacon, sausage, and ground meat. I have yet to find a compliant deli meat available at Wal-mart so I usually do without. While organic/grass fed is recommended it isn’t in the budget for many of us and that’s okay to skip!
Whole30 also has a line of frozen meals available under the Great Value brand. They are about $5 per serving which I find to be a little expensive. But they are great to have in a pinch.
- Pork: Smithfield Signature
- Chicken: Wal-mart Brand, Crescent Foods, Perdue
- Beef: Wal-mart Brand
- Turkey: Butterball, Jeanie O, or Honeysuckle White
- Bison: Marketside
- Sam’s Choice Apple & Chicken Sausage
- Aidells Apple & Chicken Sausage
- Pure Farmland Uncured Bacon
- Del Duca Prosciutto (pricey, but can be used in place of bacon in a pinch)
Keep in mind these are supposed to be used sparingly to be in the real spirit of Whole30. But it’s always good to have a quick snack if you are stuck somewhere without access to your fridge! They are convince items so they are more pricey and should be used sparingly.
Lara Bars: Apple Pie, Blueberry, Cashew Cookie, Lemon, Cherry Pie, Carrot Cake, Coconut Cream, Fruits + Greens Strawberry Spinach Cashew, Pineapple Cashew, Mango Spinach Cashew, Key Lime Pie
Basically all produce is game for Whole30. But I have found these products to be incredibly helpful when I just don’t have time to chop lots of veggies. Here are a few things that I’ve found helpful in a pinch.
- Riced Cauliflower – Freezer/Produce Section
- Bagged Coleslaw
- Cubed Butternut Squash
- Frozen Vegetable Mixes
Living in a rural area or a small town can sometimes be frustrating when it comes to accessing healthy foods. But hopefully this makes it a little bit easier for you to get started on your own health and wellness journey. Keep in mind that not all Wal-marts will have all of these items available. I love to use the mobile app to quickly check if my store has a particular product in stock or if one nearby might have it available.
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