Whole Foods is the Mecca of Yummy. Incredible produce, hard to find packaged products, a ridiculous cafe, and a terrible reputation of being expensive beyond belief.
When I was eating meat, buying lots of packaged things, I would easily spend $300 at Whole Foods. That is why I didn’t go often! It was definitely a special treat (Christmas time, after my bonus, etc.) When I switched to a plant based diet, I decided to take a trip back to my favorite store and see just how “expensive” it was.
I quickly found that I could stock up on food for the next week or even two for under $100 at Whole Foods!
I went today (yesterday was pay day) to do my grocery shopping. I went a bit over my $100 budget, due to purchasing oils for a giant blister I got running the Rock n Roll Half marathon last Saturday in the rain. I won’t go into too much detail, but a 2 inch by 1 1/2 inch deep open gash on the back of your heel does not heal in a day. Those oils and bandages ran me about $45. I also donated $5 to the Whole Kids Foundation, because what is more important than educating our children on eating healthy foods?
My total was $133.94 after tax. Subtract the $5 donation and $44.97 for first aid products, and I spent $83.97 on food. Can’t complain about that!
Here is what I ended up with:
10 champagne mangoes
1 red onion
2 large tomatoes
2 bunches of kale
2 slices of jackfruit (my guilty pleasure)
10 pounds of bananas
1- 32 oz container of fresh squeezed orange juice (Harper loves the juicer!)
2 papaya halves, filled with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
1 cantaloupe half, filled with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
5 lb grapefruit
5 lb fuji apples
2 bunches dino kale
5 lb bag of carrots
2 lb strawberries
All of this food, mainly organic, for $83. Try telling me again that eating vegan is expensive…