Healthy Eating on a Budget

Better choices don’t have to bust your budget! With just a little planning and parental ingenuity, you can balance wallet wisdom with nutrition know-how.

Savings Savvy Shopping

Many of our Whole Foods Market team members are also parents themselves. Here are a few of their best practices for budget-friendly shopping:

  • Make a weekly meal plan and let everyone in the house pick one meal. You’ll be less likely to shop impulsively, and everyone will look forward to their night.
  • When something we use a lot is on sale, I stock up big time. I know I’m paying the lowest price possible for the product, and we always have it on hand.
  • Put your child in charge of looking through The Whole Deal®, tearing out coupons and handing them to the cashier.

5 Ways to Eat Better on a Budget

  1. Skip processed snacks. Prep raw veggies ahead and portion into reusable containers. Store in the front of the fridge, so they’re easy to find when hunger strikes.
  2. Stretch the animal protein. Fill their plates mostly with healthy whole grains and vegetables, and about three ounces of meat, poultry or seafood.
  3. Buy some. Make some. Create quick home-cooked meals with a little help from our value-priced frozen entrees, veggies or appetizers.
  4. Give leftovers a new life. Transform meatloaf to sandwiches, chopped fresh veggies to roasted veggies and diced roasted chicken to burrito filling – just add beans!
  5. Batch and stash. Prepare a big batch of staple ingredients — lentils, whole grains or veggies — then incorporate them into various dishes during the week.

Hungry for more ways to save? Check out The Whole Deal® value guide in store or online. It’s chock full of wallet-friendly tips, coupons and budget-conscious recipes like these:

Healthy Food Choices Anytime

These simple tips from our friends at PBS Kids can help your whole family make better choices:
  1. Choose low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt.
  2. Try grilled foods instead of fried.
  3. Eat a rainbow! Try to add as many colorful fruits and vegetables as you can to your meals and snacks.
  4. Choose whole grains (whole-wheat tortillas, pastas, crackers and more).
  5. Reach for water instead of soda.
in-store Healthy Eating Specialist Curtis

"Set yourself up for success by making it easier and faster to make delicious, healthy meals at home than to eat out."

Curtis Whitwam

Healthy Eating & Green Mission Specialist
Tampa Store; Tampa, FL

Healthy Eating Specialists are available in many of our stores. Check our Store Locator to find out if there's one near you!