Can You Find Healthy Food at Walmart?
June 1, 2015 41 Comments
Walmart is the largest retailer in the USA and unless you have been living under a rock you know it sells food.
I decided to spend some time at Walmart because approximately 21% of Americans buy their food there. These people don’t necessarily have the money to walk into a Whole Foods and drop $6 on an organic pineapple.
I have been on that bottom economic rung myself and know how hard it is to eat healthy when $1 buys you a package of cookies at the Dollar Store.
My idea is to provide a guide to Walmart shoppers who want to be healthy but can’t afford to shop other places. I will tell you the food prices at Walmart were significantly lower than the prices at the supermarket in my area.
My mission was a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack of junk food. Most of the food that I discovered was either on the lowest shelf or the highest of the aisle and NEVER on the end. There were some high points and many low points to my quest.
First some high points!
They have Smuckers Natural peanut butter which is entirely ground peanuts with a little bit of salt. Love this stuff!
They had plain regular, instant, steel-cut, and organic oats! These are on the bottom shelf with the more unhealthy options (sugar added) above. How about that?
This can of spinach caught my eye. Don’t we all want to be like Popeye? I haven’t had or cooked with canned spinach in a while but this looks like a great and inexpensive way to get your greens. Anyone have some recipes for canned spinach they can share?
Now some low points.
What are these? I thought we got rid of the evil Twinkie and now they come back with minions? Oh man.
Just what I needed! - an enormous container of Cheese Balls. Who has $6 for Cheese Balls? They should spend it on an organic pineapple. ☺
Other good stuff that I found:
- Cans of tuna in water
- Healthier cereals such as Wheaties and Cheerios
- Whole grain crackers – Triscuit and Wheat Thins
- Whole wheat pasta
- Cans of beans, cans of fruit in light syrup (better than heavy syrup), and unsweetened applesauce.
- Pistachios, almonds, peanuts, etc.
- 100% Whole Grain English muffins
The most surprising item I found was:
Hey! That is the flour I use for all my baked goods and for less than at the supermarket. How about that?
It is possible to find healthy items at Walmart if you look hard. It is a lot easier to find junk food. My Walmart doesn’t have produce or frozen food. I would suggest frozen veggies and fruits as well for those working with a tight budget.
Do you shop at Walmart for food? What are your finds? Where else do you go for deals?
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