Engine 2 intern, Katherine headed to Walmart to discover all of the plant-strong possibilities!
I know it sounds a little crazy, but grocery shopping is one of the highlights of my week. I’m always thrilled when I am able to shop at Whole Foods, which is hands-down, my favorite store. They have everything you could possibly need for all of your plant-strong staples, and quite a bit more. But, like many of you, the closest Whole Foods is an hour away from where I live. This begs the question: can you be plant-strong without living near a Whole Foods?
Absolutely! You don’t need a fancy health food store to eat delicious and healthy food. In fact, you can find nearly everything you need at a very common store—Walmart. Not only are they located almost everywhere, Walmart stores are known for being budget-friendly. Shopping on a budget is beneficial for everyone, especially college students looking to save a bit of money.
Every time I shop at Walmart, I am amazed with how many plant-strong foods they offer. It’s all about what you choose to buy. Last week, I took my camera into the store and I was actually quite surprised with what I found!
The produce section was well stocked with greens of all kinds, tons of vegetables, and plenty of fruit.
My store carries the reduced sodium varieties of great northern beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans.
Walmart’s Great Value brand is only $0.68!
I found a huge variety of vinegars to suit everyone’s tastes.
I was surprised with the amount of no salt added tomato products! *E2 note, according to Walmart, their tomato cans are BPA free.
I was impressed when I discovered Great Value Whole Wheat Pasta for just $1.00!
So many varieties of brown rice to choose from:
Two varieties of quinoa, whole-wheat flour, and flaxseed
I was probably most surprised with the selection of dried beans—they had some I’ve never even heard of before!
Walmart carries all of the varieties of Mrs. Dash salt free blends plus many other spices that can be used to add flavor to recipes.
This local salsa is one of the lowest in sodium I’ve spotted. If you live in Ohio, make sure to give it a try, it’s fantastic.
Shredded Wheat cereal and Old Fashioned Oats are musts for “Rip’s Big Bowl”
My favorite brand of unsweetened almond milk—refrigerated and shelf stable
Frozen fruits and vegetables are extremely convenient and they taste just as good, if not better than their fresh counterparts. This is because they are picked and frozen when they are at their peak. Plus, if something you love is out of season, you can probably find it in the frozen section.
What can be more convenient than frozen brown rice?
In my opinion, the Ziploc Zip ‘n Steam bags are a staple. I use these bags nearly every day because they make for a super quick meal! All you have to do is throw in some frozen vegetables, pop it in the microwave and in only a few minutes, you have perfectly steamed veggies. The bags aren’t just limited to frozen foods, they can be used for fresh vegetables, potatoes, squash—the possibilities are endless!
Everyone seems to be looking for ways to make things convenient. Cost isn’t everything, convenience is important too. Whether you’re a college student or a working professional, we all lead busy lives. Healthy plant-strong food can easily be made into quick and simple meals. I highly recommend Jeff Novick’s Fast Food DVD’s for some super quick and delicious meal ideas. Everything that you need for these recipes can be found at your local grocery store!
Volume 1-The Basics: http://jeffnovick.com/RD/Fast_Food_Vol_1.html
Volume 2-Burgers & Fries: http://jeffnovick.com/RD/Fast_Food_Vol_2.html
Volume 3-Shopping School: http://jeffnovick.com/RD/Fast_Food_Vol_3.html
One of the most common misconceptions about eating plant-strong is that it is too expensive. So the next time someone says, “it’s too expensive to eat that way!” you know what you can say!