Whether Whole Foods is your go-to for weekly groceries or just the occasional specialty product, a trip to Whole Foods is often a mini education in what’s trending in food. And because they’re actively working to strip themselves of the “Whole Paycheck” moniker, it now competes with other mainstream grocery store prices, too.
Nutritionists love Whole Foods for their variety of healthy foods, but we don’t just buy twigs and berries. Here’s what we’re always putting in our carts when we cruise the aisles of Whole Foods.
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It’s so typical for a nutritionist to say this (amiright?), that we had to get it out of the way first. This variety of kale—also called Dinosaur Kale—is almost always in stock at Whole Foods and it’s fresh (two things I can’t say about my mainstream neighborhood grocery store). Plus, I often find it on special for a rock-bottom price. -Brierley Horton, MS, RD, in Birmingham, Alabama
365 Peanut Butter
It is my absolute favorite—the only ingredients are peanuts and sea salt, and it’s so rich and creamy. -Jamie Vespa, MS, RD, of DishingOutHealth.com
Tessemae’s Organic Creamy Ranch dressing
This dressing checks all the boxes for your diet of choice—it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and Whole 30- and Keto-approved. But I love it for its amazing flavor, convenience, and the fact that it has no added sugars. -Brierley Horton, MS, RD, in Birmingham, Alabama
Sustainably Sourced Salmon
I am extremely picky about where I buy my seafood, and Whole Foods never disappoints. Plus, they pride themselves in their sustainably caught selection, which makes buying my favorite—wild-caught salmon—very easy. -Carly McGavin, nutritionist, Nourish Foods Co.
Bulk Bin Old-Fashioned Oats
You’ll end up saving around $1-2 more per pound than if you were to buy your oats in cartons. -Jamie Vespa, MS, RD, of DishingOutHealth.com
Whole Foods has an impressive variety of “gourmet,” specialty, and high-quality cheeses. But their cheese section is mostly my go-to because I like to grab the itty-bitty wedges that come off of larger cuts and might otherwise be thrown out. It’s a great way to try a new cheese—or, in my case, curb my cheese obsession. -Brierley Horton, MS, RD, of Birmingham, Alabama
Mangoes Sweet & Tangy Supersnack by Made in Nature
I love to shop at Whole Foods for stocking up on our family's snacks because they do such a great job providing a wide selection of my favorite brands, like Made in Nature. Made in Nature has 50 organic “supersnacks” packed with whole fruits and vegetables, but their Mangoes Sweet & Tangy Supersnack is my number-one choice. -Shannon A. Garcia, MDS, RD, with KISS in the Kitchen
Skinny Dipped Almonds
I have a huge sweet tooth, but I try to stay away from high-sugar items. Whole Foods carries Skinny Dipped Almonds and these, my friends, are a game-changer for feeding my craving: they have less than HALF the sugar of typical chocolate-dipped almonds. -Carly McGavin, nutritionist, Nourish Foods Co.
Siete Family Foods
I love that Siete Family Foods offers unique products—from grain-free tortilla chips and tortillas to cashew queso spread—and that Whole Foods features multiple product lines from companies like theirs. When I'm looking for specific brands or items, I don't usually waste time shopping other places! -Shannon A. Garcia, MDS, RD, with KISS in the Kitchen
I love Whole Foods’ immense selection of healthy beverages and soda alternatives. I always grab something on my way out to try. As a foodie, trying something new is a treat! -Carly McGavin, nutritionist, Nourish Foods Co.
365 Soy and Almond Milks
These two plant-based milks typically cost $2.99 per carton, which is one to two dollars less than big name alt milks. -Jamie Vespa, MS, RD, of DishingOutHealth.com
Whole Foods has one of the larger selections of coconut water (sometimes even more so than specialty markets) and it’s where I can find some of my favorites—Taste Nirvana (with pulp) and inner eco (which is infused with probiotics). -Brierley Horton, MS, RD, of Birmingham, Alabama
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