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Are you following an organic or keto diet, or have to eat gluten free foods?
Well, if you are, your weekly bill at the grocery store may shock you.
Perhaps the real question is, can you even afford to eat healthy anymore?
Well, don't worry, we've done some research for you that will help!
Sticker Shock from Healthy Food Shopping
Can you relate? As the cashier begins to ring up your purchases, you cringe at the cost. With barely a cart full of items, the total is well over a hundred dollars. YIKES!
People in front of you have a cart load of potato chips, soda, cookies, and other junk food, yet their bill is a fraction of yours-now that's pretty sad!
Why does eating healthy cost so much money?
We don't think it should.
So, we decided to do some research, explore different grocery stores and find a way to shop keto, organic, and gluten free on a budget.
Here are the Stores to Hit for Cheaper Healthy Foods
1-) Trader Joe's
If you live on the east coast, particularly the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and New Jersey, you're in luck.
Trader Joe's has multiple locations in these states. This chain of stores has a core concept of value. They make sure to stock good, quality products sold at reasonable prices.
They buy products directly from local suppliers whenever possible. Most of their produce is locally grown in your region.
They also have a lot of organic produce, gluten free foods, dairy free products, and products that are great to have on hand when on the keto diet.
Trader Joe's believes that great food and great prices provides their customers value.
Below is a list of organic, allergy friendly, or keto products that I purchase at great prices. These items are A LOT cheaper than other local stores and are also good quality.
List of Products:
- Organic Apples (not keto friendly) - $0.79 per apple
- Organic Cucumbers:
- Steak (Organic, Grassfed):
- Beets: (not keto friendly)
- Almond Milk - $2.69
- Bananas (not keto friendly): $0.19 per banana
2-) Mom's organic market (Allergy Friendly, Organic, and Keto Friendly Products)
Mom's has stores in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.
This is a great shop that carries some interesting products.
It's also a great store for people following just about any diet. They have great gluten free foods, dairy free, soy free, and low carb products as well.
They also have a great selection of organic products and produce.
The prices at Mom's are actually pretty typical however, what makes them special besides the variety, is that they have frequent sales.
Not only that, but Mom's has a few select products that are cheaper than other locations!
And here those are:
Theo Dark Chocolate
If you are addicted to dark chocolate, like my mom and I are, well you're in luck.
Mom's has our favorite brand of dark chocolate at about $1 dollar cheaper than other locations that sell this brand.
The reason we like this brand is that is dairy and soy free. It is non-gmo and organic.
Theo Dark Chocolate is rich and smooth. (Organic, Allergy Friendly, Low-Carb) ($2.89)
Julian Bakery Keto Bread -Keto, Paleo
Although this bread is very expensive in general, if you enjoy it, you can purchase it at Mom's for about $2 cheaper than other locations. ($11.99)
Epic Bars -Organic, Paleo
Epic bars are typically $2.49, however, Mom's typically has these bars on sale for 2 for $4!
Larabars -(Not Keto Friendly), Paleo
Typically have these items as 10 for $10.
3-) Organic at Aldi Plus Many (Gluten Free Foods)
Aldi is a discount food store located all over the globe.
This chain is known for it's unique grocery style that keeps their costs down.
Aldi does a few unique things to keep their costs low.
- They keep their carts locked up. In order to use a cart, you put in a quarter and unlock the link. Then, when you return the cart to the lock, you get your quarter back. This saves them money since they do not need to hire people to retrieve carts.
- You have to bring your own bags or purchase reusable ones at their check out.
- -They also are only open during prime shopping hours to cut down labor costs.
All of these minor unique operational choices keep product prices low and keeps money in your pocket.
You can find several organics at Aldi such as produce, meats, and packaged items.
However, we have found that we prefer Trader Joe's quality and pricing for those things and we use Aldi more for deals on gluten free products.
These are the gluten free products that my sister loves! The Brand name for the items listed below is LiveGfree. The following items are just for the gluten free folks who are NOT doing KETO:
- Pasta: $2.99
- Macaroni and Cheese: $1.99
- Crackers: $1.69
- Pretzels: $1.89
- Brownie Mix: $1.99
- Cookie Mix: $1.99
- Chicken Nuggets: $4.99
- Bars (box): $2.69
- and more!
4-) Costco ( Allergy Friendly, Organic, and Keto Friendly Products)
Our favorite Costco Food Products
Birch Benders Paleo Pancake Mix -Paleo
This pancake mix is amazing and Costco sells it in a larger bag so you get a better bang for your buck!
This mix is paleo, low carb, gluten free, and dairy free! All you have to do is add water to the mix and you have pancake batter!
Organic Chicken -
Chicken breast is a staple ingredient for our household. It is versatile and can be used in a plethora of different recipes.
We purchase our organic at Costco because we can get 3 packs of organic chicken breast for $4.99 per pound!
Udi's Bread -Gluten Free (Not Keto Friendly) $9.79 for two loaves! Other stores sell this for about a dollar more.
Almond Flour -
We use almond flour ALL the time. We make sure to buy almond flour at Costco because you get more at a decent price.
Almond flour is used in a lot of Keto recipes as well as gluten free recipes. It is a great flour to keep on hand. ($11.99 for 3 lbs)
Stevia is an all natural sugar substitute that we use in all our keto and allergy friendly recipes.
We buy it at Costco because it stores well and as we said already, it's a better deal.
We also buy our unrefined extra virgin coconut oil here as well. When you're eating low carb, high fat, coconut oil is a must-have.
Summing it up