Clean Eating Grocery List For Safeway

This clean eating grocery list for safeway will help you through Safeway’s aisles. While shopping clean at Safeway can be a daunting task, especially for those just starting out, it’s not impossible. I used to work for Safeway, and over the years, I’ve seen a lot of their best products fall by the wayside. But that still doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

In fact, while you may need to do a tiny bit of supplemental shopping at other stores, for the most part, you can actually do pretty well there. Here is my Clean Eating Grocery List For Safeway.

Please Note: These prices and product availability can vary greatly depending on your location. This list and prices is current for my area (Sonoma County) on the date of this blog post.Clean Eating Grocery List For Safeway


Clean Eating Grocery List For Safeway:


Quality fresh produce is hit or miss at Safeway. While the produce department has a large variety of offerings, the flavors and textures are often not as good as other places, especially in the off seasons. So my biggest suggestion is to shop for produce that is in season. Fresh fruits and veggies are always clean and Safeway does offer selections in both organic and non organic items. Not sure what’s in season? The organic table is often a good sign of what’s in season. It’s not a surefire way to figure it out, but for the most part, it will give you a good idea, even if you are not purchasing organic produce.

  • FRUITS, various types & brands, no sugar added (Read the ingredient list!!)
  • VEGETABLES, various types & brands. Avoid veggie mixes. They often have added ingredients. Stick to the single veggies.

Tip: Dairy is always better purchased organic, but buy the best you can afford.

  • MILK, regular or organic ($5.69 – $6.59 per gallon)
  • COTTAGE CHEESE, Knudsen brand ($3.19 – 16 oz.)
  • CHEESE, block, cheddar or jack ($5.49 – 1 lb.)
  • YOGURT, Greek, plain, Fage ($7.49 – 35 oz. or $4.39 – 17 oz.)
  • YOGURT, regular, plain ($3.59 – 32 oz.)

Tip: Again, organic is best. But if you can’t afford it, buy the best quality meat you can.

  •  GROUND TURKEY, lean, ($4.80 to $6.40 per pound – Various brands)
  • CHICKEN BREAST FILLETS, fresh ($6.49 per pound)
  • EGGS, regular or organic ($3.49 – 4.99  – 1 dozen)
  • ALL SEAFOOD, fresh, prices vary
  • ALL SEAFOOD, frozen, unflavored, prices vary
  • RAISINS, Sun Maid or Safeway Kitchens ($2.49 to $4.99 – various sizes)
  • PITTED DATES, Sun Sweet brand (About $3 – 8 0z.)
  • BROWN RICE, dry ($1.79 – $2.59 – 2 lb. bag)
  • OATS, Quaker brand, old fashion (About $4 – 2 lb 10 oz.)
  • OATS, Country Choice Steel Cut Oats ($5.59 – 30 oz.)
  • FLOUR, King Arthur, whole wheat flour ($4.99 – 5 lb. bag)
  • FLOUR, Gold Medal ($4.69 – 5 lb. bag)
  • DRY BEANS, all varieties offered ($1.79 – $1.99 – 1 lb. bag)
  • CANNED BEANS, O Organics, all varieties ($1.59 – 15 oz. can)

Please note: I know that many people are working hard to avoid BPA in canned food items, and some of you feel very strongly about that. I know it’s an important issue. But I also know that some people can’t afford the BPA-Free canned goods or simply don’t have access to them. So my criteria here is simply based on the ingredient list alone.

  • SPAGHETTI SAUCE, Francesco Rinaldi – Traditional Pasta Sauce ($2.59 – 24 oz jar) NOTE: Does contain soy oil
  • SPAGHETTI SAUCE, Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro Homemade Style Marinara Cabernet Sauvignon ($6.99 – 24.5 oz. jar)
  • SPAGHETTI SAUCE, Gina Rispoli, Marinara ($5.99 – 25 oz. jar)
  • SPAGHETTI SAUCE, Mario Batali, Tomato Basil ($7.99 – 24 oz. jar)
  • SPAGHETTI SAUCE, Rao’s Homemade Tomato Basil Marinara ($8.99 – 24 oz. jar)
  • SPAGHETTI SAUCE, Marinara ($8.99 – 24 oz. jar)
  • TUNA, Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna ($1.50 – 5 oz. can)
  • TABASCO, ($2.49 – 2 fl. oz.)
  • BALSAMIC VINEGAR, Safeway Kitchens brand ($4.39 – 17 fl. oz.)
  • BALSAMIC VINEGAR, Of Modena ($6.99 – 8.5 fl. oz.)
  • OLIVE OIL, O Organics ($8.49 – 16.9 fl. oz.)
  • MUSTARD, O Organics ($1.59 – 8 oz.)
  • MUSTARD, Safeway Select ($1.29 – 8 oz.)
  • JUICE, Any juice labeled 100% juice ($4.50 – 64 oz.)
  • JAM/JELLY/SPREAD, St. Dalfour, Strawberry or wild blueberry 100% fruit (Price not available)
  • PEANUT BUTTER, Adam’s 100% Natural Peanut Butter ($5.20 – 16 oz.)
  • PEANUT BUTTER, O Organics Old Fashion Peanut Butter ($3.99 – 18 oz.)
  • HONEY, various sizes ($4.20 – $17.99)
  • MAPLE SYRUP, Maple Grove Organics, Safeway Select & O Organics ($8.99 to $10.59 – 8.5 oz to 12.5oz.)
  • CRACKERS, Ak-Mak ($1.99 – box)
  • CRACKERS, Wasa Light Rye ($3.49 – package)
  • CRACKERS, Lundburg organic brown rice crackers ($3.49 per package)
  • PINEAPPLE, Dole & Safeway brand, various sizes ($1.49 – $2.45)
  • GREEN BEANS, Del Monte ($1.89 – 14 oz.)
  • PEAS, Safeway brand ($1.29 per can)

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  1. Safeway has a brand called “Lucerne” and there is a Lucerne cottage cheese that is sodium FREE. I buy it at my Safeway-based grocer named “Randalls” here in Houston, TX. The cottage cheese is a 1% fat-based cheese, but it only has about 45 mg of sodium – a HUGE reduction over regularly available cottage cheese products.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Wow! Nice!

  2. Do you have anything for Canadian grocery stores? Example: Metro, Real Canadian Superstore, Zhers, Loblaws, Walmart (Canadian one)

    I’m really interested in starting my clean shopping but live in Ontario and we don’t have Safeway and some other stores you mentioned.


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I can only offer lists for the stores I have here in my area. But I’m sure the walmart list will be pretty close for you. Unless their sources are completely different up there, they should have at least some of the same products I listed.

  3. $4.99 for organic eggs?! Lucky you! You have such low prices for organics where you are, organic pasture raised eggs here are around $7-8!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ya, that’s what they are for farm fresh eggs here at the farmers markets.

  4. Thank you! I really only have Frys, Safeway and Walmart. Our Target does has a limited supply of groceries, but it is not as convenient as the other three. Do you have a Sprouts near you?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I think we just got one back home in the east bay. I’ll have to check it out next time I go home.

  5. sandra corona says:

    this is awesome. So glad I stumbled upon this blog!

  6. Debbie Tittle says:

    Not too confident about just how “clean” this list is. I see a few GMO brands and brown rice is high in arsenic. Store bought milk? Seriously?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Debbie – Everybody has a different approach to clean eating, and everyone has different stores available to them. I’m not sure which products you see that are GMO’s. As for milk, people buy the best they can afford. Not everybody has access to a cow or raw milk. In fact, raw milk is actually illegal to purchase in some states and very expensive in states where it is legal. My purpose with these lists is to help people make better choices when grocery shopping. If the list doesn’t work for you, you certainly don’t have to use it.

  7. Great list! We have just begun the journey to GMO free and it is so hard for me to find groceries at the 1 of 2 grocery stores we have in our area. Also doesn’t help that we are on a very tight budget, but I love that I have something to refer to!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christie – Avoiding processed foods will avoid about 80% of GMO’s. After that, it’s about educating yourself about what foods are most likely to be GMO’s such as corn, soy, zucchini, potatoes, etc.

  8. I seriously appreciate all your time & effort in making these lists. I came across your site via Pinterest; I am SO happy I did. This is a huge resource & is making my switch to a clean lifestyle much easier. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Emmy – My pleasure! Welcome! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. I love this list, I’m a beginner even though I have some exposure from working at Safeway, whole foods, and even Draegers. Im almost obsessed with clean eating now! I’m in the bay area too, so I have access to almost all of your listed items! Your site is a lifesaver!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nia – Thanks! I’m so happy you’re finding the information useful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Tiffany,

    I am so thankful for your Safeway shopping list. I live in a small town in British Columbia and Safeway is the one grocer of the two options that I shop at! I don’t think our Canadian stores have all the same brands but it gives me a great base to go by.

    I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your site. You have put so much work and time and energy in to helping families eat right, eat better and stay healthy! I appreciate you more than I can say! I always thought we were eating healthy until I really started to look at clean eating. I am a beginner for all intents and purposes and I think you are truly going to help me make the BIG leap onto the right path which will set my children up for success in their future healthy eating as well!!

    Thank you so much for making a difference everyday for families like mine! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trish – Wow! Thank you so much! I’m truly honored to be even a small part of your healthy journey!

  11. Hi Tiffany – great list and so helpful! I’ve just started to try eating healthier and am really enjoying your site. Do you know if Safeway deli meats and cheeses would be considered clean?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stefanie – The deli meats are not clean. Very processed. The cheese…. that would depend on what you buy. Don’t buy anything pre-shredded. Purchase the real stuff in block form and shred it yourself if needed. Use in moderation.

  12. Love your website Tiffany! I’m a totally newbie to clean eating, but I’m trying to make some real changes to my families eating. It’s amazing (and scary) how many things out there are unclean! This may be a silly question, but can butter ever be clean?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennefer – Yes! Butter is clean. Organic butter is best, but buy the best you can afford.

  13. For the seafood, you should only be buying from SUSTAINABLE sources. The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers a FREE app called Seafood Watch to help people make sustainable seafood choices.

  14. My question has to do with growing my own vegetables. I can’t really do anything about this seasons crop. I used a mixture of “organic material” and miricle grow garden soil. I did not use pesticides. But I’m renting my home, and unsure what previous tenements may have put in the garden. Do you think it’s safe/clean to continue using that soil? And can someone please explain how sweet potatoes are cleaner than regular ones?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Karina – I’m just beginning to learn about gardening so you may want to check in with a gardening site for the soil question. As for the potatoes, it has to do with how quickly they break down into sugar in your body. White potatoes are mostly sugar and break down very quickly in the body, whereas sweet potatoes are much better in that department.