Clean Eating Grocery List For Whole Foods

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Believe it or not, not everything at Whole Foods qualifies as clean. In fact, like any grocery store, their aisles are filled with many products that fall far outside the parameters of clean eating. But don’t worry, here’s a clean eating grocery list for whole foods full of foods that are clean and healthy.

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

OTHER CLEAN EATING SHOPPING LISTS:

CLEAN EATING GROCERY LIST FOR WHOLE FOODS:

PRODUCE

While there is a vast array of fresh produce, both organic and conventional, it’s fair to say that it costs a bit more here. For that reason, I usually buy organics that I can’t get anywhere else, and save the majority of my produce shopping for either Trader Joe’s or the farmer’s market. But any way you look at it, Whole Foods has a pretty impressive and vibrant selection. All fresh produce is clean, so enjoy it!

FROZEN PRODUCE

FRUITS – Various types, no sugar added ($2.40 – $4.39)

DAIRY

Tip: Dairy is always better purchased organic, but buy the best you can afford.
MILK: Conventional ($3.19 per gallon)
MILK: Organic ($5.99 – $6.99 per gallon)

POULTRY

Tip: Again, organic is best. But if you can’t afford it, buy the best quality meat you can.
CHICKEN – raw from the meat counter ($3.25 – $6.99 depending on cut)
BEEF – raw from the meat counter, opt for lean cuts ($3.49 – $14.99 depending on cut)
HOT DOGS – Applegate Organic Uncured Hot Dogs ($8.69 per package – While these are obviously processed to some degree, they are the cleanest you’ll find.)
CHICKEN BROTH – Imagine brand, regular or low sodium ($3.39 – 32 oz.)

SEAFOOD

Some stores have a fresh fish counter. Opt for fish high in good oils like salmon, but any fresh fish will work.

GRAINS

OATS – Various brands and types, plain ($3.39 – $7.39 depending on size and type)
CEREALS – Puffed grain cereals, Nature’s path brand ($1.99 – 6 oz. package)
FLOUR – Bob’s RedMill brand ($1.99 – $11.49 per pound, depending on type)
FLOUR – Bulk section (most affordable)

BREADS

SLICED BREAD – Alvarado Street Bakery brand ($4.20 per loaf)
HOT DOG BUNS – Alvarado Street Bakery brand ($2.99 per package of 6 buns)
HAMBURGER BUNS – Alvarado Street Bakery brand ($2.99 per package of 6 buns)
BAGLES – Alvarado Street Bakery brand ($4.20 per package – NOT the sweetened variety)
TORTILLAS – 365 brand, whole wheat ($1.99 – 10.5 oz.)
TORTILLAS – Ezekiel brand, sprouted grain ($2.99 – 12 oz.)
TORTILLAS – Mi Rancho, organic corn ($2.99 – 9.33 oz.)

BEANS

BEANS – Canned, 365 brand, no sugar added ($1.49 – $2.49 depending on type)
BEANS – Dry, all types and varieties. Packages are available, but bulk is cheaper.

PANTRY ITEMS

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.

NUT MILKS: Unsweetened ($1.99 – $3.89 depending on type)
APPLE JUICE: North Coast brand, organic ($1.69 – 10 oz. / $8.99 – per gallon jug)
JUICES: Any that are 100% juice.
PASTA SAUCE – 365 brand, organic ($2.69 – 25 oz.) – NOTE: Does contain soybean oil, but it is organic
PIZZA SAUCE – Muir Glen brand, canned ($2.39 – 15 oz.)
PASTA – Brown rice variety ($3.39 – $3.79  – 1 pound, depending on type)
PASTA – Whole wheat variety ($3.69  – 1 pound)
CRACKERS – Back To Nature brand, Harvest Whole Wheat Crackers ($3.69 – 8.5 oz)
CRACKERS – Wasa brand, Light Rye ($3.39 – 9.5 oz.)
CRACKERS – Lundberg brand ($3.39 – 8.5 oz.) – Labeled Non- GMO!
SALSA – 365 brand ($3.99 – 32 oz.)
JAM/JELLY – Bionaturae brand, organic fruit spreads ($3.99 – 9 oz.)
PEANUT BUTTER – 365 brand, conventional ($2.79 – 18 oz. / $5.49 – 36 oz.)
PUMPKIN – Canned ($1.59 – 15 oz.)
APPLE SAUCE – North Coast brand, various sizes
COCONUT SUGAR – Madhava brand ($4.39 – 1 pound)
SUCANAT – Organic ($7.99 – 2 pound bag)
XYLITOL – Non-corn source ($7.99 – 16 oz.)
HONEY CRYSTALS – Aunt Patty’s brand ($6.69 – 12 oz.)
DATE SUGAR – Aunt Patty’s brand ($7.39 – 10.5 oz.)
MAPLE SUGAR – Aunt Patty’s brand ($16.99 – 13 oz.)
SALT – Real Salt brand ($6.69 – 26 oz.)
CRANBERRIES – Dried, fruit juice sweetened ($7.69 – 13 oz.)
LARA BARS – Various flavors except the chocolate chip variety which has sugar ($1.29 – 1 bar)

If you enjoyed this clean eating grocery list for whole foods, I recommend checking out some of my other shopping lists listed above for other stores you may shop at.

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17 Comments

  1. Sadly, the links for the other lists aren’t working. 🙁

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sorry about that. They should be working now. 🙂

  2. What about oils? Whole Foods has organic, expeller pressed canola oil. If its organic and not heat pressed, would that type of canola oil be good to use?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I tend to avoid canola, so I don’t know a lot about it. You’d have to talk to somebody there that knows and ask about the GMO factor and all of that. Sorry, I wish I could be more help on that one.

  3. That is so helpful. Thank you!

  4. Quick question, do you have access to a Fresh & Easy? I’d love to have your take on their shopping, since there’s one that’s a 5 minute walk from my house.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Teresa – Unfortunately, no. I’ve never heard of it. Sorry!

  5. Boyd McLaughlin says:

    Hello Tiffany,

    Once again, I find myself back here looking for more recipes. There’s quite alot to learn here. The changes people make must really be lifestyle changes as mine and my wife’s have been and will continue to be.
    It occurred to me just how much work you’ve put into this when I saw a Google search result with one of your blogs from 2010. And, now a ‘Clean’ grocery guide for each store you shop at? Wow….that’s commitment.
    Thank you for all of your hard work. You’ve made matters considerably more easy for many of us, and I need all the help I can get. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    AND………………………..God bless you and your family…..one and all. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Boyd – Thanks so much! I’m just happy I can help in some way! 🙂

  6. One thing that I like to buy there over anything else in the entire store is their pole caught 365 Pole Caught Albacore Tuna in water for 1.69. That is lowest I have found and its better than the tuna that goes for $5.00-6.00. My husband used to fish off the cost of OR and insists on this brand. I usually make fish tacos with a couple can’s of the tuna when I can’t get good fish. I just toss two cans of drained tuna with a little lime juice, finely chopped cilantro, salt and peper. Throw it on some home made corn tortillas and add some home made coleslaw.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Auzzie – Sounds wonderful! 🙂

  7. This may be a dumb question, but is there such a thing as clean cream cheese for bagels? Or would you suggest peanut butter?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chelsea – I would stick with peanut butter. I don’t think cream cheese is specifically bad, but peanut butter would be the better choice.

  8. Maria Tannehill says:

    I used the list today for my first clean foods shopping trip! I’m super excited to get started. I am curious if carob chips, chocolate sub, is considered to be a clean food? I must have my chocolate 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Maria – I’ve never researched it because I don’t care for carob. But on the other hand, there aren’t really any clean chocolate chips. So I don’t think you’d be doing anything majorly wrong by using carob chips as long as you keep it occasional.

  9. Sue Dever says:

    I haven’t noticed anything on Agave Syrup. Is this by chance a clean food? The one I use is organic and contains no other ingredients aside from organic agave syrup. All natural and gluten free.

    Thanks!

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