Clean Eating Shopping List For Walmart

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Many people shop at Walmart on a regular basis. And while the selections may be more or less limited depending on your area, you absolutely CAN shop clean at Walmart. You may have to supplement slightly with other stores if your aim is to be completely clean, but all in all, I was impressed with what was actually available there. This clean eating shopping list for Walmart proves it!!

And before anybody gets upset, let me just say that I know many people take issue with Walmart. I’m not writing this post to debate the politics or to say if it’s right or wrong to shop there. So let’s not go there. I’m simply writing this post to help people that DO shop there, buy the healthiest items they can. Simple as that. Please take it in the spirit in which it was intended.

Clean Eating Shopping List For Walmart

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.

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CLEAN EATING SHOPPING LIST FOR WALMART:

PRODUCE

For the most part, this is where Walmart shines in the clean eating department. Stock up on fresh produce!

Tip: None of the produce at my Walmart was organic. If you are particular about avoiding pesticides, stick to the produce that has the thickest skin, such as oranges and bananas.

  • GRAPES, fresh, ($1.88 – 1 1/2 lb. bag)
  • BANANAS, fresh, ($0.25 each)
  • CUCUMBERS, fresh ($1.44 – pack of 2)
  • ZUCCHINI, fresh ($1.98 – pack of 3)
  • ONIONS, fresh ($1.14 – bag of 6 white onions)
  • LIMES, fresh ($2.98 – 2 lb. bag)
  • LEMONS, fresh ($2.37 – 2 lb. bag)
  • CELERY, fresh ($1.24 – 1 large package)
  • AVOCADOS, fresh ($0.68 – each)
  • YAMS, fresh ($2.98 – 3 lb. bag)
  • CARROTS, fresh ($1.44 – 2 lb. bag)
  • GREEN BELL PEPPERS, fresh ($1.68 – 2 pc. package)
  • TOMATOES, fresh ($1.98 – 2 pc. package)
  • CHERRY TOMATOES, fresh ($1.50 – 10 oz. container)
  • APPLES, fresh ($4.77 – 3 lb. bag)
  • ORANGES, fresh ($3.98 – 4 lb. bag)

FROZEN PRODUCE

  • STRAWBERRIES, unsweetened  ($2.38 – 1 lb. bag)
  • BERRY MEDLEY, unsweetened ($3.88 – 1 lb. bag)
  • BLUEBERRIES, unsweetened ($3.23 – 1 lb. bag)
  • RASPBERRIES, unsweetened ($3.23 – 1 lb bag)

DAIRY

Tip: Dairy is always best purchased organic. But not everyone can afford it. Buy the best you can afford.

  • MILK ($3.52 – 1 gal)
  • COTTAGE CHEESE, ($2.64 – 24 oz.)
  • CHEDDAR CHEESE, generic brand ($7.98 – 32 oz. block)
    (Note: Cheese is not typically a big part of a clean eating meal plan. But if you do buy it, buy the block variety and grate it yourself. Don’t buy the shredded packages. They are not clean.)
  • BUTTER, Great Value walmart brand ($2.48 – 4 sticks)
    (Note: Butter that is not organic, is not typically considered clean. That said, if you must buy something, buy real butter. Not margarine or butter substitutes)

POULTRY

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

  • CHICKEN BREASTS, boneless, skinless, frozen ($6.98 – 3 lbs. / $10.98 – 5 lbs.)
  • EGGS, First Light brand ($1.98 – 1 dozen)

SEAFOOD

  • SHRIMP, frozen, large shrimp ($5.00 – 12 oz.)

NUTS

Note: None of the nut butters in my Walmart were clean.

  • ALMONDS, roasted, salted ($5.98 – 1 lb)
  • PISTACHIOS, shelled, nut meat only ($4.58 – 6 oz.)
  • PISTACHIOS, with shell ($3.98 – 8 oz.)
  • EMERALD NATURAL ALMONDS 100 CALORIE PACKS, individually packaged portions ($2.68 – 7 packs per box, about 1/2 oz. each)
  • EMERALD NATURAL ALMOND/WALNUT MIX 100 CALORIE PACKS, individually packaged portions ($2.68 – 7 packs per box, about 1/2 oz. each)

DRIED FRUITS

  • RAISINS, Sun Maid brand ($3.28 – 20 oz. container)
  • PITTED DATES, Sun Sweet brand ($2.78 – 8 oz.)

GRAINS

  • BROWN RICE, organic, 6 lb. bag (around $10)
  • OATS, Quaker brand, old fashion ($3.54 – 2 lb 10 oz.)

BEANS

Note: None of the canned varieties in my store were clean. The only clean versions were dried.

  • GREEN SPLIT PEAS, dry ($1.08 – 1 lb. bag)
  • KIDNEY BEANS, dry ($1.98 – 1 lb. bag)
  • BLACK BEANS, dry ($1.38 – 1 lb. bag)
  • PINTO BEANS, dry ($1.38 – 1 lb. bag)

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.

  • SPICES, range of various spices/amounts in plastic baggies ($0.84 – $1.94)
  • PUMPKIN, canned ($1.48 0 15 oz. can) – be sure to get regular pumpkin. NOT  pumpkin pie filling. Read the ingredients. The only thing listed should be pumpkin.
  • “LOUISIANA” THE PERFECT HOT SAUCE ($1.24 – 12 oz. bottle)
  • GREAT VALUE (WALMART BRAND) YELLOW MUSTARD ($0.92 – 16. oz)
  • GREAT VALUE (WALMART BRAND) CANNED PEAR HALVES, packed in 100% juice ( $0.98 – 15 oz. can)
  • DOLE PINEAPPLE, canned in 100% juice ($1.38 – 20 oz. can)
  • WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR ($3.64 – 5 lbs.)
  • OLIVE OIL (GREAT VALUE WALMART BRAND), “pure” variety ($5.48 – 25.5 fl. oz.)
  • WHOLE WHEAT PASTA (GREAT VALUE WALMART BRAND), Rotini and spaghetti ($1.00 – 13.25 oz)
  • HONEY (GREAT VALUE WALMART BRAND) ($4.08 – 16 oz.)
  • MAPLE SYRUP, 100% pure ($7.98 – 12.5 fl. oz.)
  • MOLASSES, Grandma’s brand ($2.79 – 12 oz. jar)
  • WHEAT GERM ($4.18 – 12 oz. jar)
  • GREEN TEA, Lipton brand ($3.46 – 40 bag box)
  • COFFEE, Folgers brand ($4.28 – 11.3 oz.)

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132 Comments

  1. Dawn Tisdale says:

    Thanks for the list. I have a question though, since I am new to eating clean. What makes some can goods clean and others not?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      It’s what’s in the ingredient list mainly. Some people are against any canned food that don’t have BPA-Free listed on them. But for those who can’t afford those items, it really comes down to the ingredient list. Many canned foods have added refined sugar as well as quite a few unpronounceable chemical additives.

      1. graciouspantry says:

        I think it’s one of those “personal choice” things. If you purchase the organic variety to avoid GMO’s, then I don’t think a small amount of cornstarch is going to hurt you in any way. Is it clean? Probably not. But is it truly offensive? Probably not.

  2. Christine Lorenz Cornelius says:

    Thanks for the Walmart list. i do shop there, only because it is cheaper and due to ourt budget I have no other choice. I try to make good choices there, but I did not know that packaged shredded cheese was not clean, ugh. I have a few of them as i had gotten deals with my coupons. I do shop at a natural food store for a few slesct items, but trying to feed a family of 5 with 1 of them being a teenage boy that eats to no end, our budget just can’t handle it. I make small changes each month as our budget allows and hope to one day not shop at Walmart, but until then, thank you for a good list to help me stay on track with my shopping.

    1. Ursula ScottKerr says:

      aldi’s if there is one in your area is cheaper than Wal-Mart and have the same things

      1. The Gracious Pantry says:

        Ursula – Good to know! Thanks!

  3. Patti Nick Joseph Micale says:

    Thank you!

  4. Rachel Hall says:

    Thank you for posting a Walmart list. I know you are getting a lot of negative feedback because of it. I do appreciate it though. I typically stick to non-grocery basics at Walmart because of the price. However, I also buy most of my dried beans there. I noticed you mention buying cheese in a block. So the sliced Sargento cheeses are not clean then?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I don’t know which cheese that is. You would have to read the ingredient list. I mentioned the shredded stuff specifically because they add anti-caking agents to it. Not sure about the sliced stuff. It’s probably okay.

  5. Clemencia Best says:

    Thank you for this list. I shop there because it’s closest to my house. It’s good to know that I can find some clean items.

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Is cane sugar clean? I’ll have to research that one. I’m not sure…

    1. Brook Joy says:

      I think it is since it is organic and unrefined. But I would love to hear what your research results bring up on the topic. I am new to the clean eating, just started in September of this year, so I am still learnng what is and what is not considered clean. Thank you for all your help, and wonderful easy to follow recipes!

  7. graciouspantry says:

    The stuff I looked at was clean, but it could be different in different areas. I’m sure walmart has multiple suppliers, even for their own store brands.

  8. Heather DeDona says:

    I buy the big jars of Great Value Salsa. There are three different flavors, and really good, and very inexpensive. According to the label it is clean!

  9. Deb Thomas says:

    Thanks for the Walmart list. While I don’t like Walmart, it is what is close. The next closest supermarket being 20 miles away. I try to do my major shopping when I am making a trip in, otherwise Walmart it is. Thanks for you time you spent doing this.

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  12. Gatorgirl888 says:

    Thanks so much!

  13. Veronica H. says:

    I really appreciate you taking the time to do this! It’s very helpful.

  14. Thank you for creating these lists. We live in a small town, so Wal-mart is about the only place to get the biggest selection.

  15. Tammie Moran Smith says:

    Thanks for this list! I shop at a multitude of places like Walmart, Commissary, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Kroger. Your lists have been very helpful.

  16. graciouspantry says:

    You have to read the ingredient list. If it says anything other than peanuts and maybe some salt, it’s most likely not clean. These days, they add sugar to peanut butter all the time. So sad.

  17. I have shopped at Walmart because they take coupons, but I find it harder and harder to find quality items I trust. Thanks for the list, it helps take out some of the guess work!

  18. We can get Smuckers Natural Peanut butter at our Walmart; it contains peanuts and less than 1% salt; my kids like it just as well as the sugar-saturated PB’s. I just keep it in the fridge so I don’t have to stir it every time.

  19. Thanks so much for the list. I live in the middle of nowhere. The closest grocery store is 35 miles away, and the closest health food store is 95 miles away! This helps out a LOT! I tend to buy frozen and dry foods and block cheese so it sounds like I’m on the right track!!

  20. This is great! I shop at Walmart half the time and Meijer the other half because each store has some things the other does not. For example, I get Walmart brand non-fat cream cheese (which I only use occasionally) and I organic canned foods (more organic applesauce than other things) at Meijer. Both stores have unsweetened almond milk (my big staple).

    I think it’s important to note that eating clean really does cost a little more than junk eating (generic white bread is cheaper than even making your own wholesome bread with quality ingredients; fruits, especially organic, are more expensive than cheap chips, etc.). However, if you are on a limited budget, you can make strategic choices. For example, you might choose regular over organic fruits and use a food wash spray to reduce the chemicals–it’s not ideal, but it’s a cheaper alternative to organic fruit. You could use “cheap” clean eating meals as much as possible: for protein — dried beans & brown rice, whole chickens (compared with skinned chicken breasts packaged separately); for fruit — apples and in-season berries; for vegies — sometimes generic frozen vegies are cheaper than fresh or buy in-season vegies.

    We know the “ideal,” but sometimes our budgets require some strategic compromises. These compromises should not keep anyone from sticking to a clean eating program.

    Also remember that fewer doctors’ bills will outweigh slightly higher grocery bills! 🙂

  21. Christine says:

    I am completely new just really doing some research on this clean eating diet, can you eat pasta, I am gluten free, so it would be quinoa pasta, quinoa is a staple in our diet and we love pasta (Italian background) I know I can substitute spaghetti squash but… not the same

    1. graciouspantry says:

      As long as it’s 100% quinoa pasta, yes. It’s fine.

  22. cynthia miranda says:

    Thanks for the shopping list!! my husband and I try to eat clean at all times, and we do all our grocery shopping at wal-mart because the local Sprout’s market is on the other side of the city 🙁 Our cart is usually filled with fresh fruits, veggies, whole grain bread, eggs, 2% milk and some low sodium canned beans! Many people think that eating clean is more expensive, but it really isn’t!

    P.S. LOVE ur blog and recipes! I am now following u on facebook, twitter and google+ so I can stay up to date! 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  23. Lindsey Blatz says:

    I have just started looking into clean eating and stumbled across your amazing blog. I wasn’t sure at first if clean eating was something I would be able to do, our should I say understand enough about to follow properly. However, you truly have made it simple! I appreciate the time and effort you put into every post. This specific post made me realize that I can do this, even if wal mart is my only option. No more excuses for me!!! Time to dive right in and put my health first! Thank you!!!

  24. Nichole Olson says:

    You put so much time into this ~ you’re awesome girl! Well, you’re lots of awesome!!!

  25. Jenna Woods says:

    love it! thank you 🙂

  26. Darcy Earle Suwinski says:

    great site thanks

  27. I follow a paleo diet and consider myself a very clean eater. I appreciate your information and what you are trying to do, but there is definitely some false information. Considering the way the majority of Americans eat this would be a huge step in the right direction so bravo to you for that. My way of eating is much more extreme and harder for most to make the switch so I will not stand on my high horse and preach. The one thing I can’t let go though is…tilapia! Research it, look it up and I promise you will never eat it again. There is nothing “clean” about it. Good luck to you and all those you help to make the switch to a healthier lifestyle.:)

  28. So what makes a can of canned beans “clean”? I’m still learning and trying to figure out my own deffinition of “clean”. Thanks.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      It’s the ingredient list. I know many people take issue with the BPA topic, but for the purposes of clean eating, you are concerned with the ingredient list. BPA issues are a personal choice. I try to avoid them, but sometimes, you just need a can of beans. The only thing that should be in the ingredient list is the beans, and maybe some water and/or salt. Nothing else.

  29. I added up the total cost for the produce so I could get an approximate idea of how much to pay. $32.29 total 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cool! 🙂

  30. Thank you for putting Walmart on here. I also only shop there due to my budget.

  31. Thanks so much for your site. A friend of mind told me about your blog after we started talking about clean eating. I really appreciate you sharing all of your knowledge. I, too, appreciate your Walmart info – money is always tight and staples are so much cheaper at Walmart. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      My pleasure!

  32. Hello!

    I am new to clean eating, and I LOVE yogurt! But I have been starting the clean eating process, and trying to cut down on unnatural sugars.

    Greek Yogurt, is there anything you can add to help with the taste/texture? I had some this morning and added some fresh raspberries to it, but the texture still got to me.

    Any tips?

    Thanks! =)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Not sure what you mean by the texture. Greek yogurt is very creamy. The flavor can be altered in many ways. Try a little honey or maple syrup with those raspberries.

  33. Robert McArthur says:

    Have to disagree on the Tailapia fish…almost all of Walmarts’ comes from Chinese farmed sources and heavily contaminated with toxins…and NOT USDA inspected!

  34. Brenda Settlemyer says:

    You have converted me and I have a lot of friends that notice my weight loss and how much better my skin looks! I’m not totally hardcore but I am pretty dedicated and cook for my daughters and they are loving the recipes. I always have plenty left and bring my lunch everyday to work. Now when I have a cheat day, I truly don’t feel very well and wish I didn’t feel the need to indulge occasionally! Thank you for your great blog and hard work! I’ve shared it on facebook as well!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Thanks! You’ll get to the point where you mentally weigh if you really want that treat. These days, I’d rather leave the treat than suffer the consequences.

  35. Thanks for the info. WalMart is one of my favorite stores, they have many clean products, just know how to read the labels. I do not however buy their beef or fish.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Carol – My pleasure!

  36. Thank you for this! I live in an area where this is the only place to buy groceries without driving several hours, so it’s very helpful! 🙂

  37. Please do more research on organic dairy products. They are actually worse for you than regular dairy products because they are pasteurized with a process known as UHT. Raw milk is the best dairy product for clean eating.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – The problem with raw milk is that it’s difficult to find, expensive when you do, spoils quickly and is even illegal in many states. I highly doubt that organic is worse than conventional. I really do.

  38. stacy muscat says:

    I think you may be a little mis-informed on “eating clean”, Target actually has a better variety of some and I mean some clean food..I have paced the aisles of Walmart and there is next to NO clean food there..Try out an app called fooducate and scan these items that you believe to be clean. I can almost guarantee that you will be absolutely shocked!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stacy – Stores vary by location. The list above is what I found at the Walmart in my area. Your Walmart may be different.

  39. Thank you for this list! I found you website while researching clean eating. I wasn’t sure if it was something for me, since my small, rural town has only Walmart and Aldi’s for food shopping. Any other stores are at least 50 miles away, over an hour’s drive. Organic foods (any organic foods) are nearly impossible to find. We’re doing pretty good with meats & seafood now, since we hunt and fish, and we process it all ourselves (as in butchering, filleting, and packaging).

    I was wondering if foods made & canned at home are considered clean, as long as they’re made with clean ingredients. For example, I usually make homemade jams and spaghetti sauce when the produce is in season locally. If I were to use a clean sweetener, like raw honey, would it be considered clean?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mel – Yes, that would be clean. BUT, unless you are a master canner, I would show your cleaned up recipes to somebody who really knows about canning before you do it. Making changes like that can affect the “canability” of some foods.

  40. Sandy Stephens says:

    Thanks for the Walmart list!! We only have a Walmart in our small town to shop at and a Sav-a-lot store so things are limited. Instead of buying “canned” items, I buy fresh frozen items. most all of them are just flash frozen and no extra ingredients listed. we have a 50×80 garden filled with all kinds of veggies and can most everything we eat. Thanks again for doing the lists, I know they take time!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sandy – My pleasure! Glad you found it useful!

  41. “Clean Eating” isn’t just about ingredients. It’s also about pesticides and GMO produce. If you are buying grapes, frozen berries, cucumbers, etc. you are exposing yourself to hundreds of different hormone disrupting and cancer causing pesticides. Crook neck zucchini is also now a GMO crop. These foods cause baseballs sized tumors in rats and cause pigs stomachs to turn to moosh. I understand that certified organic is so much more expensive, but honestly… Isn’t the the price of your children’s health more important? While I like your effort, Gracious Pantry, I think you are misleading many people on the definition of “eating clean.” Put the emphasis on the peasticides and the GMO food that is causing people to get sicker and sicker.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kara – I think you are overestimating some people’s ability to afford organic foods. Yes, non-organics have a much higher chance of being GMO’s. But for many people, Walmart is the ONLY store they have available. I know this for a fact. And I will tell you that it is better by a long shot to buy grapes and zucchini that are non-organic, than it is to buy a box of processed garbage.

  42. Thanks for your great and caring blog hon.! 🙂
    What enrages me about our great country is that it is STILL SO DIFFICULT for ‘regular’ families/folks to be able to afford the foods that we so desperately want AND need (non-GMO/organic produce) for affordable prices.
    I live in Houston and have contacted Aldi because overall I am quite impressed with most of their products; however there are not very many organic products and no non-GMO produce available. I have written them and will do again. I heard they offer these things in other states, they are relatively new here, although they have built ton’s and as I told them I am sure that our very strong economy and huge population would support these things and make it profitable for them.
    The Farmer’s Markets that are organic / non-GMO are a bit far for us with our not-so-reliable car and the heat right now as well as expensive. And forget Whole Foods or Central Market (which are awesome!) BUT WAY too expensive! I’ve always fantisized about winning the lottery and being able to shop there to my heart’s content.
    It scares me what pesticides and GMO that are entering me and my families bodies and what they could’ve already done. Although thankfully I was raised eating healthy my whole life/good eating habit’s.
    Thanks for letting me vent and for you blog. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Annalise – It’s scary to be sure. And until there is some sort of labeling law in place, we have to fend for ourselves in the GMO department. Sadly, the government is setting up normal food much as it has organic foods. GMO foods will become the “norm” and we will have to pay extra for the non-gmo stuff. It’s enough to make a girl want to move to another country where GMO’s aren’t allowed!

      I totally get your frustration. You really do have to have a somewhat sizeable income to be able to eat all organic foods. But thankfully, it’s not too overwhelming when you have lists like “the dirty dozen”. I try to purchase organics of those foods and I buy stuff with thicker skins like bananas and avocados as conventional. Of course, once they become GMO’s….. Oy. It’s so hard!

  43. Thank you for this list. I live in a very rural area, and the only grocery stores are the Piggly Wiggly and a local family owned market. Other than that the nearest Wal-Mart is over an hour away. We have started researching clean eating, and I’m finding it next to impossible to find anything in our local grocery stores that aren’t tainted with something. Our meat comes from who knows where, and the vegetables are very questionable. A friend suggested your blog and I’m so glad she did. My question is can the recipes you have on your blog be “made ahead” and frozen? My plan is to go to the Wal-Mart/Sams once a month and stock up and cook a month’s worth of meals ahead of time so that our produce doesn’t go bad before I can cook it. It’s hard living in a small town, especially in Mississippi where everything is deep fried and refined. We are lucky enough to have a vegtable garden this year, which I am really excited about, and we hunt and fish so we have a good meat supply.

  44. Thank you for making a list! I have been interested in clean eating and this has helped me a lot. I seems that it is not going to be as expensive as I thought either which is huge! Do you have any suggestions for me since I live on my own and am shopping for one?
    Thank you again!! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Audrey – Clean out your freezer, buy some Ziplock storage containers and stock the freezer. Less cooking in the long run if you cook in bigger batches and freeze.

  45. I really appreciate the effort you went to with this food list. I knew the second I saw “Wal-Mart” people were going to flip and say “Only buy toilet paper at Wal-Mart!” I live in a small town with a Wal-Mart and one small regional grocery store with very little organic produce or other fare. It can be cost (and time) prohibitive to drive to a bigger town to purchase from health food stores and farmer’s markets. Thank you for encouraging people to do the best with what resources they have. I would also like to say that it’s a bit cruel for other commenters to insinuate that if one doesn’t buy everything organic then they do not value their children’s health. Cleary they do. That’s why they are reading your blog and others like them. The reality of the cost of living can force folks to make difficult choices. Keep up the great work 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Keri – Thank you! I couldn’t agree more. We have to do the best with what we have.

  46. Our local Walmart carries Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil! It’s fantastic and a great price! I don’t know if it works everywhere but I know if you talk to the grocery store manager and specifically request more organic produce or grocery items, it might happen one day. Stores try to listen to what their customers want and the more people that request it, the better the chances of change.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lauren – You’re right! We won’t get what we want unless we ask!

  47. Another idea for those people living in a rural area who find that cost isn’t as much of an issue as simply FINDING organic produce, try looking into organizations that ship organic produce to your door or finding local farmers who will provide you with meat, dairy, and other local produce. We have a difficult time finding organic fruit that’s cost effective and good (usually way under or overripe) so we order a twice-monthly shipment of organic fruit from fruitshare.com. Works for us!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lauren – Definitely! This is a wonderful way to do it. And you support local farmers!

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Carol – Genetically Modified Organism. They take the cells of the plants and alter them in a lab.

  48. I don’t love WalMart, and rarely buy produce there, but I will say they are smart. They see the way the market’s leaning and have been incorporating more organic and gmo-free shelf stable products….and it turns out that’s the only place I can get most of those.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashley – Awesome! Lets hope other stores follow that example. Not every Walmart has that.

  49. I think people are becoming more aware and more proactive in what they are consuming. My husband and I just purchased an organic/natural foods grocery store. While we love getting our food at cost, my advice to people who are just starting is to start with one meal a day for going clean/organic/whole foods. Anyone can choose breakfast (or whatever you decide your meal is going to be) to focus on and start with. Then bump it up to the next meal, etc. I thought it was a great article that is encouraging people to eat healthy instead of consuming junk all day long. Yes, in the end organic is better, but it doesn’t always work like that. Unless you live around pixie dust, rainbows and unicorns. 😉

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tammy – Haha! True! Thanks! And what a wonderful thing to own your own shop!

  50. Do you have Walmart grocery lists along with meals to make with those groceries for a week? That would be great.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Natasha – I have a whole blog full of recipes! 🙂 If you need to, you can search for recipes by ingredient up at the top.

  51. Stargazer says:

    I don’t understand how you can say that none of the produce in Wal-Mart is organic, and yet they “shine in the clean eating department.” My Wal-Mart’s produce department is shameful. I would never buy my fruits and veggies there.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stargazer – Some of the Walmart food sections are downright disgusting. But some of them are actually not too bad. Depends on where you shop. That being said, if it’s between a box of twinkies and a non-organic apple, I say go for the apple every time.

  52. Thanks so much for the Walmart grocery list!! With a family of six, this is the most economical choice for us. We are just starting to try and eat clean, and this was an enormous help!! THANKS!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – My pleasure! 🙂

  53. I was so happy when I found this! We are a family on a budget, and Walmart is where I do most of my grocery shopping! Thank you so much for considering those who do shop there!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – My pleasure! 🙂

  54. Thank you so much for this list! As many have commented on here, due to our budget my boyfriend and I have to shop at Walmart and I’m so glad to have an all-encompassing resource to guide me now! Shopping list, recipes, Ahhh I’m in heaven. I was searching Pinterest for ideas for my breakfast oatmeal and found the clean oatmeal board (I’m having the German chocolate oatmeal tomorrow, tho I kinda want it now!) and LOVE all your boards and can’t wait to spend more time on your site! Thank you thank you thank you for including us poor folk in your journey for healthful living! I’m glad some people out there understand these are difficult times and doing the best we can, is all we can do! Thanks so much!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy Jo – My pleasure! I’m happy to help. 🙂

  55. Thank you sooo much for the Walmart list!!! I do most of our shopping there because of their price matching policy. As a wife and mother who shops on a budget, using this list will help me so much, when planning clean meals for my family! I am a new subscriber as well. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      LaShanna – Thanks so much! Glad you found it useful. 🙂

  56. Thanks for posting this. I live in a small town in the south and unfortunately, we don’t have a market regarding organic fresh whole foods. My state is finally getting a Whole Foods Market, but it’s 4 hours from where i live. Ugh. So my local Wal-Mart is the only closest thing that i can get to (it’s 5 miles away from my home). I’ve been trying to eat clean for a month & have been able to find a few organic non-gmo items at my local Wal-Mart. I rarely buy their produce, but if i do, i mostly just get their frozen mango chunks, strawberries & their conventional oranges and bananas (since they both have thicker peels).

    I USED to shop more at my local Target (about 15 miles away), since they had way more organic options, but sadly they took it all away. Like literally ALL the organic food items mysteriously disappeared out of nowhere. I don’t understand. It sucks so bad. I wish i could grow my own garden, but i honestly don’t have the patience, plus i live in an apartment.

    I understand that processed foods are cheaper and many like myself are still struggling in this economy, but at the same time i still care about my health. I have started to make 70% of my own food in batches now though. So i guess that’s a start.

    I do use a GMO scanner app & look at PLU codes (when i’m looking at produce). And it has helped tremendulously. But once a month i go to my local health food store for their 25% off discounts. That’s helped pretty well too.

    Thanks again 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenn – My pleasure! We all do the best we can and it sounds like you’re doing great. 🙂

  57. Thank you!I just found your site and you have taken the guess work out of shopping. I also would like to point out that Aldi is a subsidiary of trader joes and all of their milk is hormone free. I have two Autistic spectrum children, so clean eating is something I’m trying to get into.I know that fresh foods make a difference in how their bodies and minds function.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Elisa – Wonderful! I don’t have an Aldi in my area, but I hear good things about it!

  58. As far as the frozen chicken on this list, if this is the same stuff that I used to buy, it has been injected with broth to plump it up. A lot of chicken has so this is not unusual. The catch is most broth has MSG in it. If you are wanting to be sure to avoid MSG, then any chicken, turkey, etc that has the broth in it, becomes suspect. There are some that say water, which is what I have started buying.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leigh – I’ve never heard of them using broth. I would think it would be a cost issue. Better still would be nothing added at all. But it’s always best to check for an ingredient list!

  59. We use Walmart and Aldi for our shopping since we are on a strict budget food wise. However, I have found that cooking from scratch and with REAL ingredients is actually cheaper because I always have it on hand. It’s really nice of you to go through and do this! I look forward to reading your Amazon list as well!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lauren – Thanks! And you’re right. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Particularly if you manage your food really well.

  60. Are EARTH BALANCE products clean?

  61. Never mind I just looked it up and found a great article of how not earthy it is! lol Guess I will be sticking to real butter if I need butter at all

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Khadijah – Ya, real food is always better.

  62. DixieLynn says:

    I wanted to say a HUGE thank you- not only for this shopping list but for the entire site. What makes this site different than most (aside from having hands down the most information in one place) is that you have an understanding and non-judgmental style that I LOVE. Too many people in this lifestyle get hung up on only the best and nitpick and expect everyone else to adhere.. Instead You understand not everyone has the same access to stores, financial ability or perspectives and I LOVE how you give information with disclaimers and just try to help anybody. Any step in the right direction is better than garbage, and I just can not thank you enough 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      DixieLynn – Wow! Thank you so much! You totally made my day! 😀

  63. Is there something I can substitute for ranch or a way to make it clean? Salads are a great lunch I love and all clean except for the ranch. I just love my hidden valley!

  64. Betty Lee says:

    Thanks for this shopping list. There are a few things that I have added to mine that I didn’t see, small stuff, like asparagus and brussel sprouts. I am trying to lose about 60-65 lbs. My oldest daughter is a pescatarian so I have been cooking around her needs. This is going to be hard for me because I have a terrible sweet tooth. If I make something homemade is it clean? I have a recipe for a mango tart that uses maple syrup as the sweetener. Is there some where I can go to find recipes that I use to stick to this lifestyle? BTW, I love to cook and try new things.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Betty Lee – Glad you found the recipes! Homemade does not automatically equal clean eating. It’s all about the ingredients you use.

  65. Betty Lee says:

    I found your recipes section. I just needed to poke around some more.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Betty Lee – Great! Enjoy!

  66. Thank you so much for posting!!!! I have a family of 5 and I honestly think I can work this for my grocery budget!!!! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amanda – My pleasure!

  67. Thank you for this…I watched a documentary the other day and decideded I really want to eat clean..I went to the Fresh Market and left only buying a few things..I was crying because I just didn’t know what the hell to buy…I shop at walmart a lot(single mom on budget) and this gave me so much relief.,thank you

  68. I don’t know why people would give negative feedback for this list. If the product is clean it’s clean regardless of who is selling it.

    Althouhg I do nto shop there regularly I do on occassion grab a few things there.
    I’m happy to advise that my Wal-mart has quite a bit of organic produce and even some organic meat.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Alex – Many people avoid Walmart for it’s business practices and the way they treat their employees. While I do not support Walmart or their practices, I am also aware that many people simply have no other place to shop. So my main purpose with this list is simply to show people that even if you only have Walmart to shop at, you can still eat clean.

  69. Thank you for the walmart list. I may at one point shop there again. It’s been several years. Some areas have a grocery store called Aldi’s. Great German foods as well as cheaper versions of regular food. I eat tons of produce, lean chicken, wild caught white fish, and nuts. I would never be able to afford this healthy eating if it wasn’t for Aldi’s. Walmart is a half hour to 45 min drive vs 6 mile to town. I love following you. You are the most realistic real life blogger that has been able to keep me eating as clean as possible. Lol. My former fat self and I thank you!!! (268 lbs yo-yo all my life down to about 145 lbs) love u !!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kim – Wow! That’s fantastic!! Congratulations! 😀

  70. I’m brand new to clean eating and have a big sugar tooth. How do you feel about truvia or stevia? And is cans sygar clean?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mandy – Truvia is not clean by a long shot. Avoid it. Stevia can be very close to clean if you get the right stuff. Pure stevia in liquid form is best. But in a pinch, even the powdered stuff can be better than sugar in moderation. Not sure what that last thing is you mentioned.

  71. Jacqueline says:

    I am amazed that some people would backlash against you showing that no matter where you live or your budget that there are better choices than say fast foods.

    People in my family live to be between the age of 86 to over 100. They drank no alcohol but ate bacon, ham, biscuits but grew their own fruits and vegetables. They also had their own meat sources as well even though it was cured or smoked. So I think most of the unhealthy foods that cause today’s illnesses and weight gain are from processed boxed foods, fast foods, junk foods, chemicals, additives etc. So no one should condemn those who don’t live in areas or have a budget for organic everything.

    I live over 2 hours from whole foods one way! I use to drive that to get all organic food. But the stress of the 4 hour drive time not counting shopping time, I feel was not off set by eating all organic.

    I think frozen fruits and vegetables are great options for those who don’t have access or budget. Frozen is better than canned but as you were pointing out canned clean beans are better than fast food or junk foods. I thank you for trying to help those who want to make changes and don’t have the access to high end markets or budgets.

    I have one market 45 mins away that has about 10 fruits and vegetables that are organic if they are in stock.

    But what bothers me is I flipped the organic frozen blueberries over to find they were from china. No joke. So hey we live in a polluted world full of chemicals and crap floating in the air no one can be 100% perfect all the time. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive or hard as you have shown. Great job!

    P.S. I know clean eating people who died early from cancer and other illnesses and they were skinny, fit and healthy looking. We all are just doing the best we can.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jacqueline – I think a large part of the backlash stems from what people know to be true for themselves. If they have 5 different grocery stores just down the street like I do, it’s not always easy to remember that others may live in an area where Walmart is the only option. I don’t take it personally. My point here is, as you said, to show people that you can make healthier choices no matter what your shopping options are. Thanks for stopping by! 😀

  72. Why is organic milk and organic chicken better than the other besides it’s triple the price?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gene – Organic is food that has been produced/grown without specific pesticides. Pesticides that in many cases, have been shown to be the worst offenders of the available pesticides. Contrary to what many people believe, organics are not completely chemical free. You would have to purchase sustainable or biodynamic food for that. But organics do avoid some of the worst pesticides.

  73. Thank you for your sensible and realistic approach to clean eating. Not everyone can afford 100% clean 100% of the time and I like that you recognize that. I think we all do the best we can with what we have and can afford. I am fortunate to have the means to access truly clean food, but I know others are not that fortunate. I am definitely going to bookmark your blog to check out your recipes more in depth.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tonya – Thank you! And welcome! 😀

  74. Gail Sciortino says:

    Nice list, thanks! Im not a “clean eater” per say, but try to make meals as healthy as I can. I’ve lost 72 lbs. from eating “cleaner” (and a med.) …Looks to me like all the clean eating is actually going back to what our grandparents/great grandparents, and before them ate. Anyhow, I do shop at wall-hell, and do the best I can. I’ve always gotten organic canned beans at the 99 cent stores, so one can even hunt for cleaner things there 🙂
    Thanks again, keep on doing what u do!
    Gail

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gail – Yes!! Real food is sometimes hard to find, but not impossible. Congrats on the weight loss! That’s amazing! 😀

  75. THANK YOU for making a Walmart shopping list!! I live in Selma, AL. NO ONE in the south knows how to eat clean. I have wanted to for so long and I haven’t had the resources until now because all we have here are Walmart and Winn-Dixie. The nearest Trader Joe’s is two hours away. If walmart wasn’t an option I’d have to grocery shop from amazon, and that can get expensive!! thank you so much!! This is truly a blessing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Danielle – Fantastic!! I’m so happy I could help! 😀

  76. Stacey Smith says:

    Bananas are actually heavily contaminated…it’s not from what is sprayed on them. It’s been found that they are grown in heavily contaminated soil particularly in South America…info came from an engineer my dad knows who works in the food industry. Thanks for the advice above…just moved to an area where the only grocery for 30 miles is a Wal-Mart. I can’t wait to get my garden going.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stacey – Ya, it’s getting more and more like we HAVE to have our own gardens just to get decent food. Sad…

  77. I too struggle with buying “clean” foods for my family on a budget. This list however, is not a good example of “clean” foods. It’s a sad situation in our country, but unfortunately it’s quite difficult to find foods that are actually “clean”. I have much better luck at Target. They have a brand called “Simply Balanced” that is cheaper than name brands but organic or non gmo. You can get on Target.com and have these foods shipped to your home if you live far away from a Target.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – Why do you feel this isn’t a good list?

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