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 are 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, SunMaid 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. 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. 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.

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jenn – My pleasure! We all do the best we can and it sounds like you’re doing great. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 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.

  8. 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. 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!

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

  10. Are EARTH BALANCE products clean?

  11. 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

  12. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 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!

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

  15. Betty Lee says:

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

  16. Thank you so much for posting!!!! I have a family of 5 and I honestly think I can work this for my grocery budget!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 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

  18. 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. 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.

  19. 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 !!

  20. 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. 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.

  21. 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. 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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

    1. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks again, keep on doing what u do!
    Gail

    1. Gail – Yes!! Real food is sometimes hard to find, but not impossible. Congrats on the weight loss! That’s amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€

  25. 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!