This past weekend my hubby and I had a date night (bless my sweet parents for watching our kids). After I carefully researched all the ingredients in the food at Chipotle I decided it was mostly safe to eat there. Just avoid the pinto beans because there is sodium nitrite in bacon and don’t get the tortillas because they contain trans fats and aluminum. Some items like chips also contain benzoic acid (sodium benzoate). Oh, and if you’re concerned about GMOs then you might not want to eat there. They use soybean oil. However, they are working to eventually get rid of GMO’s (yay for companies that want to do better!).
We had a wonderful dinner at Chipotle and since the restaurant is literally in the same parking lot with Whole Foods we went to Whole Foods after we ate. Whole Foods can be a little overwhelming so I’m glad we didn’t have the kids with us this time. We were able to take our time and check prices on a few things (as well as pick up a cake for my little sister’s birthday).
I was actually surprised to see that many prices were pretty comparable with Trader Joe’s and even much cheaper than Earth Fare! The organic salad dressing was $2.69 (same as Trader Joe’s). Their canned beans (non GMO) range from $0.89-$1.19 a can (same as TJ’s). They also had some BPA free cans but they cost a little more. Canned tuna was $1.59/can ($0.10 cheaper than TJ’s at $1.69/can). Cereal bars are cheaper at TJ’s where they are $1.99/box. At WF they are $2.69/box. They had local grass fed beef (from NC) for $9.99/lb and grass fed beef on sale for $4.99 (neither were certified organic). They had organic free range whole chicken for $3.69/lb. Organic butter seems to be around $5 everywhere you go.
I was very excited to find decently priced non-GMO frozen veggies! We made chicken stock from the chicken we got at Earth Fare and then used these veggies to make chicken soup (yum!).
I love cornbread with maple syrup and have been looking for non-GMO corn meal. Trader Joe’s does not sell corn meal (only cornbread mix), in case you’re wondering. I found some at Earth Fare but thought it was a bit expensive. I was right! It was almost half the price at Whole Foods!
My hubby and I got some organic coffee at Whole Foods. It was really good but it’s doubtful we’ll get it too often since it’s $13.99/lb. 🙂
You can get some pretty good deals at Whole Foods because they do have sales every week and they do allow you to stack coupons (you can use a store coupon and manufacturer coupon on the same item). They have booklets in the front of the store with coupons and you can also print them on their website: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/coupons. You even get a case discount of 10% off if you buy a case of something. Southernsavers.com does coupon match-ups each week for Whole Foods if you’re interested. Oh, and I recently read that by 2018 Whole Foods will require every supplier to have a label on their food if it contains any GMO’s. Love that! Read about it here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/environmental-stewardship/genetically-engineered-foods
Hope this post was helpful!
Baby Step: Look for good deals/sales at Whole Foods