As *America’s healthiest grocery store,* Whole Foods has some of the best options for natural + organic foods. Whole Foods makes grocery shopping fun with the endless unique // healthy options. If you’ve never been before or you’re a fanatic, here’s an intro list of eats + treats you don’t wanna miss out on —
1] TOLERANT ORGANIC RED LENTIL ROTINI
This pasta is made entirely from red lentils, but still has a texture + flavor similar to traditional wheat pasta. It’s super high in protein — a perfect meal to refuel after a late-night #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP sweat sesh!
2] COSTARELLA WILD SOCKEYE SMOKED SALMON
It’s a bit pricey, but *so* worth it for quality smoked salmon. This is a yummy + versatile eats option — you can put it on top of avocado toast, on a bagel, in a salad, or as part of a sushi bowl. Plus, salmon is a great source of protein + omega-3’s — it’s a win-win for you + your tastebuds! ; )
3] SESAME TOFU
This is the perfect option for a meatless meal or vegetarians. Sesame Tofu can be mixed with veggies in a homemade stir-fry, tossed into a salad or onto a sandwich, or even enjoyed on its own.
4] ANNIE’S ORGANIC MAC + BEES
Annie’s is a great option for busy college students — their boxed mac + cheese is quick // easy to make ++ it’s healthy, too! . In addition to Annie’s classic rabbit-shaped pasta, there’s now a bee-shaped pasta hittin’ the shelves, too. The cheese powder is made from certified organic dairy, for a yummy + filling meal.
5] SALMON BURGERS
You can find freshly chopped, raw salmon burgers at the Whole Foods seafood counter for only $4.99 each ++ they can be freezer-stored for up to 3 weeks! Try the seasoned salmon caprese, wild salmon feta, or Texas chipotle options — YUM!
6] EDEN ORGANIC BEANS
These beans are cooked with kombu seaweed [to help aid in digestion]. They’re the perfect addition to soups, pastas, stir-fry, or hummus!
7] SONOMA ORGANIC TORTILLAS
These tortillas may be your life saver for the perfect taco. As an important foundation for any good taco, this brand is soft, organic, + has a light buttery flavor!
Whole Foods bakes their bread fresh every single day, so you know you’re getting good quality. Bonus: the prices are comparable even to local farmers markets.
9] ORIGINAL UNSWEETENED RIPPLE MILK
This dairy alternative is made from yellow peas, so it’s extra high in protein [8g per serving]. Ripple milk has a unique creaminess + a neutral flavor, so it can go in pretty much everything [cereal, oatmeal, smoothies, baked goods, or a glass of milk!].
10] FONTERA’S THE PERFECT TORTILLA CHIP: LIME
Perfect for dipping into homemade salsa or guac, these lime-flavored chips are light // flaky + have a natural citrus flavor. ++ they’re made from organic, non-GMO heirloom corn from family farms in Oaxaca, Mexico [as authentic as it gets ; )].
1] DANDIE’S ALL-NATURAL VANILLA MARSHMALLOWS
Woah — marshmallows made with seaweed? Yup, you read that right — these marshmallows are made with agar [a flavorless seaweed] instead of gelatin [+ they’re vegan!]. Try topping a few on a bowl of yogurt or in a mug of hot chocolate.
2] 365 ORGANIC GREEK YOGURT STRAWBERRY DESSERT BARS
It’s a frozen dessert bar that mixes low-fat Greek Yogurt with strawberries into yummy perfection. You really can’t go wrong with this pick ++ they also have em’ in blueberry.
3] KATE HILL ALMOND MILK YOGURT
This dairy-free yogurt is available in lots of fun flavors like blueberry, strawberry, pineapple, + key lime. This brand also offers almond cream cheese, so check that out while you’re in the dairy aisle
4] TAZA CHOCOLATE BAR
This chocolate bar is more gritty than your average chocolate bar because the company uses Mexican stone mills to grind the cacao. The 84% Dark Haiti has notes of dried cherry + fig for a unique [but equally delicious] chocolate bar.
5] 365 ORGANIC PUMPKIN PIE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
If you stock up on these treats when they’re in stock during the Fall, you can get your pumpkin spice fix all year long! This is Whole Foods’ most popular ice cream sandwich, + it’s not hard to see why.
6] FRESH PEANUT BUTTER
Forget name-brand PB when you can grind your own PB from *fresh* peanuts instead. Whole Foods also sells other nut butter alternatives — just spread ‘em on whole wheat bread, celery sticks, or an apple for a simple midday snack.
7] GREYSTONE VEGAN FUDGE BROWNIES
Fun fact: every pint of Ben + Jerry’s *Half Baked* contains chunks of these yummy brownies! If you needed another reason to add them to your shopping cart, Greystone is invested in giving back to charities which fund after-school programs + community gardens. Consider these brownies the ultimate feel-good #treatyoself option.
8] TANKA BAR
They’re kinda like beef jerky, but instead they’re made with hormone-free American buffalo meat + dried cranberries. Whole Foods also stocks unique flavors, like jalapeno + coffee // Hatch chile.
9] HU KITCHEN ALMOND BUTTER + PUFFED QUINOA CHOCOLATE BAR
This bar is a combination of coconut sugar, cacao, almond butter, + crispy quinoa… Need we say more? ; )
10] 365 BERRY RHUBARB FRUIT + VEGGIE BARS
Each bar has ½ cup of fruits + veggies — plus, there are other yummy flavors like Carrot Tangerine. Fruit bars are definitely a more fun way to get your daily vitamins in.
Whole Foods is great for meeting our nutritional needs, but never lets us down when we’re looking to suffice our sweet tooth as well. ; ) What are your favorite finds at Whole Foods? Let us know what you’re shopping for by tagging #CHAAARGEats on Insta!
++ Cassie [@cassiem_inchaarg] // Belmont University