Some people love shopping for clothes. Some love shopping for home decor. Or cars. Or puppies. But I love shopping for food. At a corner store. A supermarket. A farmers market. Wherever edibles are sold. I love knocking on cantaloupe. I love choosing the oddest cut of meat. I love discovering the products on the shelves that weren’t there the day before. Grocery stores are my happy place.
And luckily for me, I live down the street from my favorite food destination of all. Whole Foods Market. Which I may or may not visit up to three times a day. So if I ever go missing, it’s pretty good bet that you’ll me between the bulk bins and the produce aisle.
But let me explain my love affair with Whole Foods Market. Because I love it for more than their freshly squeezed juices and organic heirloom tomatoes. For me, it is much more than a store. It’s the foundation of my whole low-sodium life style.
When my dietary needs changed, I depended on the Internet to find products to fill my pantry and my plate. Low-sodium items pretty much only existed online for a pretty price tag. But then, I went to Whole Foods Market for the first time and my life and my meals changed. Because right there, in the store, next to all the other packaged ingredients were a pretty sizable amount of low-sodium goods. Which continues to grow.
So yeah, I love Whole Foods Market. A lot. I know my baggers by name. And I get pretty protective when I hear people complain about how expensive it can be. Because the truth is, if you are buying whole ingredients, a few pantry staples, and cooking mostly at home, you’ll leave satisfied with the bill and impressed by the food.
But I have a confession. I’ve never actually put this theory to the test. I’ve never tracked my purchases nor the amount of meals they’ve produced. And so, when Whole Foods Market asked me to do just that and make TWO MEALS A DAY FOR MY FAMILY FOR UNDER $125, I said yes. YES! Because I want to put the whole “Whole Paycheck” thing to a rest and reveal the good deals you can find at Whole Foods Market everyday. Even three times a day.
So tomorrow, I have a few exciting things in store for you.
First, some mind-blowing shopping advice from Whole Foods Market on how to get the most from your buck. Second, some mind-blowing advice from yours truly on how to make ingredients stretch, last, and shine. Thirdly, a mind-blowing week’s worth of meals and a few recipes too. And finally, the mind and budget-blowing opportunity to win a $25 Whole Foods Market Gift Card for your own shop and hack adventures!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market. However, the opinions, recipes, and genuine love of the store and their products are my own.