I love a fancy food product just as much as at the next health-nut-super-crunchy person out there.
I also love Whole Foods just as much too. But if I walked into Whole Foods to buy every health food I love, I’d be 2 million dollars in student loan debt instead of just 1 million.
So that’s when I discovered Vitacost and got Amazon Prime and never looked back! I’ve tried to reign in my grocery budget since moving to the city and so far, I’ve been under every single month. I typically spend around $280-$300 a month on groceries- that doesn’t include eating out, just groceries. But I do eat most of my meals at home. I might eat out once or twice a week. Some might think that’s high and some might think that’s high, but for me it keeps me tamed in the grocery store without feeling like I’m on a budget. Because that feeling kinda sucks right?
I’m all about budgets, but I’m not about sacrificing foods I love or feeling “restricted” when it comes to grocery shopping or nourishing my body well. And that’s when the candyland of online shopping comes in.
I order about one shipment a month from these whole sale, online wonder shops. Anything from laundry soap to chia seeds to maca powder. I’ve gotten a few emails about some of my favs and so I thought I’d gush about them.
I learned the first week I moved to NYC as I was lugging home laundry soap from TJs to order bulky items online. And so I did and haven’t looked back. I switched to a natural laundry soap after college when I started living on my own. Why wash the things you wear and touch your skin in a bunch of chemicals if you wouldn’t eat a bunch of chemicals? I buy this huge jug of Earth Friendly Ecos that lasts at least 100 loads (aka like a year for one person) for $11. I’d say that’s a steal.
I also always buy chia seeds from Vitacost. I think they run $14.99/lb at Whole Foods and per pound, they’re the same at Trader Joes. Considering I go through a pound about every 2-3 weeks, that just ain’t in the budget. I bought this TWO pound bag off Amazon for $11.99 Chia seeds are chock full of omega 3 fatty acids which are super anti-inflammatory and good for you. I use them in my morning bowl of oatmeal, smoothies, when baking, and to make chia seed pudding.
I’m not a huge vitamin person but I do love to get some extra potent greens when I can. I just can’t do a super potent greens powder in my smoothie so I buy it in capsule form. I buy a bottle of chlorella (under $10) and spirulina (50% off) every two months or so and I swear by these little green gems.
A greens powder I do love and will put in my smoothie though is Amazing Grass (33% off). Sometimes when I make green smoothies for a snack I want a greens powder but don’t really want or need protein up in my powder. That’s why I love AG. Basically it’s a bunch or organic greens in powder form that makes your smoothie taste like chocolate milk. Sometimes if I’m in a hurry I just shake a scoop with almond milk and drink it like that- it’s good either way!
Raw cacao powder is something I almost always buy online since it’s so much more expensive in the store. Cacao is full of antioxidants and surprisingly protein and fiber too! I use it in baking, add it to oatmeal, chia pudding and make hot cocoa with it too. I got this bag from Amazon for under $11.
I could go on and on but I’ll cap my favorite online buys at spelt flour. I’ve found spelt flour at Whole Foods but it’s so expensive. I bought a pack of 2 (24 oz) bags for $3.85 a bag on Vitacost. But what’s so great about spelt right? Well, unlike wheat spelt is an ancient grain so it hasn’t been industrialized and therefore has lower (aka a natural) gluten content. It’s also a bit higher in protein and I find it a bit easier to digest than wheat (although I still eat wheat too). It’s awesome in baked goods becuase it’s not too dense, yet it’s still a whole grain. And since it does contain gluten, you can just substitute it 1 for 1 instead of wheat or all purpose flour. It’s the main flour I’m baking with currently.
And about shipping, ya’ll please. If shipping wasn’t free I wouldn’t be ordering! If you buy $49 or more on Vitacost, shipping is free. And of course, with Amazon Prime stuff shows up on my two in 48 hours for free. Cheers to that.And because who doesn’t like free money, here’s a $10 off coupon for Vitacost. I don’t know have any coupons for Amazon, but I highly recommend getting Prime. It was the best thing I ever did. Dramatic, yet very true.