Shopping lists are fantastic but I always find one downfall with them. What store has what? I for one, hate getting to my local grocery-which is a Wal-Mart, only to find that I can locate NOT A THING. To avoid this confusion with you all, and keep you on the “most likely to not quit Whole30 before you start” track, I’ve separated the lists into products found at each compliant store. Now, before you’re like crap, that’s a lot of groceries, remember that you don’t have to buy it all. I just made sure to add everything to my knowledge that is compliant with Whole30 standards at that particular location. If you HATE olives, then don’t buy them. If you aren’t sure, give them a try. Like I mentioned before, slowly build your stash of spices and oils and vinegar. Maybe one of each per visit, depeding on your budget. Don’t make this challenge a money stresser as well. Remember: this isn’t just for 30 days, you’re building the foundation for better habits of eating for the days and years following this challenge, so your collection of ingredients will last you and be used in the future, or at least, they better be my friends!
Sometimes producers change ingredients to make the product more marketable, cheaper, or to last longer, so make sure you give the label a quick one over before you toss it in your buggy…or before your toddlers throws it in your buggy for you. Do you have one of those super cute helpers?
I don’t think I can stress the label checking advice enough. CHECK THEM. Spices, dried fruit, almond milk, EVERYTHING can have ingredients snuck into them. Don’t let a slip up happen, make sure sugar, MSG, Carageenan, Sulfites, Nitrates, Nitrites, and all other preservative are absent. Questionable? It’s proabably no bueno. Sorry. Even the coconut spray at Wal-Mart has soy in it. Can you believe….
My advice is to grab a small binder or report cover and print out these lists, along with the accompanying documents I recommend and keep them in your car so that when you are shopping, you know exactly what is available and have a reference chart for your produce and seafood, etc. You can even put the shopping lists in clear protective slips so that you can mark off ingredients as you buy them and then wipe it clean once you’re finished so that you aren’t constantly reprinting lists and wasting paper.
These lists are made according to what is available at MY local Wal-Mart, Super Target, and Whole Foods. All Trader Joe’s should pretty much have the same merchandise.
Please please please, if you find something else that’s compliant, or you find that one of these items has become non-compliant, let me know so that I can update the list ASAP and keep this a good, fresh reference that you can always rely on.
Here are your downloadable and printable lists-just click on each store to access:
Your guide to buying seafood if you reside in Louisiana is here
For all other states, click here and choose your location for your personalized list
Here is a seasonal produce list
As always, comment or email me with any and all questions or comments, I’ll be happy to help! Oh, and if the links I listed don’t work please let me know!