A registered dietitian reveals the 10 cheap healthy foods she always snags at Whole Foods


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Want to shop like a dietitian at Whole Foods? Watch the video.

No matter how many times your mom says “don’t go grocery shopping while you’re hungry,” we all still do it. A bajillion dollars and 675 snacks later, you’ve got enough to ensure you never feel hunger again…at least, for the rest of the week. So your next trip doesn’t break the bank (and offers some better-for-you fare to boot), Tracy Lockwood-Beckerman, RD, reveals her favorite healthy Whole Foods buys—all for under $30—in our newest episode of You Versus Food.

1. 365 Creamy Organic Peanut Butter, Unsweetened and No Salt ($3.99)

“This jar of goodness needs to have a permanent place in your pantry ASAP,” Beckerman says. The only ingredients? Dry roasted peanuts. Beckerman explains that peanut butter is packed with vitamin E, healthy monounsaturated fats, and a bit of iron. (She loves PB so much, we dedicated an entire episode of You Versus Food to it.)

2. Perfect Bar ($2.99)

These bars are so fresh that they’re stored in the refrigerated section, Beckerman says. “They have a solid balance of healthy fats, whole food proteins, and carbs,” Beckerman says. “And they provide high-quality vitamins and minerals at your convenience.” Bonus: They’re a low glycemic index food, so they cause a slower, lower rise in blood sugar. (Read: No sugar crash!)

3. Hilary’s World’s Best Veggie Burgers ($2.99)

“This brand has the perfect slogan: ‘Eating well made easy,'” Beckerman says. She says these simple veggie burgers are made from real ingredients like whole grain millet, sweet potato, and leafy greens. They’re also free from 12 common food allergens like gluten, tree nuts, and mustard.

But Kara, you ask, you said there were 10 go-to items in her Whole Foods haul! Sorry, but if you’re loving these options (and why wouldn’t you?), be sure to watch the entire video to see what else she picks. If you need me, I’ll be at Whole Foods.

Miss a few episodes? Catch up with these ones on intuitive eating and the benefits of garlic.

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