Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Greener Eating on a Budget


One of the most common misconceptions I have heard about going green is that it is expensive, making it a somewhat difficult to do in these tough economic times. People will see eating something organic and say, "How can you afford that?" Well, in order to help dispel the myth, I headed over to Whole Foods in Glendale, California and met up with Becky for a Value Tour.

Becky introduced me to Whole Food's own 365 Everyday Value brand. At first I was a little skeptical because I remember when I was a kid and my mother was trying to cut corners she would buy the store brand products that never tasted the same and suddenly I dreaded my once loved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. To prove that this was not the case with 365 Everyday Value, Whole Foods graciously donated products from the line to see how they stacked up against their conventional counterparts in a taste test. I compared items from every department including ketchup ($1.99), yogurt ($.89), cereal ($2.99), frozen pizza ($4.99), and yes- peanut butter ($3.49) and jelly ($3.49). I tried a lot more and to my delight all of the 365 items tasted as good as the conventional versions and much better than other store brands.

On the tour Becky and I explored everything from organic and Grade A conventional produce to vegetarian-fed beef and poultry and just about everything in between. There are informative signs posted and brochures in every department and store employees are very friendly and knowledgeable, but if you really want to know more about the food and products you're buying and learn about ways to save, I highly recommend a free Value Tour at your local Whole Foods store. Becky had some great tips for saving money without sacrificing better food standards, all of which she shares on her value tour. For example: check out The Whole Deal circular at the store entrance for valuable coupons. Also on the tour- how to shop the specials, shopping the bulk bins, recipes for affordable meals, and more. Call your local store for information about setting up a tour for an individual or for groups.

While it's great many large chain grocery stores are offering more and more organic products, you can't beat the selection of healthy locally grown and organic foods available at Whole Foods. Whether you're already a fan or you've yet to experience all that Whole Foods has in store, you'll love this next giveaway! Whole Foods has donated a $25 gift card to Pink Green Chick for one lucky reader! There are 5 ways to enter, but only one of each entry method will be allowed per person for this contest:
1) Check out the Whole Foods website and leave a comment to this post telling me what you found most useful or informative.
2) Follow Pink Green Chick on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway including "@pgcblog" in your tweet! Leave a separate comment to this post with a link to your tweet URL.
3) Post about this giveaway on your blog and leave a separate comment to this post with a link to your blog post URL.
4) Follow Pink Green Chick and leave a comment to this post telling me you did so or already do.
5) Become Pink Green Chick's friend on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me you did so or already do.
This contest ends at 12:01 PM on Friday, July 24, 2009. One winner will be chosen via Random.org. Good luck to all!

85 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post! I like the recipes at WholeFoods.com.

    Already a follower!

    Dee
    http://newenglandnanny.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thanks for the info I am already a friend on face book and fixing to follow you on twitter.

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  3. I follow on twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/tribecca/status/2596391374

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  4. I friended you on Facebook, Becky S.

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  5. I like their health & nutrition section.

    aniasurvey@gmail.com

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  6. I love the Whole Foods store. The deli is the absolute best.

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  7. Really would like to win

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  8. I love their tips from the Value Guru!

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  9. I love Whole Foods! I like the recipes on their site.
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  10. I follow.
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  11. I follow on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/annedoggett/statuses/2613845956
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  12. I think their Recipes section is great -- I've made a lot of tasty dinners from things in there!
    katiekarr at gmail dot com

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  13. The website says that you can get a list of low-sodium products in the stores. That's pretty cool!

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  14. I love Whole Foods and shop there often! I enjoy their podcasts.
    bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. i like the recipes on their website!

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  16. I find it cool that they "appreciate and celebrate the difference natural and organic products can make in the quality of one's life."

    hockiemack at hotmail.com

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  17. follower

    hockiemack at hotmail.com

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  18. I think it's great that they provide recipies.

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  19. i really liked the recipes!!

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  20. im following you!

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  21. i'm following your twitter and here's a tweet

    http://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/2623341219

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  22. I'm at Whole Foods almost every day -- can't beat their quality. Their web site has great recipes and menu ideas!

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  23. I love Whole Foods! The recipes section is especially useful - you can search by special diet!

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  24. I love Whole Foods--the recipes section of the website always gives me ideas.

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  25. I LOVE LOVE LOVE their special diet section with whole lists of gluten-free, dairy free, egg-free, etc etc foods.
    My kid has multiple food allergies, so this rocks!

    treflea4 at gmail dot com

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  26. I follow.

    treflea4 at gmail dot com

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  27. I love the sale flyer, actually. I don't go every week to WF, but when I see a great deal, I make sure to stock up (I got ground beef for $1.99 per pound a couple of months ago!).

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Cathy
    cfoblog at gmail dot com

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  28. I found out that Whole Foods has a blog with a lot of useful information. I read many posts and enjoy the ones about Farmers Markets and Herbs!!
    I am looking forward to visiting their site and blog again;)
    cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

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  29. I thought it was really helpful that you can make your own shopping list on the Whole Foods website.

    acm211 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  30. I follow on twitter and tweeted- http://twitter.com/DanielleLo/status/2643040118

    craziedee3@aol.com

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  31. I learned that Whole Foods has their own blog! So cool!

    craziedee3@aol.com

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  32. I like the recipes at WholeFoods.com, as they allow me to take advantage of our seasonal produce best!

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  33. I like being able to search at the Whole Foods website for recipes that are vegetarian.

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  34. Posted at my blog!
    http://www.deitchley.com/blog/2009/07/15/2308/

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  35. I tweeted about the contest! (@returntorural)

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  36. I blogged about the contest!

    http://returntorural.blogspot.com/2009/07/25-whole-foods-giftcard-give-away.html

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  37. I visit the WF website and find the recipe section the most helpful. I've been reading up on grains lately.

    http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/guides/grains.php

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  38. I sent a friend request on FB. :)

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  39. I love the 365 brand and have been using it for awhile.
    One of my favorite features on their website is the recipes - they have a delicious pumpkin pie that I make during the holidays!

    I also have a Organic Giveaway going on at my blog if you're interested!

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  40. And........... I'm following now tooooooo....

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  41. Love WF! Have taken the tour their too and now buy a lot more from them with coupons and sales.

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  42. I think the online list of their store departments and products in those departments is very helpful and educational!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  43. I follow with Google Friends.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  44. I really like the featured recipes on the Whole Foods website - I've never used one that wasn't a hit! :)

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I'm following your blog.

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. I just "friended" you on Facebook. :)

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. The recipe section of the website was great. Thanks for the giveaway!
    jmhamlin826 AT yahoo DOT com

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  48. I like their recipes. I am always looking to cook new things.

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  49. Tweeted http://twitter.com/ThriftyJinxy/status/2773047378

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  50. it is late and i cannot find the entry site for the whole foods card. help me.
    i am on facebook.

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  51. I found out they offer cooking classes!!!

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  52. Just tweeted: http://twitter.com/walkwithme/status/2773293124

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  53. Yum! Whole Foods had a recipe for making your own homemade coconut milk ice cream! Love the recipes to try at home!

    Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

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  54. Love the Value Guru tips - I think of Whole Foods as pricey.....

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  55. I find the recipes to be helpful. The cherries and marscopone cheese looks yummy

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  56. Like so many others, I like the recipes on the WF website.

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  57. I find the health and nutrition section useful. I'm a long time Whole Foods shopper and love their stores.

    judy(dot)greenberg(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. I follow you on twitter and tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/judygr64/statuses/2808363407

    judy(dot)greenberg(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. I'm following your blog via the google reader:

    judy(dot)greenberg(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. I love reading your green tips via facebook, keep up the great work :-)

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  61. I'm a friend on FB! Thanks for the great info!! :)

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  62. we r fb friends!

    whole fds is blessedly up the st from my home!
    there practically every day!!

    angelight

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  63. I found the wide variety of recipes on the Whole Foods website the most useful.

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  64. Mmmm, yummy recipes! I copied down the Fresh Pineapple Salsa recipe and am definitely going to get the ingredients to try it the next time I go to the store. I also liked being able to view the sales flier online, that's helpful.

    Thanks!
    xpsundell at gmail dot com

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  65. I'll return to use the recipes and the store locator surprised me by listing several stores that are about 20 miles away. While they aren't close, 2 are near where I often travel so combined trips are doable.

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  66. I'm now following the blog thru google friend connect

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  67. Facebook friend - sent request, Betty Dennis

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