Who says purchasing healthy foods has to break your perfectly-calculated budget? If you’ve ever stepped into your local Walmart’s well-lit and heavily-stocked aisles, you probably already know that this popular misconception isn’t true. Walmart—which is actually the most popular store in America and the largest retailer in the world!—has plenty of good-for-you finds lurking among the plethora of frozen foods and giant bags of chips. That’s why we’ve conjured up a list of ten of our favorite finds at the retail giant so that you can save money while sticking to your diet. And since you’re already practicing frugality, don’t miss our 20 Ways To Stretch Your Paycheck At The Supermarket.
Krave Basil Citrus Turkey Jerky
How can you go wrong with a succulent snack that’s packed with nine grams of protein for just 80 calories? Krave infuses its chewy turkey jerky with tangy citrus and aromatic basil, making this low carb snack a must-try.
Buy a 3.25-ounce pack now for just $9.87.
Great Value Organic Instant Oatmeal Oats and Flax
If you’ve been dreaming about overnight oats lately (we’re guilty!), stop by Walmart for their Great Value brand’s instant oatmeal. These wholesome oats pack in heart-healthy flax seeds, deeming this quick breakfast a great source of omega-3s and fiber. Plus, the pre-measured packets allow you to grab ‘em on-the-go for a no-hassle a.m. meal.
Buy an 8-count pack now for just $2.50.
Nature’s Path Organic Heritage Flakes Cereal
The old adage preaches that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start your morning right with these organic crunchy flakes made with ancient grains like millet, kamut, barley, and quinoa. Unlike these worst “good-for-you” cereals, Nature’s Path Organic’s breakfast will nourish you with four grams of protein and five grams of fiber. Not to mention, it boasts just four tiny grams of sugar! We’re definitely impressed.
By a 32-ounce pack now for just $5.98.
Quest Protein Bars Double Chocolate Chunk
When you’re in a rush to replenish yourself after an intense HIIT sesh, Quest has got you covered. These decadent brownie-like bars pack in a whopping 20 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber—all for just 180 calories. And it gets even better: while these Double Chocolate Chunk bars taste and sound like a diet disaster, Quest sweetens the stuff with the antioxidant erythritol, which means you’ll be chewing on less than one gram of actual sugar!
Buy a 4-count pack now for just $7.47.
Lundberg Family Farms Organic Wild Rice
Just because Jasmine and Basmati rice often steal a spot on your dinner plate, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your eyes peeled for this exotic black rice. It’s packed with six grams of protein and three grams of fiber per serving, and taste testers swoon over its naturally nutty flavor. Here’s another bonus: environmentally-responsible Lundberg Family Farms produces its organic rice with 100 percent renewable energy, so you can feel good about feeding this gluten-free grain to your family.
Buy an 8-ounce pack now for just $5.64.
Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix Gluten-Free + Whole Grain
Contrary to popular belief, fluffy pancakes aren’t just a cheat meal you have to wait all week to enjoy. With Pamela’s gluten-free (and guilt-free) mix, you can whip up a batch without feeling obligated to add an extra hour to your gym routine.
Buy a 24-ounce pack now for just $6.97.
Maple Grove Farms Organic Maple Syrup
Naturally, if you’re frying up some wholesome flapjacks, you’re going to need to douse them with a syrup that’s equally as good for you. That’s where Maple Grove Farms Organic Maple Syrup comes in. Real maple syrup (sorry, but dear Aunt Jemima doesn’t fall under this category) contains vitamins as well as trace minerals and antioxidants that its competitors can’t own up to.
Buy an 8.5-ounce bottle now for just $5.98.
McCormick Gourmet Ground Turmeric
What can protect your heart and help you achieve that revenge body? While breaking up with your on-again-off-again S.O. might sound like the right answer, it’s actually turmeric. This ancient spice has some serious health and weight loss perks (just check out our 14 Reasons Turmeric Is The New It Girl Of Spices), so you’ll definitely want to stock up while its affordably priced at Walmart.
Buy a 1.37-ounce bottle now for just $4.94.
Betterbody Foods Organic Quinoa
Quinoa, a complete protein, can supercharge your diet by providing a solid dose of protein, fiber, and good fats—a taut tummy trifecta. Not to mention, this grain is a good source of L-arginine, an amino acid that has been shown to promote muscle over fat gain in animal studies, explains Gina Consalvo, RD, LDN.
Buy a 24-ounce tub now for just $6.94.
Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Protein Powder
If you’ve been seeking the perfect protein powder for your post-workout shake, look no further. Unlike most protein powders on the market, this non-GMO hemp pick provides an impressive eight grams of fiber along with 14 grams of protein. Feel free to blend this into batter, oatmeal, cereal, and smoothies.
Buy a 16-ounce pack now for just $9.99.