“Eating healthy is too expensive.” is the most common complaint I receive as a nutritionist and educator. This goes back to when I started my work almost 10 years ago.

Do you feel this way?

I’ve created a resource for you to understand how you can make eating healthier more feasible and attainable. There is a section on budgeting with a budget planner and a section solely dedicated towards achieving that healthy, adequate, and balanced diet that is customized for you — it’s individualized and all on your own terms. The resource is getting updated and coming back soon! 

In the meantime, I’m sharing my favorite products that I’ve been loving recently. They’ve shown up in my Cart Series (every Sunday I show my grocery cart on Instagram). 

Cart Series all started in 2016 when I decided to show a fire department what $50 could buy at Trader Joe’s, specifically produce. It was the start of me incorporating content into The Cultural Shift Method, a nutrition education program for fire departments, that was related to application/making it work for you vibes. I ended up buying organic and still had money left over. Since then, I’ve felt like a budget queen! You can get your groceries on a budget too. If you want to read how to get started, check out my blog post on Budget Planning 101: Steps to Creating a Grocery Budget. 

Week after week I post sales at various supermarkets to try and show my audience that eating healthy on a budget can exist. When I asked the Eats 2 Know community if they were on a budget, 99% of responders said yes. It’s clear that you all are in the right place and part of my community, thank you!

The thing about buying “healthy groceries” is that it involves a mindset shift — instead of making an excuse as to why you can’t have something, how can we shift the focus on fitting it within your budget? Making your dollar count. Being more flexible. Not giving into the overwhelm and understanding what you need vs. the extras. 

10 Shopping Favorites for Groceries on a Budget:

(Outside of produce and animal protein sources)

  1. Coconut aminos 
  2. Brown rice pasta by Jovial Foods (I love their penne and spaghetti; they also have an amazing new mac and cheese.)
  3. Popcorn by Lesser Evil 
  4. Pretzels (Quinn Snacks; bonus if you eat with a side of chocolate)
  5. Some form of chocolate 
  6. Almond milk (minimal ingredient ones with almonds and water at the forefront)
  7. Bone broth (if I’m not making it, I love Bonafide Provisions in the freezer section)
  8. Organic basmati rice
  9. Good Culture Cottage Cheese (the 4% is my jam)
  10. Yogurt (I like organic plain whole milk cow or sheep’s yogurt)

I’d love to hear from you! Do you feel the pressure to buy the next best thing? What are some non-negotiables for you?


If you’re interested in saving money on groceries, being informed about the food you eat, and making amazing food in little time, then you need Flexible Food. Be a powerful consumer and compass of your own health.