Costco is Good for Real Food!

Thumbnail image for Costco is Good for Real Food! We're wrapping up our six week foray into Costcoland here on Granny's Vital Vittles! I feel I've learned a lot about the store and what they have. I've been pretty impressed overall. While organics or real food are clearly a small percentage of what they have on the shelves it still adds up to enough food and enough savings to make the trip worthwhile.
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Is Everything ‘Organic’ Real Food?

Thumbnail image for Is Everything ‘Organic’ Real Food? What jumps out at you when you first arrive at Costco? There's the crowds, the TVs at the entrance, and the pallets of mostly processed junk food near the door. There's all the clothes and the books, the luggage and appliances. It'd be very easy to get the impression that there's no real food to be found here. But if you keep walking ...
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Do You Trust Costco?

Thumbnail image for Do You Trust Costco? What stores is it safe to trust? Many find this the really pertinent question when it comes to choosing where to shop. They have good feelings about one store over another. They ask themselves if the stores buyers do a good job vetting companies products? Do they ensure that the products on their shelves are what they say they are?
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5 Great Deals at Costco

Thumbnail image for 5 Great Deals at Costco So my membership is paid up and now I am officially part of the Costco club! So far so good! I've made just one official shopping trip there and was pretty impressed with what I found. First, before we get to that I'd love to share with you my general thoughts on the place in the form of questions and answers.
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Costco: Affordable Real Food?

Thumbnail image for Costco: Affordable Real Food? Over the next few weeks I plan to explore the shelves of Costco to find what foods are available and if they are in fact a significant savings over local food sources, Amazon.com, Sprouts and Natural Grocers and of course local grocery stores. I've already made my initial run! I was encouraged by what I found, but my memory of exact prices at these others stores is a bit weak.
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3 Dangerous Ways to Save Money on Food

Thumbnail image for 3 Dangerous Ways to Save Money on Food I see many people making these mistakes. Heck, I've done them myself many times over the years to help hold the food budget together. Some are cutting out meals and increasing the quality of the remaining ones. Some are just plain cutting costs. But these are dangerous tactics, my friends.
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Why Healthy Food Doesn’t Cost as Much as You Think!

Thumbnail image for Why Healthy Food Doesn’t Cost as Much as You Think! Perception is a funny thing, isn’t it? Take this picture for example. It looks for all the world like someone carved out the street and put a bunch of giant lego soldiers in the hole doesn’t it? Yet it is just the angle of the camera. If the photographer walked around to the other side of the drawing and took a picture we’d see something that would look pretty much like what it actually is: colored chalk carefully drawn onto a street. We probably would have trouble making out what it was intended to be a drawing of!…
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Dr. Oz and Poor Peoples Food

Thumbnail image for Dr. Oz and Poor Peoples Food Poor peoples food. Just the phrase has a grating feel to it, doesn’t it? Just like a sneer. This week Dr Oz wrote an article for Time that implied that those who actively question the quality of supermarket food are simply food snobs who are seeking an elevated status based on the purity and sophistication of their food choices. This article contained a sneer, but this one was for people working hard to get better food for their families and not for poor folks.…
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Real Food at Walmart – The Nature of Compromise

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This series has been quite the whirlwind ride for me ... I've learned a lot from my exploration of Walmart's grocery shelves and from sharing my findings with all of you. Mostly I've confirmed what I had expected from my first post, that real food shopping at Walmart would involve a lot of compromise. Those that must shop there, or at any chain store, for whatever reason will be heartened to know that they can make it a considerable part of the way towards a 100% Real Food diet.

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Real Food at Walmart – Pantry Foods

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We've come to the last group of foods in our Ninja-style Real Food shopping at Walmart. This group is a catch-all ... basically all the foods that are not quickly perishable. This includes grains, flours, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, canned goods and condiments.

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Real Food at Walmart – The Dairy Section

Thumbnail image for Real Food at Walmart – The Dairy Section The Walmart dairy section on first glance looks like it's got it's act together, organic wise. After all they have a lot of organic labels here, Horizon being the most prominent one. Horizon's parent company Dean Foods has a strong partnership with Walmart. Thus they are stocked in a big way. All isn't peachy-keen though in dairy organics land though. Virtually all organic dairy is ultra-pasteurized dairy, and Horizon is no exception.
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Real Food at Walmart – Meat and Bones

Thumbnail image for Real Food at Walmart – Meat and Bones This week I wandered into the land of CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) or factory farmed meat at Walmart. I wanted to see if in the sea of packaged meat I could find anything that was grassfed, pasture raised or at least hormone and antibiotic free. What I found surprised me, though I doubt it will surprise anyone else ;-). My local grocery chain, HEB carries quite a bit along these lines, even in stores that have very few organic products on the shelves.
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Real Food at Walmart – Fats and Oils

Thumbnail image for Real Food at Walmart – Fats and Oils My trip to Walmart this week was a little tougher than last week foray into the world of Walmart produce. Healthy fats are a much tougher nut to crack in any grocery store and Walmart is no exception. I did find several good choices though!
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Real Food at Walmart – Fruits and Vegetables

Thumbnail image for Real Food at Walmart – Fruits and Vegetables What is the first thing people think of when they decide to start eating healthy? Getting more fruits and vegetables into their daily diet of course! I thought we'd start here for that reason ... Also, fruits and veggies at Walmart are pretty easy as long as we are okay with compromise on the issue of organics. We should save some of the harder choices with very limited options for later :-) ... I don't want to discourage anyone.
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