Real Food at Walmart? What to Buy!

The other day I went through the grocery section of our Super Walmart for the first time in a long time, and let me tell you what – I could not believe what I saw! I tried shopping for real food at Walmart during our 100-day budget pledge back in 2010 and it honestly felt like a big waste of time. I found a grand total of three organic items, which did not make traversing through the football field size store (with two little kids in tow) feel worth it.

So, I was shocked to see all the changes they’ve made in recent years and thought it would be fun to share what real food you can buy there now (read: this post is not sponsored). Be sure to head on over there so you can stock up and don’t forget to tell your friends about it too (i.e. share this post) – we need to show Walmart these items are in demand!

Real Food at Walmart

What Real Food at Walmart - What to buy - on 100 Days of Real Food

What (Real Food) to Buy at Walmart

organic fruits and vegetables at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
A whole section of organic produce! I hate to say it, but they put Target to shame with this display.
grassfed organic beef at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
Not only is it organic, but it’s 100% grass fed – not always easy to find!
organic peanut butter at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
So many peanut butters contain unnecessary and unwanted additives, but not this one – simply peanuts with less than 1% of salt (no oil, sugar, etc.)
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
I’m excited to see this new honey sweetened jam, and bonus – the fruit is the first ingredient not the sweetener!
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
Some organic tea options by our favorite brand.
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
Good ol’ whole-wheat flour. Not organic, but it’s still good they have this option.
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
And Pillsbury is even offering a whole-wheat option, too!
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
Organic store brand organic spices …what?!!
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
I love this avocado oil spray on the right – was shocked to see it for sale here!
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
Brown rice was constantly putting me over budget during our “100 Days of Real Food on a Budget” pledge so I was thrilled to see it for only 78 cents.
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
The ingredients on this one are pretty darn clean (if you’re not into making your own broth) …and it’s organic!
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
I saw lots of organic offerings by this Wild Oats brand including whole-wheat pasta.
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
Old fashioned rolled oats – a staple in our house!
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
Organic dairy including butter, plain yogurt and store brand milk. I checked out Aldi recently and while they had store brand organic milk they didn’t have a whole milk option, which is what I would have chosen! So it was nice to see that available here.
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
For some reason I can’t find just plain organic frozen raspberries (only a mix) where I normally shop so I was overly excited about this one and stocked up. It’s the little things!

Rule Breakers

What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
I do love my dark chocolate as a treat on occasion, and this is my favorite one as of right now!
What Real Food to Buy at Walmart on 100 Days of Real Food
And last, but not least – my go to chocolate chip brand is now at Walmart! Amazing.

Don’t forget to vote with your dollars and tell your friends about this, too.

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  1. Walmart also carries Great Value organic dark/semi-sweet chips. They are 2.88 a bag. I don’t buy the Enjoy Life anymore.

  2. We are just starting out Real Food journey and Wal-Mart is the main store I shop at. Mainly because there aren’t any health food stores near me, but also because I can order everything online and pick it up. I was so happy to see that a lot of the items I picked from my shopping trip are listed here. <3. I am trying out your 5 free meal plans. The whole wheat banana pancakes were a got this morning. They taste just like banana bread!

  3. Why do you “hate to admit” that Walmart might be trying to meet customers needs on whole clean foods? Admit it and stop being judgmental of Walmart because it doesn’t fit your lifestyle. Walmart helped me survive 2008 when everyone raised prices and took advantage of people. Times were tough and I shopped there and even crossed state lines to get a break on taxes. When I go to Walmart I keep an open mind.

    1. Do you mean because it’s “WalMart?” Why should that make a difference. If you have credible and documented reason to question, please share for those of us who shop there.

      1. If we’re talking about the end product – food / food quality, there’s absolutely no reason to put down walmart. I think this blog tries to center around the end result – health/quality/price.

        I think once some of our families’ basic needs are met and we’re feeling comfortable, we start talking about spending our hard earned dollars in a way that aligns with our personal / community values and political perspectives. What might sum up the controversy/comparison of Walmart with other food stores is this:
        The controversy is around politics (where corporation execs spend their lobbying dollars) and business practices (means to the end). For example, we could compare the overall impact of a certain company with a long history of poor treatment of it’s employees and a record of undercutting and ultimately bankrupting small grocers, suppliers and growers with a company that creates living wage jobs with great benefits and sources from sustainable (maybe even local) sources.

    2. Probably as much as you can trust the ‘sourcing’ from anyplace else. If you didn’t grow it/kill it/clean it/make it, it’s a crap shoot. I have heard that because Walmart is so big, they can make demands of their suppliers and usually they comply. Don’t know if that is a positive or negative.

  4. My husband and I are temporarily working the winter at Wal-Mart to help compensate our travels starting in May and for the rest of the year. It was convenient for us to work there as we travel the country.

    We are pleasantly surprised at the fresh food choices, as well as choices for other organic products which they are currently expanding. I did here that they are in the process of eliminating the Wild Oats brand as it wasn’t profitable, but are bringing in more products to compete with stores like Whole Foods. They are in the process of updating and remodeling a large portion of their stores nationwide. Expanding their grocery is part of the remodel.

    I have to say I wasn’t a Wal-Mart advocate before working the temporary job, but we do like the food changes we are seeing.

  5. I love the organic options that I can get at Walmart, most especially because it is where I primarily shop. However they have just announced plans to ditch the Wild Oats brand. It apparently is not making them any money. They are said to be planning to expand organic options for their Great Value brand… I’ve never seen any organic Great Value items. I really like the Wild Oats brand and I’m so disappointed at this turn of events.

    1. Went food shopping today and my WalMart now has a tiny selection of canned Great Value organics.

  6. Walmart has really evened the playing field for those on a budget. Honestly speaking their wild oats brand is pretty good, especially the bread that’s organic and free of HFC. They have really stepped up their game and are listening to how we are voting with our dollars. I had to recently nix Target in light of all their political stand with bathroom safety and found that my local Walmart and HEB is actually A LOT more reasonable when it comes to organic prices yay! Go Walmart!

    1. Love this! I closed all affiliation with Target for that reason as well so I’m trying to figure out where to go. Walmart it is ☺️

      1. OMG if you are talking about what I think you are, get a life. Transgendered people are not targeting your little princess, they are too busy fighting off all the prejudice and judgment that comes their way each and every day. Thank for you alerting me to the fact that Target supports our LGBTQ brothers and sisters–you just gave me another reason to shop there.

      2. Wow, Marisol. All I see here is, “IT’S ALL ABOUT MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!” You don’t care about prejudice, you only care about yourself.

    2. Sarah Dickison

      I have had a lot of trouble finding any bread products including tortillas anywhere. I’m better off making my own. So far the recipes we’ve found here on 100days has been wonderful. I just need to get my plan accomplished in the mornings so that we have it by dinner time. Starting cooking for dinner time at 4 or 5 is no longer an option for this busy Momma. Also I’ve been using the whole wheat biscuits recipe to make flat bread sandwiches. Turns out great and it’s super fast. I just flatten them to 1/4 inch think and about 5 inches across. I cut them in half after they bake.

  7. Has anyone tried that ground beef? How is it?

    I didn’t like the organic (not grass fed) vacuum sealed ground beef from Costco. It comes from multiple countries and had an off taste. I’ve tried multiple batches of it to give it a fair shot. Sometimes it wasn’t as bad as other times but still not good enough to continue buying due to inconsistencies (I always buy the best date possible with at least several days away from the “use by date”). I actually like the non organic ground beef from Costco better (which doesn’t come vacuum sealed). I think the vacuum sealed organic grass-fed ground beef from Trader Joes isn’t bad and worth buying (the last time I checked, it was only from the USA and not multiple countries like the one from Costco).

    P.S. I think that they should give a frozen option for those vacuum sealed meats – meaning that they should freeze them immediately after packing them and keep them frozen to maintain maximum freshness.

    1. I honestly think it’s the gases they pump in to keep it fresh as long as possible rather than the meat going off.
      I’ve tried vacuum packed meats from various stores and have never cared for it.

      1. When I looked at the Trader Joes beef it said it was from China, Paraguay and New Zealand!

    2. Grass Fed ground beef from Sprouts is excellent. Ground fresh daily and it goes on sale often. Invest in a vacuum pack machine and you can really save money.