Whole Foods...Whole Paycheck...a foodie's fantasy...call it what you will.
Whole Foods may be a bit on the pricey side, but hidden among the luxurious thirteen dollar jars of coconut almond butter speckled with gold and three dollar organic red bell peppers, there are some serious bargains. Speaking of nut butter, Justin's is currently two dollars off, so I obviously had to get a jar of maple almond butter. Ridiculously good, people.
I was not compensated in any way for this post. I simply love the Moocho app and wanted to share it with you all! As always, all opinions are my own.
I've been at Whole Foods a lot recently since the Moocho app has been giving away free money in groceries left and right. Have you heard of Moocho? If not, you're about to get excited. Pay with your phone. Get deals. Earn free stuff instantly. Yes, please.
Warning: this is directed toward people who live in Columbus, since those are the restaurants that Moocho is coordinated with. Basically Moocho lets you pay without needing your card, meaning you can walk in without your clunky wallet. First you need to download the app and add your card information. No worries--it's totally safe and you won't get charged, I promise. When you go to checkout, simply hit "Tap to Pay" on the Moocho app and your name will appear on the register so the cashier can complete the sale. If you don't have an iPhone or Android, you can just open Moocho on your mobile browser or sign up for text to pay.
Moocho is available on a few campuses throughout the country, and ever since I got the app, I've been beyond obsessed. It's totally FREE, and you get $10 every time you spend $100 at Whole Foods Upper Arlington. They also have deals for Aladdin's, Cold Stone, Phat Wraps, Big Bar, McDonald's on High, Hangover Easy, Grafitti Burger, Pita Pit, BD's Mongolian Grill, Cazuela's and more places near campus. You don't even have to be an OSU student to get the app!!
Moral of the story: if you live in Columbus, get your butt to Upper Arlington Whole foods for your $10 of free groceries. The Moocho booth will be there Friday from 4pm-8pm and Saturday- Sunday from 11am-7pm. If you get the app on your phone now, you'll get $5 just for signing up. I mean who doesn't love free money? Let's mooch!
Now back to Whole Foods. I apologize ahead of time for these crappy pictures...let's blame it on the dreary weather, shall we? Here are some of my fave staples that won't break the bank. You'll notice lots of them are 365 brand, which is Whole Food's house brand. Items labeled with this brand are just as cheap (if not cheaper) than any other grocery store.
100% Whole Wheat Tortillas
Nothing funky, just good old 100% whole wheat flour and a few other necessary ingredients. Make sure to store them in the fridge since they don't have preservatives. The best part is that they only cost $1.99! I love them smeared with peanut butter and jelly and sprinkled with chia seeds, then allllll rolled up. Lately I've been really digging the scrambled egg, avocado, salsa and chia seed combo. Um, as if you haven't noticed, I've been sprinkling chia seeds on everything. Why not?
Bulk Bin Items
Speaking of chia seeds...I'm a HUGE fan of the bulk bins. You only get as much as you want and you avoid all that bulky packaging, plus you can store them in cute Mason jars. Items I regularly purchase in bulk include chia seeds, Medjool dates, nutritional yeast, goji berries, almonds, pumpkin seeds and buckwheat groats. I also love getting a little baggie of those spices that I don't use all the time. Last month I got a baggie of cloves for only fifteen cents! And one time my bay leaves literally weighed nothing so they were free! Go bulk or go home.
This popcorn is low in fat and calories but tastes AMAZING. I love that it's free of icky chemicals and preservatives, unlike the microwave kind. Popcorn is a whole grain that's loaded with antioxidants, so get snacking! This big bag only costs $1.99.
Prepared Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
Let's be real...I really have no desire to make whole wheat pizza dough from scratch. Making homemade pizza is a breeze with this baby. Choosing toppings is super fun and you'll save lots of mula making it at home. My fave is obviously this summer sweet corn and zucchini pizza. Make it now and thank me later. These bad boys will set you back $4.99 (the package comes with two crusts).
Who could pass up an 89 cent can of beans? Not me.
Organic Valley Soy Creamer
There's nothing worse than fat free "creamer" made of partially hydrogenated oils (aka trans fat), artificial flavors and corn syrup solids. Processed soy is a scary thing, but this is made simply from whole organic soybeans. I adore soymilk in my coffee, but since I dont drink it on a regular basis, I love having this creamer on hand instead. It's also a wonderful addition to add creaminess to pasta dishes! This creamer + a splash of white wine + sautéed mushrooms over whole wheat pasta = heaven on Earth. It's not sweet at all, which I love. Once again, nothing funky! It's currently on sale for $2.00.
This only has one ingredient: kamut! Never heard of it? It's just an ancient variety of wheat that tastes nutty and yummy, especially when all puffed up. A cup has a mere 50 calories and 3 grams or protein and fiber. I LOVE it with ice cold unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a dash of cinnamon for a bedtime snack. Note: this would never fill me up for breakfast...that's why I save it for snack time. And it only costs $1.99!
What are you fave Whole Foods goodies? Tell me tell me!