I can’t believe we are already a month into Fall. The weather is a bit cooler, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin-flavored food and beverage items are seemingly everywhere again. While I am partial to the warmer Summer weather, Fall is definitely my second favorite season. And I am a total sucker for Fall flavors and foods like pumpkin, cinnamon, apples and squash and all the comfort foods like soups, chili, hot drinks, and hearty dishes. With Fall flavors and foods in mind, I was so excited to place my Whole Foods grocery delivery order last week.
If you have a Whole Foods store in your area, I highly recommend using their delivery and/or pick-up services. It will save you a ton of time and, if you choose delivery, your grocery items will be delivered right to your door. This comes in handy for me during the work week. I often work crazy long hours during the week and ordering my groceries online saves me from having to waste precious weekend time in the grocery store. Below are some my favorite Fall weather healthy grocery finds. (And here are some other great all-season Whole Foods healthy food finds.)
Healthy Breakfast Items
- Nut Pods Pumpkin Spice Almond + Coconut Creamer
Fall is the time year when I switch from my beloved cold brew to piping hot cups of coffee. While a pumpkin latte at Starbucks and Dunkin’ are a fabulous, once-in-a-while Fall treat, both companies include sugar and other suspect ingredients in their pumpkin latte recipes. Plus they don’t offer unsweetened oat, almond, and coconut milk options.
It’s so much healthier (and cheaper!) to make pumpkin lattes at home. This limited edition pumpkin spice creamer from Nut Pods is next level. It includes no sugar, is completely dairy free and its simple ingredient list includes coconut cream and almonds. For extra flavor, I also add vanilla collagen powder for a bold, pumpkin-vanilla flavor extravaganza in my morning cup of Joe. Since this is around for a limited time, grab this while you can! At my Whole Foods, this creamer was $2.25 for 11.2 ounces.
- Honorable Coffee Creamer Mention: Laird Superfood Creamer
Although not technically a Fall-flavored creamer, Laird offers one of the cleanest creamers around for your coffee. And it includes some functional mushrooms (such as chaga, lion’s mane and cordyceps) which are immune boosters and super important as we enter the Fall and Winter cold and flu season. Coconut cream is the main ingredient of this tasty creamer. The creamer is lightly sweetened with coconut sugar, although Laird also sells an unsweetened version. I was able to purchase this on sale for $3.15; it typically retails for about $5 for 16 ounces. (Laird also makes an excellent hot chocolate, which I reviewed here.)
- Gingerbread Larabars
Larabar is the perfect on-the-go breakfast bar. I tend to grab one to eat when I have a super hectic morning schedule. It’s probably the healthiest bar available in grocery stores. There is no sugar added to the bars, it’s non-GMO and only features eight simple ingredients. I challenge you to find a better bar out there. Larabar has a lot of tasty bar flavors available, including some favorites perfect for Fall including gingerbread, pumpkin pie, and apple pie.
Note: I can usually find these bars at Target at a better price point, but they are also readily available at Whole Foods.
- Eggs Benedict (or Sort of)
Although I eat eggs year round, Fall is the time year where I swap my basic scrambled eggs for heartier egg dishes like Eggs Benedict. I start with Vital Farms pasture-raised eggs which have more nutrients (and a brighter yoke color) compared to standard eggs. Sometimes I will fry the egg and other times I will poach the egg. Either way this recipe turns out delicious.
I use my favorite Keto bread, Base Culture, instead of an english muffin. Base Culture’s new sourdough bread is amazing and works well with this dish. Base Culture bread is a bit pricey at Whole Foods (typically around $10), but I stock up on this frozen bread when it goes on sale. (It’s presently on sale for about $8!). I place a slice of the frozen Base Culture bread on a frying pan with some olive oil and heat each side for about 2 minutes.
Once the egg is cooked to my liking. I top the Based Culture bread with the fried (or poached egg) and some Primal Kitchen hollandaise sauce (a super clean, cashew-based sauce). It’s beyond delicious!
Lunch & Dinner Foods
- Pacific Foods Organic Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
This hearty, tasty soup from Pacific Foods will warm you up on chilly days. It’s the perfect lunch or dinner on days when you don’t have time to take a break to cook a meal. This soup is obviously not going to be as good as homemade soup, but it is darn close. The ingredients are super clean, gluten-free, and includes 10 grams of protein to help prevent afternoon snack cravings. Plus the entire container is only 230 calories. It’s a quick and healthy lunch option. (Often or when I have time, I will add some additional seasonings and fresh herbs to spice it up a bit.)
- Rice Bowls
Rice bowls are an excellent lunch or dinner option if you have a little extra time. I usually use Whole Foods frozen “instant” jasmine rice as the base of my rice bowls. It’s one of the few heat and eat rice options that don’t include inflammatory oils or other suspect ingredients. You simply heat up the rice in the microwave or on the stove. The rice tastes great and doesn’t have the weird after taste that is often associated with instant, pre-cooked rice. (I made this rice for someone once who asked me if I made the rice in a rice cooker!)
Beyond the rice, I typically include some sort of meat such as bacon (the no-sugar Applewood Farms bacon is my go-to bacon when I am out of my Butcher Box bacon), ground beef, or organic sausage (such as the Bilinski’s organic sausage pictured or Whole Foods also makes a good organic sausage option). While the meat is cooking, I’ll typically cut up an onion or shallot and dice an avocado. I’ll then add the meat, onion, and avocado to the rice. I’ll top off the rice bowl with some arugula or cilantro and a touch of salt and olive oil. This filling rice bowl is just as good as a Chipotle rice bowl in my humble opinion.
Note: To make these bowls Paleo friendly, use cauliflower rice instead.
- Cappello’s Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Cappello’s makes arguably the best gluten free pasta available at Whole Foods or in any grocery store for that matter. Their certified paleo pastas feature A+ ingredients and all of their pastas are made from almond flour. I truly believe that Cappello’s pastas are closest in taste to wheat pasta.
The downside is Cappello’s pasta is that is very expensive. On a positive note, Whole Foods often offers great sales on these products. So, I tend to stock up when the price is right. (Cappello’s also makes one of the best gluten free crusts, which I rave about here. Cappello’s products are currently on sale at Whole Foods.)
The sweet potato gnocchi pairs well with a variety of sauces. I like it with my homemade tomato, roasted red pepper and herb sauce. Regardless of sauce, this is a delicious meal that cooks and will be ready to eat in about seven minutes!
- Squash Side Dishes
Nothing screams Fall quite like squash dishes. And Whole Foods has quite a few squash options on their shelves.
The newest and most exciting one is the Solely One Whole Organic Spaghetti Squash Pasta. This “pasta,” which has 85% less calories and carbs than traditional pasta, features only one ingredient: dried spaghetti squash. You cook it just like traditional pasta. It is a delectable, guilt-free side. While it is definitely not similar in taste to traditional pasta, adding marinara sauce or your preferred seasonings makes this a must-try side dish for your Fall table.
In addition to this pasta, I often buy the Whole Foods brand frozen, organic butternut squash in the Fall and Winter months. The organic frozen cubed butternut squash is more affordable compared to the fresh organic diced squash available in the store. Plus, the frozen squash lasts a lot longer. I use this frozen butternut squash to make creamy soup, or I roast the squash in the oven with a bit of olive oil or avocado oil and some pumpkin pie spice for a superb Fall-flavored side dish. (I love the Whole Foods brand organic spices because they don’t include any preservatives or other sketchy ingredients.)
- Hu Grain-Free Snickerdoodle Cookies
No Whole Foods grocery haul is complete without at least one snack or dessert option. That’s where Hu Grain-Free Snickerdoodle Cookies come in. These paleo cookies have no added cane sugar, are gluten free and dairy free, and include no refined starch. The spices and flavor of these cookies make it a delicious and guilt-free option when are craving something sweet. In addition to eating these as cookies, I think these cookies ground up would work great as a crust or sprinkled over baked apples. (Hu also makes top-notch chocolate bars and treats, which are currently on sale at Whole Foods. Their chocolate also available for typically a lower price point at Target.)
Well, those are my latest Whole Foods grocery Haul Fall finds. I’ll be on the lookout for other new items when shopping for future orders. Stay warm!