Are you even vegan if you don’t make smoothie bowls?
I have always seen beautiful pictures on social media of bright smoothie bowls with delicious toppings, but it wasn’t until recently that I finally jumped on the bandwagon.
Honestly the biggest reason I waited for so long is because I know most of those smoothie bowls on Instagram were NOT cheap to make. I mean, seriously, a bag of chia seeds is like $12. Not to mention all of the other common smoothie bowl ingredients like hemp seeds, goji berries, walnuts and cacao.
It wasn’t until I was getting nutritional yeast from the bulk section at Whole Foods that I realized that the answer was sitting right in front of me this whole time. I could just buy smoothie bowl ingredients from the bulk section and save a lot of money.
If you aren’t familiar, many health stores have “bulk sections” where many raw grains, beans, pastas, nuts & spices are displayed in large clear bins. Everything is priced by the pound. The huge advantage of buying in bulk is that you don’t have to purchase a pound- you can buy as much or as little as you want. The store provides bags you can use to scoop the ingredients and measure it out to your liking (or you can bring your own bag or container to cut out unnecessary waste).
I bought a small portion of chia seeds for $1.20 and a small portion of raw fair-trade cacao nibs for $2.12. Both portions will last for probably about six smoothie bowls. The bulk section is great because it allows you to try different things, especially ingredients you may not have been able to afford otherwise, for an affordable price.
Whole Foods is definitely a luxury grocery store and I definitely don’t buy all of my groceries there because it can be super expensive, but the bulk section and the produce section are really consumer friendly.
If you have any tips or tricks when it comes to grocery shopping on a budget, please let me know! I’d love to hear your ideas too 🙂