The Epic Plant-Based Grocery List, for Those on a Budget


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The most common barrier most people have to staying healthy is money. It can be challenging to stick to your healthy living values when comparing prices, especially upon noticing the healthier alternative is the more expensive of the two.  

However, this “healthy food is always expensive” mentality is overdone far too much, and for the most part, is mostly a myth. It is more expensive to eat meat than to eat whole-food vegetarian; whole plant-foods can be incredibly budget friendly. Granted, when you compare processed healthy food (the gluten-free isle anyone?) with processed unhealthier food, you will see a huge gap in price.

Hence, the trick to healthy eating on a budget is sticking to whole foods, knowing what fresh foods to buy, and knowing when to stick to frozen foods.

So with out further ado, I introduce you Exhilarated Living’s budget-friendly grocery list:

Grains & Legumes

  • 1 large bag brown rice
  • 1 large bag dried beans (beans of your choice)
  • Corn tortilla wraps or Ezekiel bread
  • Rolled oats


  • Bananas
  • Fresh purple cabbage
  • Fresh kale
  • Frozen veggies of choice 
  • Sweet potatoes 
  • Onions
  • Garlic

Nuts & Seeds

  • Peanuts
  • Nut Butter


  • Canned wild-caught salmon
  • Eggs


  • Spices of choice (I’m a huge fan of curry powder for stir frys)
  • Olive oil or coconut oil
  • Soy sauce or other stir fry sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Hummus
  • Salsa
  • Vegetable stock
  • Almond milk

Now tell me, what’s on your grocery list?


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