This is my first post in two years, but I'm so passionate about natural living and helping CPs so I wanted to write this for y'all! During my second Disney College Program (Spring 2017) my roommate taught me a lot about natural living. Now I choose it every day because I see a difference in my body and health when I do, also because it's easier to find foods that accommodate my allergies at natural grocers. So I wanted to share some resources to help you find natural foods in Orlando! (And how to get there with or without a car.)
8003 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
This is your best high end option. You're probably familiar with Whole Foods aka "whole paycheck". This isn't my favorite option for general shopping because of the price, but their store brand (Whole Foods or 365) options and bulk foods are decently priced. (They also have the best price on fair trade chocolate chips!) If you're looking for a deal and have amazon prime, don't forget to check the weekly Prime deals, they usually offer 30% off a few things each week.
Transportation: 15 minute drive from housing, $13 Lyft, or take the bus to Walmart and it's a 15 minute walk from there (I don't recommend this at night....from experience.)
8323 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
This is my favorite for most of my grocery shopping. Did you know all Trader Joe's products (except meat and dairy) are non-GMO? They don't have sales, but everything is usually a good price since they're all store brand. I can usually get groceries for the week here for $30-$40.
Transportation: 17 minute drive from housing, $15 Lyft, but unfortunately there's not a good bus/walking option. (The best would be take the bus to Walmart, and it's only an $8 Lyft from there.)
11601 Regency Village Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
This is my new favorite natural grocery store! This store is the reason I'm writing the post. It's a mile and a half from housing, right behind Publix! They have a great ad full of discounts and a good rewards program. If you're familiar with Sprouts, this is the closest thing to that in Orlando. (The closest sprouts is in Tampa.) They have a huge bulk foods section, and I especially love getting chicken breasts or ground beef for $1.99/lb on Monday and $5 rotisserie chickens on Wednesday.
Transportation: 6 minute drive from housing, $8 Uber, 20 minute walk from the Commons (12 minute walk from the Publix bus stop)
8145 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821
I just mentioned Publix, it's not a natural grocer by any means, but they have more options than Walmart. When I go to Publix, I always look at their deals first, they often have good BOGOs of my favorite natural foods like Kevita Kombucha and my favorite cheese. This is the best option if you don't want to travel outside of the bus route.
Transportation: 6 minute drive from housing, $8 Lyft, 15-20 minute walk, or take the bus. (I usually walked to the store and took the bus home, so I wouldn't be stuck on the bus for the whole route since it was the last stop at the time.)
18 E Joiner St, Winter Garden, FL 34787
If you love organic, locally-grown groceries, this is the place for you! It is the most expensive by far, but everything is local and organic. It's a sweet family-owned business, and they have a $15 produce deal and $40 meat deal every week. (Plus follow them on Instagram to see everything they have: instagram.com/farmacyorlando/)
Transportation: 32 minute drive from housing, $30 Lyft, look for housing trips to Winter Garden to get there without a car
I definitely prefer to shop in person, but there are also grocery delivery options and online stores. (Note: you'll probably have to meet the delivery service drivers outside the gates or in the pickup/drop off area.)
Instacart: You can get delivery from Publix, Aldi, Sprouts, Target, Costco, and The Fresh Market. You can pay for a subscription or for $6+tip for each delivery.
Shipt: You can get delivery from Lucky's, Publix, and Target. This one requires a monthly fee of $15 but has free delivery (plus tip) on orders over $35.
Thrive Market: This is an online store with lots of natural non-perishables at "wholesale" prices, In my experience the prices aren't any better than the grocery stores but the shipping is nice. They also offer free membership to low-income families, and I qualified easily with my theme park income. You do still have to pay for shipping though. thrivemarket.com/membership/welcome
Brandless: This online store offers natural products without the name brand labels for $3-6. They're great because they don't require a membership, brandless.com
Amazon: You can use, Prime Now, Prime Pantry, or Amazon Fresh to get groceries delivered. And some of my favorite natural foods are even available through regular Amazon ordering. If you don't have a Prime membership already, you can get 6 months free as a student and then 50% off for 4 years after that.
Got more questions about natural living in Orlando or on a budget? Shoot me a message on Instagram! I always love to chat! You can also find my natural finds and tips over there all the time!