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{"id":555963842633,"title":"Can You Eat Healthy at Dollar Tree? We Investigate","created_at":"2021-11-13T22:32:48-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Can You Eat Healthy at Dollar Tree? We Investigate\",\n \"keywords\": \"dollar tree, dollar tree com, the dollar tree, dollar tree online, dollar tree online catalog, dollar tree diy, dollar tree haul, dollar tree com online, dollar tree pantry organization, dollar tree hacks, dollar tree shop online\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD reviews some of the healthiest options at Dollar Tree from various food categories like animal products, produce and beverages. 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charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Eat_Healthy_Dollar_Tree_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1636861594\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eT\u003c\/span\u003ehis article is part of a three-part series where we investigate whether it’s possible to create a nutrient-dense, healthy meal plan exclusively sourced from the three most popular dollar stores: \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/eat-healthy-dollar-general\"\u003eDollar General\u003c\/a\u003e, Dollar Tree and \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/eat-healthy-family-dollar\"\u003eFamily Dollar\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere’s a popular conception that all food from dollar stores is unhealthy, and while much of it is, we’ve found some healthy options that may be useful for Dollar Tree shoppers to look for.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review some of the healthiest options from the Dollar Tree across various food categories, and provide a sample meal plan.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eHow Do We Define Healthy?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHealthy eating is of course a subjective term, because what’s healthy for one person may not be for another. A diabetic may not be able to eat healthy carbs that would suit an average healthy adult.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe define healthy eating as a diet model that’s high in nutrients and free of harmful additives like sugars, preservatives or flavoring chemicals.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis diet model \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32012681\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas been shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in medical studies to be optimal for the average adult. The basis of most meals are whole grains, legumes, fresh produce, wild-caught fish and animal products sourced from grass-fed animals, as well as seeds and nuts.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePlease note that the pricing used in this article is an example from one store in our region (Western Massachusetts), and pricing will vary nationally.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eProduce\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Dollar_Tree_Produce.png?v=1636862621\" alt=\"Dollar Tree frozen vegetables\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are a decent number of produce options at Dollar Tree, and definitely more than at Dollar General.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere is dried, canned and frozen produce to choose from. Some of the canned items contain added sugar which we don’t recommend. Here are the produce options we do recommend:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDried apples: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDried mangos: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDried pineapple: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen okra: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen California blend (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen peas \u0026amp; carrots: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen cauliflower: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen broccoli: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen asparagus: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen stir fry blend (carrots, snap peas, yellow bell peppers): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen spinach: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen peaches: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen strawberries: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen mixed berries: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen mangoes: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrozen banana berry blend: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCanned olives:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e $1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCanned pumpkin: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCanned green beans: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCanned carrots: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCanned beets:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e $1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCanned mushrooms: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCanned potatoes: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs you can see, there is actually a significant variety of produce available at Dollar Tree and the prices are lower on average than at Dollar General. We listed 19 different varieties of produce available just at one store. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost people think that fresh produce is the healthiest, but frozen produce is arguably superior from a nutritional standpoint. Medical research \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/search\/research-news\/4060\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eshows\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that frozen produce is higher in nutrients on average because the nutritional content is locked in right upon harvest during the freezing process.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend frozen produce over canned produce, because \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5003675\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ethere are some legitimate concerns\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e over chemicals leaching from liners into canned foods. That being said, the benefits of produce consumption outweigh these concerns, so for consumers who only have access to a Dollar Tree we’d recommend usually selecting the frozen produce items listed, but occasionally choosing some of the canned produce like beets and green beans for variety.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eAnimal Products\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Dollar_Tree_Animal_Products.png?v=1636862647\" alt=\"Dollar Tree pink salmon\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSimilar to Dollar General, the only healthy animal products at Dollar Tree are fish. We don’t recommend any of their meats or dairy offerings because they’re sourced from conventionally-raised animals which we know \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/16792218\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003efrom medical studies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to be significantly less healthy than those from pastured animals. Here are the animal products we recommend: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePackaged pink salmon 2.6 ounces (oz): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCanned sardines in water 3.75 oz: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCanned mackerel 10 oz: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCanned tuna: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFish are a great protein source, and are high in omega-3 fatty acids. All of the products recommended above are sourced from wild-caught fish which we believe to be healthier than farmed fish.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFish probably shouldn’t be consumed more than four times a week to minimize mercury exposure, and we’d recommend limiting tuna intake to twice weekly or less as it’s significantly higher in mercury than sardines or salmon.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eStaples\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Dollar_Tree_Staples_01f52d5b-40dc-4142-933b-80d6575bcc27.png?v=1636862260\" alt=\"Dollar Tree oats\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eStaples like rice and beans should make up the base of most of your meals if you’re shooting for a cheap and healthy meal plan. Dollar Tree has some healthy staple options:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGreat Northern beans 1 pound (lb): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePinto beans 1 lb: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLentils 1 lb: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLong grain brown rice 2 lb: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRolled oats 1 lb: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGolden quinoa 6 oz:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e $1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePopcorn kernels 20oz: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is a significantly wider variety than Dollar General, and provides a healthy set of cheap carb staples. Dollar General only had rice and beans, so adding oats and quinoa adds nutrition, micronutrients and variety.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMany cultures worldwide make rice and beans the base of many of their meals because of its low cost and high nutrition. At these prices, you could have a large meal of rice and beans for under 10 cents.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend any of Dollar Tree’s pasta products because they’re all enriched with synthetic vitamin blends which we feel are unhealthy and potentially harmful.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eSnacks\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Dollar_Tree_Snacks.png?v=1636862669\" alt=\"Dollar Tree peanuts\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe healthiest snacks at Dollar Tree are whole nuts. Consumption of nuts \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25833976\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eis shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in medical research to reduce mortality rates for nearly all causes. They have a smaller selection than Dollar General, but better prices:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePeanuts 7.5 oz: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSunflower seeds 5 oz: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePumpkin seeds 2 oz: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$2\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAll of the nuts products mentioned above have no additives. Dollar Tree has a wide variety of candy and chips but we don’t recommend any of these products as they’re unhealthy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBeverages\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Dollar_Tree_Beverages.png?v=1636862687\" alt=\"Dollar Tree grapefruit juice\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eYou can find a surprising amount of healthy tea options at Dollar Tree:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEnergy Boost tea (20 bags): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eImmunity Boost tea (20 bags): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDetox tea (20 bags): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePeppermint tea (20 bags): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGreen tea (100 bags): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCoffee grounds (6 oz): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOrganic Arabica coffee grounds (2.25 oz): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEspresso coffee grounds (6 oz): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePrune juice (1 lb): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRed grapefruit juice (14 oz):\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e $1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eApple cider vinegar (1 lb): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWater (6-pack): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOnce again, Dollar Tree easily beats Dollar General in healthy options for this category.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t agree with the health claims for the tea (“detox”, “immunity”), but they’re just blends of herbal teas with no additives so they’re perfectly healthy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCooking Oils\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Dollar_Tree_Cooking_Oil.png?v=1636862805\" alt=\"Dollar Tree coconut oil\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe only recommend one cooking oil found at Dollar Tree:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRefined coconut oil (7.25 oz): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe majority of the cooking oils they have for sale are cheap vegetable oils like corn oil and vegetable oil blends. We know \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6196963\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003efrom medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that vegetable oils are associated with inflammation and poor cardiovascular outcomes, so sticking to coconut oil is a safe choice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCondiments \u0026amp; Spices\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Dollar_Tree_Condiments_Spices.png?v=1636862847\" alt=\"Dollar Tree pink himalayan salt\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDollar Tree has a wide variety of spices and condiments that you can use to add flavor and micronutrients to your meals:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHimalayan pink salt: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCayenne pepper:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e $1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCrushed red pepper: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThyme: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBasil: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eParsley:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e $1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBlack pepper: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCinnamon: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGarlic powder: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOnion powder:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e $1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eYellow mustard (20 oz): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrank’s hot sauce (5 oz): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eVitamins\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Dollar_Tree_Vitamins.png?v=1636862868\" alt=\"Dollar Tree fish oil\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSurprisingly, Dollar Tree has a decent selection of vitamins and supplements that are free of harmful additives like preservatives and artificial colorings. We didn’t publish a Vitamins section in our Dollar General review, because of the additives included in their supplements.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the supplements we’d recommend from Dollar Tree:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFish oil (1000 mg): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eProbiotic acidophilus: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVitamin D (400 IU): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVitamin C (500 mg): \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t believe that supplements are necessary for everyone; it’s situational. You can get your fish oil from eating whole fish, but supplementation could be a good option for those who dislike and avoid eating fish.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSimilarly, you can get Vitamin D and Vitamin C from food, but they’re very safe to supplement and can have profound health benefits, which is why we even cautiously recommend them in our article on \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/best-vitamins-for-teens\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ebest vitamins for teens\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDollar Tree’s supplement even contains the best-absorbed form of Vitamin D, which is Vitamin D3.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eSample Daily Meals\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTo illustrate how healthy of a diet you could eat from the Dollar Tree products we highlighted in this article, here’s an example set of meals for the day using our recommendations:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBreakfast:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e Mixed berries and pumpkin seeds with a large organic black coffee to drink. Vitamin C and Vitamin D as supplements.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eLunch:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e Quinoa and pink salmon cooked with onion powder, pink himalayan salt and thyme, topped with hot sauce.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eDinner: \u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLentils and rice and asparagus with cayenne and onion powder, with peppermint tea to drink.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe above meal plan is healthier than the vast majority of Americans eat, and can be acquired for a total of less than $5 at Dollar Tree. It goes to show that with proper planning, nearly anyone in the developed world can achieve good nutrition.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s definitely possible to eat healthy at Dollar Tree, and we find their selection and prices to be better than Dollar General.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eYou have to know what to look for, because the store has many processed offerings like candy, soda and chips to avoid. But there are also a wide variety of produce, nuts and fish options that are high in nutrients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe hope that this review is helpful for anyone shopping at Dollar Tree or considering it, and we’re pleased to report that even for those with Dollar Tree as the only local food option it’s totally manageable to eat a whole-foods diet free of any harmful ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-12-02T00:30:00-05:00","updated_at":"2022-10-03T19:38:20-04:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWe review some of the healthiest options at Dollar Tree from various food categories like animal products, produce and beverages. We also put together an example set of meals, and conclude with whether we think it's possible to eat healthy from Dollar Tree alone.\u003c\/span\u003e","template_suffix":"","handle":"eat-healthy-dollar-tree","tags":"_related:cost-savings, _related:nutrition"}

Can You Eat Healthy at Dollar Tree? We Investigate

Can You Eat Healthy at Dollar Tree? We Investigate


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This article is part of a three-part series where we investigate whether it’s possible to create a nutrient-dense, healthy meal plan exclusively sourced from the three most popular dollar stores: Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar.

There’s a popular conception that all food from dollar stores is unhealthy, and while much of it is, we’ve found some healthy options that may be useful for Dollar Tree shoppers to look for.

In this article we’ll review some of the healthiest options from the Dollar Tree across various food categories, and provide a sample meal plan.

How Do We Define Healthy?

Healthy eating is of course a subjective term, because what’s healthy for one person may not be for another. A diabetic may not be able to eat healthy carbs that would suit an average healthy adult.

We define healthy eating as a diet model that’s high in nutrients and free of harmful additives like sugars, preservatives or flavoring chemicals.

This diet model has been shown in medical studies to be optimal for the average adult. The basis of most meals are whole grains, legumes, fresh produce, wild-caught fish and animal products sourced from grass-fed animals, as well as seeds and nuts.

Please note that the pricing used in this article is an example from one store in our region (Western Massachusetts), and pricing will vary nationally.

Produce

Dollar Tree frozen vegetables

There are a decent number of produce options at Dollar Tree, and definitely more than at Dollar General.

There is dried, canned and frozen produce to choose from. Some of the canned items contain added sugar which we don’t recommend. Here are the produce options we do recommend:

Dried apples: $1

Dried mangos: $1

Dried pineapple: $1

Frozen okra: $1

Frozen California blend (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots): $1

Frozen peas & carrots: $1

Frozen cauliflower: $1

Frozen broccoli: $1

Frozen asparagus: $1

Frozen stir fry blend (carrots, snap peas, yellow bell peppers): $1

Frozen spinach: $1

Frozen peaches: $1

Frozen strawberries: $1

Frozen mixed berries: $1

Frozen mangoes: $1

Frozen banana berry blend: $1

Canned olives: $1

Canned pumpkin: $1

Canned green beans: $1

Canned carrots: $1

Canned beets: $1

Canned mushrooms: $1

Canned potatoes: $1

As you can see, there is actually a significant variety of produce available at Dollar Tree and the prices are lower on average than at Dollar General. We listed 19 different varieties of produce available just at one store. 

Most people think that fresh produce is the healthiest, but frozen produce is arguably superior from a nutritional standpoint. Medical research shows that frozen produce is higher in nutrients on average because the nutritional content is locked in right upon harvest during the freezing process.

We recommend frozen produce over canned produce, because there are some legitimate concerns over chemicals leaching from liners into canned foods. That being said, the benefits of produce consumption outweigh these concerns, so for consumers who only have access to a Dollar Tree we’d recommend usually selecting the frozen produce items listed, but occasionally choosing some of the canned produce like beets and green beans for variety.

Animal Products

Dollar Tree pink salmon

Similar to Dollar General, the only healthy animal products at Dollar Tree are fish. We don’t recommend any of their meats or dairy offerings because they’re sourced from conventionally-raised animals which we know from medical studies to be significantly less healthy than those from pastured animals. Here are the animal products we recommend: 

Packaged pink salmon 2.6 ounces (oz): $1

Canned sardines in water 3.75 oz: $1

Canned mackerel 10 oz: $1

Canned tuna: $1

Fish are a great protein source, and are high in omega-3 fatty acids. All of the products recommended above are sourced from wild-caught fish which we believe to be healthier than farmed fish.

Fish probably shouldn’t be consumed more than four times a week to minimize mercury exposure, and we’d recommend limiting tuna intake to twice weekly or less as it’s significantly higher in mercury than sardines or salmon.

Staples

Dollar Tree oats

Staples like rice and beans should make up the base of most of your meals if you’re shooting for a cheap and healthy meal plan. Dollar Tree has some healthy staple options:

Great Northern beans 1 pound (lb): $1

Pinto beans 1 lb: $1

Lentils 1 lb: $1

Long grain brown rice 2 lb: $1

Rolled oats 1 lb: $1

Golden quinoa 6 oz: $1

Popcorn kernels 20oz: $1

This is a significantly wider variety than Dollar General, and provides a healthy set of cheap carb staples. Dollar General only had rice and beans, so adding oats and quinoa adds nutrition, micronutrients and variety.

Many cultures worldwide make rice and beans the base of many of their meals because of its low cost and high nutrition. At these prices, you could have a large meal of rice and beans for under 10 cents.

We don’t recommend any of Dollar Tree’s pasta products because they’re all enriched with synthetic vitamin blends which we feel are unhealthy and potentially harmful.

Snacks

Dollar Tree peanuts

The healthiest snacks at Dollar Tree are whole nuts. Consumption of nuts is shown in medical research to reduce mortality rates for nearly all causes. They have a smaller selection than Dollar General, but better prices:

Peanuts 7.5 oz: $1

Sunflower seeds 5 oz: $1

Pumpkin seeds 2 oz: $2

All of the nuts products mentioned above have no additives. Dollar Tree has a wide variety of candy and chips but we don’t recommend any of these products as they’re unhealthy.

Beverages

Dollar Tree grapefruit juice

You can find a surprising amount of healthy tea options at Dollar Tree:

Energy Boost tea (20 bags): $1

Immunity Boost tea (20 bags): $1

Detox tea (20 bags): $1

Peppermint tea (20 bags): $1

Green tea (100 bags): $1

Coffee grounds (6 oz): $1

Organic Arabica coffee grounds (2.25 oz): $1

Espresso coffee grounds (6 oz): $1

Prune juice (1 lb): $1

Red grapefruit juice (14 oz): $1

Apple cider vinegar (1 lb): $1

Water (6-pack): $1

Once again, Dollar Tree easily beats Dollar General in healthy options for this category.

We don’t agree with the health claims for the tea (“detox”, “immunity”), but they’re just blends of herbal teas with no additives so they’re perfectly healthy.

Cooking Oils

Dollar Tree coconut oil

We only recommend one cooking oil found at Dollar Tree:

Refined coconut oil (7.25 oz): $1

The majority of the cooking oils they have for sale are cheap vegetable oils like corn oil and vegetable oil blends. We know from medical research that vegetable oils are associated with inflammation and poor cardiovascular outcomes, so sticking to coconut oil is a safe choice.

Condiments & Spices

Dollar Tree pink himalayan salt

Dollar Tree has a wide variety of spices and condiments that you can use to add flavor and micronutrients to your meals:

Himalayan pink salt: $1

Cayenne pepper: $1

Crushed red pepper: $1

Thyme: $1

Basil: $1

Parsley: $1

Black pepper: $1

Cinnamon: $1

Garlic powder: $1

Onion powder: $1

Yellow mustard (20 oz): $1

Frank’s hot sauce (5 oz): $1

Vitamins

Dollar Tree fish oil

Surprisingly, Dollar Tree has a decent selection of vitamins and supplements that are free of harmful additives like preservatives and artificial colorings. We didn’t publish a Vitamins section in our Dollar General review, because of the additives included in their supplements.

Here are the supplements we’d recommend from Dollar Tree:

Fish oil (1000 mg): $1

Probiotic acidophilus: $1

Vitamin D (400 IU): $1

Vitamin C (500 mg): $1

We don’t believe that supplements are necessary for everyone; it’s situational. You can get your fish oil from eating whole fish, but supplementation could be a good option for those who dislike and avoid eating fish.

Similarly, you can get Vitamin D and Vitamin C from food, but they’re very safe to supplement and can have profound health benefits, which is why we even cautiously recommend them in our article on best vitamins for teens

Dollar Tree’s supplement even contains the best-absorbed form of Vitamin D, which is Vitamin D3.

Sample Daily Meals

To illustrate how healthy of a diet you could eat from the Dollar Tree products we highlighted in this article, here’s an example set of meals for the day using our recommendations:

Breakfast: Mixed berries and pumpkin seeds with a large organic black coffee to drink. Vitamin C and Vitamin D as supplements.

Lunch: Quinoa and pink salmon cooked with onion powder, pink himalayan salt and thyme, topped with hot sauce.

Dinner: Lentils and rice and asparagus with cayenne and onion powder, with peppermint tea to drink.

The above meal plan is healthier than the vast majority of Americans eat, and can be acquired for a total of less than $5 at Dollar Tree. It goes to show that with proper planning, nearly anyone in the developed world can achieve good nutrition.

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Conclusion

It’s definitely possible to eat healthy at Dollar Tree, and we find their selection and prices to be better than Dollar General.

You have to know what to look for, because the store has many processed offerings like candy, soda and chips to avoid. But there are also a wide variety of produce, nuts and fish options that are high in nutrients.

We hope that this review is helpful for anyone shopping at Dollar Tree or considering it, and we’re pleased to report that even for those with Dollar Tree as the only local food option it’s totally manageable to eat a whole-foods diet free of any harmful ingredients.




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