Americans are more health conscious than ever. Many flock to the organic produce section or shop for whole grains unprocessed or minimally processed foods. Though better for your health, organic and whole grain foods can be expensive.

Trader Joe's carries a wide selection of wholesome and organic food items at an affordable price. Take, for instance, their extensive bread selection. They have great prices on the 24 ounce loaves of Food for Life bread. They also carry the Food for Life gluten free brown rice bread, cinnamon raisin and sprouted grain bread for $3.99 a loaf.

They also carry their custom label whole grain breads. Trader Joe's line of sprouted whole grain breads sale for $2.99 for a 16 ounce loaf. Select from sprouted rye, sprouted wheat berry and whole wheat. These breads are best stored in the freezer or refrigerator. Their whole wheat pita bread is affordably priced at $1.49 for an eight ounce package.

Forego the enriched white pasta and try Trader Joe's organic whole wheat penne, spirals or spaghetti. It is $1.39 for a one pound bag. Find a one pound bag of gluten free brown rice pasta for $1.99. My family made the switch to whole wheat pasta several years ago and we love it. You can eat healthily and affordably if you know where the deals are.

For now happy shopping!

Laurie Dixon, TheBAG Lady