For most of us, the quarantine life has changed the way we shop for groceries. Some limit their grocery trips sparingly, while others turn to online shopping to have their essentials delivered. Either way, your grocery list plays a huge role in your health.

Sometimes, we head to the imported products section to stock up on healthy pantry staples. It turns out, there are local alternatives available that will not just nourish you just the same, but won’t put a dent in your wallet. Making healthy and affordable grocery swaps can require research, but don’t worry. Allow us to take out some of the guesswork!

Below, we listed 11 affordable alternatives to your favorite imported products. All have been vetted by our customers, so you know they’re worth it.

If you like Bare Barney Almond Butter (10oz)
TRY: Rose’s Kitchen Roasted Almond (200g), P395
Anna, 38: “This almond butter is not too sweet which I like! It tastes natural with the slightest hint of saltiness. The texture is nutty and it has a spreadable consistency. It didn’t last in our fridge, I think I consumed this within a week! Low in calories too! Sure winner, I just ordered another bottle.

Shop the Rose’s Kitchen Roasted Almond (200g) here.

If you like Woodstock Raw Almonds
TRY: Philippine Pure Raw Almonds (500g Jar), on sale at P520 (limited time only)
Led, 59: “I like this a lot because it is unsalted, which is good for the health. It won’t make you feel guilty even if you eat a lot. It is likewise the cheapest brand in the market. I’m glad I ordered this product! It is definitely a good buy and I will surely buy again!”

Shop the Philippine Pure Raw Almonds (500g Jar) here.

If you like Navitas Organics Maca Powder
TRY: Philippine Pure Maca Powder (100g), P220
Jessica, 36: “I take this with my morning coffee (black) and I like how it adds a nutty and earthy flavor to it. It doesn’t dissolve all the way through though as there are always these “bits” at the bottom of my cup but it doesn’t bother me. Definitely has given me that extra kick I need in the morning since I started taking maca and it has now become a part of my pre-workout prep.”

Shop the Philippine Pure Maca Powder (100g) here.

If you like Simply Organic Turmeric Powder
TRY: Philippine Pure Turmeric Powder (200g), on sale at P240 (limited time only)

Carla, 29: “I am now on my second pack of this, been taking a teaspoon every morning before breakfast (I add this and a little bit of honey to a cup of warm water). and a little honey. It’s really good for my digestion and complexion as well. I take it at night before bed too (also with water but sometimes I add it to milk), and it has helped me get better sleep.

Shop the Philippine Pure Turmeric Powder (200g) here.

If you like Navitas Organics Cacao Nibs
TRY: The Green Tummy Sugar Coated Cacao Nibs (80g), on sale at P135 (limited time only)
Sonia, 30: “These cacao nibs are definitely included at the top of my favorite snacks! It has the perfect combination of sweetness from the coconut sugar and crunch from the roasted cacao nibs. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a healthier version of snacks that could certainly satisfy any sweet tooth cravings.

Shop The Green Tummy Sugar Coated Cacao Nibs (80g) here.

If you like Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal
TRY: Philippine Pure Activated Charcoal (150 Capsules), P595
Ria, 37: “I am an avid fan of probiotics and [I] thought to sub with this since it has its own style of flushing toxins out. It does work! Without any weird side effects. No gassiness or bloated feeling… Water though is essential as it can get you constipated if not taken with water. Other than that, it’s a surefire way to detox.

Shop the Philippine Pure Activated Charcoal (150 Capsules) here.

If you like Cadia Organic Quinoa…
TRY: The Green Tummy Organic Tricolor Quinoa (200g), on sale at P225 (limited time only), The Green Tummy Organic White Quinoa (500g), on sale at P405 (limited time only)
Anna, 58: “Who says healthy eating is CORNY?! I take quinoa with everything! But especially with my salads. This superfood easily substitutes your potato, rice, etc. PLUS more–an entire roster of nutrients. Packs a punch at both the nutrition and flavor fronts. Try it as a side dish to your mains, with a dash of your favorite condiments.”

Shop The Green Tummy Organic Tricolor Quinoa (200g) here and The Green Tummy Organic White Quinoa (500g) here .

If you like Bare’s Crunchy Coconut Chips
TRY: Nature Bites PH Glendee Coconut Chips Roasted Coffee (40g), P135, Nature Bites PH Glendee Coconut Chips (Sea Salt Caramel) 40g, P130
Jhenny, 24: “It’s my first time to try out coconut chips and I actually liked it! The texture is nice which makes it enjoyable to eat. I got Sea Salt Caramel so I thought I would taste a bit of saltiness to it but it was just caramel to me. Nonetheless, it was tasty and I would buy another bag should it go on sale again.”

Shop the Nature Bites PH Glendee Coconut Chips Roasted Coffee (40g) here and the Nature Bites PH Glendee Coconut Chips Sea Salt Caramel (40g) here.

If you like Prana Organic Dark Chocolate Bark
TRY: Snack Box Triple Chocolate Brownie Crunch, on sale at P70 (limited time only), Snack Box Roasted Cacao Nibs With Chia and Flaxseeds Brownie Crunch, on sale at P70 (limited time only), Snack Box Salted Caramel Brownie Crunch, on sale at P70 (limited time only)

Kamille:This is one of my favorite guilt-free snacks… Major plus that it has no preservatives and is made locally. It has the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, so if you’re a fan of dark chocolate, you’ll definitely enjoy this!”

Shop the Snack Box Triple Chocolate Brownie Crunch here, the Snack Box Roasted Cacao Nibs With Chia and Flaxseeds Brownie Crunch here, and the Snack Box Salted Caramel Brownie Crunch here.

These healthy staples are exclusively available on BeautyMNL. Click here to shop our May Essentials Sale for more staples like just like these, as well as general health supplements, hair care, skincare, and bath and body products. BeautyMNL has a No-Contact Protocol for all Metro Manila orders and works with trusted couriers with similar safety measures for nationwide deliveries.

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