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Top 10 Healthy Foods to Buy at Costco

Healthy Costco Foods

We go to Costco. A lot. Like, we’re on a first name basis with some of the employees there. Most people think of wholesale stores like Costco as a ‘stock up 2x a year’ stop, but we’re there on a weekly basis. Why? Because they’ve seriously stepped up their game in the healthy, fresh, and organic foods department. Costco is the new place to buy healthy foods. Don’t believe us? Keep reading, and we’ll convince you why buying healthy Costco foods is good for both your wallet AND your diet.

healthy foods to buy at Costco

Some of these health foods we’re about to list can cost a fortune if you buy them at the grocery store. But at the same time, they’re clean eating staples. This is why healthy eating gets a bad rap – there’s a huge misconception that it’s incredibly expensive. And if you’re not smart about it, it can be. Buying healthy Costco foods wholesale is a great way to get around this.

healthy foods to buy at Costco

In addition, stocking your house with tons of healthy options is a surefire way to set yourself up for success. Instead of buying that giant box of pop tarts, swoop up the value bag of oats. Trade the boxed mac and cheese for quinoa and beans. The fact is, if you’ve stocked up on good for you foods, that’s what you’re going to eat.

Buying wholesale makes this even easier.

healthy foods to buy at Costco

Bottom line: if you’re seriously committed to clean eating, Costco is your new best friend. Here are our top 10 healthy Costco foods, and why they’re so freaking awesome.

1. Frozen Fruit

Anyone who’s bought organic frozen fruit for smoothies knows that it can cost a stupid amount of money for a very small amount. We’re talking $5-7 for a bag that has 2-3 servings. Costco sells huge bags of organic, frozen fruit for about $10; making it one of the top healthy foods to buy at Costco. They also have a ton of selection, so you can constantly switch it up and keep things exciting.

Your smoothies just got way more interesting, and way more affordable.

2. Fresh Produce

Hello king of healthy Costco foods. This is one of our absolute favorite things that Costco carries now. Throughout the year, the have a huge selection of organic (and non-organic) produce. One of our favorites are the huge packs of spinach that we use in smoothies year round for $4. During the summer months, we score berries, grapes, watermelon, apples, and mangos for $5-$8.

Since they come in such large amounts, it’s enough for us both to split throughout the week, and it makes grabbing healthy snacks and incorporating more veggies ridiculously easy.

3. Quinoa

Since we follow a plant based diet, quinoa is a staple food for us. But at the grocery store, it costs 10+ dollars for a tiny bag. Costco sells a huge bag for only $10 and it lasts us about a month, and it would probably last a normal couple even longer. We love mixing it with beans, in salads, and even just plain with hot sauce to get a substantial dose of filling protein and fiber.

4. Steel Cut Oats

We look forward to the colder months every year because Costco stocks organic, quick cooking steel cut oats. A 7lb bag is only $8 (a 1lb bag at the grocery store is $5). You save about $30 buying this in bulk. Steel cut oats are SUCH a great way to start your day. They pack a ton of protein and fiber, and have no sugar. 1/2 of a cup has 8 grams of protein, and 8 grams of fiber. Throw in some almond milk and berries, and you’ve got a solid start to your day that’ll keep you full all morning long.

5. Protein

This is another product that can end up costing you a ton of money, especially if you buy organic and quality plant based. Costco sells Orgain tubs for only $30 (and sometimes they’re on sale!). They also have a large variety of other proteins (both plant based and whey). When there’s a sale, we stock up and save even more money. Plant protein is easily one of our favorite healthy foods to buy at Costco and probably one of the ones that saves us the most money.

6. Chia Seeds

Let’s just keep adding to the list of things that can rack up your grocery bill if you buy it non-wholesale. Chia seeds are expensive little guys, but they’re essential for a good diet. They’ve got tons of health benefits, and are easy to incorporate into a variety of meals. A small bag at the grocery store can run anywhere from $9-12. We get a big bag of organic for only $7 at Costco. We throw them in smoothies, make chia pudding, and add them to oats. Clean eating made easy.

7. Black Beans

Black beans are a perfect ingredient to pair with quinoa because it makes up a complete protein. Beans are packed with both protein and fiber, and are incredibly filling. It helps that they’re also delicious. These organic black beans can run $2.50 a can at the grocery store. Or you could swoop this mini palate with 8 cans for only $6.

8. Almond Butter

Nut butters are super popular now (with good reason- hello healthy fats!), but they’re also incredibly overpriced. We love using this ingredient in protein balls, oatmeals, smoothie, and just straight out of the container on a spoon (we know we’re not the only ones who do this). But we also go through a lot, which can quickly add up if you’re buying standard sized jars for $8 a pop. This big jar runs only $11 and will last and last.

9.Hummus

We love hummus. It goes great on sandwiches, pitas, and makes eating fresh veggies way more fun. Costco sells these giant value packs of hummus for only $7. They last us for weeks, and we save a boatload of money by not buying them in smaller and more expensive portions.

10. Pantry Staples

Costco carries a whole bunch of healthy pantry staples that are both organic, and much cheaper than buying them at a grocery store. We stock up on organic olive oil, coconut oil, dried fruits, oats, and other miscellaneous items that fill our kitchen with whole, nutrient packed foods that serve a variety of purposes.

 

Buying healthy Costco wholesale not only saves you a ton of money, it also helps you eat healthier. When you have a kitchen full of clean foods, you’re more motivated to actually EAT them. Eating clean is not only affordable, it’s also doable. Sign up for that Costco membership, and your body and wallet will thank you.

(No, this isn’t a sponsored post. We really do just love Costco that much.)

70 Comments

  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    November 5, 2017 at 12:14 am

    as a newly-obsessed costco gal, i am soooooo on board with this list!!! i’ve only been once (like, as an adult buying my own groceries) so i’m still learning to navigate the waters on what they’ve got/what’s worth it, so this is super helpful! although i’m a tad afraid to stock up on almond butter for fear that i’ll eat it all in a week…haha

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 5, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Costco is the BEST! Only in the past year have we really mastered what they’ve got and when haha, but it saves us SO much money! And Ben DEFINITELY is on the same page with the almond butter haha, we go through a crazy amount!

  • Vcik’s Up

    November 5, 2017 at 3:22 am

    Thank you!! That’s a super useful post!
    I’ll keep it in mind for my grocery’s!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 5, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      You’re welcome! We’re so glad it helps!

  • Eena

    November 5, 2017 at 3:58 am

    OOOH. I’m kinda in the process of SLOWLY changing my eating habits and this list couldn’t have come at a better time – thanks for sharing!

    cabin twenty-four

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 5, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Slow is the BEST way to change your habits! It’s honestly one of the best ways to actually maintain a change. We hope this list helps! Stocking your kitchen with these things helps so much!

  • Emily

    November 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    We don’t have Costco in the UK but it definitely sounds like a great place to stock up on all the good stuff – especially since you can get fresh produce too!

    Musings & More

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      It’s the BEST!

  • Tomáš

    November 5, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Nut Butter <3 One of the best thing in the world! You should see the price of frozen fruit in Malta 😀 The Prices are unbelievable

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 5, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      Good or bad unbelievable?! It can go either way haha. They’re terrible here if you don’t buy them wholesale! And nut butters are the BEST!

  • wendee

    November 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try quinoa
    The Glossychic

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 5, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      We love quinoa! It’s so healthy and filling, and it goes with just about anything. You should find a yummy recipe with it and tell us what you think!

  • Sarah

    November 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Se don’t have costco in my country but it sounds like a great place to shop 🙂

    What Sarah Writes

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 5, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Costco is AMAZING! It just makes buying these staple health foods so much more affordable. They have tons of other products wholesale too. We recently bought our Vitamix there for much cheaper than most places sell!

  • Britney

    November 6, 2017 at 12:33 am

    We actually don’t have a Costco here where I live. I like the options you chose though. I’ve never had hummus before, but I do want to try it.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 6, 2017 at 12:37 am

      TRY it Britney! It’s so yummy and it’s a great healthy snack. There are so many varieties, you’ll definitely find something you love! We’ve even heard of dessert hummus… Let us know if you find that!

  • Caitlin | Beauty & Colour

    November 6, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Love finding other vegan bloggers and totally agree with all of these essentials!

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Lifestyle Blog

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 6, 2017 at 12:45 am

      Thanks Caitlin! We love it too!

  • Andrea

    November 6, 2017 at 1:22 am

    A couple of ways to decrease a Costco membership are to ask your mom to be on her membership : )
    or ask a neighbor or a friend to split one with you.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 6, 2017 at 1:26 am

      Ah haha these are great suggestions :). Co-workers are a great option too!

  • Irene

    November 6, 2017 at 3:12 am

    I have a never ending love for oatmeals – roll oats, steel cut, I love them all! I can eat them for any meals! And they are super convenient!!

    http://www.hintofgrey.com | Hint of Grey

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 7, 2017 at 12:40 am

      They’re the BEST! We love that you can do so many different versions of them. And the steel cut keep you full all morning long!

  • the adventurer

    November 6, 2017 at 4:42 am

    You are so right about the price of chia seeds in a regular grocery store, and yesterday I just went out and bought a new bag. Next time I will remember to go to Costco for sure. Also I love that Costco carries Kombucha…saves me so much money when I buy it from them! =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 7, 2017 at 12:41 am

      Isn’t it insane?? We looked the other day and this tiny little bag was $11. Definitely snag them from Costco next time. The kombucha is so nice to have cheaper – Ben loves that stuff. Cold brew coffee is a steal too!

  • Laura Mitbrodt

    November 6, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I love costco, you can get such good stuff there
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 7, 2017 at 12:41 am

      Costco is the BEST. You can literally find anything and everything at that place! And the samples are nice too haha.

  • Heather Rowland

    November 6, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Love every single one of these products you’ve listed, and it’s great how big the savings are that you can make by going to Costco too!

    Heather xx
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 7, 2017 at 12:42 am

      The savings add up SO quickly if you buy these products. It’s honestly been a game changer for us (and our wallets!).

  • Rosanna

    November 6, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Great info and items, I really like almond butter!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 7, 2017 at 12:42 am

      Thanks! We love it too! You too Rosanna!

  • Federica Di Nardo

    November 6, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Everything looks delicious!!

    Federica
    http://www.federicadinardo.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 7, 2017 at 12:43 am

      It is! So yummy!

  • Addison Manor

    November 6, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Wow! This is SO helpful! Especially the tip about frozen fruit. I hate how expensive it can be so it obviously makes more sense to buy in bulk! Will have to check Costco out!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 7, 2017 at 12:44 am

      Frozen fruit is CRAZY expensive. We honestly couldn’t do smoothies like we do if it weren’t for Costco. It makes all the difference!

  • Amy Gibson

    November 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    We have a Costco near where I live, but I bet the UK prices make it more expensive! It’s still cheap, but I don’t think it’d be as cheap as your shop!

    I wish we had space to bulk buy. Our cupboard is always full with our usual weekly stuff plus all the tins we have stocked up, so buying in bulk would be really difficult. When we get our own house hopefully we’ll have a bigger kitchen!

    Really enjoyed this post! I could definitely eat all the hummus!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 7, 2017 at 12:45 am

      Haha oh my gosh, we have the same issue. Our kitchen is TINY, so we always have huge bags of these products in the weirdest places because we’ve got nowhere to store them.
      We heard that dessert hummus exists too… NEED to find that ASAP!

  • Kim

    November 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Wait what?! I had no idea costco stocked all this! Alright, I’m calling my fiancé and we’re going to sign up for a membership! I love a good deal, especially when it comes to food and being healthy is always a goal of ours! Thanks for all these tips!

    Kim
    simplylovebirds.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 7, 2017 at 12:45 am

      Isn’t it glorious?! We only recently figured it out in the past couple years and it changed EVERYTHING! Sign up for sure!

  • Emily

    November 6, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Costco always has SUCH a good selection of protein! Especially for the fitness junkies haha. Which I used to be. I love they carry that PB2 stuff. I tend to always buy their frozen meals for work, which probably aren’t so healthy. ;p

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 7, 2017 at 12:46 am

      We LOVE the PB2! And that stuff is crazzzzy expensive in the stores. Some of the frozen meals aren’t too bad! We always snag veggie burgers and burritos when they go on sale. Sale at Costco = even better savings! It’s hard to pass up!

  • Konstantina Antoniadou

    November 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Everything looks absolutely delicious! I would really want to try.
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 7, 2017 at 12:47 am

      It’s all so good! You should definitely try it out!

  • zarrah

    November 7, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I am a fan of Quinoa and some of your purchases are nice.
    Great buy at Costco.

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 8, 2017 at 12:41 am

      Quinoa is the best! Thanks Zarrah!

  • swisstwins

    November 7, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Great Post<3
    Thank you so much for sharing
    we wish you a great day
    xoxo
    http://www.swisstwins.ch/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 8, 2017 at 12:41 am

      You too ladies!

  • Gemma

    November 7, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Great suggestions. Thanks for sharing them. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 8, 2017 at 12:41 am

      Thank YOU Gemma!

  • Katya

    November 7, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Hearing Costco to me always has sounded like a huge pack of grocery bags. These are a great variety of nutritional foods. I cannot wait to come check them.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 8, 2017 at 12:41 am

      Haha right? We always thought of Costco as just samples until we really explored it. It’s amazing!

  • Nevena Krstic

    November 7, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I really want to buy everything! 🙂 xx

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 8, 2017 at 12:42 am

      It’s dangerous in there! We DO buy everything!

  • Agness of a Tuk Tuk

    November 7, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Usually, when considering to buy healthy food I must spend lots of money. However, all of these products have reasonable prices. Where can I find Costco in Europe, Susie?

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 8, 2017 at 12:42 am

      That’s how we used to feel too! I believe Costco is only in the UK and one in Paris, but you may be able to find other wholesale options throughout Europe!

  • Beatrice

    November 8, 2017 at 5:51 am

    This is seriously making me reconsider Costco! Gigantic bags of oats, big bags of chia? Yes, please! I do remember that the reason my family canceled our Costco membership many years back is because even though the idea at Costco is to buy more food so it lasts you longer, we would buy a bunch of treats and eat them all that same day, haha! Now that we have become ~healthier~ eaters though, Costco might be something to seriously look at. My favorite part of this whole post – “it would probably last a normal couple even longer”. Btw, love your new blog design!!

    Beatrice | The Bliss Bean

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 9, 2017 at 12:59 am

      Haha I literally said to Ben the other day that I wished we would someday have a cart full of pop tarts, cakes, and ice cream. There’s SO much snacky stuff there if you’re not careful! But now that they’re stocking all this great health food, it makes it a lot easier to support a healthy diet!

  • Zhanna

    November 8, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Costco is great especially when you are buying in bulks. My personal “Costco” however is old. big and convenient Amazon 🙂 It makes life so much easier 🙂

    http://www.morethandestination.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 9, 2017 at 1:00 am

      Hahaha we LOVE Amazon too! You can find some pretty great prices there too!

  • Kya

    November 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Great news that they have healthier products available! 😀

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 9, 2017 at 1:00 am

      It’s so nice!

  • Dasynka

    November 8, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I usually buy all these things 🙂
    Dasynka
    http://dasynka.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 9, 2017 at 1:02 am

      Yay! They’re all great products!

  • The Gluten Free Guide to Everything

    November 8, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Great picks, I love healthy food! Costco was quite expensive when I was in New York to me as a European though.

    Marije | thegfguide.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 9, 2017 at 1:03 am

      It’s interesting the difference between food prices in different countries. We found lots of different foods for way cheaper in Italy! Costco is a great pick for wholesale foods though and big portions!

  • Gellie

    November 9, 2017 at 3:13 am

    I wish there’s a Costco (or a similar store, at least) where I’m moving in, but there’s none. I’ve decided to temporarily move to the province to have more space to breathe and get away from the toxic city life. The good thing though I will be near the local wet market so I can buy fresh goods. Cheers to choosing a healthier lifestyle! 🙂

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 9, 2017 at 3:56 am

      While healthy eats from Costco are great, NOTHING beats a local market with fresh produce and local eats! You’re so lucky that you’ll have access to that. We only get the farmers market during the summer season here.
      Also, kudos to you for taking care of yourself and making such an amazing choice! We know your mind, body, and soul will thank you for it!

  • Sheena Sy Gonzales

    November 12, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Great picks!! I love that you’re living a healthy lifestyle! Good job!

    Sheena | http://www.sheenalovessunsets.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 12, 2017 at 12:52 am

      Thank you! Definitely took a lot of trial and error to get here haha, but it was worth it!

  • Stephanie Hartley

    November 12, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Some places charge ridiculous amounts for frozen fruit! I really need to get my butt to Costco so I can buy some

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      November 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      It’s CRAZY how much grocery stores charge for frozen fruit! Costco has saved us a FORTUNE buying it there!

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