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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)