Healthy Food Options At Costco
There was a time when I boycotted Costco. Not because it wasn’t awesome but because it was so darn busy and their food options for a healthy mama kind of sucked. While I am all about fruits and veggies (which yes, they do have lots of), there are some packaged goods we need to keep the house running (or for super long travels! Check out how to eat healthy while traveling here).
Fast forward just a few years and Costco now has some pretty much kicking items! In fact, they’re finally jumping on this health craze and are carrying a lot of allergy friendly, healthy living packaged goods.
And since having a family means you normally buy everything in jumbo mode, I’m pretty happy about this!
The truth is, we spend a ton on groceries. Buuuuttt out of all of our household bills, I refuse to cut back on food. I will budget out a lot of things (clothes, entertainment, liquor, fancy coffee etc.) but I will not alter my girls’ diets based on price (within reason).
Unfortunately, refusing to scale back on the healthy food front means out grocery bill gets a little high from things like nut flours, nuts, organic yogurt etc.
Which is why being able to now buy some of this in bulk (or just healthy alternatives of classics) makes life so much easier!
So below are a few of my favorite Costco purchases that we keep regularly in our house. That said, confession: I am rarely the one to go to Costco because it drives me nuts. It is far too busy for my liking and I just end up leaving annoyed and eye twitchy.
This means that I actually haven’t had time to scour the shelves for all it’s healthy goodies! So, if you have a few healthy food purchases of your own, please drop them below!
Psst.. I’ve also included the amazon links for the items in case that’s more your thing ?
Elan Coconut Smiles
You may know that I am coconut obsessed. Honestly, I put coconut milk, water or chips in everything. I also crack a fresh coconut 1-2x per month (check out this yummy coconut bowl!)
I love these toasted coconut slices because they’re gluten free, crunchy and yummy! Plus, the only ingredient is coconut slices (win). I use them in my yogurt, on top of smoothie bowls, out of my hand in the kitchen…
We go through an alarming amount of almond flour in this house! And nut flours are PRICEY. Costco actually has a pretty decent price point on almond meal and thus I normally stock up from them.
Lately, I have also been getting my nuts at Costco. I love our bulk foods store, but they boosted their prices and again… we go through a lot.
This is a recent find and actually one my hubby found for me! I rant a lot about canola/vegetable oils in a lot of products (nasty) and this mayo’s main source of oil is avocado!
It does contain eggs, but I THINK it’s also dairy free. Since I’ve been trying to reduce my dairy consumption (read how here) this was awesome.
I don’t typically use a lot of mayo, so this container lasts us FOREVER, but it tastes good and is a much better alternative to the regular stuff!
While I love my coconut oil I also enjoy using avocado oil because it has such a high heat point. This oil is refined (so to me that means stripped) but I think it’s still a better choice.
We’ve started swapping avocado oil for olive on our roasted veggies or anything we grill (like this grilled veggie and hummus wrap)
Simply Organic Tomato Sauce
This sauce is a lifesaver some days! Again, yes, it’s nice to make your own sauce but not always practical. So, for chilli or as the start to pasta sauce, this is one I love.
It’s organic, tasty and only contains a few ingredients (all of which I know and have),.
So Nice Organic Almond Milk
Again, something we go through a ton of! This almond milk is one of my new favorite finds! I believe it’s a Canadian company, so you may not be able to find it in your store (sorry!) if you’re US bound but it’s a good one.
And no carrageen- yay! Plus, it comes in a three pack which is perfect because we need lots haha
Below is a quick video I did from a recent Costco trip. It’s not everything but it shows a lot of my favorites.
I love beets and beets love your liver. But it can be hard to get them into your diet.
These beet “chips” make for something awesome to mindlessly munch on and the only ingredient is dried beetroot.
That said, they taste like beets. So, if you don’t like beets you probably won’t like them 😛
I am obsessed with chickpea and lentil pasta. OBSESSED. Which means we totally buy them in bulk because it’s almost the only ones I use now.
If you haven’t checked it out. Do it. Do it now. Run.
This is another one I’m not sure if you can get in the US. And if you can’t, I feel sorry for you lol
I have cracker issues, honestly, store bought crackers suck on the healthy front. These ones are one of the ones I’ve found that I don’t hate!
While they do still have a crappy oil, they also have a lot of good ingredients in them too (like black beans!). plus, they don’t taste like crap.
My daughters and I go through a ton of coconut water. But did you know many brands add sugar to their cartons (of course the do, right??). So, I am always on the hunt for one that just states “coconut water”
And Costco has one! Zico coconut water managed to not screw up something that is already so healthy! This makes my life easy because it’s such a better price point at a bulk store than purchasing each bottle on its own!
So, who doesn’t love chocolate, right?? Obviously, I am a chocolate addict 😛 It’s no secret.
Bark thins are an indulgence, though a yummy one. They contain minimal ingredients and they’re highly addictive. So be careful 😛 I actually have to keep these in the basement because I’d just eat way too many!
Side note: they’re not dairy free so if that’s what you need, they’re not for you!
Popcorn is actually a pretty decent snack in the grand scheme of things. It curbs that munching feeling, has a ton of fiber and is low in calories.
And while I do make a lot of my own popcorn, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. So, I use this!
That said, I was pretty sure that skinny pop was made with coconut oil (like VERY SURE) and when I checked the back of my newest bag it said safflower- which is not a good oil.
If this is the case, I’ll be removing it from my purchases and finding another brand. So, check yours out first!
Costco has jumped on the healthy bacteria train and is now selling Kombucha by the crate! Six bottles of yumminess 😀
I’m a home brewer so we don’t purchase this often, but I do like to keep a stock in the fridge just in case I’m behind on my brew.
I was faaarrr to happy when I saw they started carrying this!
I’m sure there is many, many more awesome, healthy options at Costco but this is my most recent list! I haven’t yet had a chance to check out their protein/snack bar section, so I’ll get to that at some point. Currently, I’m just glad that they have so many awesome options and are continuing to break out more and more.
Don’t forget to pin these healthy food options from Costco!
Purchasing in bulk has never been so awesome! Costco has completely branched out when it comes to their health food selection and I for one am beyond happy. It makes keeping stocked up a bit easier and saves me some money- so win.