The Best Healthy Foods To Buy At Costco

Cooking Advice, Food, Grocery Guides

By: // March 18, 2020


When you think of grocery stores that specialize in healthy food products, you might think of Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, but have you ever considered a big box store, like Costco?

It seems like everyone has a strong opinion on big box stores – either you love ‘em or hate ‘em. And those on each side are usually pretty passionate about it.

In health circles specifically, we’ve often heard that if you want to stick to your healthy eating plan, then you shouldn’t shop at places like Costco or Sam’s Club. Here at Get Healthy U, we disagree and actually love the deals and products we can find at our local Costco. Here’s why:

  • When it comes to clean eating, we have our favorite ingredients: sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, spinach, Greek yogurt etc. Buy these things in bulk, and they’ll last you way longer! No need to buy them every few days at your local stop.
  • According to a recent study, Costco actually sells MORE organic offerings than Whole Foods. And not only do we benefit from this, but it encourages more farmers to participate in organic practices.
  • People say that it costs too much to eat healthfully. Buying in bulk combats this. You can pay close to $7 for a tiny container of almonds at your local grocer, but buy it at Costco and you’ll pay $15.00 for a huge bag that will last you for months.

Keep in mind, having more food at home can be temptation to overeat. However, if you exercise portion control and measure food out ahead of time rather than eating from the bag or box, then taking advantage of bulk offerings can definitely help your wallet.

Related: Top 25 Finds at Trader Joe’s

From dinner shortcuts to ingredient staples, Costco has your back when it comes to eating healthy. Check out these best healthy food items to buy in bulk at Costco:

Costco Dairy, Milk, and Almond Milk

Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk

organic almond milk from costco

Whether you’re dairy free or not, almond milk is delicious and good for you too. Plus we love that it comes in 6 jugs so that we can store them in our pantry and then just grab a fresh one whenever we need it.

Organic Milk

Organic milk from Costco

Few people go to the grocery store without getting their weekly staple: milk. Buy three half gallons at once at Costco and you won’t have to worry about walking to the back of the store next time.

Kirkland Organic Greek Yogurt

Kirkland Greek Yogurt from Costco

Chris herself eats Greek yogurt every day whether it’s a quick snack in the office or an ice cream substitute after dinner with chocolate chips and honey. But we also love to use it in our baking recipes for an extra moist consistency. This 3-pound jug is perfect for any Greek yogurt lover.

Organic Salted Butter/Unsalted Butter

Organic butter from Costco

Whether you want to pay for organic or not, you can find butter in bulk for all your cooking and baking needs. We keep ours in the freezer and they last forever! And yes, butter can be part of a clean diet!

Costco Nut Butters and Healthy Oils

Almond Butter/Peanut Butter/Peanut Butter Powder/Cashew Butter

Nut butter from Costco

What would we do without nut butter? Whether you’re a peanut butter fan or prefer almond butter, these oversized jugs will last you long past the normal variety. Plus, if you prefer the powdered peanut butter to reduce the oil content, you can get that too! (You can get a 2-pack—28 oz. each—of PB for $9.99!)

Kirkland Almond Butter

Kirkland Almond Butter from Costco

Almond butter is rich, healthy, and delicious. We love this nut butter as a way to add healthy fats into your diet to keep you satiated. The Kirkland brand of Almond Butter is certified gluten-free. 

Kirkland Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Kirkland Olive OIl from Costco

Olive oil is a staple healthy oil in our kitchen. We love buying this in bulk so we always have it on hand. Kirkland’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes in a 1 Liter size.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Organic virgin coconut oil from Costco

Coconut oil is one of our absolute favorites so when we saw this 84-ounce jar, we were pumped! We love using coconut oil in place of regular cooking oil or butter for certain recipes as well as when we’re baking. But not only that, coconut oil can be used as a skin moisturizer and so much more!

Costco Healthy Drinks

Organic Coconut Water

Organic Coconut Water from Costco

We all know the importance of hydration but sometimes it’s hard to drink enough water. For you coconut water lovers out there, you’re not going find anything better than this pack of 12.

Organic Orange Cranberry Naked Juice

Organic naked juice from Costco

We love making our own smoothies and juices, but sometimes a good Naked juice is all we need. Now, rather than paying $5 for a small little bottle, we can buy 64 fl oz. worth one to last us all week. Or alternatively, you can get a variety pack of different flavors in mini bottles.

Kombucha

Costco Kombucha

Kirkland Organic Kombucha is as good as the other brands and the ginger lemonade flavor is yummy.  Kombucha can be expensive at your regular grocery stores, ringing up at close to $4 per bottle.  Buy the Kirkland 8 pack and it’s close to ½ the price per bottle!  

Coffee

Costco Starbucks Coffee Beans

Costco has a huge selection of beans.  Whatever is your favorite brand, they probably have it.  I am a Starbucks lover and I get the 2-pound bag of fresh roast beans which again saves me a substantial amount from buying 2 one-pound bags at the local Starbucks. Plus there is a coffee bean grinder on the way out of the store near the customer service counter.  If you need your beans ground, do it on the way out of the store.

Costco Healthy Snacks

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

almond flour crackers from costco in yellow and white box

These almond flour crackers are naturally gluten-free! Plus, they taste delicious with hummus or cheese.  On the healthier side with fewer ingredients.  A family favorite for my gluten-free family members and relatives.

Skinny Pop

Costco Skinny Pop and Veggie Chips

Sometimes a popcorn craving hits – and that’s ok! I am a popcorn lover. It’s my go-to munchy snack and a better choice than lots of chips filled with weird ingredients.  Skinny Pop satisfies that crunch craving and just a few ingredients – organic popcorn, organic sunflower oils, and sea salt. 

Off the Beaten Path Veggie Crisps

Veggies crisps are another tasty snack. No, these can not replace your daily vegetables but they satisfy the munchies or make a nice crunchy side with a salad or sandwich. An alternative to potato chips, we love the Off the Beaten Path Veggie Crisps at Costco. 

Terra Sweet Potato Chips

Terra Sweet Potato Chips from Costco

These chips are my favorite. I am a sweet potato lover and these are my go-to chip. My kids love them too. Again, I’m not suggesting that chips be a big part of your daily diet, but when you want something crunchy, these Terra brand sweet potato chips are a must-have for your pantry. 

Kirkland Organic Apple Sauce 

kirkland apple sauce costco

Apple sauce comes in handy when your sweet tooth kicks in. Costco’s Kirkland brand of apple sauce is organic and has simple, clean ingredients. 

Costco Grains and Rice

Organic Golden Flax Seed

Organic golden flax seed from Costco

Flax seed is a staple in our morning smoothies so buying this in bulk is a no brainer. Make sure to store it in the refrigerator or freezer though as you won’t be able to go through it as quickly and it can spoil.

Organic Quinoa

Organic quinoa from Costco

From salads to Buddha bowls to dinner sides, we use quinoa on the regular. So this 4.5-pound bag is clearly showing up in our cupboards.

Seeds of Change Brown & Red Rice Packets

Brown & red rice packets from Costco

These brown and red rice packets are perfect when you need something to fill you up but don’t have time to wait for the rice to cook. Add protein and veggies for a well-rounded meal that comes together in a flash.

Nature’s Intent Organic Chia Seeds

Organic chia seeds from Costco

Another smoothie staple, this large bag of chia seeds is great for incorporating into all sorts of recipes. From chia puddings to salad dressings to baked goods, you may work through this bag faster than you think. Chia seeds are a great source of Omega 3s so feel good about sprinkling on your yogurt, salad, cereal, etc.

Organic Quinoa and Kale

Organic quinoa and kale packet from Costco

Another shortcut dinner option or side is this organic quinoa and kale pack. Tossed with garlic, sea salt and olive oil, it’s great as is or spruced up with some spices, additional veggies and protein.

2-Minute Grains

2-minute grains from Costco

This awesome find combines wheat berries, quinoa, farro and barley in little packets that make for a delicious side or base for a Buddha bowl. All it takes it 2 minutes in the microwave!

Costco Nuts and Seeds

Costco nuts and seeds, photo pistachios and pumpkin seeds

Costco is a huge money saver for nuts and seeds. A big bag of Costco almonds, pistachios, or pumpkin seeds is half the price literally of the regular grocery store prices! Nuts stay good for a long time so it’s worth it. 

Plus, nuts are a great source of healthy fat, protein and they deliver a yummy crunch.  Almonds, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds are staples in my house but Costco also has other nuts too!

Costco Produce

Certified Organic Apples

organic apples from costco

Of course, you can choose to buy non-organic or organic apples, but since they’re on the dirty dozen list, we like to go for the organic. Buying in bulk helps with the price per apple especially if you and your family eat an apple a day!

Organic Blackberries/Raspberries

Organic blackberries and raspberries from Costco

Another dirty dozen list member, organic berries are awesome to buy from Costco. You get about double the amount which we love and the price is hard to beat too.

Columbia Organic Three Berry Blend

Photo of Organic Three Berry Blend from Costco

You can also get excellent bags of frozen fruit from Costco like Columbia Organic Three Berry Blend. There are tons of options, blueberries, mangos, and others. Frozen fruit is as healthy as fresh and lasts longer. I use this for my smoothies every morning!

Avocados

Avocados from Costco

Now you can eat an avocado every day! Buy a bag of these from Costco and you’ll be able to use them in whatever your heart desires all week: salsa, toasts, sandwiches, salads, guacamole and more.

Organic Baby Spinach/Power Greens

Organic spinach and greens from Costco

For salads or juicing, buying spinach, kale and chard in bulk is a no-brainer.

Organic Baby Carrots

Organic baby carrots from Costco

Obsessed with carrots? Well you probably won’t be able to find a larger bag of them than this 5-pound behemoth.

Organic Broccoli

Organic broccoli from Costco

Stir-frys, in a veggie tray, covered in cheese – however you eat your broccoli, you can now get it in mass proportions.

Love Beets Organic Cooked Beets

Love Beets from Costco

Don’t love scrubbing, peeling and cooking beets? Us either. But now we don’t have to since Love Beets has done all the work for us with these perfectly cooked organic beets ready to throw in salads and soups alike.

Sweet Potatoes

bag of Costco sweet potatoes

You can’t beat a bag of sweet potatoes for its versatility. Grab a bag of Costco sweet potatoes and meal prep for the week! They last a long time so it’s worth the savings. Costco also has regular potatoes, red potatoes, and a few other varieties.  I chop them and roast them, bake them, mash them.  Potatoes make every meal better! 

Costco Dips and Sauces

Basha Hommus

photo of costco basha hommus

Basha Hommus from Costco is delicious. (Some Costco stores sell different brands but most often they have chosen a well-known healthy brand.) Plus, a 36-ounce tub of hummus is exactly what we’re talking about. While we do love to make our own hummus, when the week doesn’t permit it, Costco has us covered when it comes to our addiction. And remember beans are full of protein.  Hummus is usually a part of my daily diet – I dip my veggies in it. 

Organic Wholly Guacamole Minis

Wholly Guacamole from Costco

The perfect snack for on the go, these guacamole minis are something you want to have around. And since you get 20 mini cups, you should be able to get a few yourself before your family steals them all.

Kirkland Organic Chunky Guacamole

Costco also sells large containers of guacamole in addition to the small individual size containers. Perfect for patio gatherings with tequila soda, chips, and guac!   

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto from Costco

We love this Basil Pesto! So delicious and only uses real ingredients as if we were making it ourselves. We add it to sandwiches, zucchini noodles and salad dressings for a delicious pop.

Bitchin Sauce

Bitchin’ Sauce is an extremely popular dip that also happens to be vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. It’s made of a special blend of spices and doesn’t have any MSG, artificial sugars or gums. We think this one lives up to the Hype! Use it as a dip or a marinade according to their website.

Costco Soups and Salads

Kale Superfood Salad

Kale Superfood Salad from Costco

This pre-mixed salad blends is one of our favorites. It’s filled with tons of superfoods like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, pumpkin seeds and more. Perfect for lunch and dinner, you’ll be so glad it’s a large bag.

Organic Chopped Barley & Vegetable Soup

Chopped vegetable and barley soup from Costco

These vegetarian and dairy free soups are crucial for a no-plan dinner. Filled with tons of vegetables and filling barley, its delicious and good for you.

Amy’s Organic Lentil Soups

Lentil vegetable soup from Costco

For a quick lunch or dinner, opening a can of Amy’s Lentil Soup could not be easier. Keep these on hand for nights where you get home starving with no time to make dinner but still want a healthy meal.

Costco Meat

Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts & Thighs

Organic chicken breasts from Costco

Chicken is a staple in our diets; filling, full of protein, but still lean. You can get a 3-pack bundle to keep in your freezer or fridge depending how quickly you work through it.

Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts from Costco

With no antibiotics, hormones or steroids, these chicken breasts are perfect to keep in the freezer and thaw when you need them. And it’s one of the best deals we’ve seen around!

Organic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

Organic roasted turkey from Costco

Organic deli meat at the local grocery store is so expensive for such a little amount, which is why we prefer this oven roasted turkey breast. Perfect for sandwiches, in lettuce wraps, on crackers or with cheese.

All Natural Ground Turkey

Ground turkey from Costco

Love substituting ground turkey in your tacos or other ground beef recipes? Then buy a 3 pack which typically weighs about 4 pounds and store in the fridge or freezer depending how quickly you can work through it.

Costco Eggs

Kirkland Organic Eggs

If a dozen eggs just don’t cut it in your household, then you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the 2-dozen package of organic brown eggs at Costco. 

Kirkland Organic Hard Boiled Eggs

Also, are you a hard boiled egg lover? While it really isn’t too hard to make them yourself and we’ve even got a special trick, if you’re pressed for time, you can buy 24 cage-free organic hard boiled eggs from Costco in a cinch. I was hesitant at first because I usually boil my own, but they taste delicious and are not injected with sodium.  Totally worth the buy since my family eats lots of them. 

What are your favorite Costco finds? Comment below! And don’t forget to download your healthy Costco shopping list.

 

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31 Comments


on February 11, 2021 at 6:59 AM Reply

Thank you!


on May 21, 2020 at 12:13 PM Reply

Would have been helpful if you listed the price (even though some pricing is different depending on the store). These are just photos.


on November 19, 2019 at 9:35 AM Reply

Id ditch the Quaker oats. Filled with glyphosate. There is brands that say glyphosate free, but its rare. Best to go for organic oats though.


on November 15, 2019 at 11:47 AM Reply

The packaging...endless packaging. Some of the 'healthy' foods can be purchased without the packaging at your local grocery store or farmer's market.


on August 7, 2019 at 8:40 AM Reply

grass fed Kerrygold Butter!


on January 13, 2019 at 11:58 AM Reply

I like the frozen organic mixed berries. They are great in smoothies!


on August 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM Reply

I LOVE their vanilla almond milk flavor...when you say horrible, do you mean for you? Or do you mean taste? I won't drink the Silk brand and think it tastes horrible. Is it just a taste preference or is there a quality issue?


on July 11, 2018 at 11:29 PM Reply

Many ithem are. I was just there tonight so I recognized a lot of them.


on April 22, 2018 at 7:37 AM Reply

Chris, another good section of things to add to your list ... frozen organic veggies !! In the freezer section, we buy organic brussel sprouts, organic green beans, organic spinach (when we can find it!), asparagus, organic broccoli, organic riced cauliflower. Also, they have a very nice selection of organic frozen fruit.


    on April 23, 2018 at 9:27 AM Reply

    Yes, great addition, Angela! Thanks!


on January 23, 2018 at 2:09 PM Reply

I cannot find the Coleman chicken breasts at our Costco anymore. They changed to Foster Farms organic for a while (yuck IMO) and then moved to their own Kirkland brand organic chicken breasts.......I really miss Coleman's.



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