36 Best Healthy Things To Buy At Costco

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By: // May 17, 2018


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.

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From dinner shortcuts to ingredient staples, Costco has your back when it comes to eating healthy. Check out these 36 best items to buy in bulk at Costco:

1. Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

quaker oats from costco

A breakfast (and cookie!) staple, we are huge fans of oatmeal! So, of course it’s fitting that we get HUGE bags of it from Costco. It lasts in your pantry forever and you never have to buy those silly small packets again.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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!)

6. Fage Greek Yogurt

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.

7. 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!

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Organic Chia Seeds

Organic chia seeds from Costco

Another smoothie staple, this 2-pound 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. Again, be sure to store in the freezer or fridge!

11. 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.

12. 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!

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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 rice to cook. Add protein and veggies for a well-rounded meal that comes together in a flash.

16. Organic Apple Sauce

Organic Applesauce from Costco

Do your kids go through apple sauce like it’s going out of style? Now you can get 24 pouches of organic deliciousness (no sugar added!!) without breaking the bank.

17. 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.

18. Organic Maple Syrup

Organic maple syrup from Costco

Let’s face it, real organic maple syrup is expensive! But if you’re going to use this sweetener which we definitely recommend over the fake stuff, this is the best deal we’ve seen. Just store in the fridge after opening!

19. Frozen Grass Fed Beef Patties

Grass-fed beef from Costco

Whether you’re whipping up burgers for a summer barbecue or adding a simple patty to your dinner for protein, these frozen grass fed patties are a go-to.

20. Hummus

Hummus from Costco

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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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!

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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!

34. 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.

35. Organic Eggs & Hard Boiled Eggs

Organic eggs from Costco

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

36. 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!

What are your favorite Costco finds? Comment below!

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26 Comments


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.


on January 14, 2018 at 10:42 PM Reply

Their egg whites are soooo cheap for 6 cartons compared to individual cartons in grocery stores! Those are awesome. Also love their bread choices, oatmeal in bulk, and low carb tortillas!


on December 14, 2017 at 3:48 PM Reply

Hoping Fage Greek yogurt with fruit will be offered.


on September 25, 2017 at 6:24 PM Reply

You forgot the Organic Eggs


    on September 26, 2017 at 11:56 AM Reply

    We did actually include the organic eggs in our list :)


on July 17, 2017 at 8:10 PM Reply

Those are great options! I found grassfed ground beef last week- finally! I would add that to the list. I disagree with zero fat yogurt- that's not a good option. Costco needs to start carrying full fat organic plain yogurt!! And more organic cheese options.


    on July 18, 2017 at 4:51 PM Reply

    I have filled out a comment card a couple of times asking for them to carry a full/low fat Greek yogurt. Maybe if lots of us fill out comment cards asking them to they'll add one.


    on July 18, 2017 at 7:38 AM Reply

    We agree, Kathryn! Full fat organic yogurts are our preference too!


on June 26, 2017 at 8:01 AM Reply

I only buy my produce at Costco. I detoxify all my produce (regular or organic) in a clean sink, fill with cold water, add 4 tblsp salt & 1 tblsp lemon juice. Swish around periodically for 10 minutes. Rinse and air dry completely on a towel before packaging up to keep in fridge. You'll be amazed on what your water looks like when done. My produce lasts a lot longer and I think tastes better. Note: I do no that wash my leafy veggies so I always buy organic.



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