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 healthy food items to buy in bulk at Costco:
1. Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
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
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
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
5. Almond Butter/Peanut Butter/Peanut Butter Powder/Cashew Butter
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
For salads or juicing, buying spinach, kale and chard in bulk is a no-brainer.
18. Organic Maple Syrup
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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! And don’t forget to download your healthy Costco shopping list.