My Favorite Healthy Items to Buy at Costco

June 13, 2014


Every 3 weeks or so I make a trip to Costco to stock up on a select few products that we go through in larger quantities. Since there are only two of us, it’s important that we choose wisely what we buy at Costco. That means it either needs to 1) have a long shelf life or 2) be able to be frozen and thawed. This doesn’t include fresh produce, which I still purchase from time to time.

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed at Costco and not sure where to start, I thought I would compile a list of the healthy foods we love to buy there. Since Joe and I try to eat as much organic as makes sense financially, I’ve included a lot of organic items in my list. I find that Costco is one of the best places to find reasonably-priced organic food.

Cage-free, organic brown eggs (2 dozen)
-Organic Whole Milk (three 1/2 gallon containers that last for weeks!)
-Greek yogurt case of 15 (we usually just buy Joe’s fruit-flavored Greek yogurt at Costco)
-Organic butter (It comes in a 2-pack and butter can be frozen and thawed, giving it longer shelf life)
-Almond milk

Refrigerated Misc. 
Pre-packaged guacamole (they have a couple different types, and we go through it quick in our house!)
-Hummus (lots of varieties to choose from)

Dry Items 
Old-Fashioned Oats (two VERY large bags, we keep the bags downstairs and refill a canister for our pantry to save space)
Kirkland Signature Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (two very large jars, the pb only contains peanuts and salt)
Nut’N Better Natural Almond Butter (two regular-sized jars, contains only almonds and salt)
-Organic TruRoots Quinoa (4 lb bag)
-Cinnamon (we go through a lot of cinnamon so it makes sense to buy the big Costco container)
-Chia Seeds (they usually have great prices on large bags of chia seeds)

Trident Seafoods Wild Alaskan Salmon Burgers (these are so easy to throw in the oven straight from frozen for a quick meal!)
-Wild alaskan salmon or other wild frozen fish filets (we rotate between salmon and halibut most times)
-Frozen organic mixed berries (a very large bag for a very reasonable price compared with traditional grocery stores)

Fresh Produce
This is a hard category because the bags of produce are very large so we sort of have to pick and choose each time we go what we’re going to buy. These are just a few of our regular picks:
-Organic Hearts of Romaine Lettuce (a bag of 6 heads of lettuce)
-Berries (I always have good luck with the quality of their berries)
-Avocados (usually they come in a bag of 5 or 6 avocados)
-Broccoli florets
-Green beans (they usually come in a 2-bag pack and we go through them very fast in the summer)

-Bread (I don’t eat much bread, but Joe has a lot of sandwiches for lunch. We buy a 2-loaf pack and keep one in the freezer)
-Nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc. – They store well in the freezer)
-Food Should Taste Good multi-grain tortilla chips (one very large bag, we eat them with dinner and for snacking)
-Beer and wine! (Okay, not really healthy, but they do have great prices so we shop there when we have larger parties)

Are you a Costco shopper? It’s one of my favorite places to stock up, but I try to avoid it at all costs during the peak weekend hours. What items would you add to this list? 


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  • Reply amywheaton June 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Costco can be a great place to stock up on healthy things! Staples for us are Greek yogurt, quinoa, hemp hearts, frozen berries and broccoli, almond butter (we get the big Maranatha jar), avocados, sweet potatoes, milk and eggs. I haven’t tried their natural peanut butter but I like that it only contains peanuts and salt, so we may have to give it a try. I’ve had good luck buying imported cheese there too – I needed a large amount of gruyere for a recipe and the one I found at Costco was delicious. Our local grocery store charges anywhere from 1.50-2.50 for ONE avocado but at Costco the bag of 5 is 5.99!

  • Reply Kristina Wiley June 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    LOVE this! I always like to see what people buy at Costco to make sure I’m not missing out on anything! 😉 We buy basically all of the same items, but I would add:

    -Organic Chicken Breasts (We bulk buy 2 packs at a time, break them into small freezer zip locks, add our favorite marinades, then freeze. Makes for easy dinners – pull a baggie out in the morning and it’s ready to grill in the evening! Add a veggie and BOOM! dinner is served!)
    -Organic Lean Ground Beef (Freeze for Burgers, Tacos, Spaghetti etc…)
    -Della Organic Quinoa and Rice Blend (Mike isn’t crazy about quinoa on his own but this blend gets him to eat it – has brown rice and basmati in it)
    -Stacy’s Pita Chips (Mike loves these with his hummus)
    -Boom Chicka Pop Non-GMO lightly salted popcorn (my mom says the kettle flavor is great too)
    -Kirkland Vanilla Extract (big bottle – only buy once or twice a year)
    -Vanilla Beans (seasonal item that they have around Thanksgiving/Christmas)
    -Don Pablo Coffee Beans (not sure if this is only a local item since they are roasted and bagged in Miami, but it is delicious coffee! We love it!)

  • Reply Shanna June 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I love Costco. The organic coconut oil and the organic olive oil are such a blessing. Also, I think maybe different regions carry different things, but when ours has the giant bags of organic broccoli florets and organic green beans, we grab them. Also the organic cherries. Goodness we would prob have a Costco membership for the cherries alone, haha… : )

  • Reply Lindsey June 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I do not know how people do not shop there! I love it. I buy our bread there, husband’s cereal, oatmeal, wild tilapia (we do not get wild salmon), ground turkey, produce – spinach, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber and berries. Also we buy almond milk and Greek yogurt there and of course almond or peanut butter. Quinoa and coconut oil and regular purchases there too.

  • Reply Beth June 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I LOVE Costco and go a lot. It is very convenient to my house. I buy many of the things you all have listed. I also love the grape tomatoes, pears, apples, blueberries and cucumbers. I really like the logs of Belle Cheve Goat Cheese. I have 2 teenage boys so I also buy unhealthy things there such as Kirkland bacon, hamburger meat, bakery rolls, especially for parties, multi grain wraps, brown sugar, spices (really like the salt and pepper grinders) choc covered raisins and water bottles. Ground Golden Flax seed and the Kirkland greek yogurt and staples – I have it every morning for breakfast. The frozen Mahi-mahi fillets are great and I also buy the fresh whole chickens. And WINE!!!!

  • Reply Rea June 16, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Greek yogurt, berries, organic spinach, peppers. I’m the only one who eats any of that stuff in my family (well, except strawberries, my 9 year old devours those) but I can usually go through it in plenty of time. Except the spinach, but the big box costs the same as the smaller box would at the grocery store so why not? I also like the Trident Natural fish sticks and the Tyson panko breaded chicken tenders for the boys. Ingredients lists are reasonable enough for me. I liked their organic whole wheat flour, but they stopped stocking it at ours because the demand was not high enough. 🙁
    Hmm. Maple syrup, olive oil.
    Oh, and for special occasions? Can’t beat their prices on Izze sparkling juices.
    I’ll have to look for chia seeds now. One thing I’ve learned is that they stock by demand, if there isn’t demand for something they won’t carry it at your store (they stopped stocking organic chicken at ours fairly quickly). So if someone is listing something that yours doesn’t carry, fill out the little feedback form by customer service, if enough people request it they may start to stock it.

  • Reply Laura Britton June 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    This is so great! Thanks for posting. I love Costco – they really have the best prices, and also some really great products! We buy wine and beer there too, as well as quinoa, chicken, dog food, and other random items. Looking forward to trying that guacamole! Also love your idea of storing things in the freezer, since their packages are so large. thank you for posting!!!

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