Add These 10 Nutritionist-Approved Costco Picks to Your Shopping List
Costco, the membership wholesale warehouse with a notable cult-like following.
No doubt they have great values on bulk food, paper products, specialty items, housewares, and electronics, but you may or may not need a deep freezer and massive back stock area to house it all. Despite the large quantities of goods and $60+ annual membership fees, large families, business owners, and even nutritionists come back month after month to shop the sales and pick up their tried and true Costco favorites.
While the warehouse layout can be overwhelming for some, the wholesaler does a great job of sourcing better-for-you products, organics, and tons of fresh produce. To help you navigate your way to some healthy finds, we asked top nutritionists to share which Costco items always make their shopping list. Here are their top 10 picks that are both healthy and delicious. Add them to your next Costco haul.
1. Seeds of Change Microwavable Brown Basmati Rice
Everyone loves this super convenient rice product — it’s perfect for last minute weeknight meals. “Seeds of Change Microwavable Brown Basmati Rice packs are a quick and affordable side, including protein and fiber, two main nutrients that are especially important when it comes to weight maintenance and feelings of fullness,” says Katie Serbinski, RDN. In just 90 seconds, you can be well on your way to having dinner on the table.
2. Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds
Whether you’re looking for pistachios, almonds, or cashews, roasted or raw, large canisters or snack packs, just about every type of nut and every variety is available at Costco. According to dietitian Carlene Thomas, “Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almondsare a great deal for nuts and they’re a flavor-packed, pantry staple that works on a cheese platter, in a school lunch, or on the go in the car.”
3. Good Foods Avocado Mash
Who doesn’t love them some avocado? Costco knows their fans are all about this healthy fat. Serbinski loves Good Foods Organic Avocado Mash, because “it’s just four ingredients — avocados, lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper — and these single-serving cups make an awesome topper for a burger, spread for a sandwich, or a dip for chips or veggies.” Pro tip: If you want to do-it-yourself and snag the deal on a 6-count of fresh avocado but are worried they’ll brown before you can eat them all, keep a couple of avocados on the counter to ripen and store the rest in the fridge to keep them fresh for two to three times as long.
4. NuttZo 7 Nut & Seed Butter
Kirkland’s Natural Peanut Butter and Almond Butter are winners too but NuttZo’syummy nut and seed butter is packed with seven different types of nuts and seeds, and no added sugar or oils. Spread NuttZo on toast, top on oatmeal, or serve as a dip for fruit to increase the overall variety of nuts and seeds in your diet.
5. Made in Nature Organic Dried Mangos
Nothing but mango. That’s right, the ingredient list is just that: organic mangos. Make Made in Nature your go-to snack brand for sun-ripened, unsulfured organic mangos that are sweet and tangy. These strips of dried mango taste like candy (without the added sugar), making them a tasty and nutritious snack.
6. Dave’s Killer Bread
A great buy for this double pack which is nearly half the price per loaf at a traditional retailer. Don’t go through that much bread? Store it in the freezer until you’re ready to use. Lindsay Livingston, RDN from The Lean Green Bean, “love[s] Dave’s Killer Breadfor sandwiches, French toast, eggs in a hole, and more! It’s filled with whole grains, protein, and fiber.”
7. Milton’s Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Even those who are less health-conscious would probably agree that this is the best tasting cauliflower crust pizza available. And you can get a two-pack at Costco! Gluten free and loaded with veggies, it goes into the cart every single time. Pair your ‘zza with a bagged salad kit and call it a balanced meal. To up the protein, add some grilled chicken or salmon to your salad.
8. Sargento Balanced Breaks
Sports dietitian and football coach’s wife, Jenna Braddock, says “I buy the Sargento Balanced Breaks on the regular for mid-afternoon snacks for me and my husband. They are a perfect portion size of satisfying whole foods that provide protein for sustained energy and healthy fats to tame hunger. The natural sweetness of the dried fruit is very enjoyable, too. You can’t beat the price at Costco of 12 for under $10.”
9. Green Giant Organic Riced Cauliflower
“This huge bag of riced cauliflower is my secret weapon for adding more cruciferous veggies to my family’s food without them noticing,” says Braddock. “Most regularly, I add a half-cup to our morning smoothie and nobody notices! My next move is to begin adding it to rice dishes to pump up the veggies in meals.”
10. Wild Planet Albacore Tuna
A quick and easy portable snack or lunch, canned seafood like albacore tuna is packed with essential omega-3s EPA and DHA. Wild Planet Tuna is a win-win because it’s cooked in the can (no oil or water added) to retain all its natural juices and omega-3 oils. And because of their sustainable fishing practices, they catch smaller, lower mercury fish.