Healthy Cooking at Costco

I have been a Costco member for several years. Initially I joined for a year or so, but canceled because I bought so few items there. Now they offer more organic food options, so I’m back on board!

What I buy at Costco

I am single and live alone. So, I can’t really take advantage of Costco savings as much as a family of four, or even a couple, can. But I have found some food items that work for me.

Fresh Produce

  • Berries: Buy Organic Always
    I eat a lot of blueberries and raspberries. You can get a nice packet of either of those fresh. I also buy the frozen (organic) bags too.
    Eat them fresh, freeze them (works better for strawberries, freeze individually on a tray, then bag them), Make jam (easy to do with chia seed).
  • Greens: Buy these Organic as well. Our Costco has a variety of greens, Spinach and Kale and a Mixed Bag (literally). If I don’t think I’ll eat them all up fresh, I often steam them, and freeze in quart baggies.
  • English Cucumbers: Eat some fresh … Pickle a jar or two
  • Sweet Peppers: Eat some fresh … Pickle a jar or two
  • Pineapple: Fresh or frozen … blend with coconut milk and drink for a great “island flavored” beverage or freeze and eat like a sorbet!
  • Avocados: You can refrigerate them to slow the ripening. I use “green” bags to keep them longer and it works so well!

Meat & Fish

While I prefer to know more about where my meat and fish come from, you can definitely save money buying at Costco. I look for Organic items and Alaskan (for Fish).

Frozen Chicken Breasts and Frozen individually wrapped Fish are what I buy. If you have more eaters in your home, there are many options for fresh meat and fish that aren’t individually wrapped that you can take advantage of.

Dry Goods & Liquids

  • Hemp Hearts: I love to add these to my cereals and salads. They are a great source of plant protein. I also make Hemp Milk with my blender for my cereals, smoothies and coffee.
  • Chia Seed: I’ve seen nice sized bags of chia seed too. Another great food to have around. Grind and add to cereals and smoothies. Make chia pudding with the seed.
  • Coconut Milk (canned): I don’t drink regular (cow’s) milk, but I do love Coconut milk from the can. The cans have less additives than the boxed milks. (I don’t usually by the boxes any more, but Costco may have some good prices on those as well.) I often dilute the canned milk with a can of water – it’s still tasty and the can lasts longer that way.
  • White Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar are staples for me. Costco offers some reasonably priced products even for the single person.

And More …

I’m sure that are many other items that are relatively healthy at Costco, that can add to living healthier day-by-day. Just be conscious of choosing better products … because there are lots of temptations there!

And of course …. Read Labels

Always read your labels, even when it says “organic”. Many of the Costco food products have ingredients, like sugar and less-healthy oils, added to them. (That’s one reason my list is shorter.)  This is true – wherever you buy your food products!

Here’s to being healthier, day by day!


Mary Z

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