When we’re not on the road or traveling, we have the luxury of space, storage, and a kitchen so we naturally like to stock up on groceries to make mealtime easy. We prefer to shop at Costco and do a haul every two weeks to ensure that there are enough healthy choices to whip up so we aren’t tempted to eat out.
I know a lot of people really struggle with deciding what to eat during the work week or their too tired to meal prep, so they end up eating out instead. The average household spends $3k/year on dining out. This will not only cost you a pretty penny but eating out isn’t exactly the healthiest option either as those meals tend to be higher in sodium and high calorie. Some meals exceed the calorie count recommended for the entire day. And as someone who previously did marketing in the restaurant industry, I can tell you for a fact this is indeed true at many establishments — even in those “healthy” salads that are on the menu.
It’s important to have a few meals in mind or at least know your “staple items” before you go so shopping is less stressful. Lately, I have it down to a science and really don’t need to use lists anymore to navigate me through the process. But honestly, that’s why I’m here … I’m going to share with you my favorite picks + choices to make that Costco visit just a little easier!
Chance and I are really simple cooks. Most meals, we enjoy grilled or sauteed veggies with some kind of protein and a salad. I typically buy things that are in season or grab all our favorites so we have options and can mix it up. No meal plan needed, we just buy and then eat what we crave.
- Baby Bell Peppers
- Sweet Potatoes
- Yellow Sweet Onion
- Corn (on occasion)
- Chopped Salad Kits: Asian, Mediterranean, Sweet Kale
This is not the frozen section but more or less the section in Costco that is “cold” — typically where you’d find lunch meat, other proteins, cheese and dips.
- Vegan chickpea patties with sweet potato and spinach
- Organic kale and mozzarella chicken burgers
- Organic veggie bites
- Organic Spaghetti Squash
- Organic butternut squash with bolognese sauce
- Cowboy Caviar
- Spicy Avocado Hope Hummus
- Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Veggie spring rolls
- Veggie cauliflower pizza
- Don Lee Farms veggie bowls
- Acai bites
- Lara Bars
- Clean Bars
- The good bean chickpeas (great salad topper!)
- Brown and red rice with cia and kale
- Turmeric crackers (or sweet potato depending what’s in stock)
- Milton’s crispy gf sea salt crackers
- Dark chocolate bark thins
- La Croix
- Roar Electrolyte drinks
- Annie’s gummy bunnies
Got something I need to try? Comment below and let me know.