Costco is a warehouse wonderland where you can get roast chicken for under five bucks and also a surfboard, whirlpool, and enough toilet paper that hopefully the rest of this pandemic will last. It’s also a great place to buy healthy food in bulk for those who put nutrition at the forefront of their resolutions this year. Whether it’s more nutritious bread, fruit juice packets, or four tofu packets, here are all the items you should consider in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.
If your avocado always spoils before you turn it into guacamole, just buy the Wholly Guacamole readymade. It’s vegan, made with easily identifiable ingredients, and a good way to add healthy fats to your meal. I love adding guacamole to my morning toast or eating it with veggies and crackers as a snack. Occasionally, I’ll sprinkle it with extra red pepper flakes, garlic powder, or lemon juice to bring out more flavor. The mini minis are pre-divided perfectly for individual snacks, so grab them if all of the guacamole is just right for you.
Making healthy and delicious bread is hard work. It’s almost impossible to replicate the delicate butter of a brioche or the delicate interior of a French loaf. Admittedly, Dave’s Killer Bread isn’t that stuff. However, it is high in protein and whole grains which makes it a great sandwich bread. Add turkey, mustard, and plenty of leafy greens for a satisfying lunch. Dave knows what he’s doing.
I always keep a box of firm tofu in my fridge. It’s a healthy, vegan-friendly protein option that stays fresh for a while, very versatile in recipes, and easy to prepare. Whether you cook it in a spicy Korean soy sauce mixture, add it to a stir fry, or air fry for maximum crunch, tofu can do it all. You should definitely keep it as a mainstay in the fridge as well.
You can use frozen fruit cubes for smoothies and granola-topped breakfast bowls, of course. Or you can be like me, and eat the cubes as they are – sprinkled with a little tagine and chamois. This is my favorite healthy frozen dessert because it satisfies my craving for sherbet or ice cream while still being a fruit rich in fiber and vitamins. The passion fruit cubes are my favorite but the dragon fruit is just as delicious. It seems Costco is constantly rotating available Pitaya Food varieties — which include products like frozen aloe vera, berries, and jackfruit.
This is for all ketogenic dieters. Whenever you feel like eating salty and crunchy potato chips, look to Whisps instead. They’re made with 100% cheese, have a satisfying breakout in every bite, and are low in carbs and high in protein. You can eat it as a snack or add it to salads and soups. They come in different types of cheese such as Parmesan, cream cheese and Asiago blend with pepper jack.
On days when I’m too lazy to make a real breakfast, I’ll have a cup of Chobani. Greek-style yogurt is higher in protein than traditional yogurt, containing 12 grams of protein in one serving. The flavors that come in a Costco packaging are Monterey Strawberry, Madagascar Vanilla and Cinnamon, Willamette Raspberry, and Wild Blueberry. Honestly, I can’t decide my favorite – they are all really satisfying. Just get tired of the sugar. Although it’s less than the original, there’s still nine grams of sugar in the cup, so limit it to one yogurt per day.
I am not one of those people who actively drink protein shakes or add a range of nutritional supplements to my diet. However, if I were to be one of those people, I would buy Premier Protein. Each carton contains only 160 calories, with 30 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar. This is kind of hard to believe because it tastes like milkshakes. The caramel is delicious, and I’ve used vanilla and chocolate as a base for banana and peanut butter smoothies. The coffee flavor has the added bonus of including actual caffeine, so you can make it your new, boozy morning ritual if you like.
My New Year’s resolution is to drink more water. The fourth question helps me. The brand claims to have discovered the perfect blend of ingredients to help your body absorb water faster. Look, I was an English major in college and I’m not going to pretend I understand jumbo awesome science. My understanding is that lemon and lime zest tastes like Sprite and there are plenty of vitamins and electrolytes in every packet. My main concern is the amount of sugar – 11 grams per packet – but I hope they come up with a formula with less sugar. I will continue to add this to my water bottle after Pilates classes and when I am drunk.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Costco’s famous rotisserie chicken. This is a meal prep dream ingredient. Use chicken in salads, soups, lunch dishes, and wraps – it’s the easiest and cheapest way to get a whole, cooked chicken. When you’re done peeling the bones, use the chicken carcass to make the stock. It’s probably the best $4.99 you’ll ever spend.