7 Healthy Food Options at Costco

UltimateHuman Team Oct 03, 2022
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Table of Contents
  1. 1. Frozen Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon
  2. 2. Frozen Organic Berries
  3. 3. Organic Meats
  4. 4. Organic Maple Syrup and Raw Honey
  5. 5. Organic Cold-Pressed Olive Oil
  6. 6. Grass Fed Collagen Peptides
  7. 7. Kerrygold Butter
  8. Conclusion

Written by: Jon Mitchell, PA-C

People everywhere love flocking to Costco for the bulk items, great deals, and — let's be frank — the free samples!

But here's something you may NOT know...

I believe they're also MUCH better at sourcing healthy food than the other big-box retailers.

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So whether you're already a Costco member... or you're considering becoming one...

Here's my top 7 healthy picks when strolling their big aisles. 👇

1. Frozen Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon

There is a lot to love about this...

Frozen fish is typically of decent quality because it's flash frozen after caught — which allows for better freshness than fish shipped raw.

I like Sockeye Salmon, in particular, because of its high omega-3 and low mercury content.

Sockeye is also the only salmon that cannot be farm-raised, so you know for sure you're getting a wild-caught fish.

This is important given that farm-raised fish are given supplemental feed that negatively affects their omega-3/omega-6 ratio.

2. Frozen Organic Berries

Surprisingly, frozen berries are preferable to store-bought.

This is because frozen berries are picked at peak ripeness and then frozen to maintain their full nutritional value.

Store-bought berries are picked pre-ripe and ripened during shipping which reduces their nutritional value.

The Costco frozen berry section has blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and more.

These types of beeries can be great additions to smoothies because they are low in sugar and high in phytonutrients.

3. Organic Meats

Costco has organic ground beef and chicken at great prices.

While I prefer pasture-raised animal products whenever possible...

These options are great for those on a tighter budget or with a large family.

Also, if you’re worried about rising food costs in the future, you could also buy these meats in bulk and freeze them for up to 6 months before eating.

4. Organic Maple Syrup and Raw Honey

I don’t use a lot of sugar...

But when I do, I prefer to use natural sources like maple syrup and honey

These types of sugars have a much better nutritional profile than simple sugar.

Snack tips: You can put maple syrup in greek yogurt or honey in your tea before bed.

5. Organic Cold-Pressed Olive Oil

Finding quality olive oil is much trickier than you might think...

Some brands claim to be using organic extra virgin olive oil, but in reality they have other adulterant oils in it, such as canola.

So far, I've been impressed with how Costco sources higher-quality oils...

Not to mention, their olive oil tastes great, too.

6. Grass Fed Collagen Peptides

Collagen peptides are a great source of glycine and glutamine — 2 amino acids that help nourish your gut.

It is mostly tasteless and mixes easily into warm liquids like coffee, oatmeal, or smoothies.

Note: As mentioned, collagen can help with your stomach and digestion... but it's better to try other sources of protein if you're optimizing for muscle gains after lifting weights...

This is because collagen is a poor source of leucine, which is the main amino acid necessary for muscle protein synthesis.

7. Kerrygold Butter

While Kerrygold cows don’t eat a 100% grass diet...

They're close enough to offer similar health benefits.

The cows are pasture-raised the vast majority of their life... which means that the milk & butter they produce is high-quality and delicious.

Conclusion

If you're looking for some healthy foods at affordable prices...

Costco might be an unexpected place to find a variety of good choices.

You can also use some of the information you've discovered here when making nutritional decisions at other grocery stores.

Happy eating!

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Table of Contents
  1. 1. Frozen Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon
  2. 2. Frozen Organic Berries
  3. 3. Organic Meats
  4. 4. Organic Maple Syrup and Raw Honey
  5. 5. Organic Cold-Pressed Olive Oil
  6. 6. Grass Fed Collagen Peptides
  7. 7. Kerrygold Butter
  8. Conclusion