Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, Costco has some great finds for under $10. Continue reading to learn how you can stock your kitchen with some healthy, delicious groceries for a great price.
10. Yasso Mint Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bars
A healthier alternative to the traditional ice cream bar is the Yasso Mint Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bar. There are only 100 calories in each bar. Plus, they contain no gluten nor any high-intensity sweeteners. Each bar has 5 grams of protein. A box comes with 15 bars and sells for just $9.99.
TIP: It can be easy to get carried away with these delicious treats, so remember to practice portion control; otherwise, this healthy snack can turn unhealthy real fast.
9. Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom tomatoes are seasonal vegetables (or fruits, depending on who you ask), making an appearance in stores from late summer into the fall. If you’ve ever priced them in the store, you know just how expensive they can be.
“These top of the line tomatoes are tried and true, grown from seeds that have been passed from generation to generation (hence the name ‘heirloom’),” Chowhound.com wrote on its website.
“They ripen quickly and bruise easily, which means that when you see them for sale, there’s an excellent chance they’ve been grown locally. It’s no wonder heirloom tomatoes cost more than conventional hybrids.”
Still, you can find them at a steal if you know where to shop. Enter Costco. According to an article published by HUM Nutrition Inc., you can get five heirloom tomatoes from Costco for just $6!
8. Organic Cooked Beets
For many people, beets are an acquired taste. So, if you love them, then you’ll love the fact that you can find organic cooked beets at most Costco locations for less than $10.
Love Beets Organic Cooked Beets are, as you would have guessed, already cooked, so all you have to do is take them out of their vacuum-packed container, toss them in with your favorite dish, and enjoy! It’s that simple. You can get them from Costco for just $8.79.
Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern food that’s packed with nutrients. You can find Costco hummus in some delicious flavors, including roasted garlic, jalapeno, olive tapenade and caramelized onion. But, did you know that you can get dark chocolate hummus, too? Yep, it’s true!
Costco carries Tribe Dark Chocolate Hummus, a dip/spread consisting of chickpeas, water, cocoa, canola oil, sea salt, ground sesame and vanilla extract.
Tribe describes it as guilt-free chocolate in that it is a verified Non-GMO Project product and contains no gluten nor artificial preservatives. It sells for just $5.99.
6. Nut Butters
There are plenty of nut butter options to choose from at Costco, but two that stand out are organic peanut butter and the Kirkland almond butter. You can get two 28-oz. jars of organic peanut butter for $10.
As for almond butter, you can get a 27-oz. jar for $7.39– the same price for a 16-oz. jar of almond butter at Trader Joe’s. Although nut butter is healthy, remember to be careful with your serving sizes. All of those calories will certainly add up.
5. Frozen Fruit
Who doesn’t love frozen fruit? I mean, after all, it’s so versatile. You can add it to smoothies or oatmeal, put it in plain Greek yogurt for a cool, sweet treat that’s similar to ice cream, or you can eat it straight from the bag on a hot summer day.
Thankfully, Costco has bags of frozen fruit for less than $10 each, “making them a steal for three-to-four pounds of organic frozen fruit,” HUM Nutrition Inc. wrote in an article published on its website.
Quinoa is a whole grain that is a good source of plant protein and fiber. It serves as a great alternative to white rice and can be found at Costco for just $10 for 4.5 lbs.
Quinoa pairs well with chicken, beef, turkey, shrimp and veggies. You can also eat it by itself. It has a nutty flavor and fluffy texture, and it cooks up in less than 20 minutes.
3. Salad Kits
It doesn’t get any healthier than salads, and Costco’s got quite a few salad kits for you to choose from. For example, the sweet kale salad kit includes enough ingredients to make two pounds of salad. It goes for just $5.99.
Then, there’s Taylor Farms Organic Avocado Ranch Chopped Kit. This salad kit contains romaine lettuce, cabbage, carrots, green onion, taco cheese blend, cilantro, avocado ranch dressing and salted corn flax chips. You can grab a bag from Costco for $6.99.
2. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have been all the rage for quite a few years now — and rightfully so. These tiny seeds are packed with essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, phosphorus and zinc.
Plus, they contain several components that may prevent the development of various chronic cardiovascular diseases when eaten as part of a balanced plant-rich diet.
Additionally, these seeds are also quite versatile. They can be added to just about any food or beverage item you can think of, as long as it contains moisture to hold the seed in place. That being said, you can pick up a pack of Nature’s Intent Chia Seeds from Costco for about $8.70.
BEWARE: Never eat dry chia seeds! Always allow them to expand in the moisture in your food or beverage first before consuming them. That way, they won’t expand in your throat and get stuck as they did with a 39-year-old man who swallowed a tablespoon of them and then drank a glass of water right after. The result was a thickened, gel-like mass that required a trip to the ER to remove it.
1. Chocolate Bars
Chocolate bars can’t be healthy, right? Wrong! If you opt for dark chocolate, you can get all the deliciousness of this beloved sweet treat without all the guilt.
Enter Jojo’s Guilt-Free Chocolate bars. These dark chocolate bars are low in sugar and carbs and are topped with almonds, cranberries, and pistachios. You can get a pack of 14 of them at Costco for $9.99.
So, why does JOJO’s Chocolate refer to these bars as guilt-free? Perhaps it’s the fact that they are vegan, low in sugar, free of gluten and certified Non-GMO.
Maybe it’s because they contain slow-digesting plant-based protein that contains dietary fiber to help kick your sugar cravings! I mean, what other chocolate bar do you know of that has all that?!