Healthy Products at Costco

At holihealth we get asked daily about how to eat healthy on a budget.

Our philosophy is to eat smaller amounts of better quality food to begin with.

When you eat better quality food your body will be getting more nutrients and better fats and you will experience great flavours, feel satiated and full longer.

For the most part we try to purchase produce from local, organic farmers, but when that isn’t possible we venture into stores.  We frequently shop at Costco for some of our staples and have found some wonderful products that are good quality at a good price, and sometimes they’re even local.

We recently paid a visit to our local Costco Wholesale in Downtown Vancouver and put together a list of healthy products we found.

See below for full list and click here to print a shopping list to take with you Printable Costco Shopping List

PICTURE

NAME

WHY WE LIKE IT

 

PRICE

 

TASTE OF NATURE BARS*

  • organic bars with basic ingredients and small amount of natural sugar
  • can be 70 cents to a $1 more per bar in other stores
  • gluten free

 

$12.99

12 BARS

MEDHAVA COCONUT SUGAR

  • non-GMO refined sugar substitute
  • one to one ratio when used as a sugar replacement in a recipe
  • sustainably grown and harvested

 

$ 9.99

 1.36 kg

MARY’S MULTI GRAIN CRACKERS

  • organic gluten free crackers with healthy ingredients – tasty too!
  • these crackers are around $6 for much less of  the product in other stores

 

$ 7.99

per box

KIRKLAND HIMALAYAN PINK SALT AND GRINDER

  • Himalayan salt still has trace minerals and is not chemically cleaned and processed like table salt
  • can be quite expensive in other stores
  • also available in fine ground

$3.99

MANITOBA HARVEST HEMP HEARTS*

  • usually this price is for much smaller bags

$14.99

 800 gm

C&F BLACK CHIA SEEDS*

  • usually this price is for much smaller bags

 

$16.99

 907 gm

KIRKLAND MAPLE SYRUP

  • although it is not organic it is fairly good quality dark maple syrup and a great price
  • taste is good
  • much healthier than ‘pancake syrup’ in plastic squeeze bottles
  • works great in baking

$12.49

1 liter

NATURE’S PATH QIA*

  • organic superfood breakfast cereal
  • loaded with nutrients, gluten free, omega 3, fibre

$14.95

 650 gm

TRUROOTS SPROUTED RICE AND QUINOA

  • organic
  • love this mixture
  • tastes great
  • sprouted grains are more easily digestible with more nutrients

 

$9.99

 $1.36 kg

WILDERNESS FAMILY ORGANIC COCONUT OIL**

  • organic, virgin, cold pressed and in a glass jar – the 4 important things to look for when buying oils
  • great price

 

$21.99

 1.89 liter

KIRKLAND SIGNATURE ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL**

  • not in a glass bottle but worth a mention because it is organic and a great price

 

$14.89

for

2 litres

AMY’S LENTIL & LENTIL VEGETABLE ORGANIC SOUP

  • a little high in sodium, but much more wholesome ingredients than most soups
  • organic is a bonus

 

$12.59

 8 x 398 ml cans

PACIFIC ORGANIC LOW SODIUM VEGETABLE BROTH

  • great ingredients
  • organic
  • excellent as a base for homemade soups

 

$11.49

6 x 946 ml tetra package

HAPPY PLANET THAI COCONUT SOUP

  • haven’t tried it yet to be honest, but we liked the ingredients even though they’re not organic
  • local Vancouver company

$7.95

 2 x 650 ml

SIMPLY NATURAL ORGANIC TOMATO SAUCE

  • organic
  • 2 jars Roasted Garlic
  • 2 jars Basil
  • great price
  • good pantry staple

$8.79

 4 x 739 ml

WILD BLUEBERRIES

FROZEN

ORGANIC

  • organic
  • great price
  • super healthy source or antioxidants
  • excellent option for smoothies when fresh is not available

$12.69

 1.5 kg

ORGANIC BABY ROMAINE***

  • what can we say it’s organic and you can NEVER get enough green leafy vegetables in your diet
  • and kids seem to like this little leaf

 

$2.99

 11 oz container

ORGANIC BABY SPINACH***

  • same as above

$2.99

 11 oz container

FRESH DOLE ORGANIC STRAWBERRIES***

  • strawberries are one of the most heavily sprayed fruits and we suggest you only eat organic strawberries
  • great price

 

$5.49

 2 lbs

FRESH NATURE RIPE ORGANIC BLUEBERRIES***

  • organic
  • great price

$6.99

18 oz

FRESH ORGANIC GRAPES***

  • grapes are heavily sprayed and really should only be eaten organic

 

$8.99 for 4 lbs

HAPPY PLANET EXTREME GREEN JUICE

  • packed with great nutrients and super food green powders (spinach, alfalfa, chlorella and more)
  • tastes really good and if your kids can get over the look it is a much better choice than most processed sugary drinks
  • blend some blueberries with it to hide the green
  • good price
  • blend with ice as a smoothie option and increase volume and hydration

$6.89

 2 x 946 ml bottles

SAMBAZON ORGANIC ACAI SUPERFOOD JUICE

  • organic
  • Acai is loaded with antioxidants
  • great to add to a smoothie
  • or mix with water or bubbly water for a nice drink
  • great price

 

$8.99

2 X 1 liter bottles

BOATHOUSE ORGANIC CARROT JUICE

  • organic
  • great addition to smoothies, soups, sauces or casseroles
  • nice drink on its own

 

$7.49

 3 x 946 ml bottles

* Always store nuts, seeds, fats and oils in a cool dark place and preferably in the fridge.  Oils start to break down and become rancid very quickly if kept in warm and light places.  The omega oils are especially vulnerable and they’re found in such items as:  flax, walnut, hemp, chia seeds and oils.

* *Always try to buy oils/fats in glass bottles.  Oils and fats absorb toxins from the plastics so to reduce your toxin exposure look for glass.  This also applies to storing anything with oil/fat.  Always use glass containers and jars.

***Seasonal produce

We recommend purchasing organic whenever your budget allows.  We believe we should always be trying to reduce our exposure to toxins as much as possible.  For a list of the most heavily sprayed foods and toxic products visit the Environmental Working Group’s website at www.ewg.org

We shopped at Costco in Yaletown, Vancouver, B.C., but I would venture a guess that most of these products or something similar are available in all Costco locations.  After the reading the list you hopefully have an idea of the type of products to look for.

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