What Does a Nutritionist Buy at Costco?

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What does a nutritionist buy at Costco?

Doing some of your grocery shopping at Costco is a must to save money. There are many healthy, convenient products that make everyday cooking easier. Buying in large sizes also helps limit trips to the grocery store and ensures that you have products on hand at all times. Here are some healthy items to add to your next basket!

Frozen Foods

Frozen foods save time in the kitchen and can be stored for several months. Therefore, they can be purchased in large quantities to ensure that you always have them on hand and they are excellent ready-to-eat on busy nights!

  • Frozen vegetable mixes: quick and easy to use while promoting a variety of colors on the plate. Vegetables in all their forms make for a healthy diet when eaten on a daily basis. Use them for a quick stir-fry or a plate of oven-roasted vegetables.

  • Frozen meats and fish in individual portions: they thaw quickly in water when you need a serving of protein. Dare to cook them frozen, in the oven or even in the air fryer.

  • Fresh salmon cubes for tartar: make a bowl of poké, add them to a salad or make sushi.  

  • Multigrain breads: they come in large quantities, so you can freeze a few to keep on hand.

Ready-to-Eat Products

Ready-to-eat products are also great for saving time and simplifying your daily routine. Perfect for quick lunches or raw snacks!

  • Prepared vegetables: broccoli and cauliflower florets, baby carrots, bagged lettuce, arugula and spinach, sous-vide beets, etc.

  • Refrigerated cooked chicken strips: add them as a source of protein in a salad, or turn them into a chicken salad sandwich.

  • Whole grain salads: try a prepared quinoa salad or a seven grain salad.

  • Dairy products: You can buy single-serving cheeses (Babybel Light, Oka, Ficello, P'tit Quebec, etc.) or even single-serving or large yogurt cups for different recipes. 

  • Fruit: prepared pineapple, berries, pomegranate arils, grapes, etc. 

Pantry Products

Pantry products can also be stored for several months. It's a good idea to stock up on large quantities to save money and never run out!

  • Nuts and seeds: hemp, chia, flax, pumpkin, almonds, cashews, mixed nuts; there is no shortage of variety. You can add them just about anywhere: yogurt, oatmeal, cookies and muffins, cereals and even salads and stir-fries.

  • Canned fish (tuna and salmon): in salads, sandwiches, patties or pasta; it's a quick source of protein!

  • Canned or jarred vegetables and legumes: add them to soups, sauces and casseroles or use them as a source of protein in your meals. 

  • Pasta made with legumes or quinoa 

  • Protein pancake mix: a quick and healthy breakfast idea!

  • Avocado oil spray: easily control the amount of fat added to your meals with these spray oils.

  • Nut butter: a natural, minimally processed option to round out your breakfast!

  • Cereals and granola: find the brands that are higher in fibre.

  • Non-dairy beverages: you can buy several containers of soy, macadamia, almond or oat beverages to make muffins, patties, oatmeal or simply to make smoothies.

Quick Snacks

Costco is the place to stock your pantry with a variety of nutritious snacks while saving money! There are a variety of products available, it's just a matter of choosing them well. Here are a few examples:

For more tips and advice on the best grocery store choices, consult one of our nutritionists-dietitians.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist