Just like so many moms I know, I am totally Costco crazy! Not only is shopping in bulk a complete lifesaver, but Costco has so many amazing healthy products. And the thing I love even more than just their normal selection of healthy/clean eating ingredients is that Costco knows busy moms. They offer so many selections of convenient foods that make feeding your family not only healthier, but easier!
I’m all for you mamas that food prep every week! That is amazing and I’m seriously a little jealous of your awesomeness! Me, on the other hand, realized after years of trying to find a way to make healthy food prepping work for my family that I needed to succumb to the fact that “Food Prep Sunday” was just never going to work for us. With this realization, though, I needed to still find a way of keeping my family eating healthy with wholesome clean ingredients. This is where Costco’s amazing ability to sell healthy easy convenient foods has been one of my family’s biggest tools in keeping a pretty healthy lifestyle.
These kind of foods can sometimes be a little pricier, but I really do feel like we have a lot less waste when buying these foods in bulk at Costco. But, yes, our Costco bill can be pretty pricey. But that’s why I offset weeks that I do not shop at Costco with shopping at Aldi, which I am equally obsessed with! Aldi is a discount grocery store that offers tons of great healthy selections and is a great place to buy staples. I can usually buy a whole week of groceries for my family of 5 at Aldi for less than $80! Be sure to check out my blog about my favorite Aldi products soon!
There are so many amazing products at Costco that I want other moms to be trying out. I’ve decided to showcase 3 of my favorite Costco products monthly. Be sure to check them out and for sure leave me comments about some of your favorite Costco products.
The 3 products I decided to showcase for the month of April are the makings of a go to dinner at our house. It’s always good to have that quick easy dinner, that although easy, you can feel good feeding it to your family. Check these products out! These are things I make sure to keep on hand for those healthy but easy dinners.
#1 Love Beets: Organic Cooked Beets (found in the refrigerated section)
I found these 2 Costco trips ago and they instantly became a staple. Beets are loaded with vitamin C, fiber and potassium. I knew that I wanted to incorporate more of this superfood into our diets but didn’t really know how. I had heard people talk about how they would receive loads of beets in their co-op bundles and I was pretty much like, “Um, reasons to never join a co-op.” Not because I had anything against beets (I love super foods!), but because I had absolutely no idea how to cook them or what to do with them. Now, I’m pretty sure someone will tell me it’s so easy. But here is what I’m telling you- whether it be "I’m too busy" or "I'm just too lazy", I like things easy! And these beets are awesome because they are just that - so easy!
This pack comes with 2 individually air tight packages, each pack includes 8 already cooked beets. As long as the pack is closed they last for months but only a couple days once you open them, which makes you start adding them to stuff quick!
Since they are already cooked you can eat them raw on salads or add them to a smoothie. I like to cut them up and mix them with quinoa or whatever grain we are having with our dinner. I think they are great but the rest of my family is a little indifferent but here are my thoughts on that: I don’t care. I love to see my kids even reluctantly eating a beet because it’s good for them. They by no means hate them, it’s just not their favorite. And by eating them not only are they reaping the benefits of a superfood, they are also learning that sometimes we eat things because they are healthy for us, and not because they are our most favorite food ever! I like teaching my husband this rule as well!
#2 Path of Life: Organic Quinoa & Kale
(found in the freezer section near the pizzas)
Speaking of easy, these microwave steam packs rock! I’m a fan of a lot of quinoa based products that can be found at Costco. Since quinoa is a super dinner staple at my house, I like to have a variety of options to keep my little ones' healthy food palates liking me. If you’ve never had quinoa, it makes a great substitution to rice. But unlike rice, quinoa is complete protein, and that’s just one of it’s amazing health benefits. It’s also naturally gluten free and contains all nine essential amino acids. The Path of Life quinoa packs are so great because not only can you make one in 4 minutes in the microwave, but it is super kale heavy. Combining 2 super foods in 4 minutes!! Can’t beat that! This big bag has 5 steam packs in it. When I am making a steam pack for myself, I usually only use 1/3 and save the rest for later. Works great! Word to the wise, these are pre seasoned but if you like your food with a lot of flavor you may want to add some extra spice to accompany whatever else you are having. This is a side that I often add the above beets to. Try it, it’s so yummy!
#3 Costco Fresh Salmon
(Found with seafood in the meats department)
It was really hard for me to narrow down my first 3 Costco picks, but I finally decided to choose Costco’s fresh salmon as my last choice for April. I chose the salmon because it goes perfectly with the above choices! These 3 things together, usually with another vegetable are a dinner staple for us. We buy the 3 lb salmon filet, and then cut it up to give our family of five, three different meals. Take in mind I have little ones and I usually have my little guys share one of the smaller filets. We cook this salmon a variety of ways; from baking to pan searing. My family loves a lot of flavor, especially spicy flavors, so I use a lot of metabolism revving cayenne for seasoning. But obviously, season to your own family’s preferences. Not only is salmon loaded with protein, but it includes 2 omega 3’s. These healthy fats help with brain, nerve and eye function.
It’s so important to expose our children to a variety of healthy foods now. Sure, they aren’t going to like all of them but I promise you sometimes kids can surprise you! And by exposing them to a nutrient rich diet from a young age sets them up for a lifetime of healthy habits!