12 of the Healthiest Ingredients You Can Buy at Costco Right Now, According to a Nutritionist
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Warehouse retailer Costco is famous for its savings and “bigger is better” attitude, but they’ve also made huge strides in including more healthful choices this year. If you’ve got space in your pantry, fridge, or freezer, Costco has a deal for you (and now they’re also good for you).
With these staples that are currently available at Costco, you can save on your bottom line while having the convenience of not having to make endless visits to your local grocer for smaller quantities. From fruit to spices to grass-fed animal products, these are our top picks for healthy Costco shopping — selected by our own Ariane Resnick, CNC.
Lamb is unrivaled in omega-3 content, so it’s a great option for healthier eating. This nine-plus pound lamb multi-pack comes with three different cuts that will keep dinner on the table for days and days. In this box, you get one boneless lamb leg, four Frenched racks, and eight loin chops. This lamb is 100% grass-fed, free of any hormones, free range, and Halal. Try these lamb chops with quinoa and cucumber salad with the racks, or lamb tikka masala with the leg.
A key component of the Mediterranean Diet, extra virgin olive oil is from the first pressing of olives. That makes it the most flavorful of all the olive oil options, and also among the healthiest — a diet high in extra virgin olive oil has been shown in medical studies to lower blood pressure. Also known as EVOO, extra virgin olive oil has a lightly grassy flavor and fruity scent. It’s great for everything from salad dressing to roasting, and can also be used for baking. This two-liter bottle should be enough to keep you cooking for a while.
They aren’t just delicious — blueberries have also been proven to improve cognition. By purchasing them dried, you get the ease of taking them anywhere and not worrying about them expiring in a few days’ time. In most recipes, you can also change the raisins for dried blueberries, making for a simple swap with lots of brain-boosting power. They can also be rehydrated in water, and then used in a sauce or fruity topping for Greek yogurt.
Canned beans are notoriously easier to use than dried, since the hours of soaking and cooking have been done for you. While all beans have lots of fiber, black beans stand out for their anthocyanins, which are the antioxidants that give them their dark color. It’s the same antioxidant that colors blackberries and forbidden rice. Unsure how to incorporate black beans into your meals? Check out these tips for turning a can of beans into a healthy dinner.
(S&W Organic Black Beans: $8.50)
All oats offer cholesterol-lowering benefits, but steel cut oats reign supreme because they’re the least processed type of oat. Due to being closer to their original plant form, they generally take ages to cook compared to rolled. Bob’s Red Mill has gone ahead and solved that problem by creating a quick-cooking version of this beneficial grain. Make a big batch to last the week, and breakfast couldn’t be easier.
Whether you’re #teamPB or #teamAB, you have to admit that there are dozens of uses for almond butter. Whether it’s to make energy balls or stew, almond butter is a healthy source of vitamin E, fiber, and biotin. Costco’s almond butter contains nothing but roasted almonds, which is a wonderful change from brands that include added oil or sugar.
Ginseng is a Chinese herb that has been studied for its uses in ailments from cancer to diabetes, and by purchasing it sliced, you’re just one teacup away from reaping its rewards. Costco’s Panax ginseng from Prince of Peace is American-grown on Winsconsin soil, which has the ideal conditions for the plant. In addition to making tea, sliced ginseng can be added to broths, soups, and stews.
Organic and unrefined, this virgin coconut oil is cold processed to assure that no nutrients are lost. Studies for using coconut oil have mixed results, but there is so much more to this lightly sweet cooking oil than whether or not it’s useful for dieting: It’’s rich in lauric acid, which is an easy source of energy for your body to use, and it has strong antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Avoid cooking at high temperatures with it due to its low smoking point.
This tiny seed springs to life when you add liquid, and its uses are pretty much endless. Chia seeds make for a quick, healthy pudding, can be added to muffins for a boost of protein and fiber, and even work with chocolate. If you’ve been wanting to jump on the chia seed bandwagon, Costco’s deal is the perfect way to use your dollar wisely.
The health benefits of turmeric may sound too good to be true for such a simple little spice, but they hold up to endless studies. Known for its potent anti-inflammatory compound, which is called curcumim, turmeric root has a mild, earthy flavor, and a vibrant golden-yellow color. Sold ground into powder, it couldn’t be easier to add a shake or spoonful into your dishes. Add it to your meals, throw it in a popsicle mix, or make a soothing beverage with cider vinegar and honey.
Boneless and skin on, pre-portioned wild salmon fillets make meal prep a breeze. This three-pound package has a full eight servings, giving you the opportunity to try making everything from gravlax to salmon burgers. Because it’s lower in fats than other forms of salmon, it has more protein. You can’t tell from the eating of it though, as sockeye has an exceptionally rich mouth feel. Along with Chinook, which is harder to find, wild sockeye has the most omega-3 of any salmon.
Everywhere you turn these days, someone is talking about collagen, the protein that makes up our connective tissues. Taking collagen internally can help you both look and feel better, so it’s no wonder that it’s gained so much popularity. Vital Proteins collagen is available at Costco plain and natural, or with chocolate flavor added. You can use it to make muffins or protein bars, or just dissolve it in liquid like water, tea, or juice. In a twenty-four ounce container, you’ll have months worth of collagen recipe experiments to try.
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