• Krista Smith, FNTP

Found at Costco Pt. 1

Updated: Mar 30, 2018

Costco is a wonderland of products. I'm in awe when I step inside and although I tend to be a quick shopper other places, I tend to take more time to look around. Like many people, I plan the timing of my trip carefully so to avoid impulse purchases and just get the necessities. And, like many of those same people, I wind up getting more than what I intended because some things were too good to pass up.

So much for mindfulness, huh?

They do have great healthy options if you know what to look for.

When I wandered in there last week, I was looking primarily for a better variety of kids’ snacks. Granola bars are loaded with sugar and unhealthy processed oils (soybean being most prominent), possible GMO grain sources as well. Not to say that these finds are one hundred percent perfectly healthy. However, sometimes we just do our best. Here’s an extremely abbreviated list of my favorite purchases and the reason behind choosing them.

Organic Turkey Jerky: Finding a good portable protein source for kids can be tricky. I’ll admit, this jerky does contain some sugar so it is just an occasional snack. The kids love it and I feel good that it isn’t some processed grain bar.

Fruit Fusion Berry Power Super Blend: While I prefer fresh fruit over dried or processed, this is a nice change of pace for the kids every once in a while. I alternate a small serving of this fruit mix with the Go Go Squeeze so they aren’t getting the same exact fruit in their lunches all the time. I actually don’t give them fruit every day, but when I do want to change it up, this one is portable and doesn’t need to stay refrigerated.

Go Go Squeeze Organic Applesauce Variety Pack: Yes, whole apples are best. Sometimes you just need a quick item to throw in the kids’ school lunches. They are a good size-not too large-for the kiddos to feel like they are having a sweet treat.

Contigo 24-oz water bottle: Hydration is super important for every day bodily function including digestion & elimination, maintaining adequate blood viscosity & circulation, maintaining proper joint cushioning,…the list goes on and on. Costco is selling these leak-proof bottles as a three pack for around $20, which is an AMAZING deal for this brand. Usually just one bottle is that price! The best part about this is you can monitor your water intake. IPlus, they're not the straw type, which bothers me when I want a quick drink. I sweat a lot at the gym (another sign of good hydration!) and find myself refilling it about 4 times per day.

Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: This saturated plant-derived fat has become a huge part of my daily life in the past few years. I use it for part of my skin care regimen as a moisturizer, use it for oil-pulling, add it to recipes, and even use it as a base for homemade deodorant. It has antimicrobial properties as well as aids in absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A,D,E and K.

Organic Eggs: I actually have a good friend who gives me farm-fresh eggs regularly. However, we go through an enormous amount of eggs in our house so occasionally we need to get some elsewhere. My kids eat eggs for breakfast most days and many low-carb recipes (waffles, pancakes, muffins, quiches, frittatas) require several eggs. Costco’s prices on a 24-count carton of organic eggs can’t be beat.

Macadamia Nuts: I just love these. Loaded with monounsaturated fat, including heart-protective Omega 9, these nuts are ideal for anti-inflammatory hormone response. They have one of the highest fat to carbohydrate ratios per serving. Nutritionally they are loaded with Vitamin B1, manganese, magnesium, and thiamin. Beware, though, as they are super easy to overeat.

Organic Power Greens: When I spied this gigantic bag of greens, I honestly wasn’t sure if we could finish it all before it spoiled. Every day I sautéed some in coconut oil for my lunch and/or added it to the kids’ dinner plates. It ended up in salads maybe once. Finally, when I had just a few cups left I made the green smoothie with it. The delicate flavor is perfect for any type of recipe. So good. I seriously couldn't get enough.

Power green blends are awesome sources of vitamins and minerals. The greener and darker the lettuce, the more nutrient value it has, specifically vitamin C and potassium, as well as Vitamins A and magnesium. Many greens contain sulfur, an important mineral that helps to bind to toxins and eliminate them from the body. Iron, a micromineral, is present which is needed for building good hemoglobin. There is a good amount of fiber too, which aids in digestion and elimination if you consume adequate amounts of water.

I could go on about the benefits of green veggies, but suffice it to say I will be back at Costco for another bag next week.

Palmdale, CA



Krista Smith
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