Dinner diva: our healthy Costco shopping list

Dinner DivaBy Leanne Ely

I’ve been supporting local farmers markets since before it was the trendy thing to do. For years, I’ve been recommending that folks make more of an effort to eat what’s in season, locally. And where you can, it’s always preferred to eat organic.

But that being said, it’s unreasonable to think that everyone (especially those you feeding families) can run to Whole Foods or the local health food store for all of your groceries. Besides the fact that not everyone has access to a Whole Foods, not everyone has the budget to shop there.

Lucky for you, you can find many of the exact same items you’ll find at Whole Foods at your local Costco for some serious savings.

The following are some of the healthy items you can pick up at Costco and save yourself some money. And please keep in mind that selection will vary depending on which location you shop.

Organic fruits and vegetables: apples, beets, broccoli, carrots, dates, green beans, spinach, spring mix.

(Remember to check out the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists at EWG.org to get an up-to-date list of what you should be buying organic, where possible.)

Canned goods: natural olives, organic diced tomatoes, organic oven dried roma tomatoes, organic sliced mushrooms, organic tomato paste, organic tomato sauce, sardines, tuna, wild Alaskan tuna, wild sockeye salmon.

(BPA-free cans should be the only ones you eat. So, watch for the brands that are free of BPA. And where you can, look for glass instead of cans.)

Dried fruit: dried and unsulfured antioxidant blend (berries), dried and unsulfured apricots, raisins,  sun-dried organic figs.

Oil and sweeteners: avocado oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, organic honey, organic maple syrup, organic sugar, organic hemp oil.

Happy shopping and enjoy those savings!

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