Who loves Costco? I know I do!
I think Costco is kind of a family essential. I love being able to buy certain items in bulk— especially snacks!
Typically, once a month I will do a big Costco shop. This includes not only food but also household essentials like toilet paper or cleaning supplies. Read on for what my usual Costco haul entails!
First, let’s take a look at some of my refrigerator favorites! My favorite food items to get at Costco are fruits and vegetables. I don’t know how Costco gets large, near-perfect fruit and vegetables but it’s great! Our fruit favorites are always organic and include: apples, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cuties, watermelon, peaches, dates (for smoothies and energy balls) and bananas.
Supermom Tip: Always buy green bananas so they last longer! Bananas ripen and brown quickly and might spoil before they are all eaten. 🍌
Thankfully, my kids love vegetables! Their favorites are broccoli, carrots, corn, and cucumbers. My kids will eat them raw, steamed, or baked with pink salt. To get in two of my favorite vegetables, spinach and beets, I will blend these with apple or pineapple juice. My kids love it! Not to mention, there are so many vitamins in those two.
Although they love fruits and vegetables, my littlest has become sort of a self-proclaimed vegetarian. I supplement his protein with Chobani yogurt drinks, Orgain plant-based protein drinks, Lactaid milk, protein noodles and either hard boiled eggs or scrambled eggs.
Last, but not least, I always buy Brew Dr. kombucha. Kombucha is so good for gut health, rich in natural probiotics, aids inflammation, and can kill bacteria. Surprisingly, my kids like Kombucha too!
Next, let’s take a look at my freezer. As well as having fresh fruits and vegetables, I also have frozen fruit and vegetables. I use these for smoothies and making healthy ice cream ('nicecream', anyone?). My favorite food to eat in order to keep in shape is the Corn Tortilla Crusted Tilapia. I eat this several times a week. I will also occasionally make spaghetti using ground beef, which I freeze.
Lastly, yes, I buy Dino Nuggets. We all can’t be perfect and healthy 24/7. Sometimes, even I just want a quick fix dinner! 😉
Did Somebody Say Snacks?
Then, there is the infamous snack cupboard! I probably spend half of my paycheck on snacks. I don’t know what it is with kids and snacks, but it’s literally life to them. I try to keep snacks healthy, so even if that’s most of what they eat that day, I don’t feel as bad.
My typical snacks include: seaweed, trail mix with nuts and fruit, granola bites made with veggies, beef sticks, beef jerky, nut crackers, fruit and veggie applesauce, granola bars, raisins and nuts. Most of our snacks contain nuts as a healthy protein source. Especially for my non-protein eating 4 year old. Oddly enough my 4 year old loves seaweed, even though he’s very picky. So that’s a win! 🙌🏼
Lastly, my upper cabinet of food storage. This cabinet holds pantry items that are normally used as a part of a meal. These items include brown rice bowls, GF Mac 'n Cheese, oatmeal, peanut butter, tortillas, noodles, tuna, chia seeds, flour, stevia, sugar, honey, agave, salsa, spaghetti sauce, canned beans, and olive oil.
Meal examples: brown rice with eggs or chicken, peanut butter rice cakes with banana and honey, Mac 'n Cheese with corn and chicken, tuna sandwich, oatmeal mixed with protein powder, tortillas with either meat or cheese.
I hope you liked reading about our family's Costco haul! If you struggle with prepping meals for the week or planning your groceries, download our free pantry planning guide. You are welcome to write down some ideas from this blog for your next Costco trip!
Happy shopping, Supermoms!