Costco is my favorite bulk retail warehouse for oh-so-many reasons. They have a massive supply of organic and plant based options, free samples, they treat their employees well, and they have a high standard for their suppliers. Here is a list of my top 18 Costco must-haves for plant based kitchens!
While some Costco items are temporary or seasonal, most of these bulk supplies stand to last for several years. I have started to notice an uptick in the past two years in organic and plant based items, horray! While not all of the items on my list are 100% organic, they do all meet my rigorous criteria for healthy options (while also considering the importance of these being organic given the updated guidelines of the dirty dozen etc.) So without further adieu, I present to you my 18 very favorite Costco deals.
Dave’s Killer Bread
Retail price: $7.99 for two loaves
Why you need it: I love this bread. It’s organic and is loaded with whole grains, nuts and seeds. Bonus, it tastes good and it’s easy to find! 260mg ALA OMEGA-3, 5g of plant based protein, 5g of fiber – this is a kickass bread.
Udi’s Gluten Free Multigrain Bread
Retail price: $8.99 for two loaves
Why you need it: Can’t eat Dave’s Killer Bread? This is a solid alternative to gluten containing breads as it’s multigrain and tastes quite good. Also, the price is legit for gluten free bread!
Earthbound Farm Organic Power Greens
Retail price: $5.99 for 1.5 lbs
Why you need it: This greens blend is a nutritional powerhouse. Mixed with Baby Chard, Kale and Spinach, it’s loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron and can be cooked, eaten raw, or mixed into a delicious salad.
Josie’s Organics Baby Spinach
Retail price: $3.79 for 1 lb
Why you need it: I love the size and the price of this spinach, it’s a great bargain. Spinach is also versatile food and is worth having on stock at home as it can be added to just about anything. Spinach is also loaded with Vitamins A, C and K, and folate, and several antioxidants and trace minerals.
Driscoll’s Organic Raspberries
Retail price: $6.49 for 12oz
Why you need it: This is a great deal for organic raspberries. They are very high in antioxidants like Vitamin C and quercetin, and are the main source of ellagitannins (versus other berries) which helps fight against cancer. I happen to think they’re delicious and I could probably eat all of these in one sitting.
Crunch Pak Organic Apple Slices
Retail price: $6.99 for 8 – 4oz bags
Why you need it: I’m all about pre-sliced apples. This is a great time saver for kids (or adult) lunchboxes and healthy grab-able snacks. It’s not always easy to find organic sliced apples, and I think it’s important to only buy organic apples as they are #5 on the 2019 dirty dozen list.
Giorgio Organic Baby Bella Mushrooms
Retail price: $4.99 for 1.5 lbs
Why you need it: This is a solid price for organic mushrooms! If you haven’t noticed this already, I happen to think that mushrooms are among the most healing and protective foods on this planet – that’s why I think you need it!
Alpine Fresh Asparagus
Retail price: $6.69 for 2.25 lbs
Why you need it: I’ve bought these at Costco for years. They’re great quality, a great price, and I think asparagus is something that belongs in everyone’s refrigerator. It can be easily integrated into many recipes, but is also an awesome in case of emergency break glass staple to have as you can toss it in the oven with some seasonings for less than 20 mins and its done. Pre-diabetic or diabetic? You need asparagus; it contains chromium which helps insulin move glucose from the bloodstream into your cells.
Not diabetic? Asparagus is just straight up good for you as it’s loaded with fiber, folate, and essential vitamins A, C, E and K.
Retail price: $4.69 for 6 lbs
Why you need it: This is a great deal on organic carrots! High in beta carotene, fiber, potassium, Vitamin K and antioxidants, carrots are great for you and are so easy to incorporate into an stir fry, salad, or as a stand alone snack (I love carrots and hummus).
Hannah Classic Organic Hummus
Retail price: $5.99 for 2 lbs
Why you need it: We fly through hummus in our house. We eat it with fresh vegetables and add it as a spread to sandwiches. This hummus is made from chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini (sunflower seeds) and a few other clean ingredients.
Retail price: $12.49 for 3 lbs
Why you need it: Walnuts are an amazing plant source of omega 3s and antioxidants and are fantastic for lowering blood pressure, controlling diabetes, and improving gut health. This is the cheapest that I have regularly found for a 3lb bag.
Olde Thompson Everything Bagel Seasoning
Retail price: $4.49 for 11.5oz
Why you need it: Okay, maybe you don’t actually need this, but you will definitely want it. This is so delicious, we have tried it on almost everything – enough said.
The Good Bean Sea Salt Organic Chickpeas
Retail price: $6.49 for 1.12 lbs
Why you need it: This is a great healthy snack to keep stashed in your desk drawer. Chickpeas are an awesome source of plant protein and fiber and are great for sustaining energy through the day.
Nature’s Intent Organic Chia Seeds
Retail price: $6.99 for 1.3 lbs
Why you need it: Chia seeds will always top my list of plant based must haves. These seeds are a great plant source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, iron, and calcium. They are easily added into smoothies and bowls, and are a great egg replacer. Bonus: They raise HDL cholesterol which is preventative against strokes and heart attacks.
Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Hearts
Retail price: $13.99 for 1.5 lbs
Why you need it: Hemp seeds are rich in healthy fats and contain omega-3 and omega-6 (GLA) which helps reduce inflammation and balance hormones. They are also heavy in protein and a number of vitamins and nutrients.
Tropicland Organic Broccoli Florets
Retail price: $6.99 for 4 lbs
Why you need it: I always keep frozen broccoli at home. It’s great for kids and, in a pinch, it’s so easy to steam or toss into a stir-fry. I prefer to cook with florets only, so I appreciate that this doesn’t include stems – I am also really happy with amount of broccoli for the price. Broccoli is also a great source of vitamins K and C, folate, and potassium.
Clovis Farms Organic Super Smoothie Blend
Retail price: $10.79 for 3 lbs
Why you need it: This might be my favorite product at Costco. Behold, 6 individually wrapped and pre-measured bags of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, spinach and bananas. That’s $1.80 per bag of frozen goodness. If you are busy like I am, this makes smoothie engineering so much easier in the morning. Loaded with potassium, fiber, vitamin C, iron, and antioxidants, this is a really great way to start your day.
Kirkland Organic Quinoa
Retail price: $10.49 for 4.5 lbs
Why you need it: This is a great value. I love quinoa, it’s high in fiber and is one of the few plant based proteins that contains all of the 9 essential amino acids! It is also gluten-free, and contains magnesium, vitamins B and E, iron, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. This is a great grain choice and does well in bowls, soups, and baked goods.
Kirkland Organic Apple Sauce
Retail price: $8.99 for 24 – 3.17oz pouches
Why you need it: I love applesauce, my kids love applesauce, and I love that this applesauce doesn’t list “apple juice” as an ingredient. This applesauce is made out of two things, 1) organic apples and 2) ascorbic acid (to protect color). That’s it. I buy at least two of these every time I go, they are great for school snacks (and adult snacks!) and travel.
There you have it, my 18 favorite plant based Costco buys. Do you love Costco too? Leave me a message in the comments with your greatest finds!
Want to learn more about which foods you should always buy organic? Check out our article here!