Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Love Affair with Cosco

I love Cosco - so many GREAT healthy options in bulk for you to make your healthy eating convenient and simple.

So many people tell me that everything at Cosco is unhealthy ....nay not so.  Maybe all of the things you currently buy or want at Cosco are unhealthy but there are so many great things to purchase on your weekly trips.

Let's start in the front of the store for example - supplements (vitamins, minerals, etc).  Cosco sells vitamins in large bottles for super inexpensive.  Two I would highly recommend are a multi and fish oil - you can get them for as little as $4.99 for a 90 day supply there. 

Protein powder and bars are another must have that Cosco sells for very inexpensive and in mass quantity.  Try to look for protein bars that are less than 200 calories and 6 grams of fat (unless you are a gainer).  I am very picky when it comes to protein powders but Cosco carries EAS which is a decently good brand.  They carry large bags of chocolate and vanilla for $30 and these bags last me at least 2 months.

Dry rice section - my favorite Cosco item ever!  Pre-Cooked Organic Brown Rice Bowls.  There are 2 servings in one so I simply take half out of the bowl when packing my lunch and put into a container with whatever protein and veggie I decide to have with the rice.  There are two ingredients in this rice: organic brown rice and water!

Refrigerated Produce section:  HEAVEN!  3 lb crates of the biggest strawberries I've ever seen for $3.99, 2 lbs of raspberries for $5.99, 1 bunch of bananas for $1.99, 1lb boxes of organic field greens for $3.99, miniature cucumbers for $2.99....I could go on and on!  Stock up!

Poultry/Meat/Cheese/Refrigerated Section:  First of all...Cosco has the largest bags of organic all white meat chicken breast I've ever seen.  There are literally 12 breasts in the bag for $14 or less!  The rotisserie chickens are gluten free and organic and are $4.99 and delicious!  Make sure to grab the individual Tribe Hummus that comes in packs of 12 that you can pair with baby cucumbers for a great snack!  Try to stay away from processed packaged foods and always check the sodium content .....too much sodium = excess water weight and not heart friendly.  On the back side of the cheese isle is all kinds of all natural salsas - I LOVE Jack's Mango Salsa.  The ingredients are literally veggies, fruit, sea salt and cilantro...how can you say no to that?!  Put the chicken breast in a crockpot covered with a cup of mango salsa and a 1/2 cup of water on low for 4-6 hours for a great healthy chicken dish to serve over your brown rice!

Frozen Food/Dairy Isles:  Biby Foods Organic Green beans in a 5lb bag for only $5.99!  I take about a cup of green beans and put in a container with my brown rice and cooked chicken and cover with salsa.  Heat up for 2 minutes and you have a delicious healthy lunch!  Also in this isle are boxes of individual bags of edamame for $8.99 - all you do is heat them for 2 minutes!  Check out the crates of 24 all natural eggs for $2.00 and organic skim milk and almond milk that come with 2 in one package for less than $5.

Back behind the frozen food are the beverages - check out the 14-packs of Vitamin Water Zeros for a great alternative to soda.  Vitamin Water Zeros have zero calories and zero sugar and are sweetened with all natural stevia.

On your way to the check out lines, look at the all natural dry roasted almonds at the front near the registers.  They come in large canisters.  Just remember to portion them out so you don't over-eat these good-fat bearing nuts.  Also look for the bags of organic dried apple chips for a great crunchy snack - ingredients: dried apples.

Now there's a productive shopping trip for healthy eating!

**  Remember it's easy to go astray on shopping trips and fill your cart with things that sound good but aren't so good for the belly.  Stay away from processed, packaged foods....even if the calories look ok.  Most processed/packaged foods have wayyyy to much sodium, fat, saturated fats and other additives that our bodies don't need.  Stick to the wholesome stuff and your body will thank you for it!

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