It’s easy to go off the rails at big box stores like Costco, where it looks like they have both everything and nothing you need at the same time. But Costco’s healthy snacks are not to be missed. And, luckily, they’re actually pretty hard to miss.
Instead of heading down the snack aisle like you would in a regular supermarket, you’ll start spotting the healthy snacks from Costco as soon as you walk through the entrance. Look beyond the electronics and you’ll notice mountains of nuts, crackers, and dried fruits already starting to appear. From there it’s aisle after aisle of nutritious and delicious treats just waiting to fill your cart and your stomach.
While buying wholesale can sometimes seem like it costs more than it’s worth, there are so many benefits to large-scale sourcing, says Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, of Street Smart Nutrition. . “Planning and preparation are key to building consistent habits, and part of that is setting up your environment to have access to what you need,” she explains. Basically, you probably won’t regret having a ton of cans of beans in your pantry, even if it seems overkill to buy so many at the moment. (And you’ll usually end up paying less in the long run despite the higher initial price.)
Yes, there are a lot of benefits to shopping at Costco, but there are also a few important things to remember to make sure you’re getting the most out of your wholesale shopping experience. On the one hand, Harbstreet suggests sticking to dried, shelf-stable products so that you don’t have to worry about anything spoiling before you can eat it.
And every time you put together your Costco shopping list, take stock of your personal situation. Ask yourself what you always have and what are your needs for that particular time of year to minimize food waste.
Obviously, snacks are worth consuming in bulk year round, and these 20 choices from Registered Dietitians are worthy additions to your pantry no matter the season. From tangy olives to sweet dried mango, there is something on this list for just about any craving. If you can’t make it to the store in person for some reason, be aware that many of Costco’s must-have products, including the products here, can now be found at InstaCart or Costco online. If you’d rather buy in-store but don’t have a subscription, see if a family member or friend will be kind enough to lend you theirs (and maybe accompany you on the trip).
Regardless of how you choose to fatten up your pantry, these are some of the best healthy snacks at Costco according to dietitians.
A note on the word healthy here: We know that health is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, but it’s a pretty loaded (and sometimes loaded) word, thanks to the food industrythe influence of the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about healthy food, of course, we are talking about nutritious, filling and satisfying food. But we’re also talking about foods that help you connect with your culture, promote joy, and simply delicious. Some of these foods might fall into conventional ideas of what “health” is. And some might not. We’ve selected these recipes with that in mind while trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.