The finds you can find when you go to the larger grocery and wholesale stores can change your whole nutrition game. You know how in my Little Black Dress post I talk about having staples that are always around and available for a quick prep. Also, there are lots of long overdue parties – and where do YOU go to stock up on food and booze? And you definitely need a game plan, so let me give you my golden finds for both party and selfie food.
This post is dedicated to the top finds at two of the most popular discount grocery stores around the country: Costco and Safeway. I get some of y’all may not have a Safeway, but lots of those items are also findable at Kroger, Food Liion and Harris Teeter. And Costco is in at least 47 States including Puerto Rico, so think I am good there!
1. Crunchmaster multi-grain baked crackers – A 6-seed multigrain cracker with Sesame, Amaranth, Flax, Chia, Quinoa and Millet. They are also flavored with soy sauce, so have an Asian rice cracker feel, but with more grains. I like having these with eggplant dip or hummus. For 14 crackers, it’s about 140 calories, which is pretty decent because 5-6 crackers with dip makes me full.
2. Heavenly hunks organic birthday cake cookies- Vegan and available in fun flavors like birthday cake, these are similar to homemade energy balls but also border on a full cookie.
3. Jumbo green olives- these are jumbo delicious green olives. I hate buying regular jars of olives because they run out so quickly. These are also seriously huge olives, which are hard to find. These are not only packed with healthy fat but also are a huge flavor booster- something different to add in when meals might sometimes feel ‘boring,’ but also a great snack to combine with nuts, cheese or fruit.
4. Whisps crunchy parm crisps – hese are the perfect additions to salads, to make them less crunchy and boring. They also pack a really nice bite, and you can have 23 crisps for 150 calories, just 1 g of carbs and 11 grams of fat. It’s about what you would get for a regular slice/serving of cheese, but this has way more quantity, taste, and crush, which will turn salads from boring to awesome.
5. Black glazed miso cod – Seven pieces of cod for 20 bucks and 130 calories per filet is a great deal. This is also great for people who have family members that “hate fish.” There is always one of those. It’s got a very sweet and salty and NON fishy flavor, and goes really well with cauliflower rice, noodles, bok choy or any kind of Asian themed dish.
6. Kirkland Sockeye Salmon – personally, I find these tastier than the Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s pre-frozen wild salmon. Plus, you can get 8 large filets for 35 bucks, which is a good deal compared to the six smaller filets you would get from the other options for almost as much.
7. Shrimp chips – My friend Preeti tipped me off to these. If you are from a non-US country, you probably are used to seeing these as “Prawn Chips.” When I go to England or Australia, these are EVERYWHERE. I thought they sounded gross but they are seriously good, so give them a whirl and serve with some salsa or dip at your next party.
8. Egg whites – – I like to buy egg whites in bulk so I can use them to make protein pancakes, omelettes, or even just throw a mixture of eggwhites and egg yolk into the microwave for a quick meal.. But when buying from regular stores, you can only get the little cartons individually, where as at Costco, you can get a six pack and be set on eggwhites as an emergency Little Black Dress meal planning staple
9. Blueberries – These are usually available in organic and come in a larger package than you can get in most stores. Blueberries make a great fruit because of their low sugar content. You can eat them by the handful, or even with a little bit of salt to jazz it up.
10. Other Costco lists
If you want a list of what not to buy at Costco, read this article here. Surpringly, some of the items listed are stuff I thought made sense to buy in bulk, like OTC meds and supps). Also:
Blog dedictated to what to buy at Costco
15 Fresh foods you can buy at Costco