Faves & Finds 2: Costco.
I'm back with another Faves & Finds post and once again it falls on a Friday - I guess I didn't have to be nervous about not having ideas on Fridays after all! Anyways, this week's finds are coming from one of my favorite places to shop: Costco. Once you get past the obnoxious crowds, the life-time-supply sizes of products, the oblivious shoppers that are just there for free samples but ALWAYS seem to be in your way, and the fact that you manage to grab the cart with the wonky wheel every time - it's actually an amazing place that allows you to buy high quality product at a great price. Eat a good meal before, caffeinate yo'self (optional but recommended) and give yourself a car pep talk. You GOT this.
Arguably the most important time to focus on quality is when it comes to animal products. When I can, I opt for organic to avoid the hormones and antibiotics that conventionally raised animals are exposed to. The biggest barrier for purchasing organic proteins is usually price. Good news: costco carries a wide selection of organic proteins at great prices! Sure, you have to buy 3-packs and 2 dozen eggs at a time but I typically freeze meat I won't use right away and we eat so many eggs over here that 2 dozen is not a struggle.
I always tell my clients to aim for a wide variety of colors in their produce so they can get the benefits of the full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals that plant foods have to offer. Costco usually doesn't come to mind when you think of fresh, organic produce but they have really upped their game lately! Everything above you can find organic and they have some super convenient items like riced cauliflower (I love adding these to oats), frozen mixed berries for smoothies, frozen packs of broccoli florets for quick roasted veggies at dinner and butter lettuce which works great for lettuce wraps or for these tacos!
I know it is unusual but I LOVE grocery shopping. Costco keeps it fun because they are constantly changing the items that they carry. These are a few of my favorites from this week's haul. Single serve wholly guacamole (minimal ingredients) are great for packed lunches or snacks. These ProBar Fuel bars are great pre-workout because they have like 30g of quick carbs from dates while the Perfect Bars are much more balanced across the macro categories for a snack or part of a meal. Unfortunately, my local costco still doesn't carry La Croix but these lime perriers are coming in at a close second! I'm loving Kirkland's organic, unsweetened almond milk for smoothies because it has a light vanilla flavor without a bunch of added junk. Costco is also a great place to pick up spices and seasonings - just make sure you pick ones that you will go through quickly since the sizes are so big.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!