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The Top Healthy Food Items You Can Find at Costco (Including Budget-Friendly Options)

Protein-packed, budget-friendly, plant-based options, and more.

By: Lexy Parsons

If unprepared, stepping into Costo can trigger feelings of angst and overwhelm. There are so many aisles… so many products… and so many people! However, don’t let this deter you! Given the price point and the huge variety offered, Costco is a great place to shop. And while you may not associate Costco with healthy eating, it can actually be a great place to find healthy food options, including those that fit within a budget. So, to help you navigate the aisles with confidence and ease, we’re sharing a list of the top healthy foods from Costco, including budget-friendly options, that are delicious and nutritious!

Fresh & Frozen Fruits & Veggies

Looking to stock up on produce but not sure what to buy or when to buy organic? Let the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen guide your shopping. Produce items with a hard shell or exterior (think: avocado, citrus, and bananas) are more protected against pesticides, so if you’re trying to budget, reach for conventional. However, foods like berries and greens contain the most pesticides and should be purchased organic. See what’s on sale and in season.

While there are so many items to choose from, here are the top budget-friendly produce picks.

Fresh Produce

Healthy fresh produce from Costco

  • Earthbound Farm Organic Greens (including spring mix, power greens, and baby spinach)
  • Dole Organic Premium Mushrooms
  • Hass Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Organic mini sweet peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Zespri kiwifruit
  • Watermelon
  • Kirkland garlic
  • Organic ginger root
  • Organic carrots
  • Asparagus

Frozen Produce

Healthy frozen produce from Costco

Research shows frozen produce can be just as nutritious, retaining just as many vitamins and minerals as their fresh counterparts. Here are some healthy staples to stock up on:

  • Kirkland Signature Organic Blueberries (3 lbs)
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Strawberries (4 lbs)
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Triple Berry Blend (4 lbs)
  • Golden Farms Organic Pineapple (4 lbs)
  • Wyman’s of Maine Frozen Wild Blueberries
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Broccoli Florets
  • Happy Village Organic Dark Sweet Cherries
  • Sambazon Organic Açaí Superfruit Packs (however, note that this is the sweetened pack with added cane sugar)
  • Clovis Farms Organic Smoothie Blend (6 individually packaged smoothie blends made with organic blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, spinach, and bananas) 

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Healthy Dairy Items

Healthy dairy items from Costco

Rich in healthy fats and gut-healthy probiotics, here are some of the healthiest dairy selections. 

  • Green Mountain Creamery Plain 2% Organic Greek Yogurt (16 grams of protein!)
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Greek Nonfat Yogurt ($7 for 3 lbs!)
  • Chobani Low-fat Greek Yogurt Drinkables (10 grams of protein and real fruit!)
  • Chobani Greek Yogurt Cups (including nonfat, and less sugar varieties) 
  • Noosa Yoghurt Cups (pre-portioned variety cups)
  • Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter (grass-fed with salted and unsalted varieties) 
  • Kirkland Signature Grass-Fed Butter (budget-friendly!)

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Dairy-Free Alternatives

Healthy dairy-free alternatives from Costco

From superfood creamers and non-dairy milk to ready-to-eat oats, these dairy-free selections are our favorite healthy Costco finds:

  • Laird Superfood Creamer Powder (dairy-free, gluten-free, & vegan)
  • MUSH Overnight Oats (Variety Pack!)
  • Silk Organic Almond Milk (Unsweetened)
  • Thai Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk (2 ingredients!)
  • Real Coco Coconut Water

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Healthy Drinks

Healthy drinks from Costco

Low-sugar green juice, naturally-sweetened seltzer, prebiotic soda, and more!

  • La Croix (24-count variety pack, 0 grams of sugar)
  • Spindrift (budget-friendly 30-count variety pack! sweetened with real fruit)
  • Suja Organic Uber Greens Juice (full of veggies & only 5 grams of sugar per bottle)
  • POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice (100% Pomegranate juice — no added sugar!)
  • Harmless Harvest Organic Coconut Water (new to Costco! Budget-friendly bulk item)
  • Poppi Prebiotic Soda (15-count gut-healthy variety pack full of prebiotics!)
  • La Colombe Draft Latte Cold Brew Coffee (also available in oat milk varieties)

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Healthy Sauces & Condiments

Healthy sauces and condiments from Costco

Including bulk-size and single-serve dips and better-for-you sauces and dressings. 

  • Wholly Guacamole Mini Guacamole Cups (16 2-oz cups — budget-friendly!)
  • Wildbrine Raw Organic Sauerkraut (gut-healthy & probiotic-rich)
  • Primal Kitchen Avocado Lime Sauce & Dressing (keto-friendly & exclusively at Costco!)
  • Primal Kitchen Dairy-Free Vodka sauce (made with real ingredients & free from canola oil and added sugar)
  • Rao’s Tomato Sauce (budget-friendly!)
  • Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo (free of soy, canola, and other inflammatory oils)
  • Big Tree Farms Organic Coconut Aminos (budget-friendly!)
  • Bitchin Sauce Organic (Chipotle-flavored & made with almonds and nutritional yeast!)

Healthy Snacks

Healthy snacks from Costco

On-the-go healthy snacks from some of the biggest brand names! Plus, budget-friendly nutritious Costco snack selections.

  • Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips (grain-free and just 5 whole food ingredients!)
  • Siete Almond Flour Tortilla (gluten, grain, and dairy-free)
  • Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers (budget-friendly! paleo and vegan-friendly)
  • Simple Mills Organic Garlic & Herb Seed Flour Crackers
  • Universal Bakery Organic Paleo Bars (individually wrapped bars full of 6 grams of protein from organic nuts & seeds)
  • RW Garcia Sweet Potato Crackers
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Dried Mangoes unsweetened 
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Roasted Seaweed
  • Rhythm Cauliflower Bites
  • Hippeas Organic Vegan White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs
  • Nature’s Garden Apricots (unsweetened with added probiotics!)

Kid-Friendly Snacks

Healthy kid-friendly snacks from Costco

Perfect for kids and adults alike, these healthy Costco snacks are lunch staples or great grab-and-go options for your little ones.

  • Noka Organic Superfood Smoothie (made with whole fruit, prebiotic fiber, and plant protein)
  • Once Upon a Farm Variety Pack (made with cold-pressed fruits and veggies)
  • That’s It Mini Fruit Bars (made with real fruit)
  • Off the Beaten Path Veggie Crisps
  • Organic Pure Layered Fruit Bar (made with real fruit)
  • Made Good Organic Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Fruit & Vegetable Pouches (no added sugar)
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Applesauce
  • Second Nature Wholesome Medley Trail Mix (a blend of almonds, cashews, peanuts, cherries, cranberries, and dark chocolate) 

High-Protein Foods

Including budget-friendly lean proteins, the healthiest protein bar selections, and protein-rich snacks for busy days.

Lean Proteins

Healthy proteins from Costco

  • Wild Planet Wild Pacific Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna (21 g protein per serving)
  • Trident Seafoods Frozen Alaskan Salmon Burgers
  • Safe Catch Yellowfin Ahi Tuna (one of the lowest mercury tunas)
  • Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
  • Kirkland Signature Canned Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon (36g protein per can!)
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs (budget-friendly! 24 egg count)
  • Green Waves Frozen Organic Edamame

Protein & High Protein Snacks

Protein from Costco

  • RX Bars (14-count variety pack — budget-friendly!)
  • Orgain Protein (plant-based shakes & protein powder)
  • PBFit Organic Powdered Peanut Butter
  • Vital Proteins Collagen Powder (Marine and Beef options)
  • Perfect Foods Organic Bar Variety Pack
  • Chomps Original beef sticks

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Pantry & Baking Staples

Pantry staples from Costco

Your “must-have” brand-name pantry and baking staples.

  • Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds (8 grams protein per serving!)
  • Wonderful Brand Pistachios
  • Chosen Foods Pure Avocado Oil
  • Banza Chickpea Pasta (plant-based and protein-rich)
  • One Degree Organic Sprouted Oats (gluten-free and easy to digest)
  • Nuttzo Organic Power Fuel Nut Butter (unsweetened and made with 7 nuts and seeds)
  • Comvita Manuka Honey
  • Pure vanilla extract (budget-friendly)
  • Lotus Foods Organic Millet & Brown Rice Ramen (2 ingredients!)
  • Nutiva Chia seeds
  • Dave’s Killer Bread (organic and made with 21 whole grains and seeds)
  • Kodiak Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix (protein-rich)

Kirkland Signature Brand Pantry Staples (Budget-Friendly!)

These Kirkland Signature Brand pantry staples are budget-friendly options for all your favorite brand-name foods! If they’re cheaper than the brand-name alternative, consider stocking up on these good-for-you finds:

  • Kirkland Organic Chicken Sipping Bone Broth 
  • Kirkland Organic Bulk Nuts (including almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, and pistachios)
  • Kirkland Organic Pure Maple Syrup
  • Kirkland Organic Almond Butter (unsalted and unsweetened)
  • Kirkland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter (no added sugar)
  • Kirkland Organic Hemp Hearts
  • Kirkland Organic Almond Flour
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Diced Tomatoes 
  • Kirkland Organic Quinoa
  • Kirkland Signature Raw Honey Bears

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Better-For-You Desserts & Treats

Healthy treats from Costco

Sweet treats that will support your health and fitness goals! With vegan, gluten-free, and budget-friendly options. 

  • Unreal Dark Chocolate Coconut Minis (vegan, gluten-free, and 3 ingredients!)
  • Siete Wedding Cookies (naturally sweetened and made with grain-free flour including almond, chickpea, and cassava flour)
  • Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars (100 calories and 5 grams of protein per bar!)
  • Honey Mamas Cocoa Truffle Bars (made with real ingredients like raw honey, cocoa & coconut oil)
  • Siete Grain Free Cinnamon Churro Chips (grain-free and made with coconut sugar & coconut oil)
  • Simple Mills Honey Cinnamon Sweet Thins (grain-free and vegan-friendly)

Your Go-To Costco Grocery Guide to Healthy Food Items!

With so many healthy Costco food items to choose from, enter the store feeling more confident and prepared than ever! Not only will you be able to navigate the aisles with ease, but you’ll also optimize your cart and wallet and leave with the healthiest store selections. With the biggest scores from both brand name items and Costco’s signature Kirkland line, save time and money while supporting your health and fitness goals.