Heather McClees's Recent Articles
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3 (Really Good!) Reasons Why a Microwave Still Belongs in Your Kitchen
Strong Opinion
Hear us out!
Jul 23, 2019
Costco’s Top 10 New Kirkland Products of 2019 (So Far!)
They're all pretty good for you, too!
Jul 23, 2019
Why You Should Actually Be Shopping the Middle Aisles of the Grocery Store, According to a Nutritionist
So much for that whole "shop the perimeter" thing!
Jul 15, 2019
The 5 Kitchen Tools That Get Me to Eat More Vegetables Every Day
Make room in your cabinets!
Jul 5, 2019
The Best (Vegetarian!) Keto Finds at Costco, According to a Nutritionist
It's not all meat, meat, and more meat.
Jun 21, 2019
The $4 Costco Item I Use to Clean Everything in My Kitchen
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
You get two big bottles for that price!
Jun 17, 2019
The 15 Smoothie Ingredients I Always Stock Up on at Costco
Steal this nutritionist's shopping list!
Jun 12, 2019
7 Trendy, Healthy New Grocery Finds We Spotted at Costco This Month
Bonus: They're all as healthy as they are trendy!
Jun 10, 2019
The 10 Lunch Box Snacks This Nutritionist Always Buys at Costco
Get these for your lunch box!
Jun 9, 2019
The Best Frozen Treats to Get at the Grocery Store, According to a Nutritionist
Take that, ice cream truck!
Jun 6, 2019
The Best New Gut-Friendly Groceries to Try This Year
Make your gut happy.
May 30, 2019
The Best Thing I Ever Bought for My Fridge
When it comes to grocery shopping and my food budget, the worst thing that can happen is not running out of food (although that’s pretty close) — it’s discovering that half of the precious produce I bought just two or three days ago has already gone bad. It’s no fun finding mushy apples or a wilted head of lettuce that I so carefully wrapped and stored in the crisper.
May 30, 2019
How My George Foreman Grill Actually Helps Me Eat Better
More than 10 years ago, I gave my lifestyle a massive overhaul in attempts to be healthier. The biggest change? I decided to eat a diet full of vegetables, and without refined sugar or processed foods. Despite my lack of cooking skills, I quickly learned one key lesson: I just needed the right appliance in order to fall in love with all sorts of veggies. I had no idea how to cook.
May 24, 2019
This $20 Casserole Dish Looks Like It’s from Anthropologie
When Walmart releasedRee Drummond’s line of cookware and kitchenware several years ago, I fell madly in love with pretty much all of it. The Anthropologie-like whimsy hooked me at first glance, but the porcelain and high-quality ceramic designs of her dishes, cups, and mugs, plus the affordable pricing, are what had me coming back for more. Not to mention, I’m something of a Walmart-aholic and love finding hidden treasures whenever I can.
May 24, 2019
10 Holiday Staples I Buy Every Year at Costco
I know I write a lot about Costco, but honestly the store has changed my life since I started shopping there two years ago. Costco carries all of my favorite foods — in bulk, which is important for someone like me who eats a lot of fruits, veggies, and other plant-based foods. During the holidays, Costco proves to be especially clutch because the warehouse store has plenty of seasonal gems.
May 24, 2019
The 3 Items That Convinced Me to Become a Costco Member
If you have been on the fence about getting a Costco membership (like I was for a while), I have a feeling that all it will take is a few top-notch items to convince you that it’s worth joining — especially when you think about the long run. That’s what happened to me, anyway. After eight months of using my family’s membership, I noticed that there were a couple of groceries that I was buying time and time again.
May 24, 2019
The 7 New Trendy and Healthy Foods You Should Be Buying in the Frozen Food Section
If your goal is to eat better this year (without breaking your budget), the frozen food section is one of the top places you should be browsing. Many health-conscious people shy away from frozen foods out of fear that they’re not healthy. And, yeah, there lots of potato skins and mac and cheese balls behind those glass doors. But there are also lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains without unnecessary extra stuff, and nutritious meals.
May 24, 2019
10 Things This Nutritionist Always Shops for at Walmart
I was practically raised in a Walmart and now, as a full-fledged adult, I still love shopping there. It’s one of my weekly go-tos for everyday necessities, groceries, beauty supplies, and even discovering new products. You may be surprised to learn that Walmart not only helps me save money, but it also helps me eat a healthy plant-based, mostly all-organic diet. Recently I documented one of my typical Walmart visits.
May 24, 2019
5 New Kirkland Signature Snacks That You Should Be Running to Costco For
If you’re a Costco-lover, you already know that the Kirkland Signature brand is the most reliable generic option out there. Not only are Kirkland items just as high-quality as name brands, but, in many cases, they’re also even better! Costco has strict standards for Kirkland items and most are tested against name brands before being put on the floor (a rumor that I confirmed with my local Costco manager last year!). And new Kirkland stuff comes out all the time.
May 24, 2019
5 Nutritionist-Approved Breakfast Foods to Buy at Aldi
If you’re looking to save a little money and eat well this year, there are no shortage of stores to choose from these days. But if you really want to save some money, it’s time to hit up Google and find the closest Aldi near you. Aldi isn’t only a great place for savings, though! It’s also where you can hunt down all kinds of unique finds (wacky ’80s-themed cheese, I’m talking to you!), and even healthy foods — especially breakfast.
May 24, 2019
The 5 Best Healthy New Groceries in Costco’s Freezer Section
If you’ve read any of my stories here on Kitchn, you probably already know that I’m a total Costco fanatic. And if you’ve read this specific story of mine on Kitchn, you know that I’m very partial to the Costco freezer section. See, most people write off the freezer section because they think it’s full of unhealthy processed junk. While that sort of stuff is in there, you can definitely still find good-for-you products in the freezer aisle.
May 24, 2019
The Best New Trendy, Healthy Groceries You Should Be Buying in the Frozen Food Section
Unlike a lot of shoppers, I never miss the opportunity to check out the frozen aisles at the grocery store. See, I find it’s a great spot to load up on fruits and veggies, which will last way longer than their fresh counterparts. And while I’m roaming those aisles, I also like to look around to see what’s new. Yes, lots of the those bags and boxes are full of processed foods.
May 24, 2019
10 Trendy, Healthy New Groceries We Recently Spotted at Costco
I love to scout my local Costco for new and healthy items — trendy new and healthy items, that is. And there’s always lots to be found. Because Costco has its proverbial finger on the pulse more than you might think. During a recent trip to my local Costco warehouse, I spotted 10 shockingly cool, new finds that I found worthy of sharing. As a nutritionist, I’ve been seeing these sorts of products/ingredients get more and more popular.
May 24, 2019
Costco Now Sells Mini Bottles of Kombucha — Here’s What You Should Know
The other day, while strolling the aisles of my local Costco, I spotted a new item by one of my favorite brands: Suja. What’d I find? Mini bottles of booch! For those who are unfamiliar, booch is an adorable nickname for kombucha, which is a probiotic-rich fermented drink that is shown to support gut health and immune system health (in most individuals). Most bottles of kombucha come in larger sizes, so I was intrigued to see these little guys.
May 24, 2019
10 Kirkland Signature Items This Nutritionist Swears by at Costco
By now, you all probably know how much I love Costco. I frequently go on and on (and on) about my favorite healthful items to find at the warehouse store. There’s the stuff in the freezer section, the snack aisles, the breakfast finds — I can (and do!) keep going! When you stop to look at the patterns of my musings, though, you’ll see that Costco’s in-house brand, Kirkland Signature, constantly gets a mention or three.
May 24, 2019
10 Cult-Favorite Costco Items You Can Buy on Amazon
By now, you’ve probably heard that there are a few ways to shop Costco without being a member. Maybe you don’t want to shell out the membership fee? Or maybe you just don’t have one within a reasonable driving radius? I get it — and I don’t blame you at all. But I do think you should try at least some of Costco’s Kirkland Signature groceries. And you can! Because lots of the shelf-stable options are sold online on Amazon.
May 24, 2019
The 7 Smartest Costco Deals for When You’re Trying to Eat Healthier
Because you don't have to blow your whole paycheck when you're trying to eat better.
May 1, 2019
21 Foods I Buy from Target to Help Me Eat Well on a Budget
It’s a common misconception that eating healthfully has to be expensive, so I love sharing how I do it on a budget without much time or hassle involved. One of my favorite places to shop for good, not-too-pricey food? Target! In addition to all those trendy home items, Target’s grocery department is also full of frugal food finds. It’s one of my favorite places to shop on a regular basis.
May 1, 2019
3 of the Best Shopping Tips I Learned While Working in a Grocery Store
Along with stealing a sneak peek into weekly store sales and getting first dibs on new products, I also learned many helpful shopping tips that I still use to this day.
May 1, 2019
Why I Sold Both of My Instant Pots (and What I Got Instead)
Sorry, this other appliance is just better.
May 1, 2019
A Nutritionist’s 10 Favorite Costco Finds for $10 or Less
Fact: There are several steals at Costco that are so cheap and versatile, it’s almost a shame not to buy them. While I don’t allow myself to buy the 10-pound tub of organic coffee every time I go (I know I’d never brew it all before it turned rancid), there are a few things I always buy. Bonus: They’re all $10 or less, and they help me stick to a healthy diet between trips. Read about my favorite finds — and how I use them — below.
May 1, 2019
3 Non-Dairy Milks This Nutritionist Always Keeps in Her Fridge
One of the best things I ever did for my health was to adopt a healthy (whole food) vegetarian lifestyle when I was 20 years old — more than 10 years ago. While I realize it’s not for everyone, it was a brilliant solution for me. I felt better, slept better, my skin and digestion improved, and I had so much more energy. Several years ago, I took it a step further and decided to adopt a plant-based vegan diet, which was actually much easier than I thought it would be.
May 1, 2019
A Nutritionist’s 5 Favorite Aldi Finds for $5 or Less
I admit it: It took me a while before I stepped foot in an Aldi for the first time, despite the fact that I live less than a mile from one. And that’s a total shame. I had been worried that the store was full of unhealthy, processed foods. As soon as I walked inside, though, I understood what all the hype was about. Aldi is clean, very well laid out, and chock-full of healthy products that carry the store’s generic brand logos.
May 1, 2019
The 3 Best Places to Buy Produce If You’re on a Tight Budget, According to a Money-Minded Nutritionist
The biggest misconception about eating a balanced diet — full of fruits and vegetables — is that it’s expensive. It really doesn’t have to be! You just have to know where to shop. I’ve managed to pinpoint a few inexpensive (yet quality!) stores, and that’s helped me save more than $500 in just the last year alone.
May 1, 2019
The 10 Fruits and Vegetables This Nutritionist Buys When She’s on a Budget
Shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables at the grocery store is one of my favorite chores for the entire week, and no, I’m not even kidding! (I like to say it’s my equivalent of being a kid in a candy store.) All the bright and pretty colors — so full of nutrition! — are simply irresistible to me. And I actually think it’s fun to hunt for all the best prices on fresh, organic, and frozen organic produce.
May 1, 2019
The 10 Frozen Foods This Nutritionist Always Buys at Costco
Within the last year, Costco has become one of my favorite places to shop — especially when I’m looking to save money on healthy and organic foods. Surprisingly one of the best ways to do just that, I’ve found, is to shop the frozen food section at Costco. It’s actually the area I head to first! See, Costco has an excellent selection of bulk frozen veggies, fruit, and even some specialty items that I like to look for any time I go.
May 1, 2019
The One Thing I Will Never Order on Amazon Ever Again
Amazon is one of my favorite places to order, well, pretty much everything. And I’m willing to bet most of you would agree. They sell almost anything you can imagine — just find what you need and get it delivered to your doorstep!
May 1, 2019
The 3 Frozen Foods This Nutritionist Always Buys at Aldi
Ever since I discovered all the wonderful things you can buy at Aldi on a budget, I’ve come up with a slew of go-to items that are always on my list. And surprise! This list always includes frozen foods. I actually prefer to buy most of my fruits and veggies frozen versus fresh. I find the frozen stuff to be much more budget-friendly, less wasteful (at least some fresh stuff always goes bad before you can get to it!), and easy to use in oh-so-many recipes.
May 1, 2019
9 Nutritionist-Approved Lunch Box Snacks to Buy from Amazon
I buy as many fresh fruits and veggies as my grocery store has to offer, but I’m also a firm believer in shopping online whenever possible. And shelf-stable snacks are the best things to buy online; I find stocking up online helps me stay prepared and keeps me from overspending at the grocery store. Obviously Amazon has lots of options when it comes to snacks. An overwhelming number of options, in fact!
May 1, 2019
The One Canned Good I Always Have on Hand for Healthy Smoothies
We all know that canned pumpkin is a must-have product to keep on hand for fall baking, but it may surprise you to learn that this fall staple actually makes its way into my grocery cart every single week — all year long. And not because I’m obsessed with the pumpkin pie spice trend, I promise! Believe it or not, I use pumpkin as a staple ingredient in my favorite daily smoothie!
May 1, 2019
The 3 Generic Brands This Nutritionist Swears by When Buying Canned Goods
When it comes to canned goods, I’ve learned two main things from buying them over the last decade. For starters, they’re pretty darn helpful for getting dinner on the table and other meals made — even when you think you have nothing in the house. And second, the brand really does matter. Not all generic canned products are the same, and name-brand doesn’t always mean better quality.
May 1, 2019
10 Fall Baking Staples This Nutritionist Always Buys from Costco
Fall is officially here, and that means that, along with the limitless loaves of apple bread, pumpkin spice everything, and giant mugs of coffee and tea, it’s also time to stock the pantry with some must-have baking staples. That’s right — baking season has begun! For me, this means taking a trip to Costco and filling the buggy with my favorite options. Costco always has many healthy baking staples (they do exist!), and that helps me save money while stocking up.
May 1, 2019
6 Costco Staples You Should Have on Hand for Budget-Friendly Slow Cooker Meals
Attention, all slow cooker fans! Costco has a great selection of slow cooker staples that you might otherwise pay more for at other stores. Come this time of year, I love to take a stroll through the aisles of my local warehouse store to see what’s in stock — and am always floored by how many options there are! Healthy ones, at that! Here are some of my favorite healthy slow cooker staples that can be used in limitless ways.
May 1, 2019
5 Condiments This Nutritionist Always Keeps in Her Pantry
Stocking my pantry with healthy condiments is super important to me because I know I can lean on them to add lots of flavor to recipes without adding unhealthy additives that come in lots of other condiments. The right condiments can also help reduce the need for salt or oil, which is always a plus in my book. Here are my five favorites. Just be sure to keep them in the fridge after opening!
May 1, 2019
10 Kitchen Gadgets for $10 or Less This Nutritionist Swears By
Eating healthfully each day is certainly easier if you’re set up and well-equipped to do so. Obviously, you need whole foods and good ingredients to start. You also need some good tools. As a nutritionist, I’ve learned that certain gadgets are not only nice to have — they’re pretty much essential. I don’t love all kitchen gadgets, though! There are a lot of unnecessary tools out there and I’m pretty picky about what I’ll buy.
May 1, 2019
The One Kitchen Investment This Nutritionist Thinks You Should Make
As a nutritionist, the question I get asked the most, shockingly, has nothing to do with what to eat and everything to do with my favorite appliance. People want to know what they should invest in to help them eat better and live an overall healthier lifestyle each day. And for the last 10 years, my answer has been the same: a Vitamix! Yes, I’m one of those people who’s having a slight love affair with their Vitamix (don’t worry, I’m pretty sure it hearts me back!).
May 1, 2019
I Tried Aldi’s New Grocery Delivery Through Instacart — And Here’s What I Thought
If there’s one person who has been against getting groceries delivered, it’s me. See, I actually love grocery shopping and happen to have several good stores within a few miles of my home. I love sifting through all the fresh produce, checking out the aisles, and scanning the end caps. And I always will. But when I heard that Aldi, one of my favorite grocery stores, was expanding its reach on Instacart, I knew I’d have to give it a try.
May 1, 2019
5 New-to-Me Costco Products I Tried Recently and Loved
Costco is my one-stop shop for organic foods, plant-based snacks, and bulk health and wellness items. (I eat pretty healthfully, if you can’t tell! I’m a nutritionist, after all!) It’s also one of my favorite places to discover new things at a great price. A lot of people say Costco isn’t the best place to try new things — if you don’t like something, you’re usually stuck with a lot of it — but I’m so rarely disappointed!
May 1, 2019