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! I like to reserve around $15 per trip to put toward something new. This keeps my budget in check and, at the same time, lets me experiment a little.
Here are five Costco items I tried recently — and my honest opinions of each!
1. Good Foods Organic Chunky Guacamole Packs, $3.50 for three, 10-ounce containers
I've been eyeing these during my last few Costco visits, and this past trip they were on special for $3.49 at my store. (That is not a typo!) The pack comes with three individual 10-ounce tubs of guacamole, which is a seriously great price! It's a little high in sodium for my taste, but it's a fantastic guacamole with high-quality organic ingredients and I highly recommend it. I've been dipping carrot sticks, celery, and red bell pepper strips into the stuff for a fun and tasty way to eat more veggies.
2. Nature's Touch Organic Mangolicious Blend Frozen Fruit Mix, $10 for five pounds
Nature's Touch makes my favorite wild blueberries that I always buy at Costco (they're the same price as this blend), so I figured this new item would be a safe bet as soon as I spotted it! All three of these fruits (strawberries, bananas, and mangoes) are great sources of gut-friendly prebiotic fiber and potassium, not to mention they taste fantastic when blended together. Mangoes are a great source of vitamin A and both strawberries and mangoes are both great sources of vitamin C. All of the fruits were perfectly ripe and were so good, I've honestly been eating them straight out of the bag!
3. Crown Organic Bourbon Barrel Maple Syrup, $15 for 25 ounces
Crown Maple's syrups are high-quality and made in Dutchess County, New York. I've grown to love this brand's array of products but have never had the chance to try the hugely popular Bourbon Barrel blend, which is a dark syrup aged in barrels that are made of oak and soaked in Bourbon. The resulting syrup has flavor notes of bourbon, smoky oat, graham cracker, and creamy vanilla with no added sugar, artificial ingredients, or preservatives of any kind.
I spotted this the last time I was at Costco and it was in my buggy almost immediately! As much as I love it, it should still last me at least six months in the fridge (even if I have some every day!).
4. Kirkland Frozen Stir-Fry Veggie Blend, $9 for 5 pounds
I am a huge fan of all Costco's frozen veggies, including their Kirkland brand California mix. (See: The 10 Frozen Foods This Nutritionist Always Buys at Costco.) This stir-fry blend is new to my local Costco, so I had high hopes for it and it surely held up to the expectations.
My favorite thing about this mix is that it doesn't come with any of those hard broccoli stems that are often thrown into lower-quality frozen food mixes. The broccoli florets are huge and the rest of the veggies are the perfect size, so everything cooks up quickly in a pan. My favorite way to cook this mix is to sauté the veggies in a skillet with a little bit of water and some coconut aminos (low-sodium soy sauce alternative). Then, I serve them over wild or brown rice.
5. Love Beets Organic Pre-Cooked Beets, $4.50 for 42.3 ounces
Roasted beets with fresh herbs are one of my favorite fall and winter dishes to make because roasting caramelizes the beets and makes them super sweet and flavorful. However, for a quick-fix option, I've recently learned that you can't beat (pun intended!) Love Beets' pre-cooked organic beets.
This huge pack of organic beets comes with four to five large beets that are just so fresh and flavorful. If you're wondering, they're not your typical canned beets, which I'm not a fan of! These are naturally sweet and juicy beets that contain zero preservatives or other ingredients besides organic beets. I love to eat one or two of these over a large kale salad with roasted sweet potatoes and a homemade dressing.
What fun new finds have you tried recently at Costco?