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25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

Costco is a great place to shop for a family who eats healthy; check out my healthy Costco shopping list. If you spend more than $5,500 a year there, it makes financial sense to pay $110 for executive membership and earn 2% cash back. So far, not only we have saved money on groceries, but cashback covers our membership and even makes us extra money. Win-win, if you ask me.

Here is my philosophy when it comes to snacks and how I choose Costco healthy snacks:

  1. If you are new to healthy eating, read my view on what is real food.
  2. Snacks do not replace meals. I strive to make each meal complete with protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats – for ideas, check out my 55 clean eating dinner recipes, 50 clean eating chicken recipes and 18 healthy one pot meals. My kids are not allowed to leave the table until their plates are empty – my 5 ways to make kids eat healthy.
  3. Fruit and vegetables make the best snacks, so I use them as a base and then add on healthier packaged snacks.
  4. I strive to buy organic and/or non-GMO snacks whenever possible, however even these labels can be attached to high in sodium and added sugar packaged (processed foods).
  5. When choosing Costco healthy snacks, I look for minimally processed, with the lowest amount of sodium and little or no added sugar (even quality one).
  6. I would rather cut an apple or give whole apple to kids that can chew, than pay extra and create more garbage by buying packaged apple slices, fruit sauce cups and pouches.
  7. Finally, balance and moderation in everything in life is key, I believe.

Let’s dig in.:)

Dried Fruit

Not all dried fruit is created equal. You want to buy organic dried fruit because it contains no sulphur dioxide (preservative) and many other additives, including added sugar. Sulfites make dried fruit bright in colour and “chubby”, where as organic dried fruit looks “skinny” and not as pretty – natural and normal. There is a huge difference in taste! Dried fruit contains naturally occurring sugar, fiber and all the nutrients fruit has to offer, not to be confused with high in added sugar snacks. This kind of sugar is good for you!

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

1. Dried Fruit Mix

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com 25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

2. Dried Apricots

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

3. Dried Pineapple

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

4. Dried Mango

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

5. Raisins

Nuts

When it comes to nuts, healthy nuts are considered nuts that are unroasted (raw), unsalted and no sugar coated. However, many nuts taste better when roasted, and sometimes a bit of salt won’t hurt. I always say, if I ate homemade meals, fruit and vegetables all day, a bit of salted nuts won’t take me over recommended 2,000 mg of sodium per day limit. Common sense, moderation and balance. Healthy eating ain’t all or nothing game, then it’s a diet.

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

6. Raw Unsalted Cashews

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

7. Roasted and Salted Pistachios

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

8. Unsalted and Roasted Mixed Nuts

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

9. Raw Almonds, Pecans and Walnuts

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

10. Trail Mix

Crackers and Bites

Whole grains and healthy bites can be tricky to find. I chose the most wholesome and lowest in sugars. Moderation is key.

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com 25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

11. Whole Grain Triscuits

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

12. Sweet Potato Crackers

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

13. Aussie Bites

14. Clusters

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

15. Brown Rice Crackers

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

16. Kale Chips

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

17. Brown Rice Crackers

Bars

When it comes to bars, no sugar added, pulsed and pressed nuts, seeds and dried fruit bars are the best. We alternate between plant-based protein bars, granola bars, fruit and nut bars because you get tired of eating same bars all the time. Bottom line – bars are handy for on-the-go and we choose the best that are available, there is literally no perfect bar, however chocolate covered nut bars are not on my healthy bars list.

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

18. Kind Bars

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

19. Protein Bars

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

20. Granola Bars and Larabars

Savoury

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

21. Roasted Seaweed – Delicious crunchy replacement for crackers, and not that high in sodium.

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

22. Wild Salmon Jerky – Full of protein, however enjoy in moderation due to sodium.

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com 25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

23. Hummus – You can buy pre-packaged or portion your own (cheaper), eat with vegetables.

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

24. String Cheese – Kids love, I control their moderate consumption of cheese.

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

25. Edamame – These come in pouches that you can quickly microwave in the office or “cook” with boiling hot water in 3 minutes. Fresh vegetables!

Protein Powder

25 Costco Healthy Snacks List for real life with kids and work, without blowing your budget or eating tons of sodium and added sugar. | ifoodreal.com

I’m not going to argue that protein powder is real food, it’s not. BUT I drink it because if I don’t, I will eat a muffin or something else with added sugar. I can’t be possibly eating only fruits and vegetables for snacks. Organic plant-based protein powder helps me maintain weight and I often use it as a snack, simply mixed with water. Our absolute favourite (Alex loves it!) is Orgain chocolate fudge. On all other reasons why I use protein powder and 4 of my favourites, read my post on clean protein powders.

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4 Comments

  1. Leigh

    Hi Olena,

    I love these Costco round up posts you do, I’m also in Canada, but further east in Ottawa and I find your Costco seems to have way more Organic options than mine. I am hoping my Costco will start stocking the variety yours seems to! I’ve never commented before but been reading for years. Thanks for all the inspiration and wonderful recipes, I have made several of your recipes and they have all been hits with my kids! 🙂

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    • Olena

      Hi Leigh. You are very welcome.:) First of all, distribution varies from coast to coast. Secondly, I live by the US border and this snack list in particular is from the US Costco. My Vancouver Costco isn’t as good either in terms of these snacks. My Costco shopping list though is mostly from my local Costco. Keep checking back, Costco is getting better in Canada, but I know not as good as the US one (and still so much obesity with such availability of healthy food – mind blowing lack of education and awareness + laziness).
      What other Costco posts would you like to see?

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  2. Olga Gav

    Which protein powder do you usually buy at Costco? I’m looking for a decent protein powder. Thanks! 😉

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    • Olena

      Orgain chocolate fudge – the one shown in last image. Haven’t tried peanut butter one but passing by couple said it was OK and better if you add PB haha. I haven’t found any better than Orgain chocolate fudge, without ordering online, going to specialty stores or paying way more, which I have no time for.

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