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Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Originally published Feb 7, 2017 and updated April 25, 2017

Last Friday, before we got snowed in, I went to Costco. As I started to stroll the aisles running like a madwoman with a shopping cart, I’ve got this immediate urge to take a photo of every item I was buying and share with you. I had a feeling NOW is the time to share my healthy Costco shopping list of 2017. Sounds dramatic but isn’t anything to do with Costco is dramatic?!

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This is my Costco in February, probably just like yours, minus or plus the snow, palm trees and sunshine.

Before we begin, I just want to share my feelings about Costco – 7 years later, since we became proud executive members, I still feel extremely fortunate and grateful being able to load my shopping cart with 16 rolls of toilet paper, 6 litres of almond milk and 2.3 kg of coconut oil, transfer it to the trunk of my leather seats car and drive home while snacking on a protein bar.

This is life, my friends! I remember my mom hauling heavy shopping bags from the market after work wearing heels in Ukraine. Think for a second – you can buy only as much as you can carry. Weird, right?! Exactly. So, count your blessings. Also believe it or not, there are still many people out there who can’t afford shopping at Costco, whatever the reason might be. So again, count your blessings.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Costco has the coolest stuff at best prices, we all know that. Selection of organic and healthier foods is like nowhere else. Costco is THE shit of all grocery stores. Costco and farmers market are my two most favourite places to shop.

Here, last thing to share re: Costco love. My road to Costco’s shopping was long and painful and I finally feel like I have arrived. Again, drama.

Stage 1: New immigrant – didn’t need an 8 pack aluminum foil and no $50 for a membership card.

Stage 2: Newly engaged-student – borrowed a card from friends to buy 6 pack of air fresheners once a year.

Stage 3: Mom of two, Alex’s wife, iFOODreal’s owner – seriously, who cares if I spend $500, we gotta eat anyways?!

I love you, Costco!

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

As soon as I put membership card back in the wallet, I immediately start loading my cart with Becel. No, kidding. Don’t buy that shit ever! Petroleum processed hydrogenated GMO oils, ewww. Keep scrolling to fats you need to buy.

Also, please understand that Costco’s selection varies by location and season. This is what I bought on one particular February day needing only particular items. I will update the list later when I buy something else. Also, do not hold a gun to my head telling me something isn’t healthy. You know what, I’m trying to hold my shit together here while clean eating + availability of products + budget + sanity.

Produce

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Organic Spinach – Smoothies.

Asparagus, MushroomsClean Fifteen list.

Organic Zucchini

Snap PeasDirty Dozen but man the struggle in February re: vegetables is real, better than chips, right?! I patted myself on the back for not buying poisonous strawberries and bought snap peas instead.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

I swear Costco’s Avocados are the best I have ever had in my life! Not like other produce though, especially fruit from Spain, seriously?!

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Mini CucumbersWindset Farms is a local BC company that grows produce in greenhouses without pesticides but rather controls pests with bugs.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Non GMO Sweet Bell Peppers by Windset Farms.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

All kinds of melons are great to buy in winter because of their price and thick skin – they make Clean Fifteen list. Even if they were sprayed, all pesticides get cut off with the skin.

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Grape Tomatoes – Usually my Costco has organic ones or Windset Farms. Not sure if these are sprayed or not but we already ate them. Next time I better not rush and look for my preferred brand.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Mango – Clean Fifteen list.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Strawberries – I buy only organic berries because EWG found 38 various pesticides on strawberries and raspberries in one report that DO NOT wash off with water. Costco is the best place to buy organic strawberries when they are in season somewhere besides home. Again, not often.

For those of us who don’t want to eat pesticide residues and who want to stop fumigants from endangering farm workers and neighbors, buying organic is a small price to pay. The transformation of strawberries from an occasional treat to a cheap and abundant supermarket staple should serve as cautionary tale about the consequences of chemically driven industrial agriculture.

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Frozen Fruit – our favourite!!! We buy it year round, especially more in winter, for smoothies and just eating. Pineapple makes Clean Fifteen, so not organic is OK. We also buy organic strawberries, mango and cherries.

I also bought a bag of bananas (not organic which were just OK taste wise but are on Clean Fifteen list) and apples (which were disgustingly flavourless, so never again).

Snacks

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Protein bars – I buy these once in a while for when I’m on the go. I honestly do not love the taste of these, they are OK. But what I like is that these protein bars are made with plant-based protein (non-GMO soy) and are low on added sugar. You gotta pick your battles.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Larabars and Taste of Nature Bars – While Larabars are not OK for school because of peanuts, we all love and use them for snacks at other times. I love the simplicity of ingredients – dates, peanuts and maybe chocolate chips. Kids love them! Taste of Nature bars I think are available only in Canada, they do contain nuts but some are OK (without peanuts) to send to school with my oldest one.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Good Whole Food Crackers.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Pretzel Chips – I do not love that these pretzel crisps are made with white flour but at least they are non-GMO and not a sugary snack for school. It is very hard to find whole grain organic crackers in Canada. In the US, selection is way better. It is what it is.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Non-GMO popcorn is good for school snacks too – not a sugar plus the peanut and nut free policy makes school snacks nearly impossible to be non-junk.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Raisins – Perfect for school snacks. Seems like they come and go in my Costco. Raisins are dried grapes who like strawberries have thin skin and all pesticides just go right through, so organic are preferred.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Unsalted Mixed Nuts – We all love these! I gave up on buying organic nuts long time ago because they are so expensive. Not fried in canola or vegetable oil? Score!

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Food Should Taste Good – non-GMO Project Verified with better ingredients chips. Still chips, just healthier.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Crackers – I bought these crackers because they were on sale and contain good ingredients. There is no need for us to eat gluten free, it’s just hard to find wholesome crackers in Canada.

Grains

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Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats – Organic and they make the best crunchy oatmeal in 15 minutes.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Cereal – I’m not a morning cook. I feed kids cereal, toast, eggs and oatmeal for breakfast. My breakfast philosophy is as less sugar and possibly all organic. I’m not making my own cereal simply because my kids don’t like it. Some things just won’t happen in my clean eating journey. C’est la vie.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Bread – all my 3 boys eat a lot of bread because they are boys who play sports and work out. I am not against grains at all, can’t imagine our life without bread, especially with schools that do not allow any kind of nuts. Plus honestly, only 1% of people are truly gluten intolerant, everything else is marketing. We are not, yay. We used to buy Dave’s Killer Bread but lately we switched to Silver Hill because it has 1 g of sugar vs. 5g in Dave’s. It is added sugar, please note. Silver Hill is a local bakery, so organic bread variety might vary for you.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Spelt Flour – from our local company. I LOVE baking with spelt flour instead of whole wheat because it is lighter. My favourites are: healthy chocolate bread, healthy pumpkin oatmeal cookies and clean eating blueberry muffins. To find affordable spelt flour is not always easy. So, thank you, Costco!!!

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Quinoa

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Rice and Quinoa Blend – Was on sale, so I got it. Usually I do not find Costco is the best place to shop for organic brown rice, it’s just not there. We do not eat white rice because it has been stripped of fiber and nutrients.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Healthy Ramen – With organic millet and brown rice, was on sale, not cheap otherwise. Doesn’t contain spices or broth. Good for emergency and to add variety to your healthy diet. Things can get boring pretty quickly in anyone’s household.

Meat and Seafood

We do not buy meat at Costco except occasional organic chicken. I usually buy chicken from my local organic farmer, Alex fishes for salmon in Fall and my mom supplies us venison from their hunting trips in Alberta. Overall, we try to eat less meat and animal products.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

My favourite Canned Salmon. There is a more expensive kind, sockeye salmon, but I am cheap. Well, sometimes I buy that one. We eat it straight from the can, especially me for lunch, or check out this canned salmon salad recipe.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

You are probably looking at farmed Shrimp, I know. I buy it very rarely. To buy wild decent size shrimp is nearly impossible in Vancouver. So, c’est la vie. 4 times a year I buy it and make shrimp avocado tomato salad.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Smoked Salmon is expensive so it is a treat. Definitely once a quarter treat. It is wild, yay.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

My kids love tuna and I don’t (huge exception is tuna salad with avocado and mango – to die for creaminess and sweet and salty combo). I buy this pole and line kind which promises to be sustainable (I went as far as watching a video about a can of tuna) and pray it won’t kill us. Tuna contains mercury. 6 cans will last us 2-3 months, so I think we will be fine.

Coffee

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Coffeeeeeeeee…Only organic and only in a form of beans. We grind coffee ourselves. Coffee is extremely high in pesticides so only organic. Not to mention the flavour – Folgers, VanHoutte and Maxwell House are disgusting. I’m European – coffee, tea and wine must be good or bye-bye. That is why I always save leftover cold coffee to make healthy iced coffee and healthy frappuccino recipe.

Coffee selection will greatly vary on your location, I found. I buy Salt Spring, Level Ground and Ethical Bean.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Fats

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Almond Butter – I’m not crazy about the fact that it is in a plastic jar, because fat products should be in glass jars due to contact with plastic. But I was already at Costco and had no time to go to a regular grocery store. My 10 year old likes it for school lunches when peanut butter is prohibited and almond butter is kinda allowed.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Avocado Mayo – I was super happy to see it at Costco because it costs an arm and a leg in a regular store in Canada. We just got it in. This jar will last me a year. I like Chosen Foods mayo because it is made with avocado oil that is pretty much organic, organic eggs, honey and very good clean ingredients.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Avocado Oil for cooking all the way. It has a high smoke point and no aftertaste. And seriously, it is pretty much organic as avocados have thick skin and are barely sprayed.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

I use Coconut Oil mostly as an ingredient in recipes like coconut oil fudge, no bake peanut butter pie and healthy chocolate coconut balls. I like to eat a bit by the spoon and it is also so good in a Thai shrimp curry.

Dairy and Eggs

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Organic Almond Milk – For smoothies, coffee, cereal and baking.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Eggs

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Salted Butter – I would prefer unsalted but honestly I don’t care, I just add less salt to a meal I’m adding butter to. I’m not concerned about our salt intake because we barely eat processed foods which are a source of sodium concern. I use Himalayan pink salt that is actually super good for us. Our bodies need salt in moderate amounts.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Vanilla Yogurt – I do not buy it often because one serving has as much added sugar as ice cream!!! It is crazy, right?! A whopping 19 g of sugar per 3/4 cup. Kids like it (of course), so I started to mix it up with plain yogurt. I do not eat added sugar yogurts.

Cans and Jars

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Organic Canned Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce and Tomato Paste – I like the fact that they are all organic considering tomatoes are on a Dirty Dozen list and low in sodium and added sugar. I can’t cook without these ingredients and buying them in glass jars organic is nearly impossible where I live due to price and availability. I am not crazy about cans but I think Kirkland cans are without BPA.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Salsa

Emergency

 

I talk honestly that we eat clean 80-90% of time because it is real life with 2 kids. I also talk about having an emergency stash of food you can pull out when you have to. So, meet my “emergency” food.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

70% Organic Ravioli – 70% works for me. Kids love it and I eat one or two.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Cooked Turkey Breast – Ugh, I’m not crazy about this one as I’m not a fan of Lilydale. Even their organic chicken I’m not sure – I do not love commercial chicken farms, even organic. They still suck. But this particular time I went for cooked turkey breast without nitrites for lunches and dinners. I had to.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Cheese Pizza

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Sweet Potato Fries – makes me feel like I’m eating fries but healthier.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Salmon Burgers – I appreciate the fact that salmon is wild, however I’m not crazy about other non-organic or non-GMO ingredients. Therefore, it is an emergency food.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Mac and Cheese – When I have no time to cook (usually when I’m not home) I make kids Annie’s, at least it’s organic without nasty colours and additives. Also great for hot lunches, I put it in the one and only stainless steel thermos I found without plastic lid inside.

Odds and Ends

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I grew up eating Wild Mushrooms and was super happy to see them at Costco. I add wild mushrooms to soups and stews, just for a change.

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Organic Ketchup – Lasts us about a year haha. Ketchup is ketchup, still should be used sparingly as a condiment. We use rarely, like mayo.

Treats

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Organic Z Bars – At first I was going to add them to “Snacks” category but then I realized I don’t treat them this way. Z Bars are quite high in sugar and are no different than cookies, that is why my kids are crazy about them. And that is why I keep them out of reach and give when I am out of other snacks, aka back up/treat food. And I do not buy them every Costco shopping trip.

Also I have to give a credit to Cliff company for coming up with a catchy name “Z Bars” – kids love to say it and it is easy to remember, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are high in sugar. Cliff people, PLEASE reduce the amount of sugar and I will review my approach to Z Bars on my blog! Polite blackmail to keep our kids healthy.:)

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Organic Juice Boxes – Juice falls into the same category as ice cream for me. I buy juice boxes 4 times a year, few times being summer when we go to the beach and field trips, and over winter for skiing trips.

Our Healthy Costco Shopping List 2017 for a family of 4 who live a clean eating lifestyle eating real food 80-90% of time. | ifoodreal.com

Organic Fudge Bars – At least no chemicals and colours.

So, here you have it, my healthy Costco shopping list. I will update it as I go.

What real food do you like to buy at Costco? How much is your Costco bill on average?

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34 Comments

  1. Kelsey

    Hi! Love the blog and the post! Shoot me an email we’d love to send you stuff. Also would love a link back to our site on this post!

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  2. Galina

    Great picks. I have not seen the mushrooms you have bought at our Costco but I am just getting to know it:) So how much is 1lb if not a secret. Thank you!

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  3. marge201

    Olena, you are amazing! Sounds like you came to America as a teenager. I am so impressed with you. Your grammar is better than most native-born Americans. KUDOS TO YOU!! Loved your whole post, pictures, and comments. i buy a lot of what you do. Soooo interesting reading about your wonderful selections (and the ones that admittedly aren’t so wonderful but hey, we’re all entitled to slip occasionally). I’ll try the avocado mayo (already a long-time purchaser of their oil) . Pictures are great. Keep writing and sharing!!

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    • Olena

      Thanks, Marge. I came to Canada at 19, that’s right. In Europe grammar is important, education is very important, anything with education has to be top notch. That is why I struggle here with local education system when mistakes are brushed off, like “oh well, just one mistake, not a big deal”. I don’t dwell on it much only because I love Canada, it is a great country and my kids will have to use their education in the country they receive it.
      My grammar used to be much better right after university and while I worked in a corporate world. Now, I find second guessing myself when to put a coma or period, because Canadian English grammar is so different from Russian and I haven’t worked out there for so long. I also used to speak and write Italian and French but now it is all gone because I haven’t used in so many years. Same with Ukrainian – I understand but can’t speak or write. Time is funny that way, like a sand. So, I’m thankful for my blog that keeps me on my toes re: writing. I know I make mistakes sometimes but oh, well. Like you, I’m aware that my grammar is better than many of the locals’, especially with “then/than”, “it’s/its”, “whether/weather” etc. Now that my kids are at school, I have seen it all and kinda stopped being surprised but no, I haven’t lol.

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  4. Laurel

    That does it! I am joining! We have a Sam’s Club membership because they are very much closer, but they sure don’t have that many choice Organic items! At. All! It would well worth the 40 minute drive each way once a month! I know it’s just the two of us, but I feel wonderful when my pantry is stocked up and my freezer is full.

    I love your balance in eating and from what I see in your cart and in your recipes, you feed your family so well MOST of the time that, probably better than 90%, that a few meals here and there from your emergency stash or meals out, or a few vegs non-organic are nothing to look twice at. Good call on the strawberries! Those and regular peaches are two nonorganic I refuse to compromise with.

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    • Olena

      Absolutely worth it, Laurel! My drive to Costco is about 25 minutes and I go about every 6 weeks. Can’t compare it to Sam’s club. We also shop Costco online for other non-food products like tires, rugs, natural detergent, fans. As executive members our membership costs $110/year and we get 2% cash back on purchases, so at the end of the year I get $150 cash back which makes the membership free and even making us money on top of savings. SWEET.

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      • Laurel

        Holy Cow! It wouldn’t make sense to join any other way! Love it and I am going to go for it. I run down that way for Trader Joe’s anyway about every 8 weeks. With T.J.’s ya gotta watch too. They sell a whole of over processed and items loaded with sugar along with many great priced organic and healthy, unusual items. But that is true everywhere, lol!

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        • Olena

          Absolutely! Trader Joe’s is a catch 22 – they sell a lot of just “regular” sugar loaded food. You have to be selective what you buy there. Exactly, even health food stores sell a lot of “healthy” junk. Just buy real food – all we have to do.:)

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  5. Laurel

    Haha! Spam???? We used to have to eaththat some times when my aunt who was on government assistance had more than she could use. She’d share it with my Mom and so…. well, it was not popular in my family but it was food, so we did eat it! I have read on some blogs that it is actually making a comeback! Just not in my life, lol!

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      • Laurel

        Yep! Grilled, I’ve even seen deep fried spam fries! Spam fried rice, spam muffins….paleo loves spam! Spam egg in the hole to replace toast! Yeech! Lol, some things shouldn’t be a food! I’ll take animal protein in limited amounts, and without ‘unknown parts’!

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  6. Kayla

    Thanks for the post. I love it. We don’t have a Costco where I live but a new Sam’s just opened and I am impressed by their organic options. I am going to make a list of other items I would like to see at Sam’s and hopefully Sam’s will listen. I am going to look for some of your items there.

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  7. Joyce

    I miss being close enough to Costco to shop. I live in a very small town in Alabama and have no idea where the nearest Costco is. I have been a patron of the store for many years, so I wish I had one close by.

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    • Olena

      Dear Joyce, how are you managing?! Kidding. I can’t imagine my life without Costco. Have you tried to Google the nearest Costco and then stock up for a few months? Most things can be frozen. I met a gentleman by the pool while in Mexico and he lives in a small town in Missouri. So he said nearest Costco is a 3 hour drive. I was shocked, honestly. I think I would still drive once a few months and stock up. I’m that Costco crazy.

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  8. Janet isenman

    I am 75 years young and love Costco’s, I do wish sometimes the fruit and vet were in a little smaller amounts.

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    • Olena

      I agree. Or that some fruit didn’t come from Israel or Spain. I just wish Costco’s fruit was more fresh and local. Many of it is so underripe and tasteless, I always have to go to another store besides Costco to get majority of my produce.
      Wow, kudos to you being so advanced with technology at a such young age, Janet!

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  9. Donna Martin

    Since Cotsco opened in the Lehigh Valley area recently it has become our favorite weekly stop. The absolute best fresh meats…. Exceptional quality products throughout store. .

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  10. Aggie

    I looooove this post! Costco is my happy ($$$) place. I spend a fortune but I love the good variety. The frozen fruit is amazing. I love that rice blend too, haven’t seen it here in a while though.

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    • Olena

      As long as pesto is always in stock, right Aggie?! -;) I drop $500-700 every 6 weeks. I stopped feeling bad about it long time ago because we have to eat anyways, I would go buy the same stuff somewhere else more expensive, and because I can simply afford it. No regrets after shopping at Costco.

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      • Aggie

        Seriously! Pesto! Lol. And dog food. Their dog food has food ingredients and when I run out is usually when I go 🙂

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  11. Adrianne

    I truly appreciate your honesty. We try to eat as clean as possible, but life happens. Thank you for keeping it real. Wish our Costco had organic ketchup!

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    • Olena

      Keep an eye on ketchup. It comes and goes. It just came back after a 6 months absence in my Costco.
      I would like to keep it honest because it will help people to be healthy. There is already enough pressure on us to be perfect in so many other ways, and as we all know nobody or nothing is perfect! Healthy and happy life is all about “majority of time” and balance. Life is not about perfection!!! You are welcome, Adrienne.

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  12. Louise

    Wild caught Seasons Brand sardines are great “emergency” lunch. Serve with broccoli and kale slaw (which you’ve already made and have on hand–lasts a week), and a flour tortilla. Basically, soft tacos with fish.

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    • Olena

      That is a great idea, Louise! Would you mind sharing broccoli and kale slaw recipe with us please?!:)

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