Costco is finally open here in Bonney Lake, WA! I am making a wild guess, I think most of you will do some (or a LOT) of your shopping there! For that reason I want to share a few of my favorite “clean” pantry items at Costco. I strive for the best option available and I am always going to go for organic, the least processed, wild caught, pasture raised, non-GMO foods. Are there better, cleaner options out there? Sure but there are not many options in Bonney Lake! Costco is right around the corner so let’s strive to find the best option available and feed our families as clean as we can.
Kirkland Brand Almond Butter - Almond butter is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. I use it in place of peanut butter for everything. I am not saying peanut butter is not ok to eat in moderation however I choose almond butter because of the nutrient makeup which is superior to peanuts. Peanuts are technically legumes and because of that they do have a higher protein content but if you get adequate amounts of protein from other sources, almond butter would be the better choice.
2. Chosen Foods Avocado Oil - This oil is a fantastic addition to your pantry. Hopefully you have heard that your cooking oil is super important to your health. Please ditch the vegetable oils now! It is important to consume a variety of healthy oils to maximize essential fatty acids. Healthy oils to cook with include olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil (there are more but this is my “go to” short list). Avocado oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil so it is great for stovetop as well as oven roasted meats and vegetables.
3. KerryGold Grassfed Irish Butter - when it comes to butter, I am looking for organic, grassfed and non GMO. Why grass fed? Because that is a cow’s natural diet and it is higher in Omega 3 essential fatty acids which we need for optimal health. Non-GMO means there are little to no genetically modified organisms present. GMO’s are not recognized by our body and can wreak havoc on our systems. KerryGold is not perfect but it is the better option at Costco. I use it in place of regular butter for everything. Best thing you can do right now is get rid of any margarine you may have, toss it now!
4. Whole Foods Guacamole Cups - this is more of a fun one to share! If you are catching on, based on this list, I like healthy fats and I want to encourage you all to embrace healthy fats in your daily diet. Avocados are excellent! Of course I want you to buy fresh avocados, however, these individual cups of guacamole are fantastic to have on hand for a quick and easy meal that boasts healthy fats. I love to crack open a can of the Wild Planet tuna, mix it with one of these cups, and a sugar free salsa for a quick meal or mix it with hard boiled eggs and salsa or throw on top of my eggs in the morning. Quick and easy!
5. Wild Planet Tuna - I love to have these on hand for quick meals. Wild Planet cares about the environment and about the fish. Wild Planet does everything it can to minimize mercury exposure and maximize the amount of omega-3 healthy fats in each can and it tastes great! For a great Tuna Cake recipe, check out my blog at www.kmaxfit.com.